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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/30/2007

Easter Brunch: Case of the Where Rabbit

By Erin

Easter is rapidly approaching and with it, my love/hate relationship with rabbits. On the one hand, I adore chocolate rabbits and stockpile as many different types as I can find. (For those who love them, this is also the time to stock up on Peeps.) On the other hand, Easter brings an abundance of bunny mascots parading through brunch locales to scatter candy and pose for photos. Depending on your perspective, this can either be an occasion to don your finest bonnet and smile away or shrink into the corner to avoid the hovering costume. To avoid any disappointments for either party, here are the prime Easter brunch spots for both camps.

Are you hunting rabbits?

1789, which is not typically open for brunch, hosts Easter brunch and dinner. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the restaurant will serve an a la carte menu of spring specials, including lamb, English pea soup and strawberry rhubarb. The Easter Bunny will be on hand with candy treats to rile up the little ones. A la carte dinner will be served from 5:30-10 p.m. (202-965-1789).

The Fairmont's Colonnade, which hosts a lavish weekly champagne brunch, goes above and beyond with an Easter buffet ($95; $45, children 12 and under). Served from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the selections include a local "Flavors of the Chesapeake" array of shellfish, rack of lamb and snapper. The children's menu includes corn dogs, burgers, pizzas and plenty of photo ops with the Easter Bunny (202-457-5000).

Marriott at Metro Center's Metro Grille makes the bunny the star at its Easter brunch buffet ($46; $18, children 12 and under). The buffet will include standard brunch fare, carving and waffle stations and a large dessert spread. The Easter Bunny will hand out chocolate treats and pose for photographs (202-824-6122).

The Willard offers two choices for Easter brunch. The Willard Room hosts a buffet ($85; $42.50, children 12 and under) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a carving station, artisanal cheese and several fresh fish dishes. The Grand Ballroom buffet ($78; $38, children 12 and under) is geared toward children with seatings at 10:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 1:30 p.m. Adults can partake in the champagne bar, omelet, waffle, pasta and carving stations and have made-to-order beignets for dessert. Children will have their own buffet tables in addition to art tables, cookie decorating and time with Peter Cottontail (202-637-7305).

Easter bounds into the Kennedy Center with a special brunch at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. The buffet ($39.95; $20, children 12 and under) will feature French toast, carving stations, a raw bar and a kids' table of chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese and other fun foods. Kids can hang out with the Easter Bunny and pick treats from his basket. The restaurant will host seatings at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (202-416-8555).

Are you avoiding rabbits?

Ardeo offers a three-course prix fixe brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ($32 per person). The dishes include house-cured gravlax, a smoked trout omelet, spiced grilled salmon and strawberry shortcake (202-244-6750).

Celebrate the day by making your own bloody Mary at Mon Ami Gabi. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., patrons can assemble bloody Marys with a variety of vodkas, hot sauces and garnishes. The restaurant will supplement its standard a la carte menu with seasonal specials and a kid-friendly menu (301-654-1234).

Oceanaire celebrates Easter from noon-9 p.m. with an a la carte menu of dishes for those who love fish. The options include a giant shellfish platter, cioppino fish stew, grilled salmon, a lobster fritatta, coffee cake and baked Alaska for dessert (202-347-2277).

Restaurant Kolumbia opens up for a special Polish-inspired brunch with a prix fixe menu ($48; $24, children) that includes borscht, halibut, truffled cabbage pierogi and an orange almond tart (202-331-5551).

Taverna Cretekou looks to stuff patrons with a six-course prix fixe brunch ($39.95). The offerings include Easter soup, traditional starters, salad, spit-roasted lamb, rockfish and plenty of desserts. The restaurant opens at noon (703-548-8688).


By Erin  | March 30, 2007; 12:13 PM ET
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No one should be eating rabbits or talking about them!! They are only to be eaten at Easter time and only in a chocolate bunny form! Not real bunny meat!!


Posted by: Briana Morganroth | April 7, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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