You had grand visions of making a baked ham or roasted leg of lamb, a plethora of springtime vegetables and cupcakes topped with coconut frosting and little jelly bean “eggs” on top. It was going to be beautiful and delicious and the envy of Martha Stewart. Meh, didn’t happen, just not feeling it. We’re right there with you. Fortunately, lots of restaurants around town have Easter brunches and dinners planned. Check with your favorite restaurants and chances are, they are doing something. Here’s a sampling of restaurants we heard about. But be sure to call first to see if they still have seating available.
Beatrice & Woodsley
Pre-fixe brunch menu ($36), ($21 per child with separate kids’ menu available) featuring charred broccoli rabe or ricotta and dried apricot beignets, smoked pork belly, red pepper and goat cheese crepes or grilled lacinato kale, a malted chocolate cheesecake or a passion fruit parfait. Reservations (303) 777-3505.
Blue Island Oyster Bar
Oysters from both coasts and seafood specials including pan roasted halibut with wild mushrooms, spring peas and lobster vinaigrette ($29.95); grilled herb crusted Verlasso salmon salad with spinach, fresh berries, goat cheese and vanilla strawberry vinaigrette ($22.95); bagel with house made lox and dill egg salad ($15.95); and a seafood scramble with crab, lobster, shrimp, spinach and roasted tomato ($19.95). Reservations (303) 333-2462.
Bottomless mimosas with shared plates, salads, sandwiches, burgers, roasted vegetable scramble, wood-roasted chilaquiles and chicken and waffles, served with chipotle-honey butter. Reservations (303) 296-2600.
“Daily Breads” (molten pancakes and French toast) plus a molten carrot cake pancake special, Loaded Bowls or Stacked Benedicts paired with the special Easter elixir: a carrot spritzer with ginger ice. http://www.morningcollective.com
Olive & Finch Cherry Creek
D.F. Hash: two cage-free eggs with pulled pork, green chilies, chimichurri, Swiss, potatoes and onions, or the Henhouse Scramble: two cage-free scrambled eggs, Black Forest ham, sautéed mushrooms, red onions, parsley and cheddar cheese for brunch. For dinner, there are hearty entrée plates including pork, steak, and salmon dishes or a shareable flatbread. Fresh pressed juices include the Rise & Shine, a blend of apples, kale, grapes, celery, ginger, lemon, orange and spinach.
A complimentary glass of bubbles or a mimosa with the traditional brunch menu featuring dishes like the “carrot cake” French toast with macerated berries, pecan coconut streusel and cream cheese mousse ($12), shrimp & grits benedict with poached eggs, roasted corn, Spanish chorizo and poblano hollandaise ($16); a charbroiled salmon salad with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, gorgonzola and balsamic vinaigrette ($15). Reservations (303) 534-1455.
À La Carte Brunch menú featuring classics like eggs benedict and buttermilk pancakes, and specialty menu items such as smoked pork huevos rancheros, prime rib French dip and crisp skin sea bass. The bottomless local liquid bar ($15) features Bloody Mary’s and even a tequila sunrise. Reservation (720) 726-4800.
SOL Mexican Cocina
They will be serving their regular brunch menu but their lunch menu is also available. The menu includes Baja-inspired favorites including Huevos Rancheros, SOL Chilaquiles Verde, Souffle Carlotta and Crab & Shrimp Cakes “Benedicto.”
Three-course meal with The Fort salad, freshly baked breads, grilled ham steak with huckleberry sauce, au gratin potatoes, and Chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables ($39/adult or $25/child) or a roasted left leg of lamb with a rosemary garlic rub served with au jus, au gratin potatoes and Chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables ($49); and dessert features cheesecake with huckleberry preserves. And an Easter egg hunt will be available for kids all day. Reservations (303) 697-4771.
$20 Bottomless Bar Car Brunch, including the “Big” White Russian Bar, featuring assorted alternative and infused milks, cold brew coffee and shaved chocolates; an extensive charcuterie Bloody Mary bar; and bottomless mimosas with choice of orange, cranberry, grapefruit, passion fruit or blood orange juice. The Nickel’s classic brunch offerings will also be available on Easter, with dishes such as the Griddle Biscuit Sandwich, Plantains Foster French Toast and Chicken and Waffles. Reservations (720) 889-2128.
The Wild Game in Longmont and Evergreen
The Wild Game in Longmont is open for Easter. For $20, guests can get one large one-topping pizza, four soft drinks and four $10 arcade cards. They’ll also be hiding Easter eggs all over the venue. Every child who finds an egg gets a prize. At The Wild Game Evergreen, Easter will be celebrated TODAY, Saturday, April 15th. Each child who visits the venue on Saturday will receive a prize egg. The venue will be closed on Easter day. In Evergreen, TWG is celebrating Easter on Saturday, and each child receives a prize egg. The venue will be closed on Easter day. And don’t forget, In Good Taste Denver is running a contest through midnight, Sunday, April 16, giving away a $100 gift card to spend at either of The Wild Game locations. Enter now!
An extensive buffet which includes Eggs Benedict with Niman Ranch Smoked Ham, S’more Stuffed French Toast, Niman Ranch Smoked Bacon, the Chef’s Carving Station with Niman Ranch Maple-Orange Glazed Ham with Cranberry-Grain Mustard and Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Black Garlic Veal Jus and Brioche Dinner Rolls.