Omelets, pancakes, mimosos — oh my! Brunch destinations for Easter

by Tallahassee Table
Whether you want Indian thali or bacon and eggs, you’ll find lots of breakfast choices for a Sunday splurge.

Easter brunch looks like it will be a special occasion meal once again this year. As restaurants aim to gain ground and more people get their COVID-19 vaccines, a feeling of renewed optimism is leading lots of restaurants to open their doors on Sunday, April 4.

Your options range from lavish, dine-in experiences to outdoor settings to takeout options. Some of these restaurants are offering special Easter menus or others are open for business for Sunday brunch, often with daily specials. Check to see what’s available at your favorite choice, and if reservations are necessary, you’ll want to hop to it.

Easter Brunch destinations

If you’re looking for a more exotic Easter brunch, Aaru’s presents an Indian thali platter for a brunch or lunch. Photo via Aaru’s.

 Aaru’s: This multicultural restaurant offers a traditional Indian thali platter, which brings an array of food and sauces in small bowls, served dine-in only, with outside seating. 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 1108 S. Magnolia Dr.; 850-350-0129

With a large outdoor seating area, Andrews Downtown is the perfect Easter brunch spot. Image via Andrews Downtown.

 Andrews Downtown: With a large outdoor patio space, Andrews will be offering an a la carte menu instead of a buffet with items like bananas Foster French toast, shrimp and grits, omelets, sandwiches and salads. Brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 228 S. Adams St.; 850-224-3444.

Blu Halo will be presenting a holiday Easter menu, which you can enjoy inside or out. Photo via Blu Halo.

 Blu Halo: The upscale restaurant is presenting a special holiday menu that includes Easter ham, prime rib, vanilla bean Belgian waffle and lamb kebabs along with appetizers and brunch cocktails. A kids’ menu will also be available. Brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Bannerman Crossings, 3431 Bannerman Road; 850-999-1696.

Order a breakfast feast from Blue Turkey for a more global experience, dining at home.

Blue Turkey: For an enticing twist on your Easter meal, order “Brunch in a Turkish Village,” an authentic Turkish feast prepared by chef Dondu Dogru. Order in advance on the restaurant website, and pick up your meal between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday inside KitchenShare, Frenchtown Heritage Hub, 524 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

 Canopy Road: Pancakes, omelets, French toast and skillets are among the numerous options at this breakfast/lunch spot. Multiple locations (some with outdoor seating). Hours 6:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

 Chuck’s Fish: The Sunday brunch menu at the downtown restaurant features steak and eggs, crab cake Benedict, caramel apple beignets and blackened shrimp and grits. Sunday brunch is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 224 E. College Ave.; 850-597-7506.

 Coosh’s Bayou Rouge: The Northeast branch offers an Easter buffet, with precautions in place, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for reservations. Coosh’s will also be offering family meals that include one entree, two sides and one dessert. Place your order by March 31 for pick up on April 3. 6267 Old Water Oak Rd.; 850-894-4110.

 The Edison: Overlooking Cascades Park, The Edison offers an Easter menu with items like a veggie scramble, Southern breakfast and biscuits and gravy, along with a kids’ menu. Open 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m. for brunch; outdoor dining. 470 Suwannee Street; 850-765-9771.

You have the pick of breakfast dishes at The Egg Cafe and Eatery.

 The Egg Cafe and Eatery: Bayou cakes, croque madame and Bradley’s grit skillet are among the extensive menu choices, along with brunch cocktails. Outdoor seating available. Sunday brunch 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at 740 Austin Davis Dr., 850-765-0703; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 300 S. Duval Street; 850-907-3447.

Big Dave’s Breakfast at Grove Market Cafe has it all.

 Grove Market Cafe: David and Elizabeth Gwynn, also the owners of Cypress Restaurant and Vertigo, offer a varied menu with pancakes, omelets, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and mimosas. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, with a large patio area. 1370 Market Street; 850-894-5060.

Pair brunch with mimosas or other fun brunch cocktails at Horizons Bar and Grille.

 Horizons Bar and Grille: Look for brunch classics like chicken and waffles, stuffed French toast and biscuits and gravy, as well as charcuterie and a grouper sandwich; breakfast cocktails; shaded outdoor patio. Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bannerman Crossings, 3427 Bannerman Road, Suite 104; 850-329-2371.

