12 restaurant menus worthy of an Easter holiday celebration

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12 restaurant menus worthy of an Easter holiday celebration

Easter brunch, lunch or supper — depending on when the big meal of the day may fall — is always a marker of the start of spring dining.

In my mind, dishes can only get lighter, brighter and warmer for the next four to five months both in atmosphere and plating, whether it be dine in or dine out.

There are many restaurants in town taking part in the last major holiday meal celebration prior to moving on to spring menus that will reflect what’s in season locally.

“I think the trend to dine out for Easter is it gives everyone more time to spend with one another, and there’s no cleanup,” said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. “Dining out at one of our fabulous restaurants equals no stress.”

Here are just a few of the exciting menus being featured at local restaurants that are being planned for Easter dining on Sunday, April 5. Don’t forget to get your reservations in now because they will fill up fast. Hippity-hop!

BASIL’S ON MARKET

18 N. Market St., Troy

937-875-2068

Open: Three seatings at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on April 5

Cost: $19.95 per person, children ages 5-10 are $8.95, free for children 4 and younger.

Menu: Omelets to order, Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, smoked turkey breast, carved prime rib, shrimp cocktail, potatoes au gratin, shrimp cocktail, chicken fingers, tossed salad, desserts and more.

THE CAROLINE

5 S. Market St., Troy

937-552-7676

Open: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5

Cost: $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children under 12 years old. Free for children ages 5 and younger.

Menu: This Troy restaurant located on the square will feature a buffet that includes: scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, sausage, French toast, waffles, roast turkey, prime rib, baked tilapia with lemon butter over rice pilaf, grilled chicken breast with mushroom sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit, several salads, cookies, brownies and assorted cheesecakes.

CARVER’S

1535 Miamisburg Road, Dayton

937-433-7099

Open: 11 a.m.-9 pm. April 5. Serving brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children under 12 years old. Free for children ages 5 and younger.

Menu: Carver’s will be serving from the dinner menu all day, but the magic hour for plated brunch entrees will happen from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Brunch options include a tenderloin hash topped with two poached eggs and served with a Hollandaise steak sauce ($20), Carver’s Eggs Benedict with poached egg on toast points, topped with choice of two 4 oz. Filet Mignon medallions or a Crab Cake and Hollandaise (crab cake $26, Filet Mignon $28, one each $27), two New Zealand double thick-cut lamp chops, marinated in mixture of Champagne, lavender petals, rosemary, garlic and mustard seed finished with savory lavender Champagne sauce ($25) and a pecan tarragon salmon marinated in olive oil, tarragon, orange juice and coated with Dijon mustard and honey, pecan pieces and bread crumbs then oven baked ($28).

COCO’S BISTRO

250 Warren St., Dayton

937-228-2626

Open: 10 a.m-2 p.m. April 5

Cost: $20

Menu: Choice of Frittata made with sautéed wild mushrooms, spinach and red onion, fontina, dill creme and home fried potatoes; Belgian waffle served with butter, blueberry compote, balsamic maple syrup, crème de cassis whip and applewood smoked bacon; spring spinach salad with spinach, roasted beets, jerk candied sunflower seeds, diced romas, Manchego cheese, cilantro celery seed vinaigrette and dark rye croutons; Filet and eggs; Italian grilled cheese served with creamy tomato bisque; black bean huevos made with cornmeal crusted black bean cakes topped with over easy eggs, fresh salsa, cilantro crema, house adobo or lamb hash served with redskin and three pepper hash topped with over easy eggs, spicy creme and an English muffin. Fresh mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are affordably priced at $5 each.

THE DOCK

250 W. Main St., Enon

937-864-5011

Open: Noon-6 p.m. April 5

Cost: Priced per dish.

Menu: Featured dishes include rosemary Lamb Chops ($24.99), six-ounce hand-cut filet Oscar topped with lobster, crab, shrimp (26.99) and a pineapple ham steak ($13.99).

EL MESON

903 E. Dixie Drive, Dayton

937-859-8229

Open: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 5

Cost: $29 adults, $12 children 12-6, free for children 6 and younger.

Menu: Celebrate Easter in Latin America this year at El Meson with a buffet featuring steak Encebollado (beef filet with tomatoes, onions and Chimichurri sauce); Caribbean Rum glazed ham, fish tacos with mango salsa, egg and cheese omelet and egg, cheese and chorizo omelet; Mexican rice, saffron rice, Calabacitas (roasted corn, squash and pimento), Manchego scalloped potatoes, salads and fresh fruit.

