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Best Sunday Brunch

The Doubletree Hotel
445 S. Alvernon Way

READERS' PICK: If there's a metaphor for excess, it has to be the Sunday brunch at the Doubletree Hotel. No matter how hungry you think you are when you arrive, it doesn't take long before you've reached maximum capacity; and with so many tempting stations to sample, it's downright frustrating to find yourself out of room before you've made the rounds to each and every one. The dilemma is whether you prefer traditional breakfast fare (the omelet bar is a grand place to get this tack under way), or to opt for more midday repast at the carving stations where ham, turkey and rare roast beef ease temptingly off the bone. If you can pace yourself, it may be possible to do both--particularly if you arrive promptly at 10 a.m. when the brunch begins, and stay until the last plates are cleared shortly after 2 p.m. An oyster bar gleaming with mountains of shaved ice offers several fresh seafood options, and the pastry selection is an exercise in decadence that's beyond compare. Beverages, including complimentary champagne, are provided and generously refilled often. At nearly $20 a pop per adult ($16.50 for seniors over age 55; $8.50 for children ages 5 to 12) you definitely want to show up here with time to spare and famished to the core. This is not the place to feign a dainty appetite.

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Ventana Canyon Loews Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive.

Case History

1997 Winner: Doubletree Hotel
1996 Winner: El Conquistador Resort
1995 Winner: Canyon Café

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