The Procrastinator's Guide to Easter brunch
Easter Sunday can mean worship or just a hunt for pastel plastic eggs, but it's always best when it includes a fabulous brunch. You might be too late to get a reservation for Brennan's famous Easter brunch, but we've got spots with open space for an Easter that's boozy, bountiful, globally-inspired or kid-oriented — and in certain cases, all of the above.
The slick space from California's Piero Selvaggio may not be the first you think of as family-friendly, but for the holiday the restaurant is mixing it up, offering a buffet of chilled breakfast favorites (fruit, salmon, cheese) and a choice of entrees including Derek's colossal French toast, pulled pork huevos rancheros, and pistachio-crusted lamb chop which are cooked to order for $38 per person. Best of all, the meal for kids under 12 is a paltry $12.
If family gatherings require an alcoholic buffer, suggest brunching at Cafe Moustache, where the mimosas (both traditional and mango) are bottomless and the menu offers French classics like eggs benedict, French toast and crepes. Mmmm, crepes.
For those who see the holiday as just another Sunday Funday, there's no place like Berryhill's Bunny Brunch, which features deals on egg dishes (get it) like migas and eggs benedict alongside mimosas and frozen screwdrivers for 99 cents each.
For something a little different, head to Khun Kay Thai Café starting Sunday for the mini Easter Egg menu — four egg-centered Thai specialties like "eggs in a basket" and "daughter-in-law eggs" served for $8.95 each.
There are still a few reservations left for Philippe, where Chef Schmit will be serving mouth-watering dishes like Easter lamb three ways, baked eggs with lobster and brioche French toast in a special a la carte menu.
It's too late to snare a reservation at Brennan's for Sunday, but rather then cry over spilt turtle soup, head instead to west side offshoot Bistro Alex, where the family classics like scallops and crawfish, brandy bread pudding and yes, turtle soup, will be offered in the three-course Easter menu for $39 per person.
No matter what you do on Saturday night, there's no better place to eat and get right with Jesus than House of Blues' gospel brunch. Whether you prefer the buffet of Southern favorites ($35 adults, $27 seniors, $15 children 3-12) or you'd rather dine like a VIP in the Foundation Room ($55 per person) before slipping into the balcony for the show, you're in for an inspired performance.
You don't need a holiday to enjoy the sybaritic indulgence of brunch at this high-end Houston hotspot. But if you were waiting for a holiday before indulging in RDG's grapefruit margaritas, gourmet donuts (yes, they exist, and they're spectacular) and smoked oysters, well, here's your opening.
There are many good occasions to visit the rustic, wooded Rainbow Lodge, but few opportunities offer a three-course tasting menu ($45 per person) and the kind of perfect weather that we're expecting for Sunday — all the better to explore those beautiful grounds.