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For our anniversary my wife and I decided to do something special. In Silicon Valley, there are few places more special than the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. I've seen it rated as one of the top hotels in the United States. The Ritz is well known for their service and this one is no exception, but the waterfront views and landscaping is breath-taking. Their signature restaurant, Navio, is well known for one of the best brunches around. I've heard people put it in their top 5 in the country. So here are 7 things I think I think about the brunch followed by some personal finance links.

  1. I think that you'd have be either really rich or go for a special occasion. The price per person to eat at the all-you-can-eat brunch: $88... before tax and gratuity. (Alcohol not included.)
  2. I think that the people who choose to go before the prime rib seating at 1:30PM are not getting a good value for their money... unless they are vegetarians. The prime rib was just average, but it complemented the rest of what was available.
  3. I think that they had some of the best cheese I've ever had. Each time I went back I made it a point to grab a couple of pieces of cheese.
  4. I think one of the reasons why the brunch is so expensive must be the three kinds of caviar. I could see that as a fantastic deal... unless you think that caviar tastes like pure evil (something that I found out early in the brunch). People who like sushi might also find some value in their sushi bar. I would not include myself in that group.
  5. I think that the eggs benedict was one of the best surprises of the meal. It was outstanding.
  6. I think that the dessert was also a highlight of the meal. The chocolate was top quality. Fresh fruit and berries complemented it perfectly.
  7. I think that we both ate so much in an attempt to try everything and get our money's worth that we failed to truly enjoy the meal. Instead we felt sick and went into a 3-hour food coma when we got home. We both agreed that next time we'll just order a sandwich and glass of wine outside and enjoy the great views.

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6 Responses to “Personal Finance Links (Best Brunch in America? Edition)”

  1. Zachary says:

    I have been intending to take my wife to stay at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay ever since we got married and moved to Santa Cruz several years ago. I may have to treat her to a stay there for our anniversary.

  2. Give me unlimited bacon and I’d be happy – for much less than $88.

  3. Jon says:

    My wife and I used to love to go to Half Moon Bay on mini-vacations, back when we lived in Reno in the early 80s. I’d have a hard time spending a lot of money on a buffet brunch there, though. I just can’t eat my money’s worth any more; I don’t love caviar that much.

  4. Lazy Man says:

    Kosmo, the best bacon deal I know of is… surprisingly… Whole Foods. Their breakfast bar is priced by weight and bacon is very weight efficient. For around $2 or $3 you can get a huge pile of bacon.

    The bacon at this buffet was very, very good. I somewhat expected it to be better, but there’s room for bacon to improve on it’s basic awesomeness.

  5. Lazy Man says:

    It’s funny, Jon, my wife and I were thinking of taking a mini vacation in Reno.

    I agree with you though Jon, the idea of going to the best is intriguing for the novelty, but it’s hard to go back unless $200 means to you.

  6. That’s it – I’m going to petition for a Whole Foods in Iowa. Yeah, just for the bacon.

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