Who knew that such a lunch buffet existed inside a Holiday Inn of all places. The Holiday Inn in San Diego Mission Valley is home to Rayo Grill, and Rayo Grill is home to an $8.99 buffet lunch which is really rather good for its humble price. Your meal starts when you sit down and they bring out salsa, guacamole and tri-colored chips. The guac is really good! I probably ate too much of it before I even made it to the buffet, and the buffet wasn’t shabby at all for its reasonable price. Carne asada, enchiladas, shrimp fajitas, a salad bar, beans and rice and two soups: chicken tortilla and tomato bisque. I was quite impressed by the carne asada — tasty and not tough at all. I’m not partial to enchiladas and the one here is dry, I’d pass on that. I was pretty happy with the soups — both very good — the carne asada and rice, but on top of that they bring out warm flour tortillas and chipotle butter. Service is good, drink refills are promptly taken care of and empty plates removed as soon as you are ready for your next round. This place is a hidden gem and if you live or work in the area, I’d say — definitely give it a try!
Rayo Grill at the Holiday Inn, 3805 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92123. Tel: 858-278-9300