Austin Easter Sunday is just a few days away and you’re left wondering what to do -- your parents are in another city, and you’re too old for a basket (although Peeps hold a special place in our hearts, and arteries). Lucky for you, we’ve put together a selection of grown-up, enticing Sunday brunch suggestions that would make Mom proud.
TRACE at the W (info and address)
Trace is offering a prix fixe menu with mouth-watering choices such as crispy crab cake with avocado puree, citrus fruit, and chili vinaigrette, or a grilled Easter ham steak served with cheesy grits. Get this -- the first cocktail is included with the meal and they're only $3 thereafter. Continue Reading
épicerie (info and address)
Two words: Bunny Crêpes. That’s right, épicerie will feature buckwheat crepes filled with braised rabbit and topped with an over-easy egg and a savory sauce made from the rabbit jus. Have a house-made white sangria to bring that meal to the next level.
Searsucker (info and address)
Put on your Sunday best for Searsucker’s classic brunch featuring country ham & eggs or maybe a prime rib with a Peter Rabbit -- a cocktail made with Pimm’s and topped with a pickled carrot. Bonus: make a reservation and get an egg with a sweet gift inside.
Jasper’s (info and address)
The menu at Jasper’s will include three courses with selections including polenta-crusted fried green tomatoes, chicken fried quail and waffles, and baby back ribs. For dessert, try the caramel apple crisp served with Vanilla bean ice cream.
laV (info and address)
This meal will start with hot cross buns, followed by a choice of small plates including pate or oysters, then a choice of main dishes including roast leg of lamb, or a duck confit hash. Try a Bellini, with house-made pear purée -- the first one is on the house, and then in your stomach.
Due Forni (info and address)
In addition to its Neopolitan- and Roman-style pizzas (mmm, pizza brunch), Due Forni will be serving roasted rack of lamb with couscous and, for dessert, a classic cannoli.
Porter Gastropub (info and address)
The King would approve of Porter House’s Easter special, The Hound Dog -- a peanut butter, house-cured bacon, honey, banana, and peanut brittle sandwich on sourdough.
Trace, located in downtown Austin, is an American resto serving up farm-to-table fare. Get creative and try out some antelope loin or venison sausage.
Epicerie is a one-stop shop for specialty groceries, a cup of joe, and artisanal cafe fare. Try the specialty meats and cheeses and enjoy the outdoor dining or just take a morning coffee break.
A steakhouse from San Diego's Chef Brian Malarkey (of Top Chef and The Taste), Searsucker'll have you sucking on bone marrow and gnawing on Tomahawk ribeyes.
An easy getaway for Domainers, the second concept from Iron Chef contestant and Texas culinary hero Kent Rathbun offers a welcoming outdoor patio for taking down locals like Austin Amber and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, as well as concoctions like the Global Warming Martini (Beam, DeKuyper Mango Liqueur, Triple Sec, house sweet & sour, fresh lime, mint) and the Savvy Vodka/ olive juice O.D.B., which you won't be able to afford if your baby's still got your money.
An impressive wine list, intriguing dishes like Wood Oven Bouillabaisse with squid, clams, and blue prawn, and a complimentary valet make laV the ideal spot to go when you want to feel like a celebrity... then treat yourself to a Meyer Lemon Cream and feel like a slightly larger celebrity.
Due Forni is a casual pizza and wine spot where you can watch spaghetti Westerns and choose between pies from one of two ovens -- a Roman oven turning out thin and crispy-crusted 'zas, and another Neapolitan oven making a thicker, softer bread.