Easter is Sunday, April 12. I cannot recall if Tucson restaurants shut down like they do on Christmas or only revert to bodacious Easter brunches. If you’re a restaurant and open for business as usual on Easter Sunday, let me know and I’ll post it here this week. In the meantime, here’s a sampling of Tucson restaurants serving Easter meals.
At Loews Ventana Canyon, feast on everything from omelets and applewood smoked bacon to snow crab claws and green lip mussels to fresh tortillas and carnitas. The full carving station, sweet and savory salads and the Blues, Brews and BBQ grill station all sounds so delicious. For dessert, consider ganache coffee tartlets, lemon ginger tortes (lemon and ginger – oh, two of my favorite flavors) and the apple crème brûlée.
While there will be plenty of seating inside the Canyon Café, weather permitting, you can dine on the patio. Breathtaking views of the Catalina Mountains will be the icing on the cake. The festive Easter Brunch begins at 11 a.m. and will seat until 2 p.m. The brunch is $45 per adult and $22 for children 12 and under. Children can race for Easter eggs and the hunt begins at 11 a.m. and every 30 minutes until 2:30 p.m. Call the Canyon Café at 615-5496 to make reservations.
At Pastiche, dine on plated lighter fare all day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Easter specials include smoked salmon quiche with Asiago and Swiss cheese, fresh spinach, and crème fraîche for $13; traditional eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, toasted English muffins, hollandaise sauce, and breakfast potatoes (served until 4 p.m.) for $12; proscuitto wrapped Red Bird chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and pesto, chardonnay lemon cream, and chef’s vegetables $19; baby spinach and fresh berry salad made with refreshing strawberries, marinated green apples, candied pecans, dried cranberries, goat cheese, cilantro lime vinaigrette $13 and grilled lamb loin chops of herb marinated, lemon-mint orzo, and chef’s vegetables $24…plus the regular menu items. Reservations advised.
Bluefin Seafood Bistro will be serving our regular Sunday brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with specials to include pan seared fresh Alaskan halibut, thyme butter sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, sauteed asparagus; steamed whole Maine lobster, drawn butter, Texmati rice, sauteed vegetables; and roasted and carved leg of lamb, fresh basil and mint, roasted potatoes, and sauteed spinach; 531-8500.
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol will serving an appetizing buffet with mimosas and champagne for both Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day. Reserve early as the outdoor patio seating goes fast. The cost is $45/per person plus tax and tip; 529-3500.
Cactus Rose Steakhouse which is located at the newly refurbished Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park features traditional carving and omelet stations complemented by festive entrees such as quiche filled with chorizo, roasted tomatoes, and spinach; minted mashed red skin potatoes; and grilled flank steak with port demi sauce. The cost is $39.95 for adults, $37.95 seniors, and children under 12 $17.95 plus tax and tip for all; 323-5220.