Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hop to It: Easter Meals to Try

Step away from the stove. You deserve a holiday off kitchen duty. So taste something new at one of these culinary Easter meals that put a new twist on the standard ham and green beans fare.


1890 Restaurant
420 Superior Ave., East, Cleveland,, 216-776-4576,  $35, children under 12 $15, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Here, you can toast Easter Sunday with a glass of Champagne. Partake in the pecan- and maple-glazed smoked ham carving station, and save room for a dessert buffet. But if you’re cutting back on calories, try the farmers market options including Amish cheese boards. Reserve your seat online or call ahead.

InterContinental Hotel Cleveland
North Coast Cafe and Table 45, 9801 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, 216-707-4045,,, $50, children 6-10 $21, 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
A complimentary children’s egg hunt and mimosas make this brunch a no-brainer. Chefs Klaus Happel and Donna Chriszt offer a twists on favorite world cuisine dishes. Savor your gourmet brunch to the sounds of the Cleveland Institute of Music jazz trio.

Pickwick & Frolic
2035 E. Fourth St., Cleveland 216-241-7425, $34.95, children 3 and under free, 10:3 0a.m.-4 p.m.
With the Easter bunny hopping over to East Fourth Street for photo ops, your kiddies will love this one. Plus the more than 50 artfully prepared dishes will please parents too.

Sans Souci
24 Public Square, Cleveland, 216-902-4095,, 6 -10 a.m. breakfast buffet, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. full buffet
Moms, chef Michael Harp has got this one covered. An upscale carving station offers smoked espresso-crusted leg of lamb with quinoa and kale salad, and strawberry and black pepper nectar. Desserts include a crème brulee cheesecake and triple chocolate mousse. Reservations suggested.

The Spread Buffet
100 Public Square Cleveland, 216-297-4777,, Total Rewards members $29.99, non-member, $31.99, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Go global with cultural dishes from Italian and Asian stations that will make you feel like your taste buds hit the jackpot. There’s no need to make tough choices here; so sample it all from corned beef hash to Mongolian beef to spring vegetable risotto.

Urban Farmer
1325 E. Sixth St., Cleveland 216-771-7707,, $46, children under 12 $19, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The focus here is farm fresh and build your own. Try organic carved meats and omelets or get creative at the waffle bar or eggs Benedict bar. Wash it all down a concoction from the bloody mary bar. Reservations recommended.


100th Bomb Group
20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, 216-267-1010,, $40.95, $19.95, 9:30 a.m -4:30 p.m.
Take in historic memorabilia along with a view of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport runway while sipping Champagne and indulging in gourmet delights from Easter kielbasa to seafood Norwegian pasta. The Easter bunny is expected to make an appearance. 


34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills, 216-464-3700,, $11-16, 10:30a.m. -3 p.m.
Bottomless mimosas will help deal with the inevitable family drama while a la carte eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, and breakfast paninis will satisfy your tummy.

3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-831-5599,, $34.50, children 4-12, $17.50, children 3 and under are free, 10:30a.m. -2:30p.m.
Traditional dishes get elevated here with options such as chef-carved ginger- and brown sugar-glazed ham, chef-carved black pepper- and herb roasted-prime rib with au jus and horseradish, and creme fraiche. Carrot cake and lemon pound cake with mixed berry compote make for a sweet ending.

Valenti’s Ristorante 
3365 Richmond Road, Suite 130, 216-464-4665,, $32.50, children 4-12 $16, 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., last seating at 4:45p.m. 
Taste unique culinary offerings such as blueberry sausage along with options from the carving station and antipasti station. Plus, if you are in the mood for Italian, chicken picatta is on the menu.


One Red Door
49 Village Way, Hudson, 330-342-3667,, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Lemon ricotta pancakes, breakfast pizza and house-made sausage provide a sweet and savory start to your holiday. The a la carte brunch goes beyond a.m. fare with pizzas, sandwiches and salads, but it also offers the most important element to a morning meal out: a make-your-own bloody mary bar.

Additional reporting by Aziza Doleh

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