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SD/North County: all you can eat sushi

msbz Sep 26, 2009 04:22 PM


So my kids are addicted to sushi and it's become kind of expensive to go with them. But I like that they share my and my husband's enjoyment of sushi. Does anyone know of a sushi place in SD or North County that's all you can eat? We've tried Todai, which the kids liked but my husband wasn't too thrilled with the quality.

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. chris2269 RE: msbz Sep 27, 2009 10:09 AM

    I can tell you where not to go in North County Sushi N Joy in Oceanside. Horrible fish quality. There is an AlYCE place in Oceanside thats in the same plaza as Toys R Us and Outback name escapes me right now but it was OK. I have heard good things about Nagoya Sushi in Aliso Viejo bit of a drive but they have oysters, uni, and toro on thier AYCE menu. Theres a great movie theatre close buy with an IMAX so you could make it a day trip.

    1. Captain Jack RE: msbz Sep 28, 2009 09:28 AM

      The words "all you can eat" and "sushi" should never be used in the same sentence.

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        deeznuts RE: Captain Jack Sep 28, 2009 10:28 AM

        All you can eat. Sushi. Good.

        Choose two.

        Go to happy hour specials and try to add filler. That helps.

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          chris2269 RE: deeznuts Sep 28, 2009 11:24 AM

          I think the original poster was looking for AYCE for cost versus amount. kids + poster and husband I could see where the cost could add up quickly. At least thats what I assumed but your right inexpensive sushi and good sushi are usually not a match.

          I have had quite good sushi at AYCE sushi places but they tend to be in the OC area. It's not about all you can eat its about I'm craving sushi I want to spend $20 for 2 rolls and some albacore or makerel VS Im treating myself and spending 3 or 4 times that amount at lets say Bluefin or Hamamori in OC or Kaito in Encinitas. I love 35 day dry aged ribeye too but its not the only steak I eat.

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          stevewag23 RE: Captain Jack Sep 28, 2009 11:38 AM

          Yeah, its like the words "discount" and "sushi".

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          RB Hound RE: msbz Sep 28, 2009 11:30 AM

          Todai is the best you are going to get in that genre, in my opinion.

          Otherwise, just pick a good sushi place and open a tab, and you order all you care to eat. If you can handle a $100-$150 tab, of course. :)

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            royaljester RE: RB Hound Oct 2, 2009 10:32 PM

            Or get your kids to eat filler like sushi rolls and side dishes. A good sushi bar has some great side dishes like agedashi tofu, edamame, buri daikon, etc..

            Sushi Ota's just a bit more than Todai to make you full but also better. That's another option because you can budget yourself as well. Promise them ice cream - 31 flavors has $1 Tuesday scoops.

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              Captain Jack RE: royaljester Oct 2, 2009 11:33 PM

              "Sushi Ota's just a bit more than Todai to make you full but also better."

              Well I agree with the "but also better" part of the statement. Mega-understatement actually.

              The "just a bit more than Todai" statement is ridiculous. Maybe if you eat like Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen.

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                royaljester RE: Captain Jack Oct 4, 2009 01:52 AM

                Maybe because I'm comparing weekend dinner prices at Todai. About $25 makes me full at Sushi Ota. In contrast to some higher end places where I've spent $50 or more. But you're right, I was just making a conservative statement about the two. =)

          2. deckape RE: msbz Sep 28, 2009 11:40 AM

            Tadashi Sushi on Prospect in La Jolla has an all-you-can-eat feature that is pretty decent given that it's such a deal. Fish is fresh and good but the sushi rice is the failing here...although I've had much worse.

            Give it a try!

            1. Divamac RE: msbz Sep 28, 2009 04:01 PM

              Not North County, but Kabuki Sushi in PB is OK quality for a great price. They do a lot of Americanized rolls and the sushi chefs will make you anything you ask for. You can sit at the sushi bar and choose plates off the floating boats encircling the bar. Prices differ based on the plate.

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                The Office Goat RE: msbz Sep 28, 2009 04:26 PM

                Yoshi Sushi in the food court at Mira Mesa Blvd and Camino Santa Fe has an all-you-can-eat option. Not every single sushi choice is available in the AYCE deal, but a lot of them are, and appetizers (gyoza, miso soup, etc) are, also many of the fancier rolls.

                It's not the best sushi in SD, but it's MUCH better than Todai.

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                  deeznuts RE: The Office Goat Sep 28, 2009 07:28 PM

                  How is Onamis in Mission Valley? I ate there once like 8 years ago

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                    thirtyeyes RE: deeznuts Sep 29, 2009 08:43 PM

                    There is an Onami in Escondido as well. Nothing like doing the lobster shuffle every fifteen minutes or so.

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                      normalheightsfoodie RE: deeznuts Sep 30, 2009 12:22 PM

                      There is probably a reason that you have not been back in 8 years. I feel it is cold and sticky and the quality was jsut so so.

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                      RTee RE: The Office Goat Oct 6, 2009 05:38 PM

                      I've only been to Yoshi Sushi once, and it was for a weekday AYCE lunch. I was shocked that the better items were also included, like grilled fish (halibut?...I forget) collar. I remember thinking the quality was not that bad either. Overall, I was kind of impressed at the quality and selection for $20.

                      For the OP: It's not a buffet, but it is AYCE. They give you the standard sushi list of items and you mark off what, and how much of it, you want.

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                      royaljester RE: msbz Oct 2, 2009 10:28 PM

                      Tadashi in La Jolla and Todai are the two best you're going to get in SD for all-you-can eat. Tadashi isn't only all-you-can eat but they offer it. A couple of other places offer it too, but if you didn't like Todai you're definitely not going to like them either.

                      You can also get real sushi grade fish from El Pescador in La Jolla. It's at least better than Todai's, and where it's caught is labeled. In some cases, their fish is line caught in San Diego.

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                        WasabiBratwurst RE: royaljester Oct 6, 2009 09:39 PM

                        I havn't been there in years but just remembered there is Mr. Sushi next to Trader Joe's in Encinitas. It's NC and it is certainly all-you-can-eat. Used to go there when quantity matters more than quality.

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                        cookieshoes RE: msbz Oct 7, 2009 09:17 PM

                        All-you-can-eat sushi is a good thing. Definitely.

                        The snobby among us may frown on it, but for those with kids it's a very nice way to keep the budget in check and still feed a family with good (and interesting) food. Leave Kaito and the like to those who can drop some money and time on the top shelf experience.

                        I would definitely hit up Todai, Tadashi, and even Onami, if you're looking for some reasonable quality and prices.

                        Don't forget to introduce your kiddos to some good ramen too. It's fun and delicious!

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