Easter brunch is a much-hallowed tradition to some; it is the feast that rewards those faithful through Lent. Or those who just really like to brunch, and love any occasion to truly make it over-the-top, and spectacular – the way brunch should be. This year, there are no shortages of brunch spots for Easter, whether you want to go the white-cloth, all-you-can-eat, or casual route.
This year, Chef Dean James Max’s team will serve a prix fixe menu that includes three courses and dessert. You will be able to choose between Garlic and Squash Soup for a starter, Beef Tartare or Toad in a Hole for your second, and Lamb, Quiche made with Ohio Ham and Blue Jacket Aged Cheddar, or Crab Cake Benedict, a signature dish revitalized, for the main course. There’s Lemon Cheesecake, Strawberry Spoom, and Chocolate Cake offered for dessert. You can enjoy this meal for $37 a person, unless you’re 5-12, in which case you eat for $25. Call 614-233-7541 or visit www.latitude41restaurant.com to make a reservation. Easter Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm.
Claddagh Irish Pub
Yes, Irish fare is perfect for Easter Brunch! Carved Beef and Irish Bacon (yes, Irish Bacon) stations, Made-to-Order Omelets, Fresh Baked Breads, Muffins, and Bagels, a Fresh Fruit station, a Large Salad Bar, Bangers, Corned Beef Hash, and Assorted Desserts can all be found at the popular downtown location. After 3pm, brunch is upgraded to a dinner buffet with the addition of an As-You-Like-It Pasta station, Mash to go with the Bangers, and Traditional Irish Specialty Dishes. Adults eat for $25, and kids 5-10 can chow down for $9.95. The Brunch Buffet runs from 9am-3pm. Dinner will be served from 3pm-5pm with the last seating at 5:30pm. Visit www.claddaghirishpubs.com or Call 614-224-1560 for reservations.
If you’re up for trying some old brunch must-haves with innovative twists, then De Novo is the Easter spot for you. Their Champagne Brunch offers such staples as Deviled Eggs and French Toast, but their Deviled Eggs are Truffled and their French Toast comes à la Crème Brulée. There will also be Smoked Salmon Platters, Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Crispy Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Prime Rib and Berkshire Pork stations, and Braised Rabbit Endive among other luxurious offerings. Your sweet tooth will also be delighted by the vast array of Cakes and Pastries (including a wicked Double Chocolate Brownie) De Novo plans to lay out. Mimosas are complimentary with the meal, so call 614-222-8830 or visit www.denovobistro.com to make a reservation. Easter Brunch runs from 11am-6pm, and will cost adults $37 a head, $15 for children 6-12, and $6 for those under 6 years old.
Bistro 2110 at The Blackwell
In the years since Bistro 2110 opened its doors on the campus of The Ohio State University, it has continued to offer students, their families, and visitors to the city a taste of true urban elegance. This Easter, that trend endures with their Easter Brunch, a lavish affair featuring Chef-Attended stations for Leg of Lamb, Prime Rib and Smoked Turkey, brunch traditions like Omelets and Berkshire Pork Loin, and sure-to-be-new-favorites like Cast Iron-Baked Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Waffles, Cape Cod Oysters on the half shell, and Spring Pea Bisque. Dessert will be anchored by a Chocolate Fountain complete with everything from Fresh Berries to Buckeyes for dipping. Reservations are required, so call 614-247-2710 to save your seat. Brunch will be served from 10am-2pm for $34.95 per person. Valet parking is available for $5. Visit www.theblackwell.com for more information.
The Boat House at Confluence Park
A hidden gem, The Boat House overlooks the point where the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers meet, and provides one of the most spectacular waterfront views in the city. You too can enjoy the view when they serve an Easter Brunch buffet from 10am-5pm. Enjoy Peel & Eat Shrimp, Carved-to-Order Roasted Leg of Lamb, Prime Rib, and Honey Ham, Vegetarian Lasagna, Pot Roast, several Breads and Pastries, a parade of Cooked Vegetables, and an impressive Salad Bar for $29.95 per person. A kid-friendly buffet offers Corn Dogs, French Fries, Chicken Tenders, Fresh Baked Cookies, and Apple Sauce for $15.95. To make a reservation, call 614-469-0000 or visit www.riverclubrestaurant.com/theboathouse.
