And food, of course. Like all holidays, this one revolves around food: Peeps, of course, and all kinds of weird sugariness. At home, it's ham-or-lamb. But for many, it's brunch. A big, full-on, Easter-dress lunch. Here's where to get yours in SLC:
The Blue Boar, one of the prettiest area places to brunch, offers rack of lamb, lobster eggs benefit and prime rib, along with lots of other goodies, on Easter Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Cost is $75 per person for a five-course meal. Call 888-650-1400 for reservations.
Bambara's Easter brunch buffet is famously popular; make reservations asap by calling 801-363-5454. Easter Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $36 per person ($16 for kids and $26 for seniors.) The menu includes spring specialties like roast asparagus, the usual big beef, enticing-sounding creations like lamb hash and truffled mac and cheese, and - new this year - a Belgian waffle station. Yum.
Tuscany's prix-fixe brunch also runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday - feast on prime rib and honey glazed ham, made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict two ways, waffle station, chilled seafood, house-made pastas and pastry. Brunch cost is $45 per person for adults, $23.00 for children age 12 and under. But Tuscany also serves Easter dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., chef's specials as well as the regular menu. So you can spend the day outside, if it's pretty, and settle in for the big meal in the evening. Call 801-277-9919.
Oasis Cafe serves a lower-key brunch than the big guns, with the menu's emphasis on organic vegetables and sustainably raised meats. Yes, there will be prime rib. And a chocolate fountain for dessert. Served from 9 am to 3 pm, the cost is $32 for adults and $18 for kids. Call 801-322-0404.
Chef Franck Peissel keeps it on the plate for Easter brunch. The five-course menu is French at heart, but with modern American culinary trends and fresh local ingredients. Expect the unusual - like wagyu short ribs braised with compressed watermelon with caramelized watermelon and watermelon caraway sauce. Yes. That is what I said. Franck's brunch will be served from 10 am. to 3 pm and costs $50. Call 801-274-6264.
In a totally refreshing change-up, Faustina celebrates Easter in the evening, with Chef Billy Sotelo featuring specials in addition to his regular menu. Here's hoping it will be patio weather. Call 801-746-4441,
Kimi's Mountainside Bistro serves brunch from 11 am to 3 pm, at the base of a mountain that could conceivably still be snowy. Flaunting Scandinavian flavors - gravad lax, Swedish caviar-stuffed eggs, and lingonberries at the waffle station - the brunch cost is $28 for adults, $13 for kids (free if they're under 3.) Call 801-330-6574.