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Oct 3, 2011 03:03 PM

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.