The bunny is coming! Jesus is risen! Find the eggs! Easter can be so confusing.
What isn’t in question: It’s time to hurry and plan that obligatory spring family meal that probably also incorporates copious amounts of ham because it’s not a Passover seder. Whether one celebrates Jesus' rising or the rising of some delicious yeast rolls, it’s anyone’s game out there this weekend with all of the delicious Easter brunches and specials local restaurants have on offer.
various locations – mesomaya.com, 214-219-2201
Let the kids hunt for eggs; Meso Maya’s seven Dallas-Fort Worth locations have theirs ready for the taking, along with a little sip-sip for the adults. Shovel down the huevos borrachos, huevos motuleños, chorizo migas and more, and follow them with a serrano berry margarita, Mexican martini or mojito. More options? There’s also the choice of mimosa, bloody mary or sangria for just $3. Easter brunch specials are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so beat or be the church crowd.
3656 Howell St., 214-730-0596
Find a sitter because this is an Easter keg hunt. The Rustic and the Texas Ale Project have organized a scavenger hunt around Big D, and the prize is beer. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, participants can find clues to the locations of 10 (empty) kegs dressed as eggs and bunnies. They’ll need to find them, take pics with them, post those pics to social media and return to The Rustic by 4 p.m. The prize for first-most is one Texas Ale Project Keg of 50 FT Jackrabbit IPA and a $250 gift certificate to the Rustic, so get the hop out of here and get moving. Oh, and peeps who take at least one pic can drink those TAP suds for free (also starting at 4 p.m.) while supplies last. Find the real eggs on the Jam & Toast Brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday.
1201 Oak Lawn Ave., No. 160, 214-741-1986
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dive into chilled pea soup with lobster, lime, crema and chili oil. Then opt for stuffed poblano or stuffed tortillas. Both provide an egg and black-bean fix, and both set up nicely for a big finish: carrot cake with cajeta ice cream. Perfect for a pastel day, and clearly better than some hollow chocolate bunny.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave., No. 120 (Design District), 214-749-7002
7859 Walnut Hill Lane, No. 150 (Preston Hollow), 214-484-8772
Belgian waffles are so Easter brunch 2017. This year, it’s all Bangkok-style bubble waffles. Pakpao would turn anybunny into a waffle fan with two brunch options — sweet or savory. The sweet stacks up with Valrhona almond spread, banana ice cream and palm coco caramel, and the savory option layers pork on pork on pork. It’s moo yang nom kahn, condensed-milk-marinated pork loin, sunny side eggs and nam prik ong, all topped with red-eye gravy.
1914 Commerce St., in the Statler Hotel, 469-320-8993
Which comes first, the fried chicken or the eggs? When it’s Graham Dodds’ fried, go for the chicken. Then go back to the omelet station, then the other stations, and keep after those dranks. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at newly opened Scout, bunny ears are optional, but the food is a must, and so are reservations. For $50 a person, all stations and cocktails are included. Plus, there’s the venue’s tempting distractions of pingpong, bowling and pool.
Eatzi’s Market & Bakery
Various locations — eatzis.com
Now here’s a different good word on Sunday: Easter brunch can be served at home but made by someone else. Pick up braised brisket with horseradish gremolata (a delight for Passover, too, friends!), glazed snapper, succotash, hot cross buns and so many desserts. Grab entrees and sides Thursday through Sunday and desserts all week.
2121 McKinney Ave. (in the Ritz-Carlton), 214-922-4848
Care for something a little more traditional? Fearing’s is the place. These dishes are big and beloved. Three courses guarantee a starter (brisket, quail, shrimp or trout), an entrée (scallops, snapper, lamb or short ribs) — all equipped with bold Southern sides — and a carrot cake dessert. Brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. and is $125 for adults, $35 for kids. Reservations are definitely a thing.
1321 Commerce St., 214-651-3516
The iconic hotel is hosting its first Easter brunch in more than a decade, and it looks to be right fancy. Oysters, crab claws and shrimp cocktail are a much different scene than that buffet in the fellowship hall, but a delicious one, no less. There will also be leg of lamb and, naturally, copious mimosas to pair with the live harp music (just like in heaven!). It’s $95 for adults and $25 for kids. Reservations are encouraged.
1717 McKinney Ave., No. 100, 214-550-6966
This is Easter reimagined. Well, wait. Stephan Pyles can’t keep Aunt Jean from drinking too many bloody marys or Grandpa from raging on them damn liberal medias, but he has reimagined the holiday’s menu. There’s a three-course, prix fixe situation with tequila-braised pork belly breakfast tacos, seared fish, fried chicken with chorizo gravy and butterscotch pudding, among other specialties. It’s $45 per person. Or if diners really want to reimagine Easter, they can have supper instead. That starts at 5 p.m. and features live music by Dave Alexander.
2401 McKinney Ave., 214-220-2401
1420 Plaza Plaza, Southlake, 817-912-0500
Blessed be the short rib hash browns. At Truluck’s, everyone knows you can get a good surf and turf, but the Easter entrée specials will make many see the light. Try crab cake melts, wagyu chicken-fried steak and eggs, or hot and crunchy trout. And the kids get specials, too. But whatever, they already get candy in baskets, so it’s all about those hash browns with duck-fat-braised beef and eggs on top. Service is from noon to 5 p.m. Book now.
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4812 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972-789-9558
Addison’s Vegas-y Table 13 is pulling out the midcentury stops with bacon-wrapped dates, deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail and classic wedge. For entrees, there’s pork chop, rib eye, salmon and other classic choices. Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (call for reservations), and musician Mike Nicosia performs starting at noon for a little added Sunday swagger.
LARK on the Park
2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, 214-855-5275
Do the egg hunts and the baskets and the bullshit jelly beans ever inspire the desire to take a real bite out of the Easter bunny? That's possible, thanks to LARK on the Park. Easter brunch specials include braised rabbit (for real), poached salmon, shrimp piccata and French toast casserole. Reservations are suggested, as is a little time in Klyde Warren Park afterward, so parents can explain away their long-eared lunch choices with adorable outdoor Easter activities.