One of my favorite holidays of the year, and a great reason to hang up your apron and let someone else cook for you!
First, the pricier brunch options (a special treat!):
5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley
Visit LON’s at the Hermosa Inn on Easter Sunday to be greeted by its famous, fresh-baked brioche monkey bread topped with cream cheese frosting, then bask in a luxurious three-course brunch. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., choose between six different appetizers including smoked Scottish salmon atop everything bagel chips and local beet salad with pistachio-goat cheese puree. Entrees range from Maine lobster quiche to fried Petaluma chicken breast on a cornmeal waffle. For dessert, you can have your cake and eat it too: Choose from carrot, key lime cheesecake, or dark chocolate. Cost is $79 per person and reservations are required at 602-955-7878.
5200 East Camelback Road
This Valley favorite inside the Royal Palms Resort and Spa does not mess around when it comes to brunch. Add Easter to the equation and you have an unforgettable meal with views of Camelback Mountain. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., start with a buffet featuring chilled seafood like snow crab claws, oysters and Baja prawns, and add some fresh berries and artisanal cheeses to your plate to round it out. Entrees include duck confit Benedict, arroz negro (forbidden black rice with Spanish chorizo and Maine lobster), and sea bass with charred broccolini. A dessert buffet will end the experience on a sweet note. Expect to spend $95 for adults and $45 for children aged 6 to 12. Call 602-808-0766 or head to Open Table to make reservations.
Voila French Bistro
10135 East Via Linda, Scottsdale
Enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe Easter brunch at Voila French Bistro with choice of Champagne, mimosa, or red or white wine from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. To start, the escargots de Bourgogne, six Burgundy snails with parsley butter and garlic, should fill you with a certain joie de vivre. There are five entrees, including the croque madame, a ham sandwich with melted Swiss cheese and Béchamel sauce topped with a sunny-side egg, and beef Bourguignon, a traditional French beef stew with potatoes and carrots served with scalloped potatoes. For dessert, hopefully a traditional creme brulee tickles your fancy. Cost is $49 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the Voila French Bistro website. Bon appétit!
2501 East Telawa Trail
The Wrigley Mansion aims to make Easter a special occasion for the entire family. Say hello and snap a photo with the Easter bunny on your way in, then take the kids to an egg hunt at noon or 3 p.m. There are two seatings for brunch, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where chef-manned food stations will serve up holiday classics like slow-roasted prime rib and lamb. Pricing is $85 for adults and includes the mansion’s signature mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Cost for children is $45. Visit Open Table or call 602-955-4079 for reservations.
The Grill Kitchen & Bar
34631 North Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree
The Grill Kitchen & Bar at the Boulders Resort & Spa is doing it big this Easter with a ritzy Champagne brunch and live music. Wander through various stations for made-to-order omelets, house-made bacon, fry bread with everything from local honey to smoked salmon, and a decadent seafood selection featuring poke, oysters, shrimp, and ceviche. If none of that tickles your fancy, maybe chicken and waffle bites, balsamic grilled rack of lamb, or seared diver scallops with charred sweet corn will do the trick. The Easter bunny will even be there to keep the little ones occupied. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost is $78 per person, or $30 for children 12 and under. Call 480-488-7353 to hold your place.
A little more affordable brunch options:
Pomelo at the Orchard
7100 North 12th Street
Head to Pomelo this Easter for an inspired brunch set at one of Arizona’s first citrus farms. Start with a crudite platter with hummus and grilled pita ($11), then keep it fresh with the seared ahi tuna salad ($18). Indulge in the short rib Benedict ($16) or breakfast pizza featuring fresh mozzarella, Schreiner’s sausage, breakfast potatoes, and over-medium eggs ($16). Rendezvous with rosé all day for an extra $20. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reservations can be made by calling 602-633-2600.
4800 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Celebrate Easter in the tradition of the Old West at Roaring Fork in Scottsdale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Savor the buffet-style menu, featuring egg and meat carving tables with ham and roast beef and a savory hot-and-cold station. Additional menu items range from buttermilk fried chicken with green chile gravy to huckleberry French toast and prime rib. Save room for bread pudding and pecan pie bars at the dessert station. Cost is $39 and reservations can be made at 480-947-0795 or through the Roaring Fork website.
The Vig Restaurants
Check out the Vig (with locations at Fillmore, McCormick, McDowell Mountain, Arcadia, and Uptown) for a laid-back brunch with live music and plenty of drink specials. Bloody Marys and mimosas are $4, while bottles of wine are half priced. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy luscious menu selections like the Monte Cristo French toast sandwich with ham, Swiss cheese, and over easy eggs ($11), chorizo burrito with green chiles ($9), and enchilidas de pollo with shredded chicken ($10). Visit The Vig website to select your location and make reservations.
Match Restaurant & Lounge
1100 North Central Avenue
Match Restaurant & Lounge, inside the art boutique Found:RE hotel in Phoenix, calls hipsters and regular folk alike to partake in their Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their menu includes avocado toast with goat cheese ($12), huevos rancheros featuring corn tostadas and salsa verde ($12), and salmon salad with house-made salmon cakes and lemon champagne vinaigrette ($15). Exclusively for the occasion, Match is offering red velvet pancakes with whipped cream and white chocolate syrup ($12). Make reservations by calling 602-875-8080.
Source: The Phoenix New Times “Easter Brunch 2019“