After the baskets are opened, the eggs have been found and the chocolate bunnies await, enjoy one of these divine Easter brunches (and a few tasty dinners) in the Valley. Be sure to make reservations; check restaurant Web sites for the most up-to-date prices and menu details.
Savor springtime during an Easter brunch created by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Chef’s tempting menu features entrées like lemon ricotta pancakes, roasted halibut, breakfast shrimp and grits, grilled Colorado lamb chops, and avocado and smoked salmon brioche. Choose your favorite, and enhance it with a “before and after” buffet of fresh fruit and berries, artisan breads, chilled shrimp cocktail, imported and domestic cheeses, and a lavish selection of Easter desserts. The team at jade bar’s will be dishing up a Sanctuary Bellini, mimosa or Bloody Mary bar with an assortment of garnishes. Relax at elements (pictured) or Praying Monk, with slide-away glass walls overlooking Paradise Valley, and enjoy brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.sanctuaryaz.com/food/events/holidays.html
Join Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Sunday, April 20, for the resort’s renowned Easter Champagne Brunch. This year, guests can enjoy an innovative Easter Brunch experience in the resort’s Trailblazer’s Ballroom. The Easter Champagne Brunch menu will offer breakfast stations with fresh pastries and omelets, carving stations with adobe-spiced pork loin and spring herb-crusted beef strip loin, seafood and sushi stations, a bountiful dessert station and more. www.kierlandresort.com.
T.Cook’s New American Kitchen on the property will be offering a delicious Easter brunch and the resort itself will be offering a separate buffet. Royal Palms brunch offerings highlight both the sea and the land with a carving station and an ocean station offering. Also a part of the buffet is a breakfast station, greens and soup, sides, pasta and sweets. T.Cook’s buffet focuses on highlighting fresh, seasonal, ingredients, offering parfaits, cheese and meats, fruit, and bagels. www.royalpalmshotel.com.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is celebrating Easter with an exquisite outdoor brunch featuring cuisine from three different restaurants (Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda and Ironwood American Kitchen), Easter egg hunts, a “Bunnyland” with pony rides, activities for the whole family and visits from the Easter Bunny. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
El Chorro warmly invites families across the Valley to join them for the special brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. El Chorro has prepared a special day for the entire family, including an Easter egg hunt, face painting and balloon artists. The restaurant will also feature an exclusive Easter dinner served from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. www.elchorro.com.
Gather the whole family and hippity hop over to The Farm at South Mountain this Easter Sunday for a delicious buffet brunch. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance for photo ops with the family, so don’t forget your camera. He may even have some special treats for you. www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/easter-brunch-in-the-grove-2014/.
Enjoy a relaxing lunch and music on the Mighty Wurlitzer at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa. For the first year, the restaurant is hosting a luncheon event on Easter from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.organstoppizza.com.
Taggia at FireSky Resort in Scottsdale hosts a special Easter Sunday brunch with seatings from 11 to 2:30 p.m. Entrees include French toast, cooked-to-order omelets, prime rib and more. www.taggiascottsdale.com.
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa provides families with the perfect setting to join together and celebrate Easter. Enjoy a farm-fresh Easter brunch at Ko’Sin Restaurant on Sunday, April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by an afternoon of family activities. www.wildhorsepassresort.com.
Celebrate a mouthwatering Easter amid the historic architecture and colorful flowering gardens of the Arizona Biltmore with a choice of a gala buffet in Wright’s at the Biltmore or a breakfast buffet and special tasting menu in Frank & Albert’s. And bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny and have the time of their lives at the resort’s annual Easter egg hunt. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen celebrates Easter with a yummy three-course prix fixe brunch menu, available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu: spring asparagus soup, chili-seared ahi tuna, Easter quiche and much more. www.rusconiskitchen.com.
Rawhide hosts an Easter egg hunt with a candy corral, duck walk, shoe scramble, water balloon toss, attraction rides and a visit from “Cowboy Cottontail”–in addition to a delicious buffet in the steakhouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.rawhide.com.
Celebrate Easter with a fabulous feast at stonegrill, Meritage and Tuscany restaurants at JW Marriott Desert Ridge on April 20. Enjoy a grand Easter brunch buffet at stonegrill, Italian country home breakfast and dinner at Tuscany or a festive dinner at Meritage Steakhouse. www.jwmarriott.com.
