SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2013 – Spring is in the air in the Bay Area. The rains are letting up and the sun is peeking through the clouds. Flowers are starting to bloom and Easter is right around the corner. Ask any native San Franciscan, there is nothing quite like brunch here. Here’s a round-up of some of the best places to sample Easter brunch:
CHAYA Brasserie, SOMA: Renowned for serving innovative cuisine that blends European and Asian flavors, CHAYA Brasserie is known for its remarkable views that sweep San Francisco from the Ferry Building to the Bay Bridge. CHAYA will celebrate Easter Sunday with a special three-course brunch menu created by Executive Chef Yuko Kajino. Brunch will be served from 11am – 2pm for $42 per person, and $12 bottomless Mimosas will also be available, as well as a young adult menu for $15 per person. Reservations are recommended.
Foreign Cinema, Mission: Enjoy a special 3-course Easter prix-fixe menu, presented by Chef/Owners Gayle Pirie and John Clarke. This dynamic duo have included a selection of special dishes, including Baguette French Toast with cardamom-blood orange butter, bananas, poached golden fruit, and brown sugar bacon; Croque Madame with French ham & gruyere, béchamel, egg crown, and harissa potato chips. Reservations are a must. Ask to sit outside, the ambiance is spectacular. Brunch is offered from 11am to 3pm.
Parallel 37, Ritz-Carlton: They will offer Chef Michael Rotondo’s special three-course market-driven Easter menu featuring farmer-grown produce, sustainable meat, poultry and seafood. Guests will start with an Amuse-Bouche of deviled egg, prawn spring roll, smoked salmon tartlet and beet tarter, followed by four choices of first course entrée selections and dessert. The Easter Menu is $85 per guest. There will also be a children’s menu as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Reservations required.
RN74, SOMA: RN74 is an urban wine bar and restaurant by Michael Mina, Rajat Parr and Jason Berthold. Named after Route Nationale 74, the main highway that runs through the Burgundy wine region of France, they feature an expansive wine list, showcasing the best expressions of Burgundy and other international wine regions, paired with modern interpretations of refined American and regional French cuisine. To celebrate Easter, RN74 will offer guests a special prix-fixe brunch menu on Easter Sunday, March 31st from 10am – 3pm for only $39.
Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade, Cow Hollow: Take in the festive sights, sounds and scents of spring at this annual event in San Francisco on Sunday, March 31st from 10am – 5pm on Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore Streets. Set in San Francisco’s renowned historic shopping district, this fun-filled day is packed with free events, children’s activities, live entertainment, tasty treats and, of course, the popular Easter Bonnet Contest. Look for appearances from the Easter Bunny, the Minions from “Despicable Me 2,” as well as an interactive show by The Radio Disney Road Crew.
Bocanova, Oakland: This Pan-American cuisine favorite on Good Friday is serving a special soup called Fanesca, a traditional Ecuadorian dish served only during the week leading up to Easter. On Easter Sunday they are featuring pounded lamb leg steaks a la plancha. The full menu will be available on Easter in addition to the special dishes. They also offer outdoor seating right on the water in the beautifully revitalized Jack London Square.
FIVE Restaurant, Berkeley: Enjoy delicious a la carte brunch options such as Eggs Benedict with collard greens, a country biscuit, Tasso ham hollandaise or wild mushroom rosti with artichokes, asparagus or French crepes with honey ricotta and Meyer lemon marmalade. Brunch will be offered from 10am — 2pm on Sunday, March 31st.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore: Celebrate Easter brunch with Executive Chef Matt Greco of Wente Vineyards with a three-course meal for $49 on Sunday, March 31st. Enjoy such items as chilled asparagus with fava, celery pine nut aioli, spices and quinoa, or Eggs Benedict with whole wheat English muffin, Canadian bacon and rustic potatoes. Reservations suggested.
SOUTH BAY/SAN JOSE:
Santana Row, San Jose: Enjoy Easter Brunch on the Row at more than 20 different restaurants presenting a tempting array of options, from elegant French-inspired cuisine at Left Bank Brasserie, to sushi at Blowfish, to Dim Sum at Sino, to California cuisine at Village Bistro. And don’t forget dessert. Kara’s Cupcakes has special Easter Bunny Hazelnut Crunch cupcakes just for the occasion.
DioDeka, Los Gatos: DioDeka will celebrate Easter with traditional Greek dishes seasoned with California flare. Brunch will be available from 10:30am – 2:30pm and entrées range from $8-$46. Reservations are recommended.
NORTH BAY/WINE COUNTRY:
Farmstead, Saint Helena: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is a true farm-to-table restaurant and showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking of Executive Chef Stephen Barber. In celebration of Easter Sunday, they invite guests to a special brunch, featuring the chef’s special farm-to-table brunch menu. It happens Easter Sunday, March 31st from 10:30am – 3:00pm; limited seating available.
La Toque, Napa: Located in the heart of Napa wine country, this is Ken Frank’s landmark Napa Valley restaurant. Their menu showcases the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local farms and purveyors. On Easter day, La Toque, The Westin Verasa Napa’s Michelin Star restaurant, is offering a special prix fixe menu with extraordinary selections: $65 for adults 21 and up with an optional wine pairing for $24; $48 for those under 21.
EASTER BASKET IDEAS:
Anette’s Chocolates, Napa. What kid doesn’t love a little chocolate, especially in their Easter basket? Instead of buying ordinary chocolates, treat the kids with artisan chocolates from Anette’s. Anette’s is featuring Bordeaux cream, chocolate fudge, wine, mint truffle and rocky road eggs, as well as solid chocolate Easter bunnies. And perhaps a little treat for you: Anette’s is also famous for their brittle and wine chocolate port sauces.
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