Easter is less than a week away. Forget to make plans? You're not alone. Get in on the last-minute scramble to make reservations now before it's too late. To help you find the perfect restaurant for your family or friends, here are 10 more top picks for Easter brunch and dinner throughout the Valley.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, Carefree Station will be serving its regular brunch menu plus a chef's special. Bennie and the Chops, the playful holiday dish crafted by Chef Thomas Nasworthy, features poached Easter eggs, tender grilled lamb chops, and chocolate Hollandaise sauce served with chive potatoes. All brunch entrees are served with complimentary champagne.
An outdoor brunch buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Canopy in the Grove. The spread will include brown sugar spiral ham, strawberry goat cheese salad, braised short ribs with oven-roasted shallots, grilled salmon with sage-beurre rouge, pecan French toast with caramelized bananas and honey glaze, carrot cupcakes, an assortment of fresh-baked pastries including morning glory muffins and chocolate croissants and much more. Easter brunch is $45.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids 8 to 12, and $8 for kids 2 to 7. Reservations required.
An elaborate buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The starter is a Mediterranean market assortment including whole fruit, smoked fish and bagels, antipasti, an iced seafood bar, and handcrafted cheeses. Entrees include Mediterranean benedict with Tuscan olive and roasted tomato relishes, mascarpone stuffed French toast, and a Campari tomato and prosciutto frittata with oranges and spiced arugula salad. There will also be a dessert buffet with lemon raspberry roulade, toasted coconut panna cotta, and more. This brunch is $75 per person, $24 for children 12 and under, and free for kids under 5.
This Goodyear restaurant will be offering a special Easter brunch for $20, and since it's available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there's plenty of time to take advantage of this deal. In addition to the usual brunch offerings of fresh ceviche, crab legs, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, baked salmon, and quiche, there will be several holiday specialties such as deviled eggs and a carving station with roast beef and ham. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are just $2 each.
Both the DC Ranch and SouthBridge locations will be open for brunch on Easter Sunday (hours vary). Popular items include red velvet pancakes with Gran Marnier syrup and mascarpone crème, a wild mushroom and smoked gouda omelet with crispy fried sage and wood-smoked bacon, and the Market Street BLT with fried egg, crispy pancetta, arugula, vine-ripened tomatoes, and ricotta on brioche. There also will be a holiday special: herb crepes with peppercorn ricotta, blueberry compote, and lemon curd ($11).
This popular breakfast spot doesn't need to do anything special to be a dining destination for holidays. Vovomeena will be open Easter Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. serving its regular menu of morning meals paired with killer cold-brewed coffee from The Roastery of Cave Creek. Options include savory crepes with chicken and fontina cheese, boxty (grated apple and potato pancakes with honey mascarpone), and -- for an indulgence of epic proportions -- b.m.o.c. (smoked pork chop, waffle, two eggs and Portuguese doughnut with apple maple syrup).
Parents, take note: Kids stay, play, and eat for free all Easter weekend at Hidden Meadow Ranch. On Saturday, there will be an Easter Tea at Three with Bun Bun Rabbit and a special Easter egg decorating event for children. On Sunday, families will awake to find that Easter baskets magically appeared on the porch. There will be an Easter egg hunt with games followed by Western-style brunch with roast pork with apricot glaze, jalapeño honey-glazed ham, elk Benedict, shrimp in a blanket, gingered yams, creamed collard greens, assorted desserts, and more.
For the first time, Chef Justin Beckett has crafted a special brunch for Easter Sunday. The menu keeps it simple with items like a giant cinnamon roll with pecans and sugar icing ($6), chicken-fried steak with pancetta gravy and hash browns ($15), oven-roasted shrimp and Andouille sausage with super-creamy grits ($17), and grilled cheese with pancetta and roasted red pepper tomato soup ($9). Cocktail options include Mornin' Sunshine (Charbay blood orange vodka, OJ, lemonade, emergency vit-C) and the Grand Mimosa (Grand Marnier blended with lively bubbly, finished with fresh-squeezed OJ).
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Too grumpy in the morning to head out the door for brunch? Sleep in and celebrate Easter with a decadent dinner instead. Chef de cuisine Eric Swartz has planned a few holiday specials for BLT Steak at Camelback Inn, including chive blossom salad with deviled quail eggs and stravecchio ($10), double cut rack of lamb with lavender honey and green almond pistou ($45), and creamed English peas with morels, garlic spaetzle, and French spring onion ($12). Desserts will be strawberry rhubarb cobbler with candied ginger and crème fraiche ice cream or coconut cake with chocolate ganache and dark rum ice cream ($10 each).
Also serving dinner, J&G Steakhouse will offer a rare opportunity, in addition to a three-course prix fixe menu for $49. Molina Fine Jewelers will be presenting the "Museum Collection" limited-edition Fabergé Eggs, five eggs handcrafted in 18-karat gold, guillochéed and hard fire glass enameled in seven layers to create an amazing depth of luster, and set in carved stone bases of lapis and jade. Each egg is set with diamonds and opens to reveal even more fine detail. The three-course dinner, served from 5 to 10 p.m., includes an option of three entrées: slow-cooked salmon with sugar snap peas and horseradish, Parmesan-crusted chicken with artichoke and basil-lemon butter, or grilled lamb porterhouse with caramelized Brussels sprouts and pistachio pesto. A full a la carte menu will also be available.