O.C.’s Hoppin’ Easter Brunches
Easter is a day filled with family, bunnies and eggs – and of course, plenty of good food. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the biggest business days for restaurants across Orange County. Here are some of our best bets for where you can celebrate Easter this year …
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar’s version of Easter eggs calls for its sumptuous Eggs Benedict, with your choice of either sliced filet mignon or smoked salmon served on a crisp potato cake. That’s just one of the delicious options you can pick as part of Fleming’s three-course Easter brunch menu at Fashion Island, which is $39.95 for adults and $18.95 for children. Have a sweet-tooth? Don’t miss the Baked Brioche French Toast with fluffy layers of vanilla and orange custard, brown sugar, butter and walnut streusel, all doused with maple-blueberry syrup. Reservations can be made online.
Treat yourself to a glamorous Easter meal at FIG & OLIVE at Fashion Island. Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu of French Riviera-inspired dishes including the new Riviera Salmon with grilled asparagus, braised fennel, pea purée, and Coratina Olive Oil and Panna Cotta a L’Orange with cookie crumble. Wash your meal down with the help of FIG & OLIVE’s new Bloody Mary Cart, where guests can order handcrafted cocktails made tableside.
Additional dishes from FIG & OLIVE’s Easter menu will include:
- Maine Lobster Bisque with Pimenton chive mascarpone and olive oil crackers
- Vegetarian Quiche with mushroom, spinach, parmesan and shallot savory tart served with a mixed green salad
- Truffle Mushroom Croquettes with cremini mushrooms, parmesan, béchamel, and Truffle Olive Oil aioli
- Fig & Gorgonzola Tartlet with prosciutto, gorgonzola dolce, fig, walnut, arugula, scallion, and tomato on thin puff pastry
- Rosemary Lamb on rosemary skewers with bell pepper, Greek yogurt, honey, couscous, figs, red onion, scallion, tomato, and Koroneiki Olive Oil
- Provence Roasted Chicken with Herbs de Provence, rosemary garlic, lemon, sautéed vegetables, heirloom potato, and basil olive oil emulsion
Easter brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Cost: $40 per person and $16 for the Bloody Mary Cart.
Space is limited; Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 212.924.1200 or by visiting OpenTable.
Red O at Fashion Island has created a deluxe Easter Brunch buffet featuring a selection of breakfast and lunch favorites. Look for made-to-order omelets, huevos rancheros, a taco bar, salad bar, paella, ceviche and a dessert bar. Sip on bottomless mimosas, Tequila Sunrises and Bloody Marys. Cost: $45 per adult-$15 per child; 6 & under free. Bottomless beverages offered at $20 per person. Reservations: 949.718.0300.
For a family style brunch with a California-meets-Italian spin, head to CUCINA enoteca at Fashion Island or Irvine Spectrum Center. Find a special two-course prix-fixe meal or order from the regular brunch menu for shareable courses, including a housemade pastry basket with monkey bread and foccacia; freshly made whipped greek yogurt with balsamic macerated strawberries; frittata; polenta panzanella and more. Brunch hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Cost: $32 per person for the two-course prix-fixe. Add bottomless sparkling Limoncello champagne punch for $15 per person or $9 a la carte. Reservations: Fashion Island, 949.706.1416; Irvine Spectrum Center, 949.861.2222.
Head to BRIO Tuscan Grille at Irvine Spectrum Center for a Tuscan-inspired Easter Brunch! Find egg-ceptional dishes such as the Sicilian Omelette with Cherrywood smoked ham, bacon, Fontanini sausage, tomato compote, Mozzarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheeses. Served with brunch potatoes. Or try the popular Berries & Cream French Toast, it’s honey, cinnamon and sweet cream cheese stuffed French toast with a fresh berry compote and Applewood smoked bacon. Reservations can be made online.
For a decadent brunch bonanza this Easter, look no further than Del Frisco’s Grille at Irvine Spectrum Center. From classic fare such as The Grille Benedict, with poached eggs, thin-sliced French ham, scallion and white cheddar biscuits with a Chipotle hollandaise to Southern brunch offerings such as Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs with a jumbo biscuit and chorizo gravy to a luscious Red Velvet Belgian Waffle, with whipped vanilla bean-spiked cream cheese and thick-cut hickory smoked bacon — Del Frisco’s will deliver a gut-busting feast. You can also build-your-own Bloody Mary with a plate of fixins’ or stick with good ol’ mimosas or white sangria. Reservations can be made online.
Have a seafood-loving family? Bring them to Bonefish Grill at The Market Place, where you can find brunch favorites with a seafood twist, such as the Bang Bang Shrimp Eggs Benedict, with Bonefish Grill’s signature crispy shrimp, poached eggs, green onions and spicy Hollandaise sauce all atop a toasted English muffin or the Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict, with Toasted English muffin, filet mignon, lobster, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. For omelet fans, there’s the Oscar, with asparagus, crab, smoked mozzarella, basil and lemon butter. For the ultimate two-fisted meal, go for the Half Pound Kobe Burger on toasted brioche bun, with sharp cheddar and a glorious fried egg. Want dessert for brunch? Then you might like the Creme Brûlée French Toast, thick slabs of Grand Marnier and orange zest battered toast, served warm and golden with whipped cream, fresh mint, strawberries and bacon. Reservations can be made online.
Provenance at Eastbluff Village Center is offering a delectable three-course prix-fixe menu with tempting scratch-made fare with ingredients sourced directly from the restaurant garden. Start with complimentary champagne and an amuse of warm biscuits and housemade honey butter and pick from a selection of starters including crab and asparagus bisque, clipped garden lettuces, charcuterie and a petite artisan cheese and fruit plate. Main entree options include wild salmon gravadlax (pictured above), carved leg of rosemary Colorado lamb, New Zealand wild sole, French-rolled omelet, a petite filet mignon and a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. Did we mention there will also be a lavish dessert buffet? Children’s menus and vegetarian options also available.
Brunch is offered at $49 per person. For reservations, call 949.718.0477.
Champagne Brunch Buffet. Need we say more? Lucca at Quail Hill Shopping Center dishes out a wonderful Easter brunch that will be enjoyed by the whole family and offers a special deal to children under twelve which allows them to pay according to their age. So if your child is 5, then brunch is $5.
The expansive buffet will feature an egg and omelet station with cage-free eggs, as well as a carving station for certified Angus beef tri-tip and Diestel free-range turkey breast. For adults and children over twelve brunch is offered at $39.95 per person; $44.95 with champagne. Brunch hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949.725.1773.