Most of us have fond childhood memories of chocolate bunnies, robin's eggs, marshmallow chicks, and jelly beans.
But Easter meals aren’t just about sugar, candy, and dessert. Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal or a creative spin on some classic dishes, restaurants around South Florida are serving a number of creative twists on classic brunch offerings, with everything from buffet banquets to specialty à la carte dishes.
Just remember to save a little room for some chocolate bunny — or try, anyway.
Beauty & the Feast
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-8070, or visit society8.com.
What's better than a hotel Sunday brunch? How about a hotel Sunday brunch on the beach. Beauty & the Feast will serve Easter Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5 with a large menu featuring an extraordinary array of dishes and drink specials. Enjoy $15 endless mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys along with a prix fixe menu of small plates, feast dishes, and gourmet food stations. That includes everything from wild berry silver dollar pancakes to succulent gulf shrimp with smoked cheddar grits and even crispy chicken sliders with spicy honey and mango slaw. As a special addition for the Easter holiday, Beauty & the Feast will feature meat-carving, omelet, and fresh fruit parfait stations. Last, but certainly not least, the pastry chef's dessert table will have a number of goodies made especially for that day.
5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek. Call 954-935-6699, or visit nyysteak.com.
On Sunday, April 5, NYY Steak will serve Easter brunch New York-style with a number of specialty dishes prepared that day. That includes a seafood station with Alaskan king crab, shrimp cocktail, and smoked salmon. There's also a salad and soup bar, where you can find everything from a classic caesar salad to corn and crab chowder. The pancake station allows you to choose your own toppings, while at an egg and omelet station, a chef will whip up anything you desire. The carving station will include a salt-and-pepper-crusted prime rib or house-smoked, bone-in ham. If you're desiring something more showy, the strawberry-stuffed French toast with white and dark chocolate drizzle could be the answer. Feeling fancy? The scallops Rockefeller features bacon-wrapped seared scallops smothered in a spinach and Sambuca cream sauce. Then, end it all with an ice cream and pastry dessert station, including made-to-order crepes. Easter brunch will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $95 per person.
Hot & Soul
3045 N. Federal Highway, Wilton Manors. Call 754-206-2155, or visit hotandsoul.com.
Chef-owners Christy Samoy and Mike Hampton's first restaurant, Hot & Soul, off Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, opened just over a year ago. Today, the quaint eatery seems to be on everyone's "to taste" list thanks to its creative and original fare. Here, everything is served in full or half portions, allowing diners to taste more selections from the menu in one sitting. For Easter Sunday, the kitchen's dynamic duo will serve a number of specialty items, each served à la carte. That includes fresh-baked beignets, pan-fried rice pudding cakes with agave nectar and almonds; a crawfish étouffée with long grain rice and a poached egg; or a grilled culotte steak with gnocchi hash and steak sauce. The restaurant will also offer mimosas by the glass ($7) or a bottle with a carafe of Kennesaw OJ ($35), as well as red or white sangria by the glass ($8) and by the carafe ($28). Or try one of Hot & Soul's famous sake cocktails ($8), ginger and grapefruit with fresh made syrup, or a tropical infusion of coconut milk, coconut water, and a touch of ginger syrup.
2096 NE Second St., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-596-5840, or visit cafemeddeerfield.com.
Cafe Med, located along the beautiful sandy shores of Deerfield Beach, will serve an Easter feast — buffet style — on Easter Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cafe Med’s menu is comprised of fresh seafood, signature pastas, and flavorful entrées. The origins of Cafe Med’s time-tested recipes and authentic ingredients can be traced from the shores of Italy to the shops of Arthur Avenue, “The Real Little Italy,” in the Bronx, New York, where they proudly source many of their ingredients. Come Easter Sunday, guests can choose from a wide assortment of 30 menu items offered at the buffet, ranging from traditional brunch-style fare such as omelets, eggs Benedict, and French toast to Italian delicacies like penne vodka, rigatoni Bolognese, and chicken Marsala. There will also be fresh seafood at the seafood station. The buffet is $39 per person.
Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-727-0307, or visit bigcitylasolas.com.
Big Time Restaurant Group — the company behind concepts like Rocco's Tacos and Big City Tavern — is inviting South Florida to celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each of its establishments. However, the best deal in town will be with Big City Tavern, where standout dishes include the restaurant's crabcake eggs Benedict and banana and chocolate chip pancakes. A necessity for any Florida brunch, Big City Tavern also offers $12 unlimited mimosas and endless bloody marys with the purchase of an entrée. For guests who prefer a later meal, all restaurants will offer an à la carte dinner with Easter specials.
The Rusty Hook Tavern
125 Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach. Call 954-941-2499, or visit therustyhooktavern.com.
