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Your 2017 Metro Phoenix Easter Dining Guide

There are so many Easter brunches happening throughout the Valley on April 16.
There are so many Easter brunches happening throughout the Valley on April 16. Chad Ulam Photography
We’re grown up now, so Easter is no longer about hunting for eggs – unless they’re perfectly scrambled, done over easy, or sitting elegantly atop the two halves of an English muffin.

Yes, Easter dining has usurped the giant chocolate bunnies, Easter baskets, and that impossible-to-vacuum-up plastic grass. It’s not that we’re mad, though, as some of the Valley’s best Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be in play on April 16, a.k.a. Easter Sunday.

So in light of this news, here are 20 places in metro Phoenix where you can find Easter brunch, lunch, and dinner.
click to enlarge Try a picnic-style Easter brunch at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. - COURTESY OF BLUE HOUND KITCHEN & COCKTAILS
Try a picnic-style Easter brunch at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix.
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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Anticipate a Southern twist with your picnic-style Easter brunch at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. Try everything from cornbread and a black-eye pea salad to spiced watermelon, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, barbecue oysters, and Southern-style pies for dessert. The Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Easter Picnic is $65 for adults and $19 for kids from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve a spot on Open Table or by calling 602-258-2031.
click to enlarge Enjoy the 1920s-era Rendezvous room for Easter brunch. - COURTESY OF COUP DES TARTES
Enjoy the 1920s-era Rendezvous room for Easter brunch.
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Coup Des Tartes
This French-inspired bistro has Easter dining running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Coup Des Tartes Easter menu has three courses, and a Children’s Brunch. First course is choice of sweet cream crepes, Italian sausage tarte, or escargot, while the second course has options like a French country omelet, filet Benedict, and crab cakes. Third course has choice of fresh berries over classic cheesecake, a Meyer lemon tarte, or a chocolate raspberry truffle tarte. Cost is $47 per diner, and $15 per child. Call 602-212-1082.

Hash Kitchen
With locations in Scottsdale and North Scottsdale, Hash Kitchen is serving an Easter menu from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 through 16. Menu items include a 16-ounce, herb-crusted prime rib dish ($26), and a smoked, brown sugar ham ($16). There will also be a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, so be sure to fire up your photo apps. Call 480-947-3214 for the Shops at Gainey Village, and 480-361-5228 for the North Scottsdale location.
J&G Steakhouse
J&G Steakhouse is hosting an Easter dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. at The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician. Appetizers include a spicy tuna tartare or sweet pea soup, while entrees options include sautéed snapper, Parmesan-crusted chicken, or grilled lamb chops. And for dessert, there's vanilla lemon crème brulee, strawberry pavlova, or warm chocolate cake. Cost is $55 per person. Call 480-214-8000 for more information.


JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
There’s a lot going on this Easter Sunday at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. There’s the Sunrise Breakfast Buffet from 6:30 to 11 a.m. in the Grand Sonoran Ballroom at $27 for adults and $10 for kids 4 to 12, followed on the schedule by the Stonegrill Brunch Experience from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $79 for adults, and $39 for kids 4 to 12. There will also be $8 Bloody Marys and mimosas, so reservations are strongly recommended at 480-293-5000. If you already have your early meals covered, MERITAGE, an urban tavern, is hosting an Easter Dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Call 480-293-3988.
LON’s at the Hermosa Inn
A three-course Easter brunch will be waiting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LON’s at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. Choose between six appetizers, six entrees, and three desserts – starting with fresh-baked brioche “monkey bread.” Options include watermelon gazpacho, vegetarian egg white frittata, blue crab Benedict, roasted lamb leg, and of course, carrot cake. Brunch is $75 per person, and reservations are required at 602-955-7878.
Match: Cuisine & Cocktails
Get ready to get adorable at Match: Cuisine & Cocktails for Easter brunch from 10:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Easter features include citrus-cured Bakkafrost salmon deviled eggs ($3 each), herb-crusted leg of Colorado lamb ($27), dark rum-glazed tenderbelly pit ham ($14), mac and cheese ($23), and oh yes, “Bunny Cakes" ($8). Call 602-875-8080.
click to enlarge The Palo Verde Restaurant hosts an Easter Champagne Brunch at the Boulders Resort & Spa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - COURTESY OF THE BOULDERS RESORT & SPA
The Palo Verde Restaurant hosts an Easter Champagne Brunch at the Boulders Resort & Spa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Palo Verde Restaurant
Look forward to an Easter Champagne Brunch at the Boulders Resort & Spa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Palo Verde Restaurant will have a sparkling wine and fresh juice mimosa station, a carving station, and a stationary dessert display. Pile your plate with lump crab cakes with grain mustard crème fraiche, the PV Benedict with roasted turkey and annatto hollandaise, orange and white chocolate brioche French toast, and pistachio panna cotta with sour cherries. Cost is $65 per person. Call 480-488-9009 for reservations.

