Miami Chances are, this weekend you’ll either be having a massive dinner with 12 third cousins you’ve never met somewhere in deep West Kendall, or bitterly chomping on a matzoh cracker and counting the days until you can eat bread again. But if you’re looking to celebrate Easter or Passover a little differently this year, here’re eight Easter brunches and two Passover dinners that’ll make you wish it was April all year long.

Tongue and Cheek: Easter is obviously the best holiday of the year because: Peeps! So, Jamie DeRosa is making homemade Peeps and serving them free before your Spring lamb Easter dinner, along with Easter baskets full of chocolate bunnies, etc. Continue Reading

Spartico: Get in a full Italian Easter when you hit the pre-Mass Italian brunch at Spratico at The Mayfair at 7:30am. Or, if brunch is the only religious experience you care about, get there at 11:30am for the same full Italian buffet plus wood oven-fired pizzas to….sorryboutthis….BOOT.

15 Steps at Eden Roc: Eden Roc's putting on the best Easter egg hunt you’ve done since you were old enough to (SPOLIER ALERT!) know the Easter Bunny isn’t real: everyone who downs 15 Steps’ brunch (with bottomless Bloodys) gets to scour the hotel for one golden egg that’s worth two free nights in an oceanfront suite. Oh, and kids get to look on the lawn for regular eggs that are worth, well, whatever eggs are worth.

Rosa Mexicano: Addressing the serious deficiency of kosher-for-Passover Mexican food, Rosa Mexicano has developed a special Mexi-Jew menu with Sangria Horoset, Matzoh Ball Pozole soup, matzoh-breaded chicken, and banana leaf-wrapped brisket. Meanwhile, you can ogle the fajitas and dream about what you’ll be eating next Tuesday.

Solo Coffee Bar: Since your mom can't tell you NOT to have an Easter brunch made up of cupcakes topped with sugary versions of the Easter Bunny, lemon-caramel popcorn, strawberry-marshmallow Rice Crispies treats, passion fruit macaroons, chocolate bunnies, and Easter cookies, hit up Solo, the Fontainebleau’s in-house pastry shop, then realize your mother was probably right a couple hours later.

Mondrian South Beach: If Bubba’s family had dealt in eggs instead of shrimp, they probably would have been all over Sunday’s brunch at Mondrian, where they’ll have omelets, deviled eggs, Easter egg crostinis, pickled eggs, steak and eggs, egg-white frittatas and, if you don’t like eating them, egg painting by the pool.

BLT Steak: If they’d had the stuff on BLT's Passover chalkboard to eat -- dry-aged brisket w/ horseradish salt; pike geliflte fish w/ pickled chanterelles, black truffle matzoh ball soup – Moses and co. would've been down to wander for, like, 100 years instead of 40. Or even longer if they also had jazz from the Chad Bernstein duo played live while they ate.

James Royal Palm: Get out to the beach behind the JRP for a 9:30am Easter egg hunt, then head upstairs to Florida Cookery and chow down on a Champagne Easter brunch with a pig-carving station, a live appearance from the Easter Bunny, and balloon animals!

Morton’s The Steakhouse: If your idea of Easter involves surf and turf, you’re not finding a better deal than you will at Morton’s in both Brickell and the Gables: a 6oz, cold water lobster tail and a 6oz filet will only run you $55.

Eating House: Before he kicks off his annual 4/20 dinner, Giorgio Rapicavoli is serving up his usual Wakin' and Bacon favorites, like Cap’n Crunch pancakes and carbonara eggs benedict, adding some Cadbury Crème Waffles, and washing it down with Tang mimosas. Not in the holiday spirit yet? Hit one of these 10 new happy hours, and you will be.

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1. Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

This down-home American spot is serving up awesome craft 'tails and twists on classic eats like meatballs and gravy, fried chicken, cured pork belly, and fish-n-chips.

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2. Spartico 3000 Florida Ave, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

Sidle up to the bar at this Italian eatery, where you can watch your pizza -- loaded with ricotta, mozzarella, goat, and fontina cheeses -- cook up crispy and fresh in their custom wood-burning stove.

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3. 15 Steps 4525 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

15 Steps is the newly renovated 1500 Degrees, still part of Eden Roc Miami Beach, and still serving up the farm-to-table freshness, thanks to the vegetable and herb garden planted on-site at the hotel. Their farm fresh menu offers rotating month-to-month specials focusing on seasonality, sustainability and regional produce. You'll never think of hotel's with on-site garden's the same way again.

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4. Rosa Mexicano 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Miami's original outpost of the fancy Mexi-chain whips up gourmet guac tableside, along with some mean margaritas.

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5. Solo Coffee Bar 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

Solo, the Fontainebleau’s in-house pastry shop, is offering up top-notch joe, plus head-turning chocolate and confections, like passion fruit macarons, and more.

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6. Mondrian South Beach Hotel 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Mondrian offers top of the line amenities like fine fusion grub and a Brazil-intensive bar with nearly 50 cachacas, a fruit stand-like selection of infused caipirinhas like lychee-elderflower, ginger-pear, and peach-lemongrass cocktails, plus gorgeous ocean views and a bomb brunch.

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7. BLT Steak 1440 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Located inside the Betsy Hotel, this classic Steakhouse serves up USDA Prime, Wagyu and Certified Black Angus beef alongside seafood dishes and their signature gratis popovers. The modern furniture and decor lends a young, cool vibe to the space, and a romantic porch offers a nice respite from a busy dining room.

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8. The James Royal Palm Hotel 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Following a massive $42 million facelift that resulted in considerably glammed-up decor, The James -- located a stones throw away from Ocean Dr -- still manages to maintain its original 1939 charm via a plethora of nostalgic relics, as well as arguably the most local-centric eatery in Miami.

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9. Morton's The Steakhouse 1200 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

With outposts in Brickell and Coral Gables, Morton's doesn't just stop at great steaks: check 'em out for seriously creative seafood apps and mains, like their Ahi tuna tower.

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10. Eating House 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Eating House isn't a regular restaurant, it's a cool restaurant. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spot began as a pop-up in 2012 before it took a permanent, brick-and-mortar turn in Coral Gables a few years later. It's hard to decide what Rapicavoli does better: local ingredient-driven dinner or over-the-top brunch. Whatever it is, all the dishes coming out of the kitchen -- like Cap'n Crunch pancakes or black truffle carbonara -- are similar in their sheer creativity.



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