Where To Dine-In For Easter
You may have seen our list of Valley restaurants offering Easter fare to go, and now it’s time to discuss the many places serving up food in person. Whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch or dinner options, these eateries will have your special meal covered from start to finish.
Let’s start with brunch. T.Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa is hosting a special meal for $70 a person. It comes with a complimentary glass of its signature orangecello mimosa, and a children’s menu is available upon request. First course offers dishes like avocado toast; Scottish smoked salmon mini bagel; antipasto tart; poached shrimp and snow crab claw; and Greek yogurt and granola parfait. For a second course, try the egg white frittata; two farm eggs in any style; turkey benedict; fried chicken and waffle; mustard rubbed rack of lamb; Glacier 51 sea bass; or grilled beef tenderloin. Finish all of that up with the third course — assorted mini desserts and fresh berries with whipped cream. T. Cook’s is located at 5200 E. Camelback Road Phoenix; 602.283.1234; www.royalpalmshotel.com/tcooks
El Chorro is also serving up a three-course feast. All menu items include a pastry basket and the restaurant’s famous sticky buns. First up is a choice of roasted vegetable Mediterrean soup; chilled watermelon gazpacho; seafood crepe; smoked salmon flatbread; caramelized pear and prosciutto salad; or chopped vegan delight. Second course has these options — grilled petite filet; wild mushroom chicken roulade; seared Chilean sea bass; Best of Both World’s eggs benedict with a jumbo crab cake and petite filet; and pumpkin mascarpone ravioli. For dessert, select from a tri chocolate mousse; carrot cake cheesecake; the El Chorro creation with a warm sticky bun pudding and sticky bun ice cream; and a marinated fruit salad. The price is $95 a person not including tax or gratuity. El Chorro is located at 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.5170; www.elchorro.com
Rusconi’s American Kitchen is another killer brunch option. It’s $65 a person and includes a starter, main course and dessert. Choose from chilled spring pea soup with crab; baby field greens with strawberries and mango; Arizona desert sweet shrimp and spring tomato salad; organic arugula and grilled peaches; or house smoked Scottish salmon with citrus herb blini to start. For a main course, select one of these — cast iron short rib hash and sunny side eggs; steak and eggs; blue crab and Arizona desert sweet shrimp benedict; blackberry glazed pork tenderloin; braised shrimp lamb shank with a sunny-side up egg; pan roasted California halibut with spring pea risotto; or grilled beef tenderloin with Amish blue. Dessert is a dark chocolate bundino; strawberry and citrus cheesecake; or blueberry jam and vanilla scented crème brûlée. Rusconi’s American Kitchen is located at 10637 N, Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix; 480.483.0009; www.rusconiskitchen.com
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is holding an Easter brunch celebration in its Coronado ballroom. It’s $85 a person and $42 for kids 5 to 12 years old. There will be a pastry section with fresh baked pastries, artisan breads and bagels plus fresh sliced seasonal fruits and berries; breakfast sausage and smoked bacon; herb roasted potatoes; and Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. Venture over to the omelet station with your choice of ingredients and the raw bar with lemon poached shrimp, crab claws, green mussels and smoked salmon. The carving station will have leg of lamb with mint glaze; prime rib with au jus and horseradish; sugar mustard glazed ham with pineapple sauce; pan seared salmon with shrimp scampi; grilled chicken with tomato, olives and basil; heirloom vegetable medley; Dauphinoise potatoes; and creamy macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget dessert! There will be an assortment of fresh baked cakes, cookies, pies, chocolate truffles and chocolate dipped strawberries. The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is located at 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale; 480.991.9000; www.destinationhotels.com/scottsdale-resort
Paul’s American Grill is serving up a special pre-fixe brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s $32 a person and includes organic coffee, choice of an entrée and a hand-crafted cocktail. There will be a children’s menu available as well. Choice from a brioche french toast, steakhouse benedict, crab cake benedict or Paul’s omelette. The cocktail choices are a mimosa, champagne lemonade, Bloody Mary, sangria or a sidecar. If you would rather have dinner, there’s that too. A three-course menu is available from 2 p.m. to close and feature a seasonal salad, Alaskan halibut or slow roasted prime rib and New York style cheesecake. It’s $40 a person. Paul’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342; www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com
Over at Phoenix City Grille, there are two special Easter dinner specials to choose from. The Argentine New York Strip Steak is $37 and comes with all natural grass fed strip loin, tri color Ramona Farms tepary bean “de la olla,” corn pudding and Guajillo gastrique. The First of the Season Chula Seafood Alaskan halibut is $34 and features pan seared halibut with McClendon Select spring citrus wheels, sweet pea puree, roasted local beets, Manchego cheese candied almonds and a Queen Creek Olive Mill aged balsamic reduction. Phoenix City Grille is located at 5816 N. 16th Street, Phoenix; 602.266.3001; www.phoenixcitygrille.com