Easter Round Up: Egging You On

Easter—the official holiday of Peeps, large hollow chocolate rabbits of questionable quality, and thinking it’s funny to make small children hunt through wet, icy grass for gaudy plastic eggs filled with cheap trinkets from the dollar store. (It’s totally funny!)

coldeasterI’m not sure how you get your jollies on Easter, but many people celebrate it by a) rejoicing over the ability to resurrect a reservation for brunches that you otherwise have to wait three days and three nights to get a table at, b) eating some ham ‘n lamb, or c) drinking Peach Tree Punch in a psuedo-Polynesian Pearl District paradise. Hallelujah! Here are a few spots where you can do all that and more come Sunday.


Warm your freezing fingers and empty bellies with dijon-crusted rack o’ lamb, smoked salmon and ricotta crepes, and basil and blood orange panna cotta in this über-comfy Northwest Portland cafe. Call 503.228.2619 for reservations.

Brasserie Montmartre
Any Easter brunch that promises a “lavish & delectable buffet, bottomless bubbly, and blood bar*” is sure to be interesting, plus there’s caramelized leek & Roquefort quiche. $30 w/ bubbly, $24 w/o, $10 for kids 5-12, 9am-2pm, More info & Menu

Country Cat
Duck confit hash with duck egg and mustard cream, bacon-wrapped potato cakes, and of course, those mighty mug-encased Bloody Marys you know and love. 9am-2pm, call 503.408.1414 for reservations

din din
Sunchoke gratin, duck egg omelettes, Kelly Swenson behind the bar, Greatest Hits of the 80s and streaming John Cusack movies in NE Alberta’s picturesque Little Church. 11am, $55, More info>>

Heathman Hotel
Sometimes, traditional is the way to go, hence the Heathman’s “Traditional Easter Brunch and Buffet”, with roast leg of lamb, smoked salmon hash and French toast Napoleon. 9am-3pm, adults $41, children under 12 $18, call 503.790.7752 for reservations

Saint Cupcake
If you’re more of a brunch at home type, but like the idea of outsourcing the baking, stop into Saint Cupcake Galore for cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, bonbonbunbuns, apple galettes, banana bread and their new line of super caramels. saintcupcake.com

Simpatica Dining Hall
No Sunday brunch at Simpatica is anything less than extraordinary, so I can’t even imagine what Easter brunch entails, but I do know this: you only need three friends to make a reservation, instead of the normal seven. Happy day! Call 503.235.1600 for reservations

Trader Vic’s
Trader Vic’s asks, “When you hear the word “Easter” do you think island or bunnies?” You’ll get the former, plus Leg of Lamb cooked in a Chinese oven and some Peach Tree Punch. 10am-3pm, call 503.467.2277 for reservations

Urban Farmer
Billed as an “interactive” brunch, Urban Farmer will have nine brunch stations teeming with citrus-cured gravlax, “non-traditional” deviled eggs, roasted Oregon lamb sausage, and huckleberry macarons, plus a kids’ Little Ones buffet. 9am-2pm, $49 (kids 10 and under $19), call 503.222.4900 for reservations

Who needs brunch when you’re saving room for a dinner like this? Feast on braised bunny with green garlic, asparagus and wild mushrooms, house-cured ham with coal-roasted potatoes, and duck confit with bacon mashed potatoes and kimchi. 5:30-9pm, call 503.248.9663 for reservations

*Nope, can’t help you with that one. Have read the newsletter six times and still can’t figure it out.