Fat City has tried to find out all the different restaurant venues where the Easter Bunny - or a reasonable facsimile - might be appearing on Easter Sunday, but the only definitive confirmed appearance will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at Powell Gardens, which is hosting a "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" featuring a Chris Cakes breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. (The price for breakfast, including Garden admission, is $16 for adults or $9 for Powell Gardens members. The price for children, including breakfast, admission and the Easter Egg Hunt, is $9.25 for members and $11.25 for nonmembers.)
Alas, there will be no costumed Easter Bunny greeting the youngsters at the most expensive Easter brunch in Kansas City: the decadent buffet hosted by the Capital Grille (4740 Jefferson on the Country Club Plaza, 816-531-8345). For $46 per adult and $18 for children (kids under age 5 eat free), the restaurant will lay out a spread that features a breakfast station, raw seafood station, a carving station and a dessert bar. The choices range from citus-glazed salmon, roasted kona tenderloin, smoked turkey, oysters on the half shell to scrambled eggs and french toast with berries. There will be menu-only brunch items as well, including a lobster eggs Benedict. Reservations are required.
Almost as costly, the Oak Room of the InterContinental Hotel (401 Ward Parkway, 816-756-1500) will offer its Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults, $18 for children ages 5 to 12 years old.
Chaz on the Plaza, the dining room of the Raphael Hotel (325 Ward Parkway, 816-756-3800), still has reservations open for the off-menu Easter Brunch, which will be served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch dishes range in price from $20 to $42 and feature two courses, says chef Charles d'Ablaing. Featured dishes like cheese grits with shrimp and crispy prosciutto (or green eggs and ham, if you're in a Dr. Seuss mood) include a starter like fresh seasonal fruit, fried green tomatoes, soup or salad.
If you have a small group like, say, two to four people there are still a few reservations available at the celebrated Bluestem restaurant (900 Westport Road, 816-561-1101), which is serving an off-menu brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. "We're a small restaurant," says general manager Jeremy Lamb. "We can't take any more large parties on Easter Sunday."
The pretty Story restaurant in Prairie Village (3931 West 69th Terrace, 913-236-9955) will offer a special Easter Sunday brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring such specialty dishes as brioche doughnuts, caramelized banana french toast, smoked duck empanadas, and chocolate bread pudding. Reservations are suggested.
The new Aaron Sanchez restaurant in Park Place, Mestizo (5270 West 116th Place, Leawood, 913-752-9025), will offer a separate menu of brunch dishes (in addition to the regular menu) on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. The brunch menu choices include griddle cakes, grit cakes, crepes, egg-and-chorizo tortas, and smoked salmon with tortillas. The prices range from $8 to $10. Mimosas and bloody marys are $5.
The Majestic Restaurant (931 Broadway, 816-221-1888) will offer a jazz brunch, with musicians playing in both the main dining room and the basement-level jazz club from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The off-menu brunch will feature a couple of special holiday dishes, and prices range from $9 to $14. Select items from the dinner menu will also be available. Reservations are encouraged.
Because most people are decked out in their Sunday best for church services, why not keep the glamour thing going, um, straight through the meal? Hamburger Mary's (101 Southwest Boulevard, 816-842-1919) will host an off-menu "Drag Brunch" that day, featuring burgers and real-life "femme mimics" doing their bawdy thing from noon to 2 p.m.
If you simply must do the buffet thing (some people just can't imagine a holiday meal that doesn't involve a steam table): The new Michael Forbes Bar and Grille (128 West 63rd Street, 816-333-4355) is setting one out from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the record, this is not the $10 buffet offered on other Sundays here, but a more elaborate holiday selection, including carved ham, carved turkey, smoked salmon, shrimp pasta, egg strata, corned-beef hash and desserts. This brunch costs $16.95 for adults and $8 for children under age 10.
The most elaborate casino buffet in town, the Ameristar's Horizon Buffet (3200 Ameristar Drive, 816-414-7000), will be serving brunch on Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price for adults is $24.99.
Cinzetti's Italian Market Buffet (7201 West 91st Street, Overland Park, 913-642-0101) does take reservations - who knew? - and will be charging a bit more for brunch on Easter Sunday than it usually does (in this case, $20.99 for adults and $18.99 for senior citizens) because there will be a few holiday items like prime rib and glazed ham on the serving stations as well as some of the signature Cinzetti's dinner items.
And for the most cost-effective dining choice: The Golden Corral (8800 Northwest Skyview Avenue, 816-505-0300), where "a few more holiday-like items are added to our Great Steak Buffet Dinner," says an assistant manager. "I'm not sure how much it's going to cost this year, but the usual Great Steak Buffet is $10.79, and so it will be, you know, just a little bit more expensive than that."