The old San Francisco of women in white gloves and men in fedoras lives on in the extravagant Sunday buffet brunch in the Garden Court of the historic Palace Hotel. The choices seem endless, with everything from pancakes, omelets, and salads to roast beef, sushi, dim sum, and raw oysters. The buffet is short on culinary innovation, but delivers a bountiful selection. Appetites are heightened by the great live jazz that fills the stunning space, with its stained-glass ceiling,
towering Ionic columns, and crystal chandeliers. If you can't make it to the Palace for Sunday brunch, try the Saturday-afternoon high tea.