Easter is just around the corner, and you’re wondering how to handle brunch this year. Instead of sweating over a feast at home, why not let the professionals take care of it? Don’t worry, there’s something for the kiddies, too. From elegant buffets in Del Mar, to a casual visit from Peter Cottontail in North Park, you’ll find something to suit your needs this year.
On Sunday, April 5 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Kitchen 4140 in BayHo will offer guests a special Easter version of its popular Sunday brunch. Featured dishes will include Smoked Leg of Lamb and a Dry-Aged Prime Rib amongst other holiday dishes accompanied by fresh spring produce like turnips, Swiss chard and heirloom vegetables (many from the restaurant’s newly enhanced garden, which makes up one half of Kitchen 4140’s 1,200 square foot garden-patio). Regular brunch items, such as Kitchen 4140’s indulgent Red Velvet Waffles, will also be offered alongside Executive Chef Kurt Metzger’s Easter specials. For reservations, visit www.kitchen4140.com
This buffet-style brunch includes smoked meats, gourmet cheeses, a selection of signature desserts from Chef Karen Krasne, fruit, pastries and, coffee and tea drinks. It’s $22 per person and $14.95 per child 12 and under, in the Little Italy location only.
Special mini versions of Chef Krasne’s most famous sweet treats will also be available during bunch and to order by the dozen for pick up on Easter Sunday, including; Mini Froissants, Mini Dulce de Leche Cheesecakes, Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Coffee Cakes, Mini Fresh Orange Juice Glazed Candied Orange Scones, Mini Passion Fruit Meringue Tartelettes and Mini Chocolate Glazed Caramelized Danishes.
Also at Extraordinary Desserts, the rare Princess Kaiulani Cake will return Saturday and Sunday Easter weekend. Made with Caramelized Pineapple, Coconut Cream Vanilla Bean Mousse, White Chocolate Shortbread Chunks, Whipped Cream, nestled between layers of Elderberry moistened White Cake and a white Chocolate Glaze with pastel colored orchids, like a lei around the rim of the cake, it’s a stunning centerpiece to any Easter celebration. Available in 10″ sizes for $65.00 or by the slice for $10.50.
Cusp Dining & Drinks
Cusp’s Easter Buffet is a crowd pleaser, as it has something for every member of the family. Grown-ups can take advantage of a buffet stocked full of brunch fare like a Build-Your-Own Crepe Station, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Assorted Salads and more. Endless Mimosas are available for only $15. A kid at heart himself, Chef Lockhart has created an interactive Kids Station where playing with their food is accepted. This includes pancakes with assorted toppings and other savory items kids love. Located on the top level of Hotel La Jolla, Cusp boasts panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, a beautiful backdrop for this special occasion. Adults $45, kids under 10 are $20. Reservations are required. Brunch is served between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. www.cusprestaurant.com.
Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica’s idyllic location offers striking ocean views, making it the perfect place to relax on Easter Sunday. A complimentary glass of champagne will be provided with any brunch entrée. The a la carte menu will feature breakfast favorites like Smoked Pork Shoulder Hash & Eggs and XO Shrimp Omelette, sandwiches like their Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna “Open Faced” and entrees like Lemon-Garlic Grilled Shrimp. There will also be a vast selection of brunch cocktails available, from Bloody Mary’s to a fresh Meyer Lemon Meringue Martini. Pacifica’s Executive Chef Chris Powell has also created a special menu just for kids. Reservations strongly suggested. Call (858) 792-0476 or visit www.pacificadelmar.com.
The Westgate Hotel
On Sunday, April 5, experience the Westgate’s traditional Easter Champagne Brunch, complete with fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, carving stations and a special children’s section. Children will be entertained by a face painter and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $69 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets for the Westgate’s Easter Bunny Teas and Easter Champagne Brunch can be purchased at www.westgatehotel.tix.com or by calling 619-557-3655.
