Food Events: Easter

Brunches on both sides of Lake Washington

Conjuring images of spring, the Christian tale of rebirth, and the fertility of rabbits, Easter retains its pagan roots as a holiday all wrapped up in eggs—and chocolate. Restaurants all over town will be more than happy to offer you an indulgent, and sometimes especially eggy, brunch this Sunday. This week's Food Files highlights a few spots that serve special meals for Easter. 35th Street Bistro's brunch includes favorites from their standard brunch menu: eggs Benedict with country ham and tarragon hollandaise, apple crisp French toast, and a croque monsieur: a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich (often made with Gruyère), sometimes egg-dipped and pan-fried. Price varies. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 709 35th St., 547-9850, FREMONT Only open for brunch twice a year (Easter and Mother's Day), Campagne offers a very French take on this holiday at their third annual Fête de Pâques. Their menu features oeufs à la truffes (scrambled eggs with black truffles) and smoked salmon with poached eggs and hollandaise. Price varies. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.86 Pine St., 728-2800, PIKE PLACE MARKET Coldwater Bar & Grill offers a long list of tempting items, from Washington apple crepes with raspberry sauce to eggs Benedict and roast rack of lamb. $39 adults, $16 children 5–11. 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 1900 Fifth Ave., 256-7697, DOWNTOWN The Georgian presents a very serious brunch menu, led by crispy farmer's hash with organic free-range poached eggs, white asparagus, and truffle hollandaise. They'll also offer clove-studded, molasses-glazed ham, a visit by the Easter Bunny, a harpist, and executive pastry chef Artis Kalsons, who will craft individual chocolate eggs for the kids. $110 adults, $55 children. Noon–6 p.m. Located in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., 287-4059, DOWNTOWN Easter Sunday at icon Grill offers an unlimited-return-visit "buffet rotunda," with three varieties of deviled eggs, rhubarb-almond griddle-bread pudding, and special entrées for the kids. $18–$27. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 1933 Fifth Ave. DOWNTOWN Kaspar's Special Events & Catering features made-to-order omelettes as well as their Grand Buffet with endless grazing options, including country paté with pear and fig chutney; cornmeal rosemary fried chicken; and green orzo, snap pea, and arugula salad with lemon dressing. $36 adults, $15 children 7–12; free for kids under 6. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 298-0123. QUEEN ANNE O/8 Seafood Grill's first Easter brunch features smoked salmon eggs with lox, cream-cheese scrambled eggs, and chive crème fraîche; and Dungeness crab and shrimp Louie, with boiled egg, tomatoes, and Louie dressing. Price varies. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 900 Bellevue Way, Ste. 100, 425-637-0808, BELLEVUE The first-ever Easter brunch at the Oceanaire Seafood Room features smoked salmon Benedict, fried oysters Bienville with poached eggs and fennel cream, and thick-cut French toast topped with bananas Foster. Price varies. Noon–5 p.m. 1700 Seventh Ave., 267-2277, DOWNTOWN Salty's usual brunch is famous for the three-tiered cascading chocolate fountain. This holiday brunch is no less over-the-top, with items from scrambled eggs with ham and green onions to Dungeness crab and shuckedoysters. There will be an Easter Bunny in attendance. $34.95 adults; kids and seniors eat for less. Saturday Easter brunch: 8:30 a.m.–1: 30 p.m.; Sunday Easter buffet: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 937-1600. WEST SEATTLE Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail

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