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This Easter Sunday at Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails enjoy your choice of traditional favorites, such as Collard Sandwiches, Mac n Cheese Pancakes with Fried Chicken Skins & Syrup, and of course the classic “Meat & 3” plate. Did we mention that Okra’s not just serving any old favorites, but a “Southern Favorites” Easter Brunch? Yes, swing by anytime between 10 am and 3 pm to savor a hearty brunch menu brimming with Southern-fried, Italian-accented eats, such as Grits & Eggs with Sugo, Spoonbread & Sunny Egg, and Bone Marrow. Not to mention, true tastes of Tennessee such as Gus’s-style Fried Chicken and the famed “Meat & 3,” a Soul Food version of the Blue Plate Special featuring a savory meat and three sides. Pictured above credit to Jill Richards Photography.
The hip Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale is celebrating Easter with an Easter egg hunt, an à la carte brunch and dinner at ZuZu, and a full buffet brunch in the ballroom. The Valley Ho Easter Buffet is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SoHo Ballroom. Enjoy a delicious array of salads, seafood, omelets and eggs made to order, carved roast beef, honey-glazed ham, and sweets. The cost is $69 per person, plus tax, gratuity and alcohol; or $19 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required. Brunch in the restaurant is served from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., including the Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live music by Jack Alves from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ZuZu is serving its seasonal brunch menu along with Maryland Benedict with crab cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise ($16). ZuZu is also open for dinner from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Savor favorites off the seasonal menu or choose from specials including Braised Leg of Lamb with charred tomato, swiss chard, creamy roasted corn polenta and red wine pan jus ($28); and Coconut Cream Pie with mango and blackberry sauces ($9). The annual Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 9 a.m. on the ZuZu patio, with prizes being awarded. R.S.V.P. at 480.248.2039. Reservations for all meals can be made at 480.421.7997.
Dive into an Easter brunch at Little Cleo’s. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Little Cleo’s at The Yard in Phoenix will be offering a special Sunday brunch. Normally closed on Sundays, this seafood inspired eatery will open its doors, offering brunch items such as Short Rib made with cheddar dauphinoise, roasted cipollini, fava bean, and grilled king oyster mushroom, a Lobster Frittata with English pea, grilled mushroom, cipollini onion, Parmesan, and white truffle oil or choose from more traditional items such as Cheesy Scrambled Eggs or a Honey Greek Yogurt Parfait. The regular menu (minus the Grilled Sea Bream, Cajun Shrimp and Linguine & Mussels) will be offered in addition to these brunch specials. Little Cleo’s is located at 5632 N. 7th St, Phoenix, AZ. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.littlecleos.com.
The Snuggle Bunny cocktail at Stingray Sushi is as good as a basket full of Easter eggs. This spring drink gets its pretty in pink hue from raspberry vodka, pomegranate liqueur and cranberry juice. It’s a sweet spring sipper that’s feels as good as a bunny’s hug. It’s available in March for $9 at Stingray’s two locations in Phoenix and Chandler. For more details visit StingraySushi.com.
J&G Steakhouse’s knows when it comes to Easter Sunday, there’s nothing better than getting together and breaking bread with family and friends. But why go to all the hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning up, when you can experience a gourmet, chef-crafted 3-course Easter dinner at the famed J&G Steakhouse for $55 pp ++? Here you can enjoy a delicious medley of seasonal spring delights, mixed with classic Easter dishes. Enjoy ramp soup with crème fraiche ravioli and smoked salmon caviar, followed by grilled lamb chops with chili crumbs and sweet peas, and finish off your meal with mango upside down cake with basil ice cream. Plus, enjoy a globe-straddling selection of sparkling, red and white wines, available by the glass or bottle. Sunday, March 27, 2016. Reservations recommended. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com
Skip traditional menu planning this year and head to Roka Akor (7299 N. Scottsdale Rd) for an Easter-inspired tasting menu. Executive Chef Jason Alford has created an indulgent four-course menu with dishes including Local Deviled Eggs with shiso and uni; Niman Ranch Prime Ribeye with wafu dressing; Robata Grilled Yuzu Miso Black Cod with pickled red onions; and Almond Cake with macerated strawberries and honey ice cream. The Easter menu is priced at $75 per person and is available from 4pm to 9 pm. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 480.306.8800 or visiting their website at rokaakor.com/scottsdale.
Binkley’s will have an Easter Brunch on March 27 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. In addition to their delicious traditional brunch menu they’ll be offering brown sugar ham and leg of lamb. There will also be $12 bottomless mimosas!! binkleysrestaurantgroup.com/
Celebrate Easter at Southern Rail and enjoy Chef Beckett’s brunch favorites bursting with local ingredients, $5 mimosas and half off bottles of Arizona wine – all on their expansive shaded patio if you so choose. Picks for Easter: Croque Monsieur – Noble toast, ham, smoked onion béchamel, tomatoes, spicy pickled carrot, Fried Green Tomato Benedict – biscuit, tomato jam, creole hollandaise, frisee salad and Shrimp ‘n’ Super Creamy Grits – sautéed onions, fennel, tomatoes to name a few.
On Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving its signature Southwestern brunch dishes, plus specials that have been created for the occasion. Specials created just for the occasion include a Slow Braised Beef Short Rib Skillet with roasted potatoes, mushrooms and a red wine reduction, then topped with a fried egg ($16). The Smoked Salmon Benedict features griddled polenta cakes and poached eggs, topped with green chile hollandaise. The dish is served with prosciutto wrapped asparagus and roasted potatoes ($17). Complete the brunch with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa special for only $15. Sierra Bonita will also be serving its dinner menu from 3 to 9 p.m., including a Pan Seared Wild Mexican Sea Bass special, accompanied by sliced heirloom tomatoes, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and ancho chile aioli ($27). Sierra Bonita Grill is located at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. For reservations, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
The Hash Kitchen in Scottsdale will be offering specialty themed entrees to give us all something to “hop” about. Menu items include: Easter Doughnuts ($10)- Fried to order Italian sweet dough, sweet Ricotta and chocolate chip cream, Pastel Buttermilk Pancakes ($9) -Sweet Mascarpone cream drizzled with warm maple reduction, Carrot Cake Pancakes ($10)- Fresh baked-in carrots, Sweet Mascarpone cream with hot maple reduction and Glazed Ham Hash ($15)-Hash potatoes paired with brown sugar- glazed ham, poached eggs, fried onions and brushed with a pan dripping demi-glace, to name a few. Indulge in a fresh fruit craft mimosa for $6 to pair with your Easter brunch. Live weekend entertainment will include a DJ and The Hash Kitchen will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Shops at Gainey Village