If you’re not familiar with Ella, the modern restaurant/art gallery in New Albany, then Easter Brunch is the perfect time to discover what makes this locally sustainable restaurant so special. For the adults, there’s a buffet offering Prime Rib and Omelet stations, Ohio Chicken Paillard, Scottish Salmon, and Mediterranean-Style Couscous for $30 a person. They can round out their meal with a combination of Potatoes prepared three different ways, Stuffed Brioche French Toast with local Maple Syrup, Breakfast Meats, Salads, and Fresh Fruit. For the young ones, Ella offers a separate children buffet with Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Chicken Tenders, Pasta, and Cheesy Eggs for $9. Reservations are recommended, so call 614-855-4600 to book your table. Easter Brunch will be available from 10am-3pm. Visit www.ella-restaurant.com for details.
Yes, Union Café will be offering their legendary buffet on Easter Sunday as well. Known for their Omelet Bar, All-You-Can-Eat Bacon spread, Custom-Made Waffles, and $3 Mimosas and Blood Marys, Union is ready to accommodate your party from 10:30am-2pm. There’s a large patio with its own bar, televisions all around the joint playing the funkiest videos for your karaoke pleasure, and some of the funnest servers in the city. For only $10.50 a person, enjoy Fresh Fruit, Breakfast Potatoes, and an assortment of Bagels, Breads, and Muffins. You can also choose from a short list of sandwiches and pizzas, as well as a Mary Mimosa Bar with all the fixings for your favorite brunch drinks. Reservations are always recommended, though you should get there early if you hope to enjoy the heated patio. Call 614-421-2233 or visit www.columbusnightlife.com to make a reservation.
Hands down, the best view in the city, Milestone 229 hopes to have its beautiful patio open for Easter Brunch. Their regular brunch menu, which features Christian’s Eggs Benedict – a luscious dish with poached eggs, double smoked bacon, spiced tomato hollandaise, and braised collard greens served on a cheddar biscuit – and outrageous French Toast – made with in-house bacon brioche bread pudding served with maple syrup and more of that delectable double smoked bacon – will be punctuated with the addition of Beef Brisket Hash, a dish of slow-roasted beef brisket, potato hash, 2 fried eggs, and tomato hollandaise. Milestone also boasts a bar featuring eight different Bloody Marys, like the Kentucky Cowboy, and a sweet selection of Mimosas, including the Moroccan. Make your reservation today at www.milestone229.com or call 614-427-0276. Easter Brunch will be served from 10am-3pm.
Till Dynamic Fare
If you’re wondering where the Easter Bunny will be this year, he’ll be at Till Dynamic Fare for their Egg Tasting Menu. A dazzling tribute to the versatility of the egg, Till Dynamic will be serving them every way you can imagine: perfectly fried, en cocotte, with crepes, coddled, in puffs, as omelets – any way really it can be prepared. The eggs are, of course, from local farms, as are all the ingredients Till uses, with the exception of what they grow themselves. Customers will be able to enjoy Egg Flights – a farmer’s board loaded with all the egg-citing (come on, I had to) offerings – or order what they like. They can wash it all down with Mead-based drinks or a selection from the juice bar. And the bunny hasn’t forgotten the kiddies: for them, a complimentary Easter Basket filled with chocolates, house-made marshmallows, and other candies. Grown-ups can have one too, but they have to make a reservation first. Call 614-298-9986 or visit www.tillfare.com to do just that. Till Dynamic serves brunch from 9am-3pm.
The Jury Room
The Jury Room is one of Liz Lessner’s more recent offerings to the Columbus food scene, and in a short time, it’s captured the attention and loyalty of the downtown crowd. Located across from the Franklin County Courthouse, the Jury Room will offer their usual brunch menu of House Specialties like Brisket & Eggs, Omelets like the Three Meat, and Sandwiches like the Breakfast Burger. But for Easter, Chef Carly Sifritt will also offer Eggs in a Basket, her take on a Toad in the Hole, with Texas Toast, Capicola Ham, Provolone, and Cayenne Hollandaise. The House Bloody Mary made with house-infused bacon and pepper vodka will also be available, as will their selections of Mimosas. And as always, parking is abundant and free on Sundays. To make a reservation, call 614-220-0964, or visit www.juryroomcolumbus.com for a complete brunch menu. Brunch will be served from 11am-4pm.
Easter is a time to celebrate life, rejuvenation, and bounty. So wherever you choose to go, and whoever you choose to go there with, be mindful that a little indulgence is not only called for, but demanded. Have a safe and delicious Easter.
Photo by Jennifer René of Jennifer René Photography.