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Best Asian grocery store & Asian Buffet

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Will be going to San Diego soon and wanted opinions on the best Asian grocery store in the greater San Diego area and if there is actually a decent Asian buffet (I know asking for a good buffet is almost futile)

Thanks!

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  1. There are a good number of Asian groceries in SD; Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian, etc. Did you have a particular type in mind?

    Personally, I have no guidance on an Asian buffet.

    1. Onami maybe your best bet for an Asian Buffet.

      It's better than Todai, which isn't saying much, but certainly gives you a point of reference.

      1. In a small relative area going up to Kearny Mesa to check out 3 big ones.

        Mitsuwa which is heavily Japanese focused.

        Ranch 99 which is more Chinese and southeast asian. If you want a chinese cleaver, this is the place to go. Grab a ShibaZi or Cleverest Son's Wife, yes that is the brand name. I love my Shibazi.

        A little east of Ranch is Zion which recently moved and expanded and is heavily Korean centric.

        There are many others about town but those three are close to each other.

        Jim

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        1. re: knifesavers

          +1 on Mitsuwa. and they have decent ramen.

          1. re: knifesavers

            Not too far from these three is Tuan Phat in Linda Vista, Vietnamese, to round things out.

          2. If you haven't tried H-Mart yet, definitely go. The crowds have tapered off since the new Zion opened, so parking isn't so bad. They're mainly Korean, but have a nice selection of Japanese and Chinese products as well. Between H-Mart and Zion, I like H-Mart better overall.