EASTER BRUNCH 2019

LET VALLEY CHEFS PREPARE YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL

by Robyn Collins and Ron Jensen

Whether you’re looking for an elegant Easter feast or something more casual, these 12 restaurants offer some strong competition for the best Easter brunch options in the Valley. Please refer to each restaurant’s website for a detailed menu, hours of operation and pricing. Reservations are recommended. 

Above: Crab Cake Eggs Benedict is a featured entrée at Mastro’s Easter Brunch.

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE

Mastro’s Steakhouse in North Scottsdale is serving up Easter Brunch in style. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the buffet features crab cakes or classic Eggs Benedict, lobster mashed potatoes, made-to-order waffles and omelets, sushi and a plentiful raw shellfish bar. To top it all off, the dessert station will offer individual portions of cheesecake and, of course, their signature Warm Butter Cake. And, as an added plus, the meal includes endless mimosas and Bloody Marys. www.mastrosrestaurants.com

HEARTH ’61

Brunch begins with a cold buffet complete with smoked salmon, seasonal salads, sliced melon and berries, Gulf shrimp, made-to-order omelets and a Prime Rib carving board. Then choose from a selection of à la carte entrées including Crab Cake Benedict or slow-braised Beef Short Ribs. The dessert buffet created by pastry chef Courtney Rogers follows. And there’s a special treat in store for the kiddos. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9 a.m. sharp, allowing the little hunters to comb the flower-filled resort grounds. Best to bring your camera and your appetite. https://www.mountainshadows.com/dining/hearth

Above: Weft & Warp’s Easter Brunch Includes bottomless mimosas.

WEFT & WARP

Begin your Easter feast at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen with a buffet of chilled poached shrimp, cheese and charcuterie and an assortment of refreshing salads. Choose between slow-roasted Prime Rib, roasted Colorado Lamb or roasted Scallops. Indulge in a sweet finale at the dessert bar with Raspberry Coconut Eclairs and Lucky Charm Tarts. A nice perk are bottomless mimosas, bacon Bloody Mary’s or Easter milk punch. All brunch guests are welcome to join the Easter Egg hunt at 10:00 -11:00 a.m. and Easter Egg Decorating from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. https://www.andazscottsdale.com/dining

MATCH RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Located in the hip and artsy Found:RE Hotel in Downtown Phoenix, Easter Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes such tasty choices as Avocado Toast with goat cheese, Huevos Rancheros featuring corn tostadas and salsa verde or Salmon Salad with house-made salmon cakes tossed with lemon champagne vinaigrette. For those wanting a sweet holiday treat, indulge in Red Velvet Pancakes topped with whipped cream and white chocolate syrup. https://matchphx.com

THE GRILL KITCHEN & BAR

In Carefree, The Grill Kitchen & Bar at the Boulders Resort & Spa is going all-out with a Champagne Brunch that features live music. Why even the Easter Bunny will be there. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., chefs will prepare made-to-order omelets. Guests will enjoy chilled seafood selections of oysters, shrimp and ceviche. There’s smoked salmon, house-made bacon, chicken and waffle bites, balsamic grilled Rack of Lamb, salt-crusted Prime Rib and seared Diver Scallops with charred sweet corn. https://www.theboulders.com/restaurants-and-dining/special-events.html

Above: For those wanting a relaxed Easter Brunch, head to The Vig.

THE VIG

For a laid-back Easter Brunch head to The Vig. At all five Valley – Fillmore, McCormick, McDowell Mountain, Arcadia and Uptown – there’ll be live music and plenty of drink specials like Bloody Marys, mimosas and half-priced bottles of wine. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy menu selections like the Monte Cristo, a French toasted sandwich filled with ham, Swiss cheese and over-easy eggs with home-made preserves and crème fraîche, a Chorizo Burrito with green chiles, Enchiladas de Pollo and Coconut French Toast. https://thevig.us

