Easter is Sunday, April 5, and for many, that means it’s a time to share a good meal with family.
Restaurants all over the Valley will be serving special meals, many of them brunches. Easter favorites such as ham are on the menu and this is one day you can probably get eggs Benedict and a mimosa just about anywhere you go.
Some restaurants are mixing things up a bit with chicken and waffles and chilequiles — fried tortilla chips with eggs. Restaurants book up quickly on this day, so always make a reservation.
Here’s what’s happening Sunday.
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will be open for its first Easter, serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On the menu special for that day are a crab cake “Benny,” a version of eggs Benedict with crab cake and a trio of frittatas – one sausage, one veggie, and one cheese frittata with a balsamic reduction.
The regular brunch menu is also available and includes chile verde chilaquiles — fried tortilla chips with pork shoulder and fried eggs — and pancakes, French toast and a scramble with seasonal vegetables from KMK Farms.
Prices vary. Details: 225-2902.
• If you’re looking for something a little different,Kings River Winery
is holding an Easter brunch complete with wine tasting and an Easter egg hunt.
The winery, which opened in February, holds the catered brunch outside, under the shade of an overhang with views of the vineyard.
Wine tasting runs from noon to 1 p.m. and “if you find one you like you can buy a bottle to share with your table or a glass,” says manager Michael Tanney.
Brunch comes next featuring ham, tri-tip, eggs, potatoes, salads and desserts.
Tickets cost $24.95, which includes wine tasting, for adults and $9.95 for children 12 and under. More details at the Kings River Winery Facebook page. Reservations: (559) 399-3079.
• TheDaily Grill
is hosting an Easter brunch featuring everything from eggs Benedict to Texas French toast with fresh berries and pan-seared salmon. All the egg dishes come with what the restaurant calls Aunt Ronda’s monkey bread.
Brunch cocktails will be available too, including mimosas and the restaurant’s signature bloody mary.
Prices vary. Details: (559) 435-5550.
• TheElbow Room
is opening up its banquet rooms and both patios for an Easter brunch buffet.
The menu includes two carving stations with chefs serving prime rib and ham. There will also be risotto made with wild mushrooms and truffle oil, poached salmon and oysters. Traditional breakfast items will include French toast and biscuits and gravy. One thing a little different on the menu: chicken and waffles.
The cost is $27.99 for adults, $14.99 for kids. Details: (559) 227-1234.
at Park Inn by Radisson on Blackstone Avenue is having an Easter brunch with seating at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Champagne brunch includes ham and prime rib carving stations, an omelet station, numerous salads, a cheese tray, prawns with cocktail sauce, and more entrees and desserts.
Prices: $23.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors 55 and up, and kids ages 5 to 12 are $13.95. Details: (559) 230-8450.
• Restaurants in Visalia are also open on Easter, includingThe Vintage Press
and theSouthern Pacific Depot
. Both are open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with The Vintage Press also open for dinner at 5 p.m.
Menus are for the day are still being developed.
While those restaurants on the classier side, people looking for a low-key experience might want to check out Charcuterie. This little cafe and coffee shop at 211 W. Main St. has some innovative dishes on its menu.
It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day with specials that include lamb. The regular menu includes breakfast served all day – with dishes such as goat cheese eggs and an entree called “Getting piggy with it,” featuring organic eggs scrambled in bacon drippings, and cheddar cheese on a croissant. Sandwiches, salads and snacks such as buttered popcorn are also available.
Details: http://char-cu-te-rie.com/ or (559) 733-7902.
• Nice restaurants in Oakhurst are serving special meals on Easter, too.Erna’s Elderberry House
is open for both brunch and dinner.
The $70 brunch starts off with some spring-themed appetizers, including a mango-mojito frappe and a mushroom and sugar snap pea frittata. Entrees include honey-glazed smoked pork tenderloin, poached California sea bass or saffron roasted fennel and asparagus lasagna, topped off with an almond Easter torte.
The full menu is online at www.chateausureau.com and reservations at (559) 683-6800.
•Crab Cakes Restaurant
in Oakhurst is serving an Easter Champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The menu includes ham, roasted turkey, broiled salmon, eggs Benedict, salads and sides. Desserts are from the restaurant’s Sweet Dreams Cakery business. Regular dinner service resumes at 4 p.m.
Brunch costs $28.95 for adults, $22.95 for customers age 55 and up, and $16.95 for kids ages 4 to 12. Reservations: (559) 641-7667.