Eat up on Easter
BLT Steak will serve Easter breakfast 7-11 a.m. and brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with both a regular menu and some Easter-only dishes, such as goat cheese frittata and chocolate chip pancakes. 110 N. College St. in the Ritz-Carlton; 704-972-4380.
Blue will serve brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with live jazz and carving stations of top-round and spiral-sliced ham, plus chicken tagine, shrimp and grits, and more. $39.95 ($14.95 for 6-12; free for 5 and younger); 206 N. College St. in the Hearst Tower; 704-927-2583.
The Capital Grille will be open 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for Easter brunch, with choice of starter, entree and dessert for $49 for adults, $18 for children. Entree choices are lobster eggs Benedict, bone-in 14-ounce sirloin steak, 8-ounce filet mignon, seared halibut with roasted artichoke, dry-aged sirloin hash with fried egg and crisp onions, and citrus-glazed salmon. (There’s a separate menu for kids.) 201 N. Tryon St., 704-348-1400.
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Del Frisco’s will serve brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner until 9 p.m., with full menus and a $49 three-course special also offered. There’s also a $39 three-course brunch menu, plus a $12 kids’ lineup. 4725 Piedmont Row Drive; 704-552-5502.
Fleming’s offers a three-course brunch menu 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with choice of prime rib with a trio of sauces, eggs Benedict, prime rib hash or baked brioche French toast, plus appetizer and dessert for $39.95 (and you get a $25 dining card, valid for a future visit). There’s also a three-course menu for those 11 and younger for $18.95. 210 E. Trade St.; reservations 704-333-4266.
The Liberty hosts brunch with reservations 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Biscuits for everyone – plus a Southern ham tasting, crab two ways, chicken and waffles, prime beef roast and more, served as a three-course fixed-price meal for $26.95 ($9.95 for 10 and younger). 1812 South Blvd.; reservations 704-332-8830.
Red Rocks will serve a buffet only, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with reservations required and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny planned. Cost is $27 for adults, $11 for kids, and the menu will be different at each location. Birkdale Village in Huntersville: 704-892-9999; Strawberry Hill, 4223 Providence Road; 704-364-0402.
Rooster’s SouthPark hosts a buffet 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $37, with house-smoked salmon, Carolina shrimp and grits, wood-grilled barbecue chicken and more. 6601 Morrison Blvd.; 704-366-8688.
Upstream’s buffet will be 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with prime rib, roasted salmon and mint-rubbed leg of lamb and a dessert bar. 6902 Phillips Place; reservations 704-556-7730.
Chef-owner Freddy Lee has opened 3 Trade at 3 W. Trade St., sibling to his Bernardin’s at the Ratcliffe, also uptown. The new place focuses on Lowcountry and “contemporary American” food, “plus pasta and sushi,” its press says. Executive chef Travis Garrett is a graduate of and former instructor at Johnson & Wales, and Lee, who’s got a Culinary Institute of America background, said he plans to stay “very involved.” Lunch (about $8-$15) will be offered weekdays, and dinner ($10-$25) Mondays-Saturdays. 704-370-3006.