hiking at palomar mountain + the buffet at harrah’s rincon casino


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Responses

  1. Sounds Iike more misses than hits here. Sad face.

    That pecan pie filling really looked off.

    • mary says:

      Yeah… the buffet wasn’t really worth it. I’m glad we went for lunch and paid the lower price at least. The pecan pie was horrible!! Definitely tasted like they left a few things out and took some shortcuts with that one. Ugh.

  2. Faye says:

    Friend has been trying to convince me to do a hike at Palomar. How far was the drive to Palomar from the casino? You should try Torrey Pines this season – it’s been beautiful there (and the hike only sucks going up hill , then it’s all reward going down the dirt path).

    Great job on the buffet photos! Zero flavor foods are probably the saddest thing(s) ever. That’s commendable Jake got a salad plate.We recently went to Valley View again for the lobster buffet and it was horrible. I agree that these buffets aren’t the greatest things 🙁

    • mary says:

      Hi Faye – It was about a 40 minute drive from the casino to the place were we went for a hike. We also went to the Observatory but didn’t actually walk up to it since we were too tired after our hike to do another walk (ha). I definitely want to try Torrey Pines!

      I’m sure I looked like some weirdo going to each station at the buffet and only taking photos at first. Luckily I don’t care. My folks tell me that Valley View’s buffet is better at Harrah’s but I don’t think that’s saying much. My mom might hook us up for a free buffet at Valley View – that might be the only way you’d get me to try it.

  3. At least the hike and the lookout was cool. I’ve had good luck at the buffet for dinner when it is busy. I keep going back to the food area and wait for them to put out fresh food. Ice cream and gelato are really good. 🙂

    • mary says:

      Hi Soo – Yeah, the key is really getting the food when it’s fresh. When it’s slower, like at lunch time, it’s hard to get dibs on the fresh stuff. I could see dinner being better since there’s more people and more refilling the food trays but I think I’d still rather go to the sit down restaurant! The desserts were probably my favorite part of the buffet!

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