When you think about holidays celebrated with good food, Easter doesn't spring to mind. Christmas, sure. Thanksgiving, of course. Halloween, well, you really can't beat candy. Sure, at Easter you get peeps and hollow chocolate rabbits, but they're just a side to painted, hard-boiled eggs. The saving grace of this Sunday holiday is Easter brunch, but the usual brunch spots will be busier than ever this Sunday. You'll need a lucky rabbit's foot to get into favorites like Lola, Snooze, Devil's Food, Table 6 or Linger. Fort unate ly, there's a basket full of alternative brunch spots; here are six options.
6. Pop's Place
2020 Lawrence Street
The new venture from "Biker" Jim Pittenger and Stephen Kleinman, father of Ian Kleinman, whose Inventing Room is right next door, will pop up again with an Easter brunch, before it opens for good in April. There should be plenty of surprises in the brunch basket at Pop's; find out more on the Pop Place Facebook page.
5. Bombay Clay Oven
165 Steele Street
The usual brunch fare is breakfast-oriented and all-American. But on Sunday Bombay Clay Oven will offer an exotic Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, featuring South Indian rice crepes, filled with potato and onion, and seasoned with mustard seeds and turmeric; Indian-style scrambled eggs, flavored with garlic, ginger and cilantro; and vada, a savory Indian lentil doughnut seasoned with ginger; as well as other Bombay Clay Oven brunch favorites. The buffet is $9.99 (drinks extra); make your reservations at opentable.
4. Denver Aquarium
700 Water Street
Folks with kids or simply those with creepy Easter obsessions should head to the Denver Aquarium on Saturday for a chance to see the man himself: the Easter Bunny. Even though rabbits tend to prefer dry land, the Easter Bunny will be celebrating the holiday with his finned friends at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. And then the bunny will be back on Sunday, when kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy brunch, an Easter egg hunt, photos with the bunny, and discounted admission to the aquarium. Brunch and all the festivities are $39.99 for adults, $34.99 for seniors over 65, and $19.99 for kids; call for reservations at 303-561-4450.
3. The Fort
19192 Highway 8
The Easter service at nearby Red Rocks has been called off, but the Fort's Easter events are all on. Doors to the recreated fort will open at 11 a.m. Sunday, and there will be an ongoing Easter egg hunt for the kiddos. But the main attraction is the Easter menu: a three-course meal complete with salad, choice of grilled ham steak with huckleberry sauce or a roasted left leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic rub, and capirotada, or, spotted dog bread pudding, for dessert. The restaurant will only be serving left lamb legs, since lambs reportedly like to get up on their right legs, making that one tougher. (No word on what's going to happen to all those snubbed right legs.) For reservations, call The Fort at 303-697-4771.
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2. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Justin Cucci's "gastro-brothel" thrives on being different. The space it occupies has a colorful history and has been a bordello, flophouse and peep-show parlor during its hundred-year history, so what better place to celebrate Easter? This Sunday the swinging rock-a-billy sounds of Jonny Barber's Elvis Gospel Revival will permeate the swank lounge to accompany Easter brunch. There's no cover; for more information contact Ophelia's at 303-993-8023.
1. The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park
The Stanley Hotel's Easter brunch may have become something of an Easter tradition, but the setting is anything but ordinary. Take a drive through the stunning scenery around Estes Park, and then settle into the sometimes spooky splendor of the Stanley. The hotel will have an extensive Easter buffet featuring carving stations, fresh seasonal vegetables, omelet stations with all the fixings, an artisanal bread selection and a dessert station. There will be Easter egg hunts at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The buffet is free for kids five and under, $26 for kids six to twelve, and $60 for adults.
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