Vanessa Galarza prepares a Bloody Mary cocktail during brunch at Carousel, 25 N. Front St. in Yakima, Wash. Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AMANDA RAY/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Carousel French Cuisine at 25 N. Front St. has been a date destination for years, ever since Gerard Thiry opened it in 2003. Depending on how new your relationship is, though, dinner by candlelight might be too heavy a scene. So we’re suggesting a daytime date there — Sunday brunch.

John Ostler, who took over as Carousel owner on Feb. 1, said the crowd’s pretty decent most Sundays.

Everything is prepared to order, Ostler noted. He recommends the Carousel Scramble, a traditional scramble with two eggs, smoked brisket from The Flying Pig nearby, andouille sausage, roasted red bell peppers, pearl onions, confit shallots, roasted red potatoes and cheese. His “absolute favorite” brunch dish is the eggs benedict with smoked salmon.

There’s the bloody mary bar, too. And, if you’re not into drinking, you can order the virgin version. Sunday brunch at Carousel runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After brunch, walk over to North Town Coffeehouse at 32 N. Front St. for chess, either for a little light competition between yourselves, with others or just watching.

Chess begins around 9 a.m. Sunday; players also convene at North Town early Tuesday evenings. It’s pretty much for those who know how to play the game, though you’re not required to be at any particular competitive level.

Who knows? You might learn something about chess — or each other.

 — Tammy Ayer