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Best Asian grocery store & Asian Buffet

Illuminatus Jul 17, 2013 12:59 AM

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)


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    beth1 Jul 26, 2013 04:32 PM

    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.

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      knifesavers Jul 17, 2013 09:30 AM

      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.


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      1. re: knifesavers
        Dagney Jul 27, 2013 05:56 PM

        +1 on Mitsuwa. and they have decent ramen.

        1. re: knifesavers
          DoctorChow Jul 27, 2013 06:12 PM

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

        2. ipsedixit Jul 17, 2013 07:55 AM

          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.

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            steveprez Jul 17, 2013 05:12 AM

            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.

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