7 Best Bets for Easter BrunchBy Megan Giller | April 10, 2014 By Megan Giller | April 10, 2014
Easter is fast coming upon us (April 20), which means more than big bunnies and egg hunts. Some of the most respected restaurants in town will flex their culinary muscle with lavish holiday brunches. Here are the best bets.
The $65 prix fixe features pastry chef Janina O’Leary’s hot cross buns, followed by a choice of pate or oysters. For the main course hit up options like roast chicken and buckwheat crepes, and be sure to grab a complimentary bellini with a mixed berry puree. There’s also a special $25 menu for kids 12 and under. Hit it up from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, but be sure to make a reservation.
1501 E. Seventh St., 512-391-1888
Chef Sonya Cote’s outdoor farm restaurant makes an idyllic setting for the spring holiday. Check out the $100 brunch buffet and adult egg hunt, with Bloody Marys and mimosas as well as dishes like biscuits and red-eye gravy, wild-boar bacon, fennel-chicken-and-rabbit sausage, Springdale asparagus quiche and more. The fun starts at 1 PM with cocktails and appetizers and the main brunch is at 2 PM.
755 Springdale Rd., 512-428-6500
Chef Kent Rathbun’s restaurant is in high form for Easter, serving a three-course brunch for $35 per person. Think specials like chicken-fried quail and waffles, polenta-crusted fried green tomatoes and Rathbun’s famous baby-back ribs. Brunch lasts from 11 AM to 3 PM. Call 512-834-4111 to make a reservation.
11506 Century Oaks Terrace, 512-834-4111
Take in a view of Lady Bird Lake at chef Shawn Cirkiel’s new downtown spot, as well as a huge buffet with made-to-order omelets, homemade waffles and pancakes, a carving station, Southwestern classics like empanadas and dozens of specialty desserts. A mimosa and additional brunch cocktail are included in the $49 price tag ($19 for kids 12 and under). Brunch is served from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
111 E. Cesar Chavez St., 512-478-2991
The usual brunch menu gets a boost with holiday additions like country ham and eggs as well as prime rib with mashed potatoes and green beans, with horseradish on the side. Also get your Peter Rabbit cocktails and mimosas for $8 and $2, respectively. Plus, every table with a reservation gets an Easter basket with Easter eggs filled with treats and prizes (everything from candy to gift certificates to jewelry from Kendra Scott). Brunch is served until 3 PM on Sunday.
415 Colorado St., 512-394-8000
Check out the new menu at chef Josh Watkins’ restaurant for the special day and enjoy dishes like crispy pork belly eggs Benedict, bread pudding French toast, marinated crab claws and more. There’s also a complimentary champagne cocktail bar. Adults are $65, kids 6 to 12 years old are $19.95 and kids 5 and under are free. Call 512-404-3689 to make a reservation.
1900 University Ave., 512-404-3655
Holidays are always a good excuse to eat something sweet, and the bananas Foster French toast at this Austin staple is a prime example. The special Easter brunch buffet is $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. It begins at 10 AM and ends at 2 PM.
10850 Stonelake Blvd., 512-342-2700