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Vail Valley restaurants offer brunch spreads, egg hunts for Easter Sunday

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
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Executive chef Jake Burkhardt at Pendulum in Vail Village will be serving his regular menu plus two specials for Easter Sunday: whole apple and bacon-stuffed rabbit and carrot cheesecake.
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We searched up and down the bunny trail for brunches, egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny and collected them here to help you plan your holiday.

All brunches and corresponding events happen on Easter Sunday. Restaurants that are serving their standard menus or those that are completely booked for Easter are not included. The list of restaurants that will be closed is not exhaustive, so if your favorite eatery doesn’t appear, then call ahead to ensure they’re open.

Avon

The following Avon restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday: Agave, Ristorante Ti Amo, The Blue Plate and vin48.

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria in The Westin Riverfront Resort (126 Riverfront Lane, 970-790-5500) will host Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch will feature a build-your-own omelet station, a carving station serving prime rib and honey-glazed ham and specialties such as stuffed French toast, chilaquiles with mezcal mole and huevos rancheros.

Other items include scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, parfaits, yogurt and granola, assorted pastries, cheese and charcuterie, smoked salmon and roasted beet salad, as well as a Bunny Treats Dessert Table, with Chocolate Decadence, apple cake, goat cheese cheesecake, mini cupcakes, tartlets and Easter cookies. Cost is $42 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations recommended.

The resort also will be hosting an Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt starting at 11 a.m. for children 5 and younger, 11:30 a.m. for children ages 6 to 9 and noon for children ages 10 to 12. The Westin’s Kids Club will also be offering special family-friendly Easter craft activities in the lobby. Activities are open to resort guests and those with a brunch reservation.

Beaver Creek

The following Beaver Creek restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday: Beaver Creek Chophouse, Black Diamond Bistro in the Charter Hotel, Blue Moose Pizza, Dusty Boot Roadhouse (closing at 3 p.m.), Hooked, Fireside Grill in The Osprey at Beaver Creek (limited hours), Revolution at the Beaver Creek Lodge and The Metropolitan.

• 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill in the Park Hyatt (50 W. Thomas Place, 970-827-6600) will host Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Items include a carving station with prime rib and honey-roasted pit ham; pull-apart cinnamon bread, French toast, biscuits and gravy, crispy-skin chicken and blackened salmon; omelets and fried eggs to order, a cheese board, soups, salads and a selection of desserts.

An Easter egg hunt will be offered at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the deck area around the fire pit, weather permitting or in Antler Hall. Cost is $35 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and younger are free; pricing does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations recommended.

• Wyld in The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (130 Daybreak Ridge Road, 970-343-1555) will host an Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a carving station; cost is $65 for adults and $30 for children. Reservations recommended. Prior to brunch, at 9 a.m., The Ritz will host its annual Easter egg hunt on the Mountainside Terrace for guests of Wyld and The Ritz-Carlton, followed by photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. The retail store will host a trunk show with brands such as Eberjay, Peter Millar and Lululemon, as well as items from Black Betty Jewelry.

• Grouse Mountain Grill in the Pines Lodge (141 Scott Hill Road, 970-949-0600) will be serving three courses for $39 per person, including an appetizer, entree and dessert, which can be selected from the entire menu. Dinner service is 5 to 10 p.m.; reservations recommended.

Downvalley

The following downvalley restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday: Moe’s Original BBQ, Pastatively, Red Canyon Cafe and Yeti’s Grind.

• Creek Side Grill at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course (530 Cotton Ranch Drive, 970-524-5160) is serving Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with full breakfast, an omelet station, turkey and ham carving stations, more than a dozen dessert options and more, as well as $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas. Cost is $21.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids 12 and younger. Seating is first come, first served; reservations will not be taken.

• Dusty Boot Roadhouse (1099 Capitol St., 970-328-7002) will be serving Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with two Easter egg hunts, one at 11 a.m. and one at noon. The Easter bunny also will be available for pictures. Cost for brunch is $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for children 6 and older and children 5 and younger are free. Seating is first come, first served; reservations will not be taken.

Edwards

The following Edwards restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday: Belmont Deli, Eat! Drink!, Fiestas Cafe & Cantina, Marko’s Pizzeria, Smiling Moose Deli, The Rose and Vista at Arrowhead.

• Cafe Milano (429 Edwards Access Road, 970-926-4455) will be serving a traditional brunch on Easter Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take-and-bake Easter ham dinners are also available for $12 per person; orders must be placed by today at 5 p.m.

