Need a place to take your family Easter Sunday? Try one of these spots

The Easter Bunny hops into Kansas City a day early this year. The egg-toting rabbit is coming to Powell Gardens (1609 Northwest U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, 816-697-2600), which is hosting “Breakfast With the Easter Bunny” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 26. Prices range from $19 for adults to $11 for children ages 4 and younger.

Chris Cakes is serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, orange juice and coffee. At 11 a.m., children 10 and younger can hunt for Easter eggs on Powell Gardens’ lawn, weather permitting. After that, the Easter Bunny is available for photos.

Easter means lunch and brunch (and dinner) opportunities throughout the city.

“The customer who goes out for a holiday brunch is a different clientele from the patrons who go out to eat frequently,” says chef Charles d’Ablaing of the Hotel Sorella’s Rosso restaurant. “These are often special-occasion diners who may eat out only a few times a year, and when they do, it’s a big deal. It gives a restaurant the opportunity to really show its colors to customers who may be first-time diners. It’s a way of showing off.”

D’Ablaing is going all out for his debut Easter Sunday brunch at Rosso (Hotel Sorella, 901 West 48th Place, 816-753-8800), which hired the noted chef away from the Raphael Hotel. (D’Ablaing has been at the restaurant for about a month.)

If “showing off” is the idea — “We want people to talk about it,” says d’Ablaing — the $39 buffet brunch ($15 for children under age 10) being served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rosso is unsurprisingly elaborate. The selections include a cold station with a variety of salads; a chilled seafood display with king crab legs; poached shrimp and bay scallop ceviche; fresh fruit and an antipasto assortment.

Stations featuring hot dishes will include an omelet bar, carved maple-glazed pit ham, Tuscan-style roasted leg of lamb and artichoke-stuffed Skuna Bay salmon.

Seasons 52 (340 Ward Parkway, 816-531-0052) began serving Sunday brunch a month ago, offering a limited menu of hot dishes, including French toast, a frittata, vegetarian eggs benedict and a hot vegetable medley served with an egg and toast. The same menu is being offered Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices range from $10 to $15.

Story restaurant’s award-winning chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen serves a $10 special dinner each Sunday — last week it was cioppino — and Easter Sunday won’t be any different, although at press time Thorne-Thomsen had yet to decide what the featured meal would be. The regular menu is also available Sunday night. Story is located at 3931 West 69th Terrace in Prairie Village (913-236-9955). Reservations are strongly suggested.

The Majestic Restaurant (931 Broadway, 816-221-1888) is serving a brunch menu with signature steak entrees as well as traditional brunch dishes such as omelets and eggs benedict from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Some reservation times are still available.

Blvd Tavern (320 Southwest Boulevard, 816-421-1023) is offering its regular Sunday brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including housemade corned-beef hash with tomato red-eye gravy, buttermilk biscuits topped with maple-ginger sausage gravy, and Swedish pancakes.

There are still a few reservations for Easter brunch at Julian (6227 Brookside Plaza, 816-214-8454), which is offering its Sunday buffet on Easter — no a la carte choices — but Chef Celina Tio is adding special dishes to the buffet selection, including charcuterie with housemade lavosh, spaghetti with clams, and breakfast breads. Brunch ($20 for adults and $10 for children) goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Michael Forbes Grille (128 West 63rd Street, 816-333-4355) is serving brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet ($22.90 for adults and $10.99 for children) includes baked ham, macaroni and cheese, eggs, bacon and sausage and other traditional breakfast dishes. •

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