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Second Helpings: Post-Easter-Egg-Hunt Brunch

April 6, 2012, Food

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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