Wagyu, lemon ricotta pancakes and vegetable frittata are some of the options on the Easter brunch menu at Il Lusso. Photo credit: Il Lusso.

 Il Lusso: The Italian steakhouse will present a three-course, prix fixe Easter Brunch menu for $41.50 per person. Options include a blue crab bruschetta, lemon ricotta pancakes, a Spring vegetable frittata, half-pound Wagyu beef burger and ricotta cheesecake. Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It’s $15 for all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bloody Marys. Outdoor patio. Reservations necessary. 201 E. Park Ave.; 850-765-8620.

 Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: French toast and breakfast specials and pressed sandwiches are on the menu; with courtyard tables. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. You can order side dishes and treats for your at-home meal. Pickup 3-7 p.m. April 3. 1123 Thomasville Road; 850-385-7268.

Kool Beanz specializes in brunch with lots of flair.

 Kool Beanz Cafe: The menu often changes at this Tallahassee institution, but look for dishes like pan-fried grouper, mojo-spiced chicken, or country-fried strip steak.Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 921 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-2466.

On Easter, look for a special menu, available for dining in, outside or for takeout, at Little Paris. Photo credit: Little Paris

 Little Paris: Experience a French-style Easter celebration for dining in (or outdoors) or get brunch to go. The three-course meal is $42 per person, featuring asparagus and prosciutto, lamb chops with baked potato and Brussels sprouts, and le nid de pâques (Easter nest cake) for dessert. Easter brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1355 Market St.; 850-765-7457.

Bacon and eggs, waffles — or ice cream — are all possible for breakfast at Lofty Pursuits.

 Lofty Pursuits: Waffles, pancakes, corned beef and hash and grit bowls — and ice cream — are some of the choices on the breakfast menu (along with homemade candy). Patio dining, takeout options. Open Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 1355 Market St., A11; 850-521-0091.

Bread pudding for breakfast? Yes, please! Lucilla is featuring a special Easter menu and I bet there will be a sensational dessert.

 Lucilla: The menu features upscale American comfort food with fun flourishes. Check the website for the Easter menu, coming soon. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Sunday brunch. 1241 E. Lafayette St.; 850-900-5117.

You’ll find plenty of space to enjoy brunch and fun cocktails at Railroad Square Craft House. Photo credit: Railroad Square Craft House.

 Railroad Square Craft House: Chicken and pancakes, chorizo burrito and French toast are on the brunch lineup with classic cocktails and whimsical twists like the strawberry shortcake mimosa. Sprawling outdoor patio. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch Sunday. 644 McDonnell Dr.; 850-296-3496.

Sage: A Restaurant offers a varied list of breakfast and lunch items on its Sunday brunch. Photo credit: Sage.

Sage: The brunch menu brings items like chicken and mushroom crepes, Gulf blue crab cakes Benedict, Dutch Baby with several appetizers and sides; outdoor seating. Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3534 Maclay Blvd. S.; 850-270-9396.

Mandy and Joe Lemons, owners of Table 23, will be offering Sunday brunch with the bonus of a pleasant outdoor setting.

 Table 23: Steak and eggs, Benedicts, bagels and lox, shrimp and grits and sandwiches are available for brunch with mimosas and bloody Marys and a cocktail menu; covered outdoor patio. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1233 Thomasville Road; 850-329-2261.

 Tally Fish House & Oyster Bar: Salmon frittata, blackened grouper ‘n grits and stuffed French toast are on the menu with cocktails; covered outdoor patio. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 6800 Thomasville Road; 850-900-5075.

French toast is among the treats for Sunday brunch at Uptown Cafe.

 Uptown Cafe: Apricot-glazed smoked salmon, smoked on-premises, is one of the star attractions for dining in or takeout. Pancakes, omelets and other traditional breakfast fare; outdoor seating. Brunch 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 1325 Miccosukee Rd.; 850-219-9800.

 World of Beer: Yes, you can have brunch at the World of Beer. Options include the hangover skillet, huevos rancheros and sweet cream pancakes plus plenty of spirits. Outdoor space available. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 830 E. Lafayette St.; 850-901-9001.

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