Last week, the San Diego U-T published a special "Round the Clock Dining Guide" section that featured capsule reviews of good places for breakfast, brunch, lunch, late night meals, etc. The one that left me scratching my head, however, was their brunch category. They featured several places that looked interesting and sounded tasty, but they were all buffets.
I hope I'm not *that* much of a snob, but the best things I can say about a buffet are that they allow you to try a lot of different things, and to pig out if you so desire. I know there are some that are spectacular (like the Ritz Carlton at Baja Laguna Beach), but in general it doesn't seem to me to be the kind of meal where you are likely to experience any gastronomical epiphanies. We don't do brunch all that often, so I'm no expert on what's available throughout San Diego County, but the few places we do frequent don't include a chow line.
But what do you folks think? Is a buffet an essential component of a good brunch, or can a well-designed menu do it for you as well?
. . jim strain in san diego.