Celebrate Easter Sunday with Brunch in the D

By: Amber Ogden | April 3, 2015

This weekend, Peter Cottontail will hop along the bunny trail and dole out jellybeans, chocolate candies and peanut butter eggs. While all of those are great, you’re going to need something a little more substantial in your stomach to keep you (and your little ones) from a sugar crash.

Easter brunch is, of course, the answer! Take a quick head count of your family members who will be in attendance on Easter Sunday and make a reservation at one of southeast Michigan’s restaurants serving brunch. The following establishments are a few great places to start:

The Rugby Grille, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham, is located inside of the Townsend Hotel. The four-course menu will be prepared by chef Drew Sayes and served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The first course includes Mueslix (dried fruit with fresh berries and sugar) and an Asparagus Tart, followed by a second course of Kale Salad and Carrot Soup. There are several principal plates to choose from, including Ham Porchetta, Salmon (served with beet chips, beet hummus, greens and pine nuts), Steak and Eggs and Crab Cake Benedict (with poached eggs, asparagus, fingerling potatoes and hollandaise sauce). The dessert course consists of Strawberry Rhubarb Mousse with a lemon verbena panna cotta center.

The Rugby Grill’s Easter brunch costs $65 (excluding tax and gratuity), and reservations can be made by calling 248-642-5999.

Joe Muer Seafood, 400 Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit, is one of the area’s popular seafood designations, and a ritzy place to spend Easter brunch. If you’re in the mood for made to order omelets, eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, Dearborn ham, shrimp cocktail, oysters, salmon Wellington or maple-cured bacon, this is the place you want to be.

Fresh fruit and desserts will also be available, including the restaurant’s famed Coconut Crème Cake. Brunch costs $45.99 for adults, $19.99 for children and is free for those ages 5 and under. To make a brunch reservation, call Joe Muer Seafood at 313-567-6837.

Local Kitchen and Bar, 344 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, is known for its comfort food dishes, and what’s more comforting than brunch? A word of advice: come hungry, because there will be enough food for an army, and then some.

The spread will feature spiral ham with apples, fennel and grainy mustard, cornbread stuffing with smoked garlic sausage, marinated green bean salad, mac and cheese and tons of breakfast items. An omelet station, breakfast meats, baked French toast and a smoked salmon platter are just a few of the options. Don’t forget the sweets, muffins and scones!

Brunch costs $29 for adults, $15 for kids under the age of 12 and is free for those under 5. To make a brunch reservation, call 248-291-5650.

Picano’s Italian Grille, 3775 Rochester Rd. N., Troy, is an authentic Italian restaurant that will be offering its “world famous” Easter brunch this Sunday. Brunch seatings are available between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and have a two-hour time limit—so you can eat at your leisure, but not delay others!

The breakfast station includes ham, bacon, waffles, scrambled eggs and a gourmet omelet station. Cold appetizers include house-roasted peppers, peel and eat shrimp, imported Italian cold cuts and tossed salad. Hot entrees consist of dishes like roast pork loin, vegetarian pasta, gnocchi, boneless chicken and vegetables.

Desserts will not be in short supply: cannoli, cookies, pastries and tortes are all on the menu. To make a reservation, call 248-689-8050.

Waves Chill and Grill, 24223 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, will offer a grand Easter buffet between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. This menu consists of more lunch-type items, so if you’re looking for a massive lineup of breakfast items, choose one of the other options provided on this list.

However, if you’re opting for the lunch part of brunch, Waves Chill and Grill is an excellent place to be. Homemade potato and cheese Pierogi, stuffed shells, Icelandic cod, spiced rub ham, garlic roasted lamb, honey roasted chicken and asparagus and gruyere quiche will all be served.

The buffet costs $23.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 5 to 10 and is free for children under 5. Beverages are not included in the price, and save your coupons for a day that is not a holiday, folks. Make a reservation today by calling 586-773-3840.

D’Amato’s, 222 Sherman Dr., Royal Oak, is an Italian restaurant that will be serving Easter brunch with seatings at noon and 3 p.m.

Sunday brunch includes a Bloody Mary bar, bottomless mimosas and jazz music provided by the Jalopy Brothers. Brunch options include Chicken and Waffles (flash fried, served with sausage gravy and drizzled with honey), Asparagus Sundried Tomato Omelet (egg whites with sundried tomato, spinach, asparagus and goat cheese) and Open Faced BLT (with bacon, fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato, lettuce, basil aioli and a fried egg).

If you’re craving something sweet, try the Cinnamon Roll French Toast (pan seared and topped with caramel maple syrup) or Neapolitan Buttermilk Pancakes (one strawberry, one apple and one traditional pancake with pecan maple butter and syrup).

Reservations are required and the meal costs $29 for adults, $12 for children and is free for those 5 and under. Make a reservation by calling D’Amato’s at 248-584-7400. (As of press time, this brunch is now full, so hopefully you made your reservations a few days ago!)

Moe’s on Ten, 39455 10 Mile Rd., Novi, always serves brunch on the weekends, but this Sunday will feature a special Easter brunch. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy French crepes, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, potato pancakes, lemon chicken, roast beef, ham, bacon, sausage and more.

A side of fresh fruit will certainly cancel out the calories of the homemade pastries—right? Brunch costs $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children ages 10 and under. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 248-478-9742. (This is another one that, at press time, is officially booked!)

When it comes to Easter brunch, there are plenty of options that will keep you and your family happy and full. The restaurants above are just a few of many that are offering brunch options this Sunday. Be sure to make your reservation early, and above all, Happy Easter!