Easter is coming.
Cadbury Creme Eggs aside, there’s a whole lot of delicious food to be had on Easter, like oak-smoked prime rib, garlic pasta topped with fried basil leaves and a bacon bloody mary (made with bacon-flavored vodka).
Easter is April 16 this year – about three weeks later than last year – and already people are making plans about where to dine out. Restaurants book fast, so make a reservation as soon as you can. Don’t forget other nontraditional venues, such as wineries, golf clubs and hotel restaurants.
Remember, this isn’t a comprehensive list, so if you don’t see your favorite business here, call and ask them what they’re doing for the day.
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Restaurant Sequoia Brewing Company is hosting an Easter brunch that it boasts has the “lowest price around” at its 1188 E. Champlain Drive location.
The buffet brunch, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes made-to-order omelets, waffles, potatoes, fruit and more. Options also include mimosas, Irish coffee with Jameson Irish whiskey and bacon bloody marys. That’s a bloody mary made with bacon vodka – yes, that exists – and a slice of bacon in it.
Cost: $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids ages 12 and under. Reservations: 559-434-2739.
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant in Coalinga is hosting a buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes oak-smoked prime rib, honey-smoked ham and a seafood section with poached salmon, oysters and crab claws. The on-site bakery will provide goodies, including chocolate eggs, lemon bars and cake pops.
An Easter bunny will also be hopping about and available for photos.
Cost: $42.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 6 to 12, and children age 5 and under eat free. Reservations: 559-935-0717.
The Doubletree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center – the hotel at 2233 Ventura St. – is hosting an Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The huge menu includes everything from oysters Rockefeller to tri-color cheese tortellini with roasted garlic white wine sauce and fried basil leaves. Other breakfast dishes, seafood, salads, meat entrees and desserts are available, along with complimentary Champagne.
Cost: $36.95 for adults, $28.95 for senior citizens, $14.95 for children 12 and under. Children under 5 are free. Reservations: 559-268-1000.
School House Restaurant & Tavern is serving a three-course meal from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Easter.
The meal blends breakfast and lunch items with starters like asparagus and lobster, or a biscuit and gravy. Main entrees include stuffed French toast with caramel apples and cream cheese, steak and eggs or a burger with fried egg. There are several options for dessert.
Cost: $40 per person. Reservations: 559-787-3271.
The Kings River Winery is hosting an Easter brunch on its grounds that’s catered by The Painted Table from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
An Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny are scheduled.
The menu includes ham and beef brisket, pasta, an omelet bar and a biscuit station where diners can smother their biscuits in sausage and sage gravy, house-made jams and honey butter.
Bottomless mimosas will be available for purchase during the event for $10. The brunch itself costs $31.95 for adults, $28.95 for wine club members and $17.95 for children under age 12. The last day to purchase tickets will be April 12. Tickets can be purchased at kingsriverwinery.com. Details: 559-399-3079.
The Ridge Creek Golf Club in Dinuba is hosting an Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3018 Ridge Creek Drive. The Easter bunny will be here, too.
Chefs will cut maple-glazed ham and make omelets to order. The menu also includes other breakfast and meat dishes and a “grand assortment of desserts.”
Cost: $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 7 to 12 and kids 6 and under are free. Reservations: 559-591-7064.
The brunch includes options like a lobster frittata, seared beef medallions and roasted Pitman ranch chicken. Top it off with a royal almond Easter torte served with dark chocolate and ginger-orange sorbet.
Cost: $68. Reservations: 559-683-6860.
Campagnia restaurant will be hosting a Champagne buffet brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes plenty of meat, seafood and poultry choices, breakfast foods, pasta, salads and desserts.
The price includes a a complimentary glass of Champagne, but the restaurant will also be selling other drinks for an additional price, including a ultimate bloody mary “garnished to the brim” with bacon, jalapenos, olives, celery and shrimp.
The brunch costs $25.99 for adults, $14.99 for children 12 and under. Kids 4 and under are free.
The brunch books fast, but Campagnia also has a dinner buffet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Easter. It includes roasted leg of lamb, crab legs, housemade meatballs, salads, pasta and a dessert table.
Cost: $29.99 for adults, 15.99 for kids age 12 years and under. Reservations: 559-433-3300.
For last-minute types, you can get into Marie Callender’s without a reservation (though they request groups of eight or more make a reservation) on Easter.
The Easter brunch there includes all the typical brunch items, along with a Belgian waffle bar and of course, pie. Cost: $17.99 for adults, $8.59 for kids.
The restaurant also sells take-home feasts: A turkey breast costs $99.99, a ham feast for four to six people costs $109.99 and a ham and turkey meal feeding six to eight people costs $139.99. Order online or call your closest Marie Callender’s.