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The Ultimate Guide to Easter Eating in Denver/Boulder

By Ruth Tobias
April 8, 2014

While the following places are all offering up something special for Easter, note that other favorites plan to remain open for regular brunch service, including Comida’s RiNo outpost, Corner House, Gondolier Italian EateryOld Major and Zengo. And keep checking this page before next Sunday, as we'll continue to make updates as they arise.

beast + bottle
The regular brunch menu at Paul C. Reilly's Uptowner comes supplemented by an à la carte special of Scotch egg with spicy lamb sausage, pickled garbanzo beans and local lettuce. 719 E. 17th Ave.; 303-623-3223

Cafe Aion
À la carte holiday brunch specials at the Boulder tapas bar range from house-baked scones and sticky buns to grilled lamb chops and rosé sangria (9 AM-2 PM). 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder; 303-993-8131

Central Bistro & Bar
This LoHi neighborhood favorite is putting out an all-you-can-eat spread for $35, supplemented by bottomless mimosas for $10 (10 AM-4 PM; $10 per child 12 and under). 1691 Central St.; 303-477-4582

Charcoal
The Golden Triangle haunt offers a prix fixe brunch buffet of traditional Easter dishes (9 AM-3 PM; $31), followed by regular dinner service with some holiday specials (4-8 PM). 43 W. Ninth Ave.; 303-454-0000

Colt & Gray
Starting today, Nelson Perkins's Highland house of charcuterie, innovative seasonal fare and killer cocktails brings back its much-missed Sunday brunch; the doors open at 10 AM. 1553 Platte St.; 303-477-1477

Cured
On April 18, this Boulder gourmet shop is whipping up a Good Friday take-out dinner for two: call ASAP to reserve your housemade porchetta, accompanied by potato-leek gratin, sugar pea-asparagus salad in Meyer-lemon vinaigrette and panna cotta, which will be ready for pickup at 5:30 PM ($56). 1825B Pearl St., Boulder; 720-389-8096

Colterra
Niwot’s farm-to-fork fixture will serve an unusually varied three-course prix fixe for Easter brunch, with no fewer than 11 entree options like roasted leg of lamb Provençal, a pan roast of wild mahi mahi and mussels and your choice of five starters and four desserts (10 AM-4:30 PM; $45 per person). 210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303-652-0777

Comida Cantina
The Longmont wing of this ever-hopping taqueria twosome will open especially for brunch today with a menu slightly different than that of its RiNo sibling. Think Mexican-chocolate pancakes with cinnamon-chile butter in addition to huevos and the like. 721 Confidence Dr., Unit 1, Longmont; 720-204-6455

Denver Biscuit Co.
This down-home breakfast kitchen inside both the City Park and Baker branches of The Atomic Cowboy is dishing up its biscuit cinnamon rolls with Easter-pink frosting today only (8 AM-3 PM). 3237 E. Colfax Ave., 303-377-7900; 141 S. Broadway, 303-377-7900

EDGE Restaurant & Bar
The prix fixe brunch at the Four Seasons Denver dining room starts with your choice of two savory courses, such as burrata panzanella and roast lamb chops alongside chile bread pudding, then ends with a dessert buffet featuring cotton candy, a chocolate fountain and more (10 AM-3 PM; $55 per adult, $25 per child 12 and under). 1111 14th St.; 303-389-3343

Elway’s Downtown
The just-renovated steakhouse at The Ritz Carlton, Denver, will serve a slightly updated version of its regular dinner menu from 11 AM to 9 PM. Dish additions include melon gazpacho, deviled eggs and seared halibut with rock shrimp. 1881 Curtis St.; 303-312-3107

Flagstaff House
The view-blessed special-occasion destination is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for brunch: choices include coconut-fried oysters over roasted-banana polenta, seared duck confit with crispy egg and cornbread and the signature almond cake with chocolate mousse. 11AM-2:30 PM; $52 per adult. A separate children’s menu is $18. 1138 Flagstaff Rd., Boulder; 303-442-4640

Guard and Grace
More than 25 dishes grace the three-course prix fixe brunch menu at Troy Guard's downtown steakhouse, with choices ranging from classic shrimp cocktail and artichoke agnolotti in brown butter to lamb-neck Benedict and fork-and-knife cinnamon rolls (10 AM-2:30 PM; $45 per person). 1801 California St.; 303-996-9985

The Golden Bee
The Broadmoor’s beloved English pub serves an all-day Sunday roast starring honey-glazed ham with traditional trimmings, clam chowder and rhubarb pie à la mode ($28 per person). 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs; 719-577-5776

Humboldt Farm Fish Wine 
The stylish uptowner has a few à la carte specials lined up for the holiday, among them carved prime rib with horseradish-sour cream mashers, glazed pork loin with cheddar-scalloped potatoes and - spring sighting! - strawberry shortcake (10 AM-3 PM). 1700 Humboldt St.; 303-813-1700

Interstate Kitchen & Bar
All-you-can-stuff-down peel-and-eat shrimp, housemade sausage, omelets, hash and more: that's what the retro, roadside-inspired Sante Fe Arts District hangout has planned, with optional bottomless mimosas and Bloodies (10 AM-2 PM; $17 per person, $27 with booze). 1001 Santa Fe Dr.; 720-479-8829

Kachina Southwestern Grill
The Westminster hideaway’s doing a Wild Wild West breakfast featuring à la carte family-style portions of green-chile deviled eggs, piñon-crusted French toast and chocolate-chile beignets, along with a Bloody Mary bar or bottomless mimosas for an extra $10 (7 AM-2 PM). 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 303-410-5813

