Brioche French toast, one of La Table's many Easter brunch offerings. (Courtesy photo)
Pastel bunnies and egg hunts aside, Easter Sunday isn’t complete without a proper holiday meal. And while a traditional Easter spread calls for dishes like yeast-raised pastries and rack of lamb, Houston’s restaurant scene offers a diverse lot of food-centric fêtes.
From tacos to French toast, here are our top picks for this year’s Easter feast.
5000 Westheimer Road, 713.621.6888
A Sardinian feast awaits at Arcodoro. Experience the cuisine of the storied Italian island with an Easter brunch full of everything from egg-centric dishes and pasta to risotto, grilled meats and seafood.
ARNALDO RICHARDS’ PICOS
3601 Kirby Dr., 832.831.9940
When National Paella Day and Easter Sunday fall on the same date, it only makes sense to merge the two into one massive celebration. Picos will celebrate both holidays on Sunday, March 27, with its Grand Easter Brunch ($39). Expect traditional dishes like mole coloradito, a lamb stewed in red Oaxacan mole or chilaquiles verdes, tortilla strips topped with melted cheese, pulled chicken and a green tomatillo sauce.
A carving station of roasted lamb and tenderloin, a 28-foot dessert bar and a 54-inch paella pan will also be available.
CRU FOOD AND WINE BAR
2800 Kirby Dr., 713.528.9463; 9595 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands, 281.465.9463
Experience Cru’s brand new brunch offerings this Easter with a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($28.95). Start with appetizers like goat cheese beignets or smoked salmon pizza. Then move to entrees like cinnamon swirl French toast and the Cru crab cake Benedict. Finish off your meal with a sweet indulgence like chocolate lava cake, a lemon tart or the crème brûlée.
HUBBELL & HUDSON BISTRO
224 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, 281.203.5641
Venture outside The (610) Loop this Easter for a festive brunch at Woodlands favorite & Hudson. Chef Austin Simmons prepares three special brunch items: shaved asparagus salad topped with a jalapeño & soy vinaigrette; Spanish torta made with Spanish chorizo, crispy fingerling potatoes, tomato and green onion olive vinaigrette; and quiche with potato crust, Benton’s bacon, spinach and alpine cheese. H&H will also offer its regular brunch menu.
HELEN GREEK FOOD & WINE
2429 Rice Blvd., 832.831.7133
What better way to celebrate Easter in Houston than with crawfish? Helen hosts its first-ever annual crawfish boil from 5 to 10 pm on Easter Sunday. For $30, guests will get two pounds of crawfish, lemon potatoes, complimentary 8th Wonder beer and, of course, Greek salad. Additional crawfish are $8 a pound.
4100 Westheimer Road, 713.960.8472
Before Kiran’s relocates to its new digs at Kirby Grove (2525 Richmond Avenue), guests can enjoy the restaurant’s Indian Easter brunch buffet, which serves as one of the final meals in its current Westheimer location. Priced at $55 ($25 for kids), the holiday spread will feature Indian favorites like sweet & savory crepes, chicken tikka masala, vindaloo and garlic mushrooms and Goanese cod curry.
1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.439.1000
If you haven’t seen BLVD Place eatery La Table’s newly unveiled redesign, its family-style Easter brunch is the perfect opportunity to take a peek. But the revamped ambience won’t be the only showstopper.
The restaurant’s signature orange blossom brioche French toast, a raw seafood bar, a carving station with beef prime rib, au poivre sauce salmon en croute, beurre blanc; and a pastry corner complete with a chocolate fountain are sure to take center stage this Easter Sunday.
1400 Eldridge Pkwy., 832.379.8322
Transport your palate to France this Easter at Le Mistral. A three-course prix-fixe menu will cost $65. There will be dishes like, Chilean sea bass, champagne tarragon émulsion sauce and poached white asparagus; a llamb duo: pressed braised legs en persillade, one baby rack, black garlic au jus and English peas purée; and dark chocolate flourless fondant with white chocolate, pistachio crème anglaise and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.
Max’s Wine Dive is rolling out all the stops this Easter. The Fairview location adds two new offerings to its already popular brunch menu — green eggs and lamb and the steak, chicken, fried lobster and eggs. The Washington location will offer its regular brunch menu, while its sister restaurant The Tasting Room will serve buffets at its CityCentre ($29.95), Kingwood ($29.99) and Uptown Park ($39.99) locations.
550 Heights Blvd., 713.880.8463, for orders: email@example.com
Enjoy an Easter meal at home courtesy of Revival Market. The specialty market and cafe is offering its meats to-go just in time for your holiday spread. Options include bone-in and bone-out smoked ham ($9.95/lb, $11.95/lb), bone-in and bone-out leg of lamb ($15.95/lb, $17.95/lb), Frenched rack of lamb ($32.95/lb), chicken sausage-stuffed quail ($25.95/lb) and duck breast ($26.95/lb). The deadline for all orders is Thursday, March 24.
TRINITI RESTAURANT AND BAR
2815 S. Shepherd Dr., 713.527.9090
The completion of South Shepherd’s nagging construction isn’t the only reason you should visit Triniti for Easter brunch. There will be a four-course prix-fixe holiday menu with asparagus and crab bisque, foie gras breakfast including cinnamon orange monkey bread, bacon marmalade and quail eggs, rabbit and dumplings, and desserts.