Leave the cooking to the professionals this Easter and make a reservation for your family and friends to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner out.
Responsible for a big party? Opt for a crowd-pleasing buffet. Bristol Seafood Grill’s downtown and Leawood locations start serving at 9 a.m. and feature a brunch buffet with a carving station, a selection of smoked fish and fresh shrimp, made-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles, carrot cake and more through 6 p.m., $29 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger and complimentary for children three and younger. Reservations are required.
Hotel Sorella’s Rosso will also serve up a brunch buffet ($39 per person, $15 for children under 10). Pack your plate with offerings such as maple-glazed pit ham and Tuscan-roasted leg of lamp from the carving station; split king crab legs, poached shrimp and bay scallop ceviche from the seafood display; brie-stuffed arancini, artichoke-stuffed Skuna Bay Salmon and a fallen chocolate soufflé. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Hotel Phillip’s 12 Baltimore brunch buffet will include hot and cold staples and special features like house smoked salmon, lamb, maple Dijon grilled ham, salmon piccata and assorted cheeses ($18 per person) 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For those looking for a spot to eat a late lunch or dinner, the restaurant is serving up a cherry-smoked rack of lamb with creamy polenta, bacon shallot Brussels sprouts and a red wine demi glace with an apple cranberry compote, available for $24 2 p.m.-close.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar amps up its regular brunch menu with five specials from Chef de Cuisine Theresia Ota and Pastry Chef Kelly Conwell. From 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., munch on Florida stone crab claws, avocado toast with a poached egg and pickled shallot, or Easter Bunny hash (made with braised rabbit, Easter egg radishes and sweet potatoes), plus banana cream pie. Zucchini bread, strawberry almond scones, blueberry crumble muffins, raspberry cream cheese Danishes and cinnamon rolls will be available a la carte or in a pastry basket.
Another seafood-serving favorite will deliver an equally mouthwatering brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Toast to the holiday with freshly squeezed juices and cocktails, including the 801 Fish Bloody Mary, made using 801 Lobster Bloody Mary Mix. Order from a menu featuring pastries, cereals, four eggs Benedict variations, classic breakfast dishes, soups, salads and entrees, from a burger to shrimp scampi to lobster pot pie.
Park Place packs additional Easter dining options. The Grille at Park Place will serve brunch dishes such as duck and waffles, prime rib hash and Kentucky Hot Brown 10-a.m. 4 p.m., along with starters, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Dinner will be served 4-8:30 p.m.
At. J. Gilbert’s, diners can choose from the regular menu and a special three-course prix-fixe menu ($42 per person) 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrée options include a 6-ounce center cut filet, 14-ounce bone-in porch chop, New Zealand lamb rack, maple-roasted salmon and more, with vanilla bean crème brulee, berries and cream, chocolate velvet cake and cheesecake among the dessert offerings. Reservations are required for the prix-fixe menu.
Of course you don’t have to head to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal that requires minimal effort. French Market is taking to-go orders through 6:30 p.m. March 24 for navarin of lamb with spring vegetables, Quiche Lorraine and Quiche Florentine as well as salted caramel chocolate chip cookies, crème brulee, Easter cookies and strawberry tart.
Easter also marks your last chance to grab Farm to Market Bread Co.’s sweet seasonal specialty, baked fresh every day using ripened bananas, walnuts and a dash of nutmeg. Pick it up at Brookside Market, all area Hen House and Whole Foods locations and these other local stores.