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Easter Brunch 

click to enlarge We're not promising this kind of weather.
  • We're not promising this kind of weather.
We're not promising this kind of weather.
In case the giant bins of M&M's and jellybeans in the grocery store and the overabundance of fish dishes on local restaurant menus weren't a giveaway, Easter is just around the corner. That means that many of us will do two things April 12 that we probably won't do for another 12 months, go to church and eat something called "brunch."

While often paired with the religious holiday, brunch is thankfully a secular affair. Even better it's usually served with a heaping of bacon and a side of booze (well, champagne at least).

According to an informal survey we did this past week, you won't find many traditional fixed-price or fixed-menu brunches around town this Easter, although both McMenamins and Seasons are offering the full experience. But we confirmed that many of your favorite breakfast spots will be offering some specialty menu items and taking reservations (to some degree) on Easter Sunday. Here's a rundown of some of the highlights.

McKay Cottage (62910 Ob Riley Rd) is taking reservations for tables up until 9am, after that it's first come, first served. Though a morning-of phone call can get you on the list, cutting down on what can be a chilly wait. Expect to find favorites like seafood benedict and fresh berry crepes on the menu with Bloody Marys and mimosas available on the side. (383-2697)

CHOW (1110 Newport) is planning to offer more than half a dozen specials on Easter including, possibly, lobster benedict (mmm). The sleek Westside restaurant will be taking reservations for parties of six or more. Chef David Touvell says he hopes to have the patio open (weather permitting) and a batch of sangria for the afternoon crowd. (728-0256)

Staccato (5 NW Minnesota) The downtown restaurant is bringing back its popular breakfast menu for an encore performance this Easter. While the menu hasn't been finalized, expect waffles, huevos and other faves. The restaurant features a full bar to scratch your Bloody Mary itch. Reservations are being taken. (312-3100)

Victorian Café (1404 Nw Galveston)

We couldn't get a final word on the Vic's plans for Easter, but the restaurant will be open. So expect chef/owner John Nolan to whip up something worth checking out. (382-6411)

If you're looking for the full experience there are a couple of traditional options.

McMenamins (700 NW Bond) is offering a by-reservation brunch with smoked pacific salmon, cider brined ham and more. $23.95/adults; $11.95/kids; free/5 and under. (382-5174)

Seasons (18575 Century Drive) This is the Super Bowl of Easter brunches, complete with kid's Easter egg hunts at 10am and noon. Breakfast includes an omelet station and a frankly awesome selection of meats including brown sugar glazed pit ham, spinach and rosemary leg of lamb, baron of beef au Jus and more. $30/adults; $15/kids 6-12; free/ 5 and under. (693-9143)


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