FLEMING’S

4432 Walnut St., Dayton

937-320-9548

Open: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5

Cost: $39.95 for adults, $18.95 for the children’s menu

Menu: Appetizers include a choice of lobster bisque, caesar salad, seasonal fruits, an entrée choice of Eggs Benedict, with sliced filet mignon or smoked salmon served on a potato cake with wilted arugula and béarnaise sauce; baked Brioche French toast layered in vanilla and orange custard, with a brown sugar, butter and walnut streusel, served with maple-blueberry syrup, Chantilly cream and grilled sausage; prime rib with a trio of sauces — au jus, creamy horseradish and dijon sauces; blue crab omelet with Gruyere cheese, fresh spinach and seasonal mushrooms, topped with blue crabmeat, blistered tomatoes and dill-Hollandaise; Porcini-crusted filet mignon with braised mushrooms, baby carrots with Gorgonzola cream sauce. Featured cocktails include a Mary en Guego, Bacon and blue cheese Bloody Mary and a Sonoma Sparkler all for $8.95.

THE HAWTHORN GRILL

1222 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

937-298-2222

Open: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. April 5

Cost: $22 for adults, $13 for children 2-12, free for children ages 2 and younger.

Menu: The Hawthorn Grill will be hosting a family-style, all-you-can-eat Easter brunch featuring bread and fruit, Schnecken (German pecan sticky buns), homemade blueberry bread, fresh fruit,scrambled eggs, corned beef hash, pancakes, sausage, crispy calamari with Thai cabbage slaw, red peppers, scallions and peanuts, a roasted beef shoulder steak and flourless peanut butter cookies.

JAY’S SEAFOOD

225 E. 6th St., Dayton

937-222-2892

Open: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. April 5

Cost: $32 for adults, $15 for children 6-12, free for children ages 5 and younger.

Menu: The buffet at Jay’s will feature grilled Salmon and lemon cream, prime rib, jus lie and horseradish cream, homestyle rosemary redskin potatoes, Southern fried chicken breast with sausage gravy, housemade buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs with fresh chives, bacon, egg frittata with roasted tomatoes, parmiggiano, spinach and basil, blueberry pancakes with cinnamon-brown butter and maple syrup, sausage patties, grilled asparagus, fresh fruit, mixed greens, chocolate mousse and cheesecake.

MEADOWLARK

5531 Far Hills Ave., Kettering

937-434-4750

Open: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5

Cost: $32 for adults, $15 for children 6-12, free for children ages 5 and younger.

Menu: Spinach, breaded oysters and smoky Nueske’s bacon are pan-fried to a crispy golden brown, then scrambled with eggs ($14.95), salmon cakes with Hollandaise ($13.95), Eggs Benedict ($13.95), cream cheese and pecan enchiladas with a fried egg on top ($13.95), green chorizo scramble ($13.95), sausage sandwich ($12.95), French toast with Belletoile cheese, pears and walnuts (full order $11.95). The restaurant also has a Passover menu including smoked salmon with capers, dill and horseradish whipped cream; marinated beets with bitter greens, Tahini sauce, diced cucumber and sesame seeds; Haroset Salad with romaine, arugula and radicchio, walnuts, apples, dates and pastrami with sherry lemon vinaigrette; halibut with butter sauce and skillet rice with peas, asparagus and spinach; braised duck legs with garlic, rosemary, red wine and honey, with quinoa with walnuts and mushrooms; onion-braised beef brisket with horseradish Gremolata and crispy potatoes.

THE OLD ARCANA

109 W. George St., Arcanum

937-692-0068

Open: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 5; reservation-only seatings are available: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Cost: $25 for adults, $12 for children

Menu: The Old Arcana in Darke County will be offering a 3-course prix fixe meal for adults including appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. Starters include a trio of deviled eggs, a Charcuterie platter, cheese ball or spicy meatballs. Entrées include a choice of Bourbon praline French toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, The Arcana hot brown, cornmeal waffles, baked eggs, soy-glazed salmon salad, chicken Caesar Salad; fresh romaine tossed with house Caesar dressing and Parmigiano Reggiano.

SALAR

400 E. 5th St., Dayton

937-203-3999

Open: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. April 5

Cost: Salar will feature a special brunch menu on April 5. Highlights include mushroom crepes ($14), Eggs Benedict ($14), a veggie omelet ($12.50) and a shrimp omelet ($15) made with sautéed shrimp, roasted garlic, oregano and a blend of five cheeses served with roasted potatoes. A lobster, prosciutto and an asparagus quiche ($14), pancakes ($9), steak and eggs ($25) round out the breakfast options. The menu also features baked scallops parmesan and rococo sauce ($22), whiskey and honey marinated salmon ($18) and an almond encrusted chicken scaloppini ($17). Housemade Bloody Marys ($8), Bellinis ($9) and Mimosas ($8) are available from the bar.

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