• Henry’s Chinese Cafe (175 Main St., No. C-101, The Riverwalk at Edwards, 970-926-3050) is serving $3 Asian beers and $3 sake on Easter to celebrate its new menu.

• Mixtura (34500 U.S. Highway 6, Unit B1, 970-569-2440) is offering buy one item and get one half off for everything on the menu for Easter Sunday.

• The East (69 Edwards Access Road, No. 6, 970-926-6628) is offering 50 percent off of sushi all day, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Minturn

The following Minturn restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday: The Minturn Saloon.

Vail

The following Vail restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday: The Left Bank Restaurant, Leonora at The Sebastian Hotel (serving breakfast only) and Moe’s Original Bar B Que.

• Alpenrose Restaurant & Bakery (100 E. Meadow Drive, No. 25, 970-476-8899) will be open for lunch and dinner on Easter, with duck, fish, chicken and pork dishes.

• Bol at Solaris (141 E. Meadow Drive, No. 113, 970-476-5300) will host a bowling brunch party from noon to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, with music from DJ Jay One and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Brunch is a la carte, with holiday-inspired dishes, plus $5 select drafts, $6 Bloody Marys and $15 bottomless mimosas. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for bowling.

• Cucina Rustica in The Lodge at Vail (174 Gore Creek Drive, 970-754-7872) is serving a prix fixe Easter breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Choices for the four-course meal include local Danishes, banana bread and croissants; house-made granola parfait with Greek yogurt; steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar, dried fruit and granola; BLT quiche with potato crust, served with spring mix salad and a bourbon-peach dressing; brioche with prosciutto, gruyere and a poached egg; smoked salmon toasted bagel and traditional sides and a dessert display with strawberry cupcakes, chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse and rhubarb pie.

Separate children’s selections include scrambled eggs with potatoes or chocolate chip pancakes, among other options. Cost is $45 for adults, $22 for children ages 5 to 11 and children younger than 5 eat for free. There also will be a visit from the Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt. Reservations recommended.

• Flame in the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail (1 Vail Road, 970-477-8650) will host Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include made-to-order omelets and waffles, a cold cuts display, fruit platter, house-made pastries, yogurt, eggs, bacon and oatmeal, plus composed salads such as Israeli couscous, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with balsamic reduction and watermelon with roasted corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes. There also will be prime rib, seafood, vegetable and chicken paella action stations and a bottomless candy bar with Easter eggs, gummy worms, plated desserts and a truffle action station. Cost is $55 per person; reservations recommended.

The Four Seasons also will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. for guests dining at Flame.

• Pendulum (232 Bridge St., 970-470-4803) will be serving its regular menu, plus two specials for Easter Sunday. The first is a whole apple and bacon-stuffed rabbit with roasted chestnuts, variations of carrot, mustard and rabbit jus for $48. The second is carrot cheesecake with roasted pineapple sauce, candied walnuts and a crispy carrot basket for $12. Reservations recommended.

• Sonnenalp Hotel (20 Vail Road, 970-476-5656) will host its Easter brunch in Ludwig’s from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to items found on Ludwig’s breakfast buffet, there will be a salad bar and stations for house-smoked fish, farm-fresh eggs, carving, pasta and dessert, as well as a buffet line with traditional Easter side dishes, along with a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Brunch is $72 for adults, $28 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and younger are free; tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are required, as space is extremely limited and filling up fast.

• Tavern on the Square at The Arrabelle at Vail Square (675 Lionshead Place, 970-754-7704) will be serving its regular menu for Easter, along with a few specials. The list includes a bakery basket, with hot cross buns, muffins and croissants with local honey and hand-churned butter for $8; chilled peach soup with yuzu, mirin and lime leaf panna cotta for $9; quiche made with farm eggs, gruyere cheese, spinach and bacon and tomato-arugula salad for $16 and Belly Benedict with piquillo peppers, cheddar biscuits, pork belly and avocado for $17.

Additional items include a spring pea risotto with gremolata, lemon and parmigiano for $18, jumbo shrimp and cheesy grits with chorizo Brussels sprouts for $24; roasted heritage chicken with basil gnocchi, creamy forest mushrooms and thyme for $18 and a chocolate bunny with mint sponge crumbs and raspberry fluff for $11. Reservations recommended.

• Vintage (12 Vail Road, 970-479-0175) will be serving its regular menu for Easter Sunday, plus a handful of brunch specials from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including lamb benedict, shrimp cocktail, shrimp and grits and rabbit rillettes. Reservations recommended.

• White Bison (