Want to break bread with your family and friends this Easter, but don't want to deal with the mess and fuss of hosting? Not a problem. This Sunday, March 27, plenty of Valley restaurants will offer Easter brunch specials ranging from extravagant buffets to menus featuring bone marrow and slow-smoked salmon.
Little Cleo's Seafood Legend
Though Little Cleo's Seafood Legend at The Yard in Phoenix is usually closed on Sundays, the restaurant will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter for a special brunch. In addition to offering the regular menu (with the exception of a select few dishes), diners can expect specials such as short rib with cheddar dauphinoise, roasted cipollini, fava bean, and grilled king oyster mushroom, and a lobster frittata with English pea, grilled mushroom, cipollini onion, Parmesan, and white truffle oil. More traditional brunch items such as cheesy scrambled eggs or a honey Greek yogurt parfait will also be available. For more information, check the Little Cleo's website.
Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails
This Southern-meet-Italian restaurant will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. The "Southern Favorites" Easter Brunch Menu includes the following dishes:
Collard Sandwich $8
BBQ Kolache $8
Spoonbread & Sunny Egg $10
Grilled Kale $9
Bone Marrow $13
Potato Fritti $8
Stacked Salad $9
Mac n Cheese Pancakes with Fried Chicken Skins & Syrup $14
Grits & Eggs with Sugo $18
Soul Burger $14
Gus's Style Fried Chicken $15
Tomato Sandwich $12
Carbonara Foccacia $16
French Toast with Buttermilk Panna Cotta $14
"Meat & 3" $18
For more information visit the Okra website.
Brunch at Flourish at the CopperWynd Resort & Club in Fountain Hills won't be cheap, but it will be memorable. The restaurant is serving a buffet Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that includes salads, antipasto, and cheese and charcuterie, as well as split king crab legs, snow crab claws, smoked Scottish Salmon, and, for the meat lovers out there, shallot- and dijon-crusted Niman Ranch New York strip loin and honey brown sugar-glazed ham. There will also be egg hunts for the kids at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The buffet costs $100 for adults and $35 for kids 6 to 12 years old. For more information, visit the Flourish website.
Mill Avenue's Delice Bistro is hosting a two-day Easter celebration that starts on Saturday, March 26, with two free admission egg hunts, one from 10 a.m. to noon and an afternoon edition from 3 to 5 p.m. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the restaurant will also serve a three-course Easter brunch featuring dishes such as croissant eggs Benedict, chicken and asparagus risotto, and salmon beurre blanc for $16.99 per person. For reservations, call 480-656-8847 or visit the Delice Bistro website for more information.
Tonto Bar & Grill
For a Southwestern Easter brunch with a pretty impressive view, head to Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Manana in Cave Creek. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the restaurant will have seatings every 15 minutes and will feature a menu that includes the TB&G Benedict served on Indian fry bread, house-made corned beef hash and eggs, a vegetable tart and harvest salad, and French toast. The four-course plated brunch includes freshly baked, house-made breads and complimentary champagne, and costs $65 per adult and $20 for children ages 10 and under. For reservations, call 480-488-0698 or visit the Tonto website.
Go non-traditional with your Easter brunch plans this year and head to Roka Akor in Scottsdale. The upscale Japanese restaurant will serve an Easter-inspired tasting menu including deviled eggs with shiso and uni; Niman Ranch Prime Ribeye with wafu dressing; Robata grilled yuzu miso black cod with pickled red onions; and almond cake with macerated strawberries and honey ice cream. The four-course menu costs $75 per person and is available from 4 to 9 p.m. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 480-306-8800
Love brunch but not getting up early? Then EVO's Brunch After Dark is the perfect Easter option for you. The Italian restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale is serving Easter brunch from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 and will offer dishes such as Pork and Waffles (pork belly and pork shoulder, brown butter pecan waffles, and peach chutney topped with warm bourbon-bacon maple syrup) or the Breakfast Burger (an 8 oz. burger patty topped with heirloom tomato, shoestring potatoes, manchego and roasted garlic aioli, served with crispy rosemary potatoes). For more information, check the EVO Facebook.
Fifty-five dollars is pretty affordable when you're talking about a three-course Easter meal prepared by the chef's at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. Diners can select one course from the following options:
1st Course (choose one)
Shrimp Dumpling with Fragrant Miso Broth, Shitake Mushroom
Ramp Soup, Crème Fraiche Ravioli, Smoked Salmon Caviar and Sweet Lemon
2nd Course (choose one)
Slowly Smoked Salmon, Ramp Puree
Grilled Lamb Chops, Chili Crumbs, Sweet Peas and Braised Artichokes
3rd Course (choose one)
Warm chocolate cake, caramel ice cream
Mango upside down cake, basil ice cream
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 480-214-8000.
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You won't have to break the bank to enjoy Easter brunch at the Salty Sow in North Phoenix. This pork-focused restaurant is offering a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include dishes such as:
· Rosemary honey dipped fried chicken and waffles
· Banana chocolate chip French toast bread pudding
· Cast iron skillet frittata sausage, peppers, onions, and jack cheese
· Breakfast sausage biscuits with molasses cured bacon and pork belly hash
· Logan Turnpike cheese grits
· Cauliflower wild rice casserole with jumbo asparagus
· Roast porchetta carved to order with arugula salad on focaccia and green herb sauce
· Rotisserie turkey served with neck bone gravy
· Green chili pork topped with poached eggs and warm buttered tortillas
The buffet costs $18.95 per person. Salty Sow will also feature $4 mimosas and a $5 Bloody Mary bar. For reservations, call 602-795-9463 or visit the Salty Sow website.
This stunning restaurant at the Royal Palms resort always makes a great destination for brunch, and this Easter chef Todd Allison is preparing a special buffet. The Easter brunch spread will include a chilled seafood display with cocktail shrimp, crab claws, oysters, and ceviche along with brunch classics including sliced charcuterie, smoked salmon and assorted bagels, breads and cheeses, local organic greens, fruits, bakeshop specialties, and sweets. The brunch buffet is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes the buffet along with the choice of one entrée. Entree options include huevos rancheros, Dungeness crab eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, and more. Easter brunch costs $78 for adults or $25 for children. For reservations, which are required, call 602-808-0766.