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
The brunch buffet at this French rendezvous Downtown will boast seafood and carving stations, scrambled eggs to order, an array of pastries and more, as well as an à la carte Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas (9 AM-3 PM; $40 per adult, $15 per child). 1512 Curtis St.; 303-534-1155

LoHi SteakBar
Hit this LoHi haunt for your usual brunch and join in an Easter-egg hunt while you're at it (10 AM). 3200 Tejon St.; 303-927-6334

Locanda del Borgo
Cherry Creek's go-to trattoria is whipping up a few specials for dinner on Easter Sunday, including asparagus-goat chese tortelloni with pesto in green-bean sauce and risotto alla Barolo with grilled lamb loin. 5575 E. 3rd Ave.; 303-388-0282

Ocean Prime
The Larimer Square seafooder opens specially at 11 AM to offer an à la carte brunch menu ranging from spinach quiche to braised short ribs, crab cake Benedict and more. The regular dinner menu will be available all day as well. 1465 Larimer St.; 303-825-3663

Olive & Finch Eatery
Along with a couple of à la carte weekend specials (namely a deviled-egg trio and pan-seared lamb), Mary Nguyen’s Uptown cafe and bakery is putting together an Easter basket featuring housemade truffles, cookies and Peeps-inspired marshmallows as well as goodies from The Chocolate Therapist. Note that orders for the $100 sampler (pictured top) must be made by the morning of April 18. 1552 E. 17th Ave.; 303-832-8663

Panzano
Centered around a pig roast on the patio, the prix fixe feast at the Hotel Monaco’s modern Italian mainstay includes an antipasto and dessert station as well as your choice of entree, from prosicutto-and-spinach strata to the seafood stew called burrida (8 AM-2:30 PM; $35 per adult, $17 per child 12 and under). 909 17th St.; 303-296-3525

Parallel Seventeen
Olive & Finch’s Vietnamese-fusion sibling at the edge of Uptown will have à la carte specials going throughout the weekend: think oyster-mushroom blintzes with truffle cream and smoked-salmon Benedict with caper relish. 1600 E. 17th Ave.; 303-300-0988

The Penrose Room
The Broadmoor’s legendary signature dining room is doing a grand brunch buffet complete with elaborate seafood, carving, salad and dessert stations. It’s almost fully booked, so call for remaining seatings ASAP ($60 per adult, $21 per child). 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs; 719-577-5773

SALT
For both brunch (10 AM-3 PM) and dinner (5-9 PM), Bradford Heap’s contemporary Boulder eatery is preparing a three-course prix fixe of smoked carrot-ginger soup, filet mignon with crispy shiitakes and truffled potatoes, hazelnut zabaglione and other options ($45 per person). 1047 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-444-7258

Second Home Kitchen + Bar
Three Easter-egg hunts at 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM will keep the kids busy during this Cherry Creek haunt’s à la carte Easter brunch (7 AM-3 PM). For dinner, the kitchen’s switching over to a three-course menu of ham glazed with honey and apricots, beef tenderloin and more (5 PM-close; $21 per person). 150 Clayton Ln.; 303-253-3000

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
The organic, GMO- and gluten-free Boulder cafe will be open for brunch and will be serving à la carte specials; we can't tell you what they'll be, since chef Jessica Emich concocts them based on local farmers' deliveries (10 AM-3 PM). 2027 13th St., Boulder; 303-449-0120

Spuntino
John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom are still hammering out the plans for Easter brunch at their LoHi cafe, but fresh-baked almond croissants and scones with lemon cream are on the docket, as are mimosas with your pick of fresh-squeezed juices; call for further details. 2639 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-433-0949

Trillium
Ryan Leinonen’s modern Scandinavian haunt in Ballpark opens from 10 AM to 3 PM today to serve an à la carte brunch that includes beignets, Swedish pancakes and egg dishes as well as the signature smorgasbord of small plates like pickled perch and roasted bone marrow with pear chutney. 2134 Larimer St.; 303-379-9759

Zolo Grill
Three à la carte specials will supplement the regular brunch menu at this Southwestern longtimer in Boulder, among them blue corn-fried prawns over grits and a surf 'n' turf skillet with lump crab, grilled sirloin and goat-cheese fondue. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303-449-0444

Places Mentioned

Trillium

Scandinavian • Ballpark

Food25 Decor19 Service24 Cost$39
 
 
 
Zengo

Asian • LoDo

Food25 Decor25 Service23 Cost$39
 
 
 
Old Major

LoHi

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Comida

Mexican • River North Art District

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Comida

Mexican • Longmont

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Salt

Boulder

Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$37
 
 
 
Atmo.23 Decor23 Service22 CostM
 
 
 
Penrose Room

French • Colorado Springs

Food28 Decor29 Service29 Cost$101
 
 
 
Olive and Finch

City Park West

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Parallel Seventeen

City Park West

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$26
 
 
 
Panzano

Italian • Central Business District

Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$44
 
 
 
Cafe Aion

Cafe • Boulder

Food22 Decor22 Service22 Cost$28
 
 
 
Central Bistro and Bar

American • LoHi

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Food27 Decor24 Service26 Cost$44
 
 
 
Atomic Cowboy

Pizza • Baker

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Atomic Cowboy

Pizza • City Park

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EDGE Restaurant and Bar

Steakhouse • Central Business District

Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$42
 
 
 
Elway's

Steakhouse • Central Business District

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
Flagstaff House

American • Boulder

Food27 Decor28 Service27 Cost$75
 
 
 
Golden Bee

Colorado Springs

Food23 Decor28 Service24 Cost$26
 
 
 
Colt & Gray

American • LoHi

Food25 Decor24 Service23 Cost$48
 
 
 
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Guard and Grace

Steakhouse • Central Business District

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