Celebrate the holiday the best way Austinites know how – with great food and friends. Our top picks roundup great holiday brunches from some of our favorite restaurants all around Austin [pictured above: Olivia Restaurant on South Lamar].
$16 (adults) / $8 (kids)
There may not be a better time to try this casual eatery that’s bringing the farm-to-table mentality to north Austin. Their brunch is sure to please everyone in the family – with items like prime rib, chicken & waffles, migas, and an assortment of sweet breakfast breads. The smartly priced brunch runs from 10am – 4pm.
Eden East, a farm to table eatery led by award-winning chef Sonya Cote’ will host its “Easter Brunch and Adult Egg Hunt,” beginning with appetizers and cocktails at 1PM. Brunch will kick off at 2PM, with selections including buffet appetizers such as artisan pastries (beignets, housemade jams, mini corn muffins) and smoked trout. Entrée items include: grilled Texas wagyu sirloin, Springdale Farm asparagus quiche, biscuits and red-eye gravy. After brunch, guests will be in for fun and surprises during the adult egg hunt.
Relax with a complimentary house bellini, made with house made pear purée, followed by Pastry Chef Janina’s hot cross buns and a choice of small plates including Chef Allison’s signature pate or half dozen oysters. The menu will include a choice of entrée, including house staple roast chicken or buckwheat crepes, scrambled egg, crab, fine herbs. For those 12 and under, there will also be a $25 menu.
a la Carte
Hudson’s on the Bend will offer a special a la carte Easter menu 11AM to 3PM and 6PM to 8PM. Entrees include smoked duck breast with seared diver scallops, smoked elk backstrap with gulf coast crab and herb horseradish crusted salmon with black truffle gnocchi. Appetizer features will comprise barbecue wild boar quesadillas, green chili deviled eggs with house-cured bacon.
$38 (adults) / $16 (kids)
Eleven Plates is offering a special buffet brunch from 10am – 3pm. Pile your plates high with items like leg of lamb, smoked pork loin, made-to-order omelets, and grilled broccolini. Don’t forget to save room for the pastries and macaroons.
a la Carte
The downtown “hidden gem” is offering all of the items on its signature brunch menu as well as some special Easter items, with extended hours from 10:30AM until 6PM. Special items include: a grilled asparagus salad with pancetta and lemon ricotta stuffed burrata, grilled rack of lamb with parmesan risotto and watermelon radish, and individual Boston cream pies for dessert.
Trace will offer a prix fixe menu allowing diners to choose three courses for $55, with children eating a la carte. Options include crispy crab cake with avocado puree, citrus fruit and chili vinaigrette; grilled Easter ham steak served with cheesy grits, pear mustard braised greens; seafood cioppino and coconut basil and blackberry creameaux. Your first cocktail is included, with brunch cocktails only $3 from 10AM to 3PM.
Enjoy Easter at this beautiful Victorian estate that will transport you to the Hampton’s. The elegant family setting is perfect for a holiday meal and your finest Easter digs. Raise a glass with their Southern milk punch (with bourbon, rum, brandy) and dine on an eclectic brunch menu that has something for everyone. Brunch hours are 11am – 2pm.
a la Carte
Though they are not advertising a special Easter menu, the brunch at Olivia is always something to rave about. Order a mimosa trio for the table, and feast on savory dishes that read like a flavor wish list – the “Macdaddy” with crispy mustard-glazed pork belly, seared beef tongues tacos with scrambled eggs and grilled lime, a lobster benedict with poached farm eggs, and chicken fried steak with red-eye brown gravy. All items executed to perfection by chef Maximillian Petty – winner of the 2014 Austin Under 40 award for Culinary Arts.
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Photography: Chris Perez