Best Easter Brunches in the U.S.

A look at some of the best spots for brunch in The Daily Meal's 12 featured cities


New Orleans

Commander's Palace • The Jazz Brunch on Saturday and Sunday features live New Orleans jazz by the Joe Simon's Jazz Trio. Gumbo YaYa, eggs couchon de lait, and a Creole bread pudding soufflé washed down with bloody mary finished tableside with ice block vodka ($39).

Galatoire's Restaurant • The menu has changed little in a century, and is full of things like turtle soup au sherry, crabmeat au gratin, eggs Sardou (with creamed spinach, artichoke bottoms, and Hollandaise), and Louisiana seafood eggplant cake. Open Sunday from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

New York City

Daniel, which is #4 on The Daily Meal's list of 101 Best Restaurants in America, may not be open for brunch, but you can get brunch at Bar Boulud, Café Boulud, db Bistro Moderne, and DBGB if you want that Boulud touch on Easter Sunday.

Marea • Sunday brunch (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at one of the most original and consistently wonderful upscale Manhattan restaurant newcomers in recent memory includes options like pancetta and burrata scramble, eggs arrabbiata, pizza, and sandwiches that include meatball sliders and the 'Torpedo,' essentially Michael White's Italian cold cut sandwich.

 

Philadelphia

Vetri (#54) isn't open for brunch on Sunday, and neither is Osteria (#64). But Chef Marc Vetri's third endeavor Amis, featuring Roman comfort food does do brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Philly brunch alterinative:

Crêperie Beau Monde • Crêpes with sausage, smoked salmon or trout, blueberries, bacon, mushrooms, poached eggs, or chicken fricassee — plenty of brunch options to choose on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

San Francisco

Bouchon Yountville • Shellfish platters, foie gras terrine, salt cod beignets, steak frites, steamed mussels, profiteroles, and other bistro basics are on the menu at this authentic-looking French bistro reimagined in the Napa Valley. Open for lunch both Saturday and Sunday. For another Thomas Keller option, there's Sunday brunch at Ad Hoc. (Photo: Flickr/kla4067)

Slanted Door • If you don't mind mixing brunch with tourists, Slanted Door  is open for brunch on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They do a modern interpretation of classic Vietnamese street food in the Ferry Building,

Zuni Café • San Francisco Mediterranean cooking at its best from chef Judy Rodgers, with Chez Panisse alumnus Gilbert Pilgram now in charge of the dining room. Sunday brunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Washington DC

Citronelle, Rasika, Restaurant Eve, CityZen, none of these spots on the list of 101 Best Restaurants serve brunch. Minibar, José Andrés' six-seat restaurant, is also closed Sunday. It's obviously not the same type of experience at Café Atlantico, but on Sunday they do a Nuevo Latino Dim Sum Brunch. Just remember, the last seating for the full chef’s dim sum tasting menu is 1:30 p.m. Two other Easter brunch options:

Coeur de Lion • Among the choices on their three-course Easter Brunch menu are roasted corn bisque, eggs benedict with crab cake and pommes Lyonnaise, and blueberry crême brulée ($45 per person).

Bastille • Noted as one of Washintgon's top 100 restaurants a few years ago, Bastille will be doing a special three-course prix fixe Easter brunch including options ranging from a trio of rillettes and biscuit with sausage and gravy to apple Tatin.

 

Austin

Fonda San Miguel • The brunch menu features clay pots filled with meat dishes cooked in moles and pipians, salads, fruits, and a dessert table with arroz con leche, capirotada, and flan almendrado.

Lambert's Downtown Barbecue • Barbecue for brunch! Cheddar and poblano grits. prime rib, coffee and sugar rubbed brisket, smoked brisket hash — just some items on Lambert's brunch menu.

 

Seattle

Neither Canlis nor Herbfarm do brunch, but you're in Seattle, and that means that some of the best brunch spots are going to be dim sum. Here's a selection that was featured in The Seattle Times:

Jade Garden • Renowned for the crush of people, but consistently noted as the go-to spot.

Sun Ya Seafood Restaurant • Duck, pork, and soy chicken, honey walnut prawns, shrimp-stuffed eggplant, fresh bao, and much more.

Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant • In her Times dim sum article, Nancy Leson complimented Imperial for a swift wait, expansive dim-sum, lobster dumplings, salt and pepper prawns, and short-ribs with sesame.

Chiang's Gourmet • Steamed dumplings, housemade pan-fried Shanghai-style noodles, and spareribs prepared several ways, are just a few highlights at this dim sum spot.

Top Gun Seafood Restaurant • Some of the recommended dishes here include: shrimp-filled dumplings, pan-fried turnip cake, soft-fried tofu, mango pudding, glazed bao, chicken-and-egg-laced congee, and lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice.



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