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Posted at 6:39 PM ET, 03/12/2008

Eats on Easter

By Julia Beizer

Easter's coming up and you need a place for brunch with your parents/grandmother/cousin-twice-removed. We'll get you started with a list of a few good brunch spots serving their regular menus, in addition to several hotels and restaurants offering special holiday treats .

Any Given Sunday
A special menu and a visit from the Easter bunny are nice perks for this holiday brunch, but if just a good meal will work for your crew, these restaurants may do the trick. Cashion's Eat Place, Old Ebbitt Grill, Poste and Tallula will be dishing up their usual Sunday fare. Reservations are always tight around holidays, so book soon in order to ensure a table (Cashion's will only be reserving tables for a few parties of three or more.)

Rabbit-Friendly Restaurants
2941, Falls Church's fine-dining superstar, dishes up two versions of an Easter meal between 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the holiday. Diners choose between a four-course option -- including dishes like yellow fin tuna carpaccio -- or a six-course tasting menu inclduing parsley crusted lamb chops. (See the full menu.) Prices are fixed at $85 and $125 respectively; a four-course children's menu is available for $25. An Easter bunny'll be here as well.

Mrs. K's Toll House gets into the holiday spirit with a pre-meal Easter egg hunt. Families make reservations for an 11 a.m., 1:15 or 3 p.m. seating and show up 30- to 45-minutes beforehand -- with their own Easter baskets -- for an egg hunt. Dinner options include spice-crusted pork loin and prime rib. The meal is $60 per person for adults. Children eat for $25, but there is an extra $10 fee for the hunt.

At 1789, young diners won't have to seacrh for their goodies. The Easter Bunny will deliver candy to each table. Diners will have the option to choose a first course, second course and entree from their a la carte brunch menu, which includes slow-roasted halibut or brioche French toast. The first and second courses are included in the entree prices, which range from $24-$38. Dessert is an additional $9.

If a little Southern-style dining is more your thing, check out the offerings at Clarendon's Restaurant 3 and one of my personal favorites, downtown's Acadiana. Restaurant 3's brunch buffet checks in at $22; Acadiana is offering a $32 prix-fixe menu that echoes its usual Sunday brunch. Early time slots filled up quickly at Acadiana, but late lunch and dinner tables are still available.

Hippity-Hoppity Hotels
Some of the area's most comprehensive holiday brunch menus can be found at local high-end hotels. The drill is familiar -- omelets, Belgian waffles, carving stations, etc. -- but if you can stomach the price, these options may please large groups of varying ages.

The Willard InterContinental will be offering two brunch options, one in the Willard Room and one in the Grand Ballroom. Expect similar buffet-style food offerings at each brunch, but the ballroom meal is more family-friendly, featuring entertainment like piano music and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The Willard Room brunch is $78 for adults and $39 for children ages 5 through 12; diners pay $70 for adults and $38 for children in the Grand Ballroom. Seatings start at 11 a.m.

The Tysons' Ritz is offering a similar two-tiered approach from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Upmarket attributes like a carving station and a smoked-fish display are on the menu at Maestro ($120 for adults; $37 for ages 3 to 10). The hotel's ballroom buffet has a more festive atmosphere, including face painting, live music and Easter egg hunts. There, adults eat for $99; children, $35.

Sea-salt-crusted rack of lamb, apricot-glazed ham and various seafood dishes are among the offerings at the buffet in the Fairmont's Colonnade. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Champagne and fresh orange juice are included in the $95 per-person tab. (It's $47 for ages 12 and younger.) Peter Cottontail will be in attendance here as well.

The Easter Bunny won't be making an appearance at Blue Duck Tavern, the fresh-foods restaurant inside the Park Hyatt. Appetizers and desserts will be offered buffet-style, but diners choose their entree from an a la carte menu. The entree-buffet combo costs $80 per person for adults and $40 per person for ages 6 to 12. The restaurant will be serving from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more options in the area and to book a reservation, browse the listings for March 23 on Open Table.


By Julia Beizer  | March 12, 2008; 6:39 PM ET
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"Blue Duck Tavern....The entree-buffet combo costs $80 per person for adults and $40 per person for ages 6 to 12."

The Easter Bunny may not be making an appearance at BDT during Sunday brunch, but a $40 dollars per head for a 6-year-old to eat brunch, the newly resurrected Jesus Christ himself better be carving the prime rib.

What a ridiculous, opportunistic rip-off.

Posted by: MRK33 | March 14, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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