OCEAN PRIME

Seafood is king at Ocean Prime, and Easter is no exception. This upscale restaurant will offer brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin your meal with a blood orange mimosa or its signature Bloody Mary served with Jumbo Shrimp. The à la carte selections include Lobster Toast with a sunny side-up egg, avocado, sweet peas and preserved lemon, Crab & Eggs on an English muffin bathed in Hollandaise or Smoked Salmon with whipped cream cheese and all the fixings with a toasted bagel. Land-lovers will enjoy French Toast with mixed berries and candied bacon. www.ocean-prime.com

Above: Guests at LON’s will enjoy the signature cast-iron skillet of freshly baked Monkey Bread.

LON’S AT THE HERMOSA INN

From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., LON’s at the Hermosa Inn will be serving Easter Brunch. Guests will be greeted with its famous cast-iron skillet of freshly baked Monkey Bread, then bask in a luxurious three-course meal. Choose between six different appetizers including smoked salmon, house-made maple bacon and beet salad with pistachio brittle and mint-goat cheese dressing. Entrées range from Blue Crab Benedict to roasted Petaluma Chicken Breast to grilled Beef Tenderloin. For dessert, it’s all about the cake: either carrot, meyer lemon cheesecake, or white chocolate raspberry. www.hermosainn.com

VOILÀ FRENCH BISTRO

Bon appétit! From 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe Easter brunch at Voilà French Bistro. Francophiles may begin by choosing champagne, mimosas or wine. Then, onto the classic Escargots de Bourgogne, six Burgundy snails with drizzled with garlic-parsley butter.  Five entrées are offered including two iconic dishes: the Crôque Madame, a melted ham and Swiss cheese sandwich that’s topped with a sunny side-up egg dressed with Béchamel sauce and Boeuf Bourguignon, a traditional, hearty beef stew served with scalloped potatoes. Keeping with the Gallic theme, top the meal with Crème Brûlée.  voilafrenchbistro.com

WRIGHT’S AT THE BILTMORE

From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wright’s at the Biltmore hosts an extravagant Easter Brunch buffet. The breakfast and lunch selections include an egg & omelet station, wild berry-ginger pancakes with strawberries in vanilla cream and rosemary grilled chicken. A carving station offers garlic-basil Prime Rib and prickly pear BBQ glazed ham. Sushi, antipasto and raw seafood each have a station. The dessert offerings include a mouth-watering variety of cakes, tarts, verrines, chocolate bonbons, a sweet-glazed donut wall and vanilla waffle ice cream station. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. to join in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Squaw Peak Lawn. https://www.arizonabiltmore.com

Above: T. Cook’s Easter Brunch is a combination buffet spread as well as plated dishes.

T. COOK’S

Easter Brunch at T. Cook’s is a combination of buffet and plated dishes. Begin with a chilled seafood selection of Baja prawns, snow crab claws, and chilled oysters, a variety of composed salads, fresh fruits and berries and an artisanal cheese display. Entrées include a choice of Arroz Negro (a dish of black forbidden rice, Spanish chorizo, Maine lobster, Calamari and  jumbo shrimp in saffron aioli), White Egg Frittata, grilled Rack of Lamb, Sea Bass or Filet Mignon. A sumptuous dessert buffet will complete the meal. Brunch guests are invited to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Vernadero Lawn at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. https://www.royalpalmshotel.com/eat-drink

EDDIE V’S

Once seated, guests celebrating Easter Brunch at Eddie V’s will be greeted with warm citrus-glazed cinnamon rolls. First course selections include your choice of Norwegian Smoked Salmon with herb cream cheese, capers and pickled red onion or roasted avocado and jumbo lump crab in lemon butter or a Deviled Egg Trio with black truffle, smoked salmon, jumbo lump crab and caviar. Choose one of five course choices such as Lobster Quiche Florentine or a pan-seared six-ounce Filet Steak with sunny side-up eggs. Bananas Foster Cake with butter pecan ice cream is just one of three  standout desserts. www.eddiev.com