Second Helpings: Post-Easter-Egg-Hunt Brunch

Mansion at Judges' Hill
Mansion at Judges' Hill (Photo by John Anderson)

Remember to call ahead for reservations and availability as space is always limited on holidays.

BC Tavern Take a short trip to Bee Cave for this upscale comfort food for Easter. Enjoy a special à la carte brunch menu from 11am to 3pm; if you're celebrating late in the day, dinner starts at 5pm. 11715 Bee Caves Rd., Bee Cave, 512/477-6535.

The Carillon is always ready on Easter; this spring Sunday brunch on April 8 runs from 11am to 2:30pm. The prix fixe menu, $55 for adults and $19.95 for kids, offers pork belly eggs Benedict, cold seafood, and carving stations. 1900 University Ave., 404-3655.

Crú A Wine Bar offers a scrumptious three-course brunch that pairs wine country cuisine with an extensive wine list featuring several brave international choices. Served 10am-3pm; $21, half-price for kids 12 and younger. 238 W. Second, 472-9463; 11410 Century Oaks Terrace #104, 339-9463.

The Driskill Hotel The lavish mezzanine brunch tradition continues with seatings from 9:30am till 2pm. If you don't make it upstairs, Cafe 1886 will have all of your regular favorites on hand. $65, half-price for kids 12 and younger. 604 Brazos, 391-7121 for reservations.

Green Pastures This Sunday brunch is special anytime, but Easter here is a tradition with seatings at 11am and 1pm. Easter egg hunts are planned for both seatings. $60. 811 W. Live Oak, 444-4747.

Hudson's on the Bend This lakeside fine-dining fixture has been at it for two decades, specializing in game of all descriptions. The Easter Sunday à la carte menu features diamondback rattlesnake cakes, lemon-saffron risotto with Maine lobster and asparagus, and more. 3509 RR 620 N., 266-1369.

Hilton Hotel Downtown is bringing it for Easter this year in the Liberty Tavern. Enjoy cocktails and a major midday spread. 500 E. Fourth, 482-8000.

Hyatt Regency Austin For the adults, complimentary Champagne; seven food stations will leave everyone sated. $59, $29 for kids208 Barton Springs Rd., 480-2036 for reservations.

Lakeway Resort and Spa hosts a gourmet Easter brunch with a golden egg contest, panoramic views of Lake Travis, a family-friendly petting zoo, and a visit from the Easter bunny. Brunch will be held in the beautiful glass-enclosed Vistas Ballroom overlooking the lake. Seatings from 10am to 3pm. $55, $20 for kids ages 3-12. 101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, 512/261-6600.

Mansion at Judges' Hill The historic Goodall Wooten House is a beautiful setting for your family Easter dinner. Enjoy this famous Easter buffet from 11am to 4pm. Get there in time for the braised short ribs. $34.50, $17.50 for kids 12 and under. 1900 Rio Grande, 495-1800.

Max's Wine Dive Spicy comfort food is Max's forte. On Easter Sunday, enjoy smoked salmon and asparagus strata or blueberry-ricotta pancakes for brunch, 9am-3pm, and from 4 to 10pm, enjoy smoked trout salad or a smoked pork chop with sweet-potato-chipotle gratin from the à la carte menus. The wine list is affordable and varied for those dining in, and the retail area offers great specials. 207 San Jacinto, 904-0111.

Olivia This menu of American regional cuisine will have a few surprises this Easter, 9:30am-2:30pm. See what's fresh from local farmers and ranchers, and enjoy a full bar. For dessert, try the duck egg crème caramel with ginger-pear crisp. 2043 S. Lamar, 804-2700.

Omni Hotel Downtown serves a traditional Easter brunch buffet in Ancho's, 10:30am-3:30pm. You'll find a children's buffet, carving stations for the grown-ups, and desserts for everyone. $40 for adults, $30 for seniors. 700 San Jacinto, 476-3700 for reservations.

Paggi House You can have your eggs and eat them, too, as the regular menu will be available on Easter, as well as à la carte specials such as spiral-cut ham and lamb. Ask for a wine pairing. 200 Lee Burton Dr., 473-3700.

Renaissance Hotel Banderas Restaurant has a special Easter brunch with seatings scheduled for 11am, 12:15pm, and 1:30pm. Check out the waffle station, carving stations, and plenty of other treats. $29.95, $12 for kids 12 and younger. 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 343-2626 for reservations.

Sagra Enoteca & Trattoria Toast spring's bounty with an elegant Italian Easter brunch served from 10:30am to 3pm. Italian scrambled eggs, strawberry-stuffed french toast, and a spiked lamb carving station make up the bounty you're toasting, with unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas for $6. $24, $12 for kids 12 and younger. 1610 San Antonio, 535-5988.

Soleil Head out to the lake for this upscale Mediter­ran­e­an Easter buffet, 10:30am-3pm, complete with carving stations, seafood, pasta, and great desserts. $34.95, $12.95 for kids 12 and younger. 6550 Comanche Trail, 266-0600.

Sullivan's Steakhouse Celebrate Easter Sunday, 11:30am-2:30pm, with a three-course brunch for $32 and an $8 kids' menu. The buffet takes place in the gallery, or you can enjoy the regular menu in the main dining room. The shrimp-and-lobster bisque and beef tenderloin Benedict will straighten you out for another round of egg hunting. 300 Colorado, 495-6504.

TRIO at the Four Seasons offers another bountiful holiday buffet in the ballroom foyer, 10am to 2pm, featuring a variety of food stations as well as seafood and omelets made to order, for $68, or enjoy the prix fixe restaurant menu for $75. The desserts are fantastic, regardless of which route you take. 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300.

Trace at the W Hotel The three-course Easter menu is served from 10:30am to 4pm for $55 and includes a glass of sparkling wine. The kids' menu offers various à la carte items. Easter brunch is served with a side of live music on the patio from 11am to 2pm. You know any restaurant with its own on-staff forager will make innovative use of farm-to-table ingredients. 200 Lavaca, 542-3660.

Zed's Get there in time for the Easter egg hunt on the lawn at 1pm sharp, and from 11am until 3pm enjoy a fabulous à la carte menu, a Bloody Mary bar, and $2 mimosas. 501 W. Canyon Ridge Dr., 833-7004.

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