There are plenty of opportunities to see the Easter Bunny or to attend an Easter Sunday service in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but before you head out for a day of activities, you should start your celebration with a festive brunch.
A slew of DFW restaurants offer special menus and buffets for the holiday and, depending on where you go, you can enjoy anything from Texas barbecue and seafood buffets to traditional brunch favorites like chicken and waffles, quiche, and lots of mimosas.
However, as these restaurants are quite popular and many families choose to dine out for Easter, you'll want to book your reservation at least two weeks in advance. For Easter in 2021, many of them are also offering special to-go menus that you can pick-up and enjoy at home.
Located in Plano, the self-described "retro French steakhouse" Mignon is offering a three-course prix-fixe holiday brunch on Easter Sunday in 2021. The first course begins with a choice of Boston Bibb salad or lobster bisque, while the main course has mouthwatering options like crab meat eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, or beef bourguignon, among others. And of course, the menu ends with something sweet—like the Grand Marinier bread pudding. You can either sit in the Parisian-style dining room or, if the weather's nice, outside on the patio that overlooks a scenic pond.
Restaurant DeGolyer at the Dallas Arboretum
Nestled inside the 66-acre garden of the Dallas Arboretum in the historic DeGolyer House with the Restaurant DeGolyer, a dreamy place to grab Easter brunch. Seatings are available on the Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend in 2021, and the menu includes a full brunch buffet featuring vegetables from the local market, farm fresh scrambled eggs, beef sirloin, smoked salmon, and much more. A cash bar is also available if you want to purchase mimosas or other alcoholic beverages.
It's one of the best deals in the area because your brunch doesn't only include your all-you-can-eat meal, but also admission into the gardens, parking, and gratuity.
Bread Winner's Cafe
Although it doesn't prepare a special Easter brunch, Bread Winner's Cafe offers the same great brunch on Easter Sunday as it does every weekend. It includes farmhouse tacos, breakfast tacos, Julio's huevos, fried chicken and waffles, and several menu pages full of other fun dishes. If you're in the market for something alcoholic, this DFW chain has a full menu of "Hangover Elixirs" like Cinnamon Toast Milk Punch, frozen blood orange mimosa, and a bloody diablo with jalapeño bacon. Bread Winner's Cafe does not accept reservations, but these lively and kid-friendly eateries are located in Uptown Dallas, Inwood Village, Northpark Center, and Plano.
Fearing's Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton
Inside the upscale Ritz-Carlton is chef Dean Fearing's Southwestern-style bar and restaurant, offering a sumptuous three-course, prix-fixe Easter Brunch in 2021. Starters include Wagyu beef brisket quiche and cornmeal-crusted trout Benedict on jalapeño grits. Main courses adhere to a surf-and-turf theme, including Nova Scotia halibut, Louisiana snapper, lamb T-bone steaks, and Midwest prime beef. Meanwhile, the Easter Bunny will be there to entertain kids with egg hunts and games. It's definitely one of the more lavish brunch options in the Dallas area, but it'll make for an Easter meal that you soon won't forget.
With locations in Lewisville, Oak Lawn, and Las Colinas, you can celebrate your love of Mexican food and brunch all in one place at Mattito's Restaurante. On Easter Sunday, a brunch buffet takes over its colorful dining room, offering south-of-the-border classics like a quesadilla and taco bar, huevos rancheros, and enchiladas. There's also an omelet station and made-to-order eggs Benedict. And if you really want to celebrate during your Easter brunch, Mattito's has a brunch happy hour with unbeatable prices on mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys.
If you're looking for a more upscale restaurant around Dallas that serves a great Mexican brunch along with bottomless mimosas, look no further than Via Reál in Irving. The breakfast station includes waffles with all the toppings, made-to-order omelets, Southwestern eggs Benedict, potato and egg burritos, and beef chilaquiles. If you don't care for breakfast food, you can also feast on enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, or grab something from the carving station.
Blue Mesa Grill
The popular buffet at Blue Mesa Grill is a great place to feed the whole family for a fixed, low price. Every Sunday, the grill welcomes guests to a buffet brunch with cook-to-order stations like the street taco and carving station; the omelets and huevos rancheros station; and the salads, guacamole, and mac n' cheese stations. Blue Mesa Grill has locations in Addison, Fort Worth, and Plano, and Sunday brunch begins at 10 a.m.