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.Guri’s GrubHouse
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.Kings River Winery
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.Daily Grill
Brunch cocktails will be available too, including mimosas and the restaurant’s signature bloody mary.
Prices vary. Details: (559) 435-5550.Elbow Room
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.Smuggler’s Restaurant
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.The Vintage Press Southern Pacific Depot
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.Erna’s Elderberry House
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
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.