Roaring Fork
Find a gourmet, Western-themed, buffet-style Easter brunch at Roaring Fork from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hit the egg and meat carving tables, and take prime rib, sausage and cheese scrambled eggs, green chile macaroni and cheese, sticky buns, and chocolate pancakes back to your table. Cost is $39 for adults. For reservations, call 480-947-0795.
click to enlarge The Easter Ballroom Brunch Buffet runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. - COURTESY OF ROYAL PALMS RESORT & SPA
The Easter Ballroom Brunch Buffet runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa.
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Royal Palms Resort & Spa
It’s a brunch-off at Royal Palms Resort & Spa for Easter Sunday. The Easter Ballroom Brunch Buffet runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a classic, full holiday buffet (breakfast, salads, seafood, pasta, a waffle station, and dessert). Cost is $79 per person, $29 for children 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. The T. Cook's Easter Brunch goes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes a chilled starter buffet, choice of entrée, and a dessert buffet. Cost is $89 per person, $29 for children 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and under. Call 602-283-1234 for reservations to either brunch.
Rustler's Rooste Steakhouse
Enjoy Easter brunch with a view at Rustler's Rooste, which will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include biscuits and country gravy, Eggs Diablo, and of course, Smokehouse Barbecue featuring beef brisket and barbecue beef ribs. There will also be an omelet station, a baked ham carving station, and if you were so inclined, a chocolate fountain – all set to live country music. Cost is $34.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 10 and under, and free for children in highchairs. Make a reservation at 602-431-6474. The last reservation will be taken for 1 p.m.

click to enlarge The Easter brunch at Salty Sow runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - COURTESY OF SALTY SOW
The Easter brunch at Salty Sow runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Salty Sow
Forget the protein shake. Go straight to the source at the Salty Sow for Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find house-made sausage and bacon, roasted turkey and pork loin, pork belly hash, and rosemary honey-dipped fried chicken and waffles – plus some vegetables and desserts. Cost is $24 per guest. For reservations, call 602-795-9463.
click to enlarge Try a brizza for Easter at Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint. - CHAD ULAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Try a brizza for Easter at Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint.
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Scramble, A Breakfast & Lunch Joint
The spread at Scramble is available from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Easter, where you can grab a Hickman’s Burger, Sunrise Sandwich, a Chile Verde Burrito, or one of the signature Brizzas – a.k.a. breakfast pizzas – like The Gouda or The Chicago. The Easter Bunny will also magically be at both Scramble locations. Call 602-374-2294 in Phoenix or 480-404-7264 in Scottsdale for more information.
click to enlarge Hit the Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Social Tap Eatery. - COURTESY OF SOCIAL TAP EATERY
Hit the Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Social Tap Eatery.
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Social Tap Eatery
Downtown Scottsdale's Social Tap Eatery will host Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. so we can “eat, drink and be hoppy” with orders like the Ranchero Omelet ($11), Fruit & Granola ($7), the Bacon Bloody Mary ($13), or the Social Tap Mimosa ($8) – even $15 bottles of champagne all day. Call 602-432-6719 for more information.
click to enlarge Sonata’s Restaurant hosts a European-style Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - COURTESY OF SONATA’S RESTAURANT
Sonata’s Restaurant hosts a European-style Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Sonata’s Restaurant
A European-style Easter brunch will be served at Sonata’s Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include, um, rabbit stew, deviled eggs, roasted duck, sausage and sauerkraut, dumplings with mushroom sauce, and way more. You can also hit the Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Cost is $49.95 per person. For reservations, call 480-477-1390.

Tavern Americana
Easter at Tavern Americana in Scottsdale features a number of food and drink specials, including the crab cake egg Benedict with a dill hollandaise for $17, pastrami hash with potatoes, peppers, onions, and two poached eggs for $13, and the chilaquiles verde with eggs and green salsa verde for $12. And to drink, consider the peach or raspberry Bellini for $6, or Ruby Red Beer Mimosa for $5. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 480-502-6740.
click to enlarge Colorful macarons are for sale this Easter at The Crepe Club. - COURTESY OF THE CREPE CLUB
Colorful macarons are for sale this Easter at The Crepe Club.
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The Crepe Club
If you’re just looking for dessert, find a colorful array of Easter macarons (as colorful as the dye on your eggs and hands during past Easters) in boxes of nine for $18.95, and 18 for $29.95 at The Crepe Club. Order them in advance, or head in to the Biltmore Fashion Park location from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the San Tan Village spot in Gilbert from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Head for the Easter Hunt Brunch in the Vista Verde Dining Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter – all at The Scottsdale. It starts with a breakfast bar with made-to-order omelets and a crêpe station. Entrees include prime rib, sugar mustard-glazed ham, and a raw seafood bar, plus chocolate truffles, dark and white chocolate dipped strawberries, and more for dessert. Just don’t miss the sparkling wine and mimosas. Cost is $68 per person, $34 children 5 to 12, and free for kids under 5. Reservations are required at 480-596-7521.
click to enlarge Try the Challah French Toast at Ticoz Latin Kitchen this Easter. - COURTESY OF TICOZ LATIN KITCHEN
Try the Challah French Toast at Ticoz Latin Kitchen this Easter.
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Ticoz Latin Kitchen
Ticoz is hosting Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’ll find a pancake breakfast with fresh blueberry sauce and local Schreiner’s sausage, and dishes like stuffed empanadas, challah French toast with macadamia nut cream cheese, and the black bean (cakes) Benedict with citrus hollandaise. Call 602-200-0160.
click to enlarge Try the Osso Buco during the Italian-influenced Easter lunch and dinner at Tomaso’s. - JOSEPH MARTORI
Try the Osso Buco during the Italian-influenced Easter lunch and dinner at Tomaso’s.
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Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant
For an Italian-influenced Easter lunch and dinner, visit Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant at the Biltmore from noon to 9:30 p.m. The prix fixe menu has stuffed zucchini blossom, pear and pecorino cheese ravioli with butter and sage sauce, Easter lamb, and mini cannolis for dessert. The Easter Feast Day is $44 per person. Menu items like Osso Buco on risotto ($36) and Seven-Layer Lasagna ($25) will also be available. Reservations are recommended at 602-956-0836.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.