Celebrate at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North this Easter with an elaborate buffet in Talavera restaurant and picture-perfect children’s activities on Sunday, April 20. Plus, Proof, an American Canteen, will offer a special Easter menu for guests who prefer a four-course meal. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.
The Boulders, Waldorf Astoria Resort celebrates the Easter holiday on Sunday, April 20 with a lavish Easter brunch from 11 .m. to 3 p.m. Dishes include pecan-crusted salmon with sundried tomatoes and ancho chile sauce and filet mignon with chipotle-honey glaze and garlic chips. www.theboulders.com.
Roaring Fork hosts a Southwestern-style brunch on Sunday, April 20featuring signature side dishes, tasty brunch items, and desserts by Executive Chef Michael Bouwens. www.roaringfork.com.
The family-friendly Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix is offering two-days of Easter fun for all ages this year. The fun starts on Saturday, April 19, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for Breakfast With the Easter Bunny at Hole-in-the-Wall. On Easter Sunday, April 20, the resort will also be serving Easter Brunch at Rico’s American Grill from 10.a.m to 3 p.m. Also on Easter Sunday, families can gather at Hole-in-the-Wall from 11a.m. to 10 p.m. for an Easter Family Feast in a fun Western setting. www.pointehilton.com.
Enjoy Easter Brunch 1,800 feet above the Valley at Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. The AAA Four Diamond restaurant will be serving a decadent Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.pointehilton.com.
Enjoy Easter brunch at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. The culinary experience that includes creative crafts for the kids and delicious desserts that will leave you sweetly satisfied. You’ll even have an opportunity to build-your-own Bloody Mary. www.districtrestaurant.com.
Province’s Easter brunch menu will feature modern American favorites with cuisine inspired by traditional dishes and seasonally fresh ingredients. Easter brunch will incorporate local, farm-to-table fare and will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. phoenix.provincerestaurant.com.
Make your brunch reservation for ZuZu inside Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale, and dine inside or on the shaded courtyard patio between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy specials including crab cake Benedict with poached eggs and old bay hollandaise on a homemade English muffin or donut holes with homemade berry preserves or order off the regular menu. Build your own drink at the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar for just $5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9 a.m. on the patio, with several prizes being awarded. www.eatatzuzu.com.
Milagro Grill will be offering a brunch/lunch menu as well as a Brunch Buffet (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) on Easter with a build-your-own omelet bar, waffle bar, carving station with prime rib and rack of lamb. The buffet will also feature chicken chiliquiles, jalapeño bacon, salsa bar (six different salsas), and much more. www.milagrogrillaz.com.
Texaz Grill will feature a Easter Sunday brunch special, along with their traditional brunch menu. For Easter Sunday, Texaz Grill will feature a grilled ham steak: a pound of smoked pit ham, grilled with Red Eye Gravy on the side, served with choice of salad, potatoes, and bread and butter. www.texazgrill.com.
On Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Scottsdale Station will be serving its popular brunch entrees, plus several specials created for the holiday. Select from a variety of brunch favorites, such as the French Toast benedict, an egg-battered brioche grilled and topped with a thick sausage waffle and poached eggs, served with vanilla hollandaise, grilled potatoes and fruit. www.scottsdalestation.com.
Already the home of an award-winning brunch, LON’s at the Hermosa will be keeping its doors open on Sunday, April 20 not only for brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), but for Easter dinner (5:30 to 8 p.m.) as well. www.lons.com.
Roy’s Restaurant is offering a special two-course brunch on Easter Sunday. Guests can choose from delicious options like the famous Roy’s Benedict, macadamia nut pancakes and Karaage fried chicken. There’s also a special menu available for kids. www.roysrestaurant.com.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill will be serving up a yummy Easter brunch and most locations will be opening an hour earlier than normal. Enjoy the Breakfast quesadilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, jack cheese, potatoes, salsa fresca in a flour tortilla topped with tomatillo sauce and chipotle sour cream. That day Z’Tejas will also offer a complimentary photograph with the Easter Bunny. www.ztejas.com.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Cibo e Vino, will be celebrating Easter Sunday. Located in North Scottsdale, the restaurant is offering a great Easter Brunch menu; enjoy a mimosa, coffee or tea for your beverage and head to the omelet bar for your choice of eggs Benedict, salmon and smoked bacon, a pancake and waffle bar and fresh seasonal fruit. www.ciboevinoaz.com.
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