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Best ALL YOU CAN EAT around here?

But without going to Hometown Buffet or near a Casino. I'll consider the 2nd best too.

I did not search the board before posting.

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  1. Not to sound snarky, but you probably won't find a lot of all-you-can-eat buffet fans in Chowhound. If you are mainly interested in Sunday Brunch, there is a guy that has built a pretty comprehensive list of places (though some of it may be dated):


    I'll probably get completely roasted for this, but I think you can do a lot worse than Souplantation. :)

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    1. re: RB Hound

      +1 on Souplantation....
      I think there an AYCE Korean BBQ on Convoy but I've never been there.

      1. re: daantaat

        I believe you're talking about Jeong Won on Convoy, in the same plaza as Spicy City in the far back-left corner of the plaza. Haven't been there myself, but it sounds like it could be a lot more interesting than many of the other options.

        Spicy City
        4690 Convoy St, San Diego, CA

        Jeong Won
        4690 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

        1. re: cgfan

          Yes, that is the one I was thinking of!

        2. re: daantaat

          +2 on Souplantation. I love their Caesar.

          (and just for laughs, I need to mention that my Dad loves the Sizzler ayce because they have a great taco bar! lol...)

          1. re: RB Hound

            Not all SPs are the same. One opened up in Encinitas, its smaller than other SPs ( I guess that this is their new concept) and they bring in a lot of stuff prepared off-site. It really isn't as good. I haven't been for a while, but the mother ship Souplantation over on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa is waaay better.

            1. re: littlestevie

              Actually, the mothership SP was the one on Mission Gorge, which opened in 1978 and you could get all you could eat soup for $2.89.

              1. re: littlestevie

                I have gone to SP since the original one opened on Mission Gorge.
                Over the years it has gone downhill and prices uphill.
                I always hoped they would open one in Encinitas since that is where I live.
                Well it was too little too late. The food is MUCH worse than the other locations and I will never go there again. I don't know what they were thinking.

            2. Hometown Buffet, mos def.

              1. Rancho Bernardo Inn Sunday brunch. You can get your fill of Vitamin C at their Bloody Mary Bar.

                1. I found the Barona Buffet acceptable. The oysters and dim sum made me happy.

                  1. Since everyone is apparently reading only the title and not your qualifying statement, I think Valley View Casino has the best AYCE buffet.

                    On the drive to Valley View Casino, you'll be on one of two roads. If taking Valley Center Road, Fat Ivor's has a wonderful AYCE BBQ beef rib meal every evening and all day Sunday. If you are driving to Valley View via Lake Wohlford, Smokey's Lake Wohlford Cafe has AYCE fried catfish which is also wonderful in a similar, albeit different way.

                    Lake Wohlford Cafe
                    25484 Lake Wohlford Rd Spc 204, Escondido, CA 92027

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                    1. re: Cathy

                      Uh... I think the OP said NOT near a casino

                      1. re: Cathy

                        have to agree, while I'm not a fan of AYCE, if I did, I'd opt for a Casino trough & steam table array as the chow may be a higher quality and most likely cheap on the wallet. BTW - bring a bottle of tums as your gut busting experience will warrant some relief.

                        1. re: karaethon

                          O'nami is gone, it has been renamed and moved somewhere else in the mall. I believe Tora is a new name, which brings up Todai as well. Both are enh. Manna is another AYCE Korean at 4428 Convoy, but it isn't a buffet, they bring the meats to you.

                          I might have visited every casino in SD Co. and not for the OP, but others edification, I think Pala has the best buffet, Valley View, if they have ironed out their wait issues, might be number two, but I like Harrah's too and Barona, Sycun and Viejas come in behind and in that order.

                        2. Mana on convoy seems to be the happening place these days. You are going to have to wait though, which is good since it's all you can eat.

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                          1. re: chezwhitey

                            Yummi Buffet,in the Point Loma area near Rosecrans and Midway is a fairly new place that seem pretty popular. Some of my friends go fairly regularly and always like it. They took me once a couple of weeks after it opened and I enjoyed it... a cut above Hometown Buffet anyway.

                            Point Loma Cafe
                            4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

                          2. Maybe not what the OP is looking for but Madras Cafe has a very taste AYCE lunch buffet that I've enjoyed numerous times.

                            1. Thanks for all the replies, guys and gals. Some ideas to stockpile away.

                              EVERY time I go out to eat, anywhere, I say to my wife, "Ask them if it’s all you can eat."

                              Yes, I’m annoying that way.

                              I half forgot about our Sunday Brunch Meister - Hi Jim! - lots of reasonably decent brunches out there. Honestly now days I’d rather calmly be served a few courses over a normal meal time instead filling plate after plate and running back and forth to the table. Still, can someone ask if it’s all you can eat? Please? ; )

                              I wouldn’t be opposed to a good quality Italian buffet.

                              1. Sorry to be late to the party, but Fairouz on Midway Drive has a really good AYCE Middle East buffet. Also, Todai in Mission Valley can be pretty good.

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                                1. re: Wisey

                                  I can only think of two AYCE places in San Diego where I can go and not feel bad about it afterward.

                                  Sher E Punjab in Sorento Valley has a good Indian buffet on Friday nights and all day Saturday. The selection isn't huge but it's been very good every time I've been there. Dish selection can change from week to week as the owners change it up based on customer feedback. It's also only $9.

                                  Zorbas Family Restaruant does Greek food right. With an enormous spread and pretty much everything I've tried has been delicious. Also, all you can eat baklava should be illegal. A person could really hurt themselves with such easy access to so much flaky, syrupy goodness. Monday to Thursday it's $9. On Friday and Saturday nights it's $15 because dinner comes with live music and belly dancers. Kinda weird but very fun.

                                2. How about Brazilian steakhouses (churrascarias)? They are all you can eat meat, and usually have an awesome salad bar.

                                  Rei do Gado

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                                  1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                    I make a yearly pilgrimage to Rei do Gado to celebrate Christmas shopping at Horton Plaza. I like their salad bar, lots of fun things like marinated mushrooms and fresh mango. The meat of course just keeps coming--I love the marinated meats best. It is a much better value at lunch. It is, however a meat fest, so I try to keep it to a special treat.