If you're visiting the Detroit metro area for Easter and are looking for a great place to sit down for a special holiday brunch, many of Detroit's best restaurants are preparing special menus just for the occasion.
There are many other things you could do to stay entertained during Easter in Detroit, but you'll want to fuel up at one of these great restaurants first. Easter tends to be one of the year's busiest holidays, so make sure to call ahead for reservations.
Cherry Creek Golf Club
The Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Charter Township has held its signature Easter Sunday brunch and Easter egg hunt for more than 20 years. The brunch buffet features a variety of breakfast and lunch foods from omelets to fresh fish, and carved specialty meats. After brunch, guests can head outside to the lawn to search for Easter eggs in the grass and kids can get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.
Moose Preserve Bar & Grill
The Moose Preserve Bar & Grill offers a special menu for Easter Sunday, so get ready to order some delectable meats. One of the house favorites is "The Wild Thang," an adventurous sampler platter complete with venison sausage, rabbit ravioli, whitefish pate, and BBQ buffalo meatballs. Also, no meal at Moose Preserve is complete without a couple of their award-winning homemade chocolate chip cookies. This hunting lodge-style barbecue restaurant is located in Bloomfield Hills, a few miles northwest of Detroit.
Deadwood Bar & Grill
Located in Northville, which is approximately 25 minutes west of downtown Detroit, Deadwood Bar & Grill has a similar menu of comfort food goodies prepared especially for the Easter holiday. For a special treat with a unique flavor, order the Grand Marnier French Toast. Don't forget to wash down your meal with the restaurant's signature breakfast cocktail the Bloody Moose, a take on the Bloody Mary that's garnished with sliced sausage.
J. Baldwin's is an award-winning restaurant known for serving artfully presented food year-round, but especially for its Easter brunch menu. On Sunday afternoon, you can choose from several enticing entrees, appetizers, and desserts in a special three-course meal.
The restaurant is in Clinton Township, which is about 40 minutes northeast of downtown Detroit. It's possible to make an online reservation for a seat at Easter brunch or place a pickup order ahead of time.
In Midtown Detroit, near the Museum of Contemporary Art, Union Street usually hosts an Easter Sunday brunch with interesting dishes like house-smoked brisket poutine or steak and eggs with a fresh fruit plate. However, Union Street will also serve its regular menu alongside Easter brunch treats, so if you're in the mood for some of its signature lobster cakes, you can order those, too.
The Holly Hotel
If you don't mind making a bit of a drive for your holiday meal, the historic Holly Hotel, which as about an hour's drive northwest of Detroit, offers a plated Easter brunch with breakfast and menu items that include muffins and scones, baked brie en croute, prime rib, and homemade apple pie.
Everything at The Holly Hotel is elegant and beautifully presented. Other dishes served for Easter brunch include free-range poultry, fresh fish, and produce like fiddlehead ferns and morel mushrooms.
5ive Steakhouse is located inside the chic Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Detroit. For Easter, the steakhouse typically serves a plated prix fixe brunch with four courses, including a trio of small-bite appetizers, a farmers' market salad, a choice of two main courses, and a plated trio dessert. Reservations are not required for brunch, but you can phone ahead or book reservations online if you have a party of six or more.
PARK 600 has a full Easter brunch menu with starters and greens; breakfast plates; and midday meals built around luxury burgers, smoked salmon, and pork shank. For cocktails, the bar typically serves light drinks from Mimosas and Bellinis to Bloody Marys. There are several kinds of premium juice, tea, and coffee available as well.
Located in the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan, this restaurant is about 45 minutes north of Detroit. All food is made with locally sourced ingredients and inspired by local and European dishes.
McCormick & Schmick's
McCormick & Schmick's hosts an Easter brunch with signature dishes like crab cakes Benedict, bananas Foster French toast, salmon crepes, prime rib, and a goat cheese frittata, but you can also order amazing homemade jelly donuts and a basket of fresh cinnamon Sister Schubert rolls. There is also a large selection of brunch cocktails like beautiful Blood Orange Mimosas, Sparkling Strawberry Mojitos, and build-your-own Bloody Marys.
Located in Troy, about 30 minutes north of Detroit, McCormick & Schmick's may be a national chain, but with local ingredients and a warm ambiance, it's still a special place to spend Easter in the city.