No, it's not too late to make Easter brunch reservations for this coming Sunday, March 31. In fact, there are plenty of local restaurants that would be - forgive me for this - eggs-cited for you to call and request a table for holiday dining. Here are a buffet of suggestions:
Chaz on the Plaza, in the Raphael Hotel (325 Ward Parkway, 816-802-2152), is still accepting reservations for its Easter buffet brunch. The $39 feast ($15 for children 6-10 years old; children under 5 are free) includes seasonal fruit, pastries, grilled Caesar salad, smoked salmon and accoutrements, a Belgian waffle station, omelet station, prime rib of beef, eggs Benedict, bananas Foster French toast, and four entree items, as well as a dessert display. The brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Renee Kelly's Harvest (12401 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, 913-631-4100) will host an Easter buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring fresh fruit, a mixed green salad, glazed ham, roasted chicken, breakfast pastries, cheddar biscuits and sage gravy, French toast, an omelet station, spring vegetable frittata and an array of desserts. The brunch is priced at $25 per guest.
Ophelia's Restaurant & Inn (201 N. Main, Independence, 816-461-4525) will offer a buffet brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring traditional Easter dishes. The price is $28 for adults and $12 for children 12 years old and younger.
Cafe Verona (206 West Lexington, Independence, 816-833-0044) will serve, in addition to the restaurant's regular menu, a special menu of Easter favorites, including lemon chicken and rice soup, Italian deviled eggs, lavender-encrusted lamb and roasted chicken with clementines, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cafe Provence (3936 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, 913-384-5998) will serve a French-style off-the-menu brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring chef Daniel's cauliflower soup, escargot de Bourgogne, coquilles Saint Jacques and other delicacies.
Webster House (1644 Wyandotte, 816-221-4713) will be serving an off-menu brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a varied selection of specialty cocktails (blueberry mojitos, bourbon peach tea) and brunch items, like a steak Benedict with Tabasco hollandaise and a fried-chicken Cordon Bleu waffle. The brunch dishes range in price from $24 to $30 and include a dessert buffet.
The M&S Grill (4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway, 816-531-7799) will serve a buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all the breakfast staples as well as stuffed salmon and parmesan tilapia; the price is $25.99 for adults, $9.99 for children.
Papa Lew's Soul Delicious (2128 E. 12th Street, 816-421-3378) serves a buffet from noon to 6 p.m. - $12.33 for adults, different prices for children based on age - with ham, fried chicken, baked chicken and dressing, neck bones and the traditional side dishes.
So go on and put on your Easter bonnet and fill up a plate.