Food and Drink

No Easter brunch plans yet? Here are 7 spots to try.

All of the sudden it’s springtime outside — and with that comes lots of rain, flowers and Easter Brunch. For lots of us, that means going home to family or being granted the grownup privilege of hosting. Don’t have plans yet? Try one of these options to make the most of your holiday (and maybe even get you out of cooking):

(1) Heirloom Restaurant

Heirloom’s chef, Clark Barlows, has created a special brunch menu for Easter, one of the only three times the farm-to-table restaurant is open for brunch (go ahead and mark your calendar for Mother’s and Father’s Days).  Easter’s menu includes fanciful editions of Southern favorites, including Shrimp and Grits with caviar grits and biscuits and gravy with Lady Edison Crisp Country Ham. Mimosas will be served as well as oyster shooters, if you’re into that sort of thing.

8470 Bellhaven Blvd., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., reservations here.

(2) Not Just Coffee Dilworth

This intimate shop boasts great coffee in a modern environment, complete with roll-up doors that open to a covered patio. For Easter Brunch you can expect $5 classics — Bellinis and Aperol Spritzes — as well as food specials such as a liege waffle with grilled oyster mushrooms and whipped spiced honey butter, along with special quiche offerings, savory and sweet scones and charcuterie.

2230 Park Road, Ste. 102, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

(3) Legion Brewing

Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood will be open and ready for Easter Brunch. Menu offerings include a lox and cream cheese bagel, breakfast pizza with your choice of bacon or chorizo and pancakes with bacon and baked apples. As for drinks, you can expect to find their vast array of local brews, complete with a $5 Beermosa — Carolina Sparkle Party Berliner Weise topped with a bit of O.J.

1906 Commonwealth Avenue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

(4) Common Market

Looking for a simple brunch? Head to any of the Common Markets (South End, Plaza Midwood or Oakwold) for a grab-and-go brunch or for a big plate of one of their specials (anything can be made vegetarian or vegan — just ask!) I recommend the Later Hater on an everything bagel, cold brew coffee or prosecco on tap.

2007 Commonwealth Avenue, 235 W. Tremont St., 4420A Monroe Road, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

(5) Fern

Courtesy of Fern

Not vegetarian or vegan? Don’t let that scare you away from Fern. The food’s so good you won’t even miss the meat. For starters, grab cinnamon rolls or fried cauliflower (think chicken wings’ vegetarian sibling) and for a main course try breakfast nachos or a chef scramble with peppers, onions and kale. For beverages you can expect coffee, scrubs and libations like mimosas, Irish Coffee and Sangria.

1419 East Blvd Ste. A, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., reservations here.

(6) Little Spoon

Fried Korean Brussels Sprouts make their way to this menu as well as Avocado Toast, Cinnamon Toast Brulee and Breakfast Tacos.  With a full coffee bar and what they have coined as “Boozy Brunch”, you can swing through for caffeination or a full-on Sunday Funday.

2820 Selwyn Avenue, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(7) Carpe Diem

Open just two days a year for brunch (Easter and Mother’s Day), Carpe Diem has handcrafted a brunch menu that is sure to please. This Elizabeth Avenue classic will have a pri-fixe two-course menu for $30. You can choose from salads or gazpacho for your first course and segue into an Eggs Benedict or a Cajun Hash, among other things. A kids’ menu is available for $15. For drinks, try their Blackberry Bourbon Sweet Tea, Mango Mimosa or the nonalcoholic pineapple lemonade.

1535 Elizabeth Avenue, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., reservations here.