Thursday, March 29, 2012

Updated: Easter dining choices

Villa Antonio at 4707 South Blvd. plans Easter brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $25 ($12 for kids younger than 12), with an omelet station, carving station and dessert station, plus traditional Italian dishes and classic brunch fare. 704-523-1594.

The Liberty serves up its Easter Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with baked goods and multiple choices for each of three courses, including crabcakes, cured salmon, bacon-wrapped pork, black cod, Prime Montana beef roast and more. $24.95 ($9.95 for kids 10 and younger); 1820 South Blvd.; 704-332-8830.

Harvest Moon Grille hosts Easter brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with fare ranging from scrapple with over-easy eggs and Southern tomato gravy to eggs Benedict (over crispy pulled pork) to stuffed apple French toast, plus lunch dishes such as fried catfish or vegetable quiche ($10-$14). 235 N. Tryon St. in the Dunhill Hotel; 704-342-1193.

The Palm plans a fixed-price, three-course Easter dinner 5-9 p.m. for $58.90: Choices include lobster bisque; entree pairings of filet mignon with shrimp, scallops or crabcake; cheesecake and more. 6705 Phillips Place Court; 704-552-7256.

Morton's will do a three-course meal for $59, with choices including tuna tower and lobster bisque; entrees of filet with asparagus, salmon, and chicken with artichokes; and chocolate mousse or lemon souffle. 227 W. Trade St.; 704-333-2602.

Del Frisco's will open for lunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., then for dinner 5-9. The full dinner menu will be offered at both times, including the "Power Couple" Sunday feature (a three-course dinner for two for $99). During the lunch time, a three-course $35 menu (and $12 kids' menu) will be available, too, along with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. 4725 Piedmont Row near SouthPark; 704-552-5502.

BLT Steak hosts brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with dishes ranging from Eggs "Ritz" (with spinach and crab) to buttermilk pancakes, plus lunch items such as steak and fontina panini, confit lemon rosemary chicken and more. 110 N. College St.; 704-972-4380.

Mama Ricotta's will do a traditional Italian Easter meal, including Brodetto Pasquale alla Romano (lamb broth with lemon and egg), spring vegetable risotto and herb-crusted leg of lamb, for $25; that will be available, along with the regular lunch menu, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 601 S. Kings Drive; 704-343-0148.

Epic Chophouse in Mooresville will be open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for an Easter brunch ($27.95), then 5-10 p.m., offering its full menu plus a chef's feature for dinner. Among brunch items: chilled salads, a brunch bar (grits, bacon, French toast, pancakes), carved prime rib, fried chicken, leg of lamb, and more. 104 S. Main St.; reservations: 704-230-1720.

Blue's Easter brunch will be 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with carving station for top round, roast pork loin and roast turkey and Mediterranean entrees and sides, salads and desserts, plus live jazz. $39.95; $14.95 for kids 6-12; free for younger. Corner of 5th and College streets; reservations: 704-927-2583.

The Ritz-Carlton uptown will host Easter Saturday tea 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7 in its Urban Sip area (15th floor), with traditional and contemporary tea sandwiches, scones with preserves and Devonshire cream, and desserts from the hotel's Bar Cocoa, including petits fours, chocolate mousse with housemade marshmallows and more, for $32 for adults. A children's tea menu ($10) will also be available. Daily "Chocolate Afternoon Tea" at Bar Cocoa will also be available during Easter weekend, with the same menu. 201 E. Trade St.; reservations: 704-547-2244.

Georges Brasserie will offer brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., followed by Easter dinner 5-9 p.m. 4620 Piedmont Row Drive; 980-219-7409.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will host Easter brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8, with decorative displays, seasonal entrees, breakfast dishes, a carving station and more, plus live entertainment (including the Bunny, and egg hunts at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m.).
$59.50 per person, $29.50 for children 5-12, and free for 4 and younger. Reservations required: 704-248-4100 or online at 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Cosmos Cafe Ballantyne will do brunch for Easter from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with a seafood raw bar, carving station, create-your-own omelets, live jazz and more. $29.95 ($5.95 for 12 and younger); 8420 Rea Road; 704-544-5268.