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Easter Eats: It’s Not too Late to Make Brunch Reservations (or Order Take-Out)

By Rina Rapuano
April 11, 2014
Photo by: Karlis Dambrans

With little more than a week till Easter, you may have assumed that every brunch slot on the Eastern seaboard has been booked. Not so - we have it on good authority that several excellent DC restaurants still have reservations available. Below are some fun things you can still do on Easter - plus three ways you can stay home but skip the cooking and cleanup detail:

Go Greek

- Zaytinya offers a two-week Greek Easter menu from April 20 to May 3, when dishes like sweet Greek fritters (loukamades), an asparagus omelet with feta and dill, and avgolemono soup with smoked lamb liver, rice and onions will be available (202-638-0800). 

- Kapnos serves a three-course Easter brunch on Easter Sunday priced at $39 per person. There’s also an a la carte kids menu with dishes ranging from $11-$15. There are a few reservations left, and the patio will be open for walk-ins if the weather is nice (2201 14th St. NW; 202-234-5000).

- Iron Gate will serve its first Easter brunch that Saturday and Sunday, when chef Anthony Chittum will prepare a menu of Greek starters served family style; a choice of rotisserie lamb, baked eggs with pork and crushed tomatoes, or trumpet-mushroom pastitsio for an entree; and three family-style desserts. Reserve a spot for the three-course, $65 per person menu here (1734 N St. NW; 202-524-5202)

Order Take-Out

- Kapnos offers spreads, spit-roasted meats and Greek Easter favorites like tsoureki bread, roasted lemon potatoes, fava santorini and horta to go. Orders must be placed by Wednesday and can be  picked up at Kapnos on Easter Sunday from 10 AM-noon. Download the order form here, then fill it out and send it to eat@kapnosdc.com.

- Society Fair in Alexandria sells Easter brunch to-go bags stuffed with a ham and Gruyere quiche, citrus fruit salad, house-cured bacon, scones with butter and raspberry jam, 10 ounces of of Society Fair coffee and sparkling wine for $55. (The scones and bacon need to be cooked, and instructions will be provided.) Bags can be ordered here and must be picked up at Society Fair April 19 from 4-10 PM (277 S. Washington St.; 703-683-3247).
     
- The Carolina Kitchen offers three Southern Easter to-go packages that range in price from $249-$625 plus tax. The $249 package feeds 12-15 and includes a choice of whole turkey or ham, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams and 15 pieces of cornbread. Orders can be can be placed from 10 AM-5:30 PM through April 17, and cancelations require a week’s notice for full refunds (2350 Washington Place, NE, 202-733-1216; 800 Shoppers Way, Largo, MD, 301-350-2929; 6501 America Blvd., Hyattsville, MD, 301-927-2929). 

5 Still-Available Brunch Picks

- Poste Moderne Brasserie turns its popular Poste Roast into an all-day Easter brunch buffet on the patio (weather permitting), offering such dishes as green bean almondine, pomme puree, butter lettuce salad, hot-cross buns, glazed ham, roasted lamb shoulder, spit-roasted pork loin and more for $40 per person. There will also be colored, hard-boiled eggs, Easter candy and housemade desserts including carrot cake, cupcakes and sugar cookies (555 Eighth St. NW; 202-783-6060).

- Central Michel Richard will serve an a la carte Easter Sunday brunch from 12-2:30 PM, which will be served in addition to the restaurant’s brunch menu. Brunch will include such dishes as smoked salmon with traditional garnishes; Michel’s pancakes with blueberries, banana and macadamia nuts; crème brûlée French toast; and eggs Benedict with roasted fingerling potatoes (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-626-0015).

- Mio Restaurant offers an a la carte Puerto Rican brunch featuring such dishes as deviled eggs three ways, roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and lemon, plantain mash and a guava-infused sauce, and chocolate cake with basil Ice cream. Brunch will be served from 11 AM-3 PM Sunday, and kids will receive take-home goodie bags with treats like Easter eggs. alfajores and guava cookies (1110 Vermont Ave. NW; 202-955-0075).
 
- 1789 Restaurant will serve an a la carte Easter brunch from 10 AM-3 PM, complete with an appearance from the Easter Bunny, who will deliver candy to children. During brunch service, the first and second courses are included in the entrée price, which ranges from $28 to $40. Dishes will include Vidalia onion soup served with beer-battered Vidalia onion rings; ham and eggs with housemade honey ham, creamed collard greens and scrambled eggs; and brown-butter Belgian waffles with bourbon maple syrup and rhubarb compote. Desserts will be available for $10 each, and an a la carte Easter dinner will be served from 4-8 PM (1226 36th St. NW; 202-965-1789).

- Bastille in Alexandria offers a three-course, prix-fixe Easter brunch for $49 per person (half price for children under 12) not including tax and gratuity from 11 AM-3:30 PM. The first course will include such dishes as Maine lobster bisque or rock shrimp beignets; the second course will feature such choices as steak and eggs, mussels steamed in a light lemon cream or their version of eggs Benedict with biscuits and caviar. Dessert brings a choice of cherry cheesecake, hazelnut panna cotta or a trio of artisanal cheeses, among others (1201 N. Royal St.; 703-519-3776).

Egg Hunts

- Pinstripes hosts an Easter egg hunt along the C&O Canal and in the patio areas of the Georgetown bowling, bocce and bistro venue during brunch on Easter Sunday. More than 1,500 eggs filled with candy and coupons will be hidden, and guests can hunt for them after purchasing a $4 basket, which comes with a chocolate Easter bunny and benefits Children's National Medical Center. The brunch buffet costs $30 per adult, $15 per child 6-12 and free for children under 5; it runs from 9:30 AM-3 PM, with basket purchases starting at 10:30 AM and the hunt beginning at 11 AM (1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-625-6500).

- Café Dupont will distribute decorative eggs starting at 11 AM Saturday with special promotions and deals from neighboring businesses, including SecondiTranquil Space and the Washington Sports Club. In addition, the café and bar will hand out festive eggs filled with sweet treats with each check from 2-5 PM while guests enjoy music from featured DJ Wolf Detrix (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-797-0169).

Places Mentioned

Zaytinya

Mediterranean • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food26 Decor24 Service22 Cost$43
 
 
 
Kapnos

Greek • U Street Corridor

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Iron Gate Restaurant

Mediterranean • Dupont Circle

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Society Fair

Alexandria

Food24 Decor26 Service25 Cost$33
 
 
 
Carolina Kitchen

Southern American • Lake Arbor

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$24
 
 
 
The Carolina Kitchen

Southern American • Brentwood

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Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$24
 
 
 
PINSTRIPES

Georgetown

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Café Dupont

French • Dupont Circle

Food21 Decor21 Service20 Cost$44
 
 
 
Poste

French • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food20 Decor22 Service20 Cost$50
 
 
 
Central Michel Richard

Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food26 Decor21 Service23 Cost$54
 
 
 
Mio

Latin American • Downtown

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$41
 
 
 
1789

American • Georgetown

Food26 Decor25 Service26 Cost$70
 
 
 
Bastille

French • Alexandria

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$52
 
 
 
 
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