Oceana Coastal Kitchen
Executive Chef Steven Rimer debuts Oceana Coastal Kitchen’s new weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch this coming Eater. Located at The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, Pacific Beach’s newest bayside hideaway will now offer a brunch complete with all of San Diego’s best assets — alfresco dining and panoramic views of the bay, topped off by one of the city’s best new brunches! If the view isn’t enough to remind us why we love America’s finest city, then the mouthwatering dishes will. Oceana’s Sunday Brunch will include a variety of elegantly displayed food stations including a cold bar and sushi buffet, fruits and grains, fresh salads and decadent desserts. For the main course, guests have the option to choose from one of eight prepared plates that include options such as a Belgian-style Waffle topped with Grand Mariner, strawberries and whipped cream, a pepper & rosemary crusted prime rib, roast filet of salmon, or asparagus quiche to name a few. Kids can also partake in The Catamaran’s big Easter egg hunt taking place along Mission Bay. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday starting Easter Sunday. Prices are $58 adults, $26 children 5yrs. – 11 yrs. (children under 5 eat free! For reservations call 858.539.8635 or visit www.oceanacoastal.com
Here comes Peter Cottontail! San Diego’s favorite family-friendly neighborhood bistro is hosting an Easter brunch that’s just as suitable for beer lovers as it is for the egg-hunting tykes. Guests can indulge in chef favorites including Waypoint’s signature Pulled Pork Benny or Breakfast Pot Pie, all while enjoying a selection sips like Waypoint’s Beermosa, LemonAle Shandy, Mimosa or House Sangria. The morning will kick-off at 10 a.m. with an egg hunt for the kiddos, plus a special guest appearance from Peter Cottontail himself. 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Kids eat free during Easter Brunch! For reservations please call 619.255.8778 or visit waypointpublic.com
Keeping it all in the family this Easter, the beloved modern Italian farmhouse and marketplace, CUCINA enoteca, is featuring a prix fixe family-style brunch. The holiday feast stays true to Italian tradition with classic Easter dishes including an herb roasted leg of lamb and grilled duroc pork loin served with sides of green garlic polenta, charred eggplant, and rosemary black pepper sweet potatoes. In true Mediterranean fashion, guests can enjoy their morning feast with a sparkling prosecco and white peach bellini, or toast to the Sunday celebration with bottomless mimosas. The prix fixe menu is available for $32 per person, although guests are welcome to dine from the regular brunch menu as well. Brunch will be served from 11:30am to 2:30pm
For reservations call 858.704.4500 or visit www.urbankitchengroup.com.
Bottega Americano will be celebrating its inaugural Easter Sunday with festive brunch specials. In addition to the normal a la carte menu, brunch goers can also enjoy delectable Easter dishes like a Braised Short Rib Hash, a flavorful combination of spring onions, poached eggs, potatoes and Meyer lemon hollandaise as well as a Baby Artichokes Pizza featuring cauliflower panna, ricotta, spicy lamb sausage, roasted garlic, fava beans and mint-pea vine pesto. Reservations can be made online at bottegaamericano.com or by calling (619) 255-7800.
The Grand Del Mar
Visit the luxurious Grand Del Mar for Easter Champagne Brunch in the Elizabeth Ballroom. Served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is an extravagant celebratory brunch to be enjoyed with favorite beverages and, of course, champagne. Guests are offered everyone’s favorite breakfast selections including Mini Pastries, Made-to-Order Omelettes, Quiche, Scrambled Eggs, Belgian Waffles and Made-to-Order Pancakes. In addition, there are Raw Shellfish, Gravlax and Smoked White Fish and Smoked Trout, Made-to-Order Potato Latkes, Dim Sum and Sushi, Seasonal Salads including Caesar, Baby Gem Lettuce and Local Strawberry and Beet Salad. There will be an impressive selection of Cheeses & Charcuterie, as well as a Carving Station serving Rosemary and Garlic-Rubbed Leg of Lamb, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib-eye and Cantonese Whole Roasted Pork Belly. Brunch entrees include Roasted Local Bass, Chicken Supreme, Traditional Spanish Paella and more plus accompaniments and sides. Sweet Endings to this amazing Easter spread include Lemon Curd Meringue, Caramel Apple Pie, Cheesecake, Cream Puffs and more. Plus there is a Candy Station, and guests may decorate Chocolate Eggs and Cadbury Cream Eggs. The Children’s Buffet tempts young Easter guests with Mini Corn Dogs, Grilled Cheese Fingers, Triple Decker Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and more, along with Cookies, Brownies, Cupcakes and Candy Eggs. The brunch is $108 per adult includes sparkling wine; $30 per child for Children’s Buffet (ages 4-12), exclusive of tax and gratuity. Visit www.thegranddelmar.com for more info.
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