Whether one celebrates Easter as a religious holiday—or prefers to use the annual springtime event as an excuse to indulge in a special weekend—there are plenty of opportunities to do both here in the desert. For many, Easter Weekend is a great time to get together with family and friends and enjoy good food and fun times. Although I grew up with a big Easter dinner, brunch is also a very popular way to start the day. And without having to drive more than a few miles from my home in Rancho Mirage, there are options galore for Easter dining any time of the day. Here are just a few suggestions of places to dine—anytime—but especially this Easter on April 20th, 2014.
Wally’s Desert Turtle, arguably one of the best restaurants in the Palm Springs Valley, offers its masterful brunch—which is served only twice a year (Easter and Mother’s Day) in the exquisite Steve Chase-designed dining rooms. Indulge in the perfect Bloody Mary or Mimosa and savor specialty brunch concoctions that include benedicts, Belgian waffles, risottos, raviolis, and roasted free-range chicken—recipes that could only come from a restaurant with a young, masterful chef like Richard Pelz working to carry on the fine reputation and tradition of Wally’s. Reservations: 760-568-9321 www.wallysdesertturtle.com
Feel like taking Easter in a different direction? Head over to Las Casuelas Neuvas for south-of-the-border specialties, and check out their Easter Champagne Buffet Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. With treats like prime rib, fajitas, omelets, and Mexican favorites, you’re sure to have a festive time. Reservations: 760-328-8844 www.lascasuelasnuevas.com
And for those looking for a Southern European flair, you might want to consider Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine’s farm to table Spanish and Italian specialties for Easter brunch or Easter dinner, with a wide selection of seafood, meats, pastas, and delicious mimosas and Sangria! Reservations: 760-770-9508 www.catalanrestaurant.com
Meat lovers—especially those with a taste for prime rib and aged beef—will no doubt want to make their way to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar for their annual Easter brunch. The three-course menu starts off with first courses such as blue cheese wedge salad or lobster bisque, and features signature eggs benedict, prime rib hash, and prime rib with a trio of sauces. Top it off with one of their amazing desserts, including white chocolate bread pudding. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reserve online and you’ll even receive a $25 gift card good for a future visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
Indulge in the taste of the islands at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, with delicious fare such as Roy’s benedict (with a choice of filet mignon or crab cakes) on a cheddar-bacon biscuit with shiso bernaise. A kid’s menu is also available. And for good measure, Roy’s is also offering a gift card ($20) for a future visit. Enquire at 760-340-9044. www.roysrestaurant.com
And lest we forget, Acqua Pazza’s weekly Sunday three-course brunch is not to be missed. Choose indoor dining or opt to sit water-side at this local favorite at The River. Reservations: 760-892-9800 www.acquaranchomirage.com
And for those staying at our Rancho Mirage resorts, be sure to enquire about their Easter offerings:
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa www.westinmissionhills.com
Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas www.rancholaspalmas.com
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa www.hotwatercasino.com