You might not be able to attend in-person church or hunt for Easter eggs with family this Easter, but you can still enjoy the best part of the holiday: brunch.
Several restaurants are offering in-person and to-go brunch specials to help you celebrate Easter from home during the ongoing pandemic. Here’s a rundown of D.C.-area joints where you can grab a bite next weekend:
Sfoglina Van Ness
Sfoglina Van Ness, located just down the street from the Van Ness-UDC Metro stop, will offer three specially crafted Easter dishes in addition to its full, all-day menu. Start your meal with cavatelli pasta ($26), which includes pancetta, confit leeks and English peas. Next, indulge in a grilled lamb Porterhouse cut ($32) with a white bean puree, roasted tomatoes and french green beans. Finish off your brunch with Pasteria Napolentana ($16), a shortbread pastry crust with ricotta cream, wheat berries and candied orange.
Open Easter Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Available for dine-in or pickup. Reserve a table here.
If you want to celebrate Easter without the holiday’s usual lamb, greens or casserole dishes, order an Easter Day package from the Cuban restaurant Colada Shop. You can pick up a package for two ($60) or four people ($90), which includes bunny-shaped pastelitos, Cuban croquettes, empanadas, breakfast sandwiches and a bottle of cava with a carrot reduction for brunch cocktails you can assemble at home.
Available for pickup Friday, April 2, through Easter Sunday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Order here.
Hank’s Oyster Bar
When you think Hank’s Oyster Bar, an Easter feast ($110) is not the first thing to come to mind. But the D.C. chain is offering a two- to three-person feast available for pickup at any of its three locations: Dupont Circle, the Wharf and Old Town Alexandria. The feast includes a spring vegetable salad with crispy chickpeas, watermelon radish and tarragon vinaigrette to start. You can choose from an herb-roasted leg of lamb, pan-seared black cod or orange-glazed baked ham for the main course. Sides include scalloped potatoes, rainbow carrots and sugar snap peas, and the dessert is a key lime pie.
Available for pickup Saturday, April 3, from 12 to 6 p.m. at any Hank’s Oyster Bar, heating instructions included. Find more information here.
Teddy & The Bully Bar
Teddy & The Bully Bar, a Theodore Roosevelt-inspired American fare restaurant, is offering both Passover and Easter Day pre-fixe menus for $45 per person and $65 per person, respectively. The Passover menu is available for pickup, delivery or dine-in on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, while the Easter Day menu is available for dine-in only. The Easter menu includes brioche sticky buns with a whiskey glaze for the table as well as bottomless a la carte dishes like mac & cheese and brown sugar glazed salmon. Each guest will have a choice of one starter, salad, entree and dessert. I would choose the smoked salmon starter, shaved peach and apricot salad, chicken and waffle entree and ice cream sundae bar for dessert.
Open Easter Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find more information here.
If you’re looking for an Easter meal that accommodates vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets, check out the Unconventional Diner’s “Easter by Leena & Ana.” This menu offered for two ($75), four ($140) and six ($205) people is available for both pickup and dine-in. It includes Leena’s Lamb, lamb shawarma and leg of lamb with spiced basmati rice, spring peas, sumac & pomegranate marinated red onions and grilled tomato, herbed yogurt, hummus with marinated olives, garlic naan, fattoush salad and Ana’s German chocolate cake.
Open Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pre-order for pickup by Friday, April 2. Find more information here.
Only open for pickup and delivery, Baker’s daughter is offering both Passover and Easter menus. The Passover menu, which is $98 for two people, is available Saturday, March 27, through Sunday, April 4, and includes a latkes snack to start, choice of an appetizer like Matzah ball soup, entree like herb stuffed branzino and dessert like chocolate coconut cake. The Easter menu, which is $98 for two people is available Saturday, April 3, and Sunday, April 4, includes deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto and dill as a snack; dishes like roasted beet and goat cheese salad or roasted saddle of lamb as a meal; and a lemon torte for dessert.
Pickup for both menus between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Find more information here.