For a relaxing brunch with pristine views of the Intracoastal, make plans to dine at the Rusty Hook Tavern. On Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Rusty Hook Tavern will offer a specialty lineup of both traditional brunch favorites and seasonally inspired dishes, all of which will be available à la carte. Whether you’re dining outside on the patio or inside in the dining room, enjoy some of chef’s featured dishes, like the Big Boy Benedict, with brisket hash, potato, tomato, and mushroom gravy. Or go for the Blackened Catch, with Brussels-sprout slaw, mango salsa, and tomatillo coulis; the Naughty Waffle with caramelized banana, strawberries, Nutella, and chantilly cream; and more. Menu items are available à la carte and range from $5 to $19.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach. Call 954-457-3920, or visit 3forks.com.
You can't go wrong with a steak-house brunch — even on Easter Sunday. Luckily, III Forks Prime Steakhouse will provide a three-course Easter celebration dinner menu and an à la carte menu on April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu will include a first-course choice of III Forks salad or steak-house wedge salad. Entrée choices are roasted tenderloin in a roasted shallot thyme veal demi-glaze with whipped potatoes and asparagus; pan-seared Atlantic salmon with charred truffle corn beurre blanc on roasted wild mushrooms; double-cut, herb-crusted lamb chop with braised fennel and roasted fingerling potatoes; and airline chicken paillard with oyster mushrooms and smoked bacon veloute, served with whipped potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts. Dessert is a special Easter chef’s selection. The Easter menu is $46.95 with coffee and tea included. Children under 12 can order soup or salad, an entrée, and dessert for $16.95.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-414-8333, or visit steak954.com.
Celebrate Easter Sunday with family and friends at Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy brunch on the outdoor terrace while overlooking the beach or in the dining room with views of the 15-foot-long aquarium. Starting at 11 a.m., experience special dishes for Easter brunch created by executive chef Nicolay Adinaguev. Featured dishes include Scotch eggs with spicy mustard, house-pickled pearl onions, and daikon; lemon and ricotta pancakes topped with Meyer lemon curd and fresh local strawberries; a homemade fried chicken biscuit with rosemary honey butter and sunny-side-up eggs; and a lamb burger with cucumber yogurt, roasted tomatoes, pickled red onion, and arugula on a house-made onion brioche bun. Children (and adults) can also treat themselves to dessert at the “build your own" cookie bar.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-765-3100, or visit harborbeachmarriott.com.
This year, treat yourself to Easter brunch with an ocean view. Set on 16 private oceanfront acres, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal place to spend Easter Sunday, complete with bottomless mimosas and champagne. On Easter, the property is offering a sprawling Easter brunch in its Ocean Ballroom, which is open to both guests and the public with seatings at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Choose from several decadent options prepared by the property's award-winning chefs, with meals ranging from horseradish-crusted salmon and whipped Yukon Gold potatoes to salt-crusted prime rib, maple bourbon ham, mozzarella, and heirloom tomato salad. A kids buffet will also be offered, and adults can partake in bottomless mimosas. Cost is $75 per person, $37 for children ages 5 to 12, and children under 4 eat free.
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Pelican Grand Beach Resort
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-556-7667, pelicanbeach.com.
If you're looking for a great way to relax on a Sunday, the beach is — of course — where it's at. With a veranda that opens straight onto that golden strip of land, the brunch is about as close as you can get to the Atlantic Ocean. This Sunday, guests will have unlimited access to a number of buffet tables, including a salad station, seafood tower, cold display, carving station, made-to-order waffles and omelets, bloody marys, and mimosas. Special entrées that day include roast leg of lamb and a fresh catch of the day. Plus, you don't have to deal with the stress of figuring out the check. It's a vacation from the average brunch scene for both tourists and locals. The Pelican Grand Beach Resort Easter brunch is Sunday, April 5, with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Children 4 years of age and under are free, children ages 5-12 are $35, and adults are $70 per person.
721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Call 954-764-7005.
The best things in life are sweet and bubbly, and this Easter Sunday American Social Las Olas is offering a celebratory brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $23.95 per person, and all-you-can-drink deals starting at $10 per person. Guests are invited to put all their eggs in one basket with an endless selection of made-to-order omelets; freshly-pressed Belgian waffles; salt and pepper prime rib; fried chicken; chilled snow crab legs; house-smoked Atlantic salmon; a choice of two breakfast sausages; hickory smoked bacon; roasted potatoes; warm biscuits and gravy; carved ham; and an assortment of baked goods alongside its menu of classic American comfort food. Count your blessings with a choice of bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas, “Angryosas,” a combination of Angry Orchard and orange juice, or Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy for $10 per person with the brunch buffet. Patrons can step-up the spike in their endless Bloody Marys with Stoli Vodka for $5 more or add premium Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne to their bottomless Mimosas for an additional $20. If ordering sans buffet, the classic all-you-can-drink special start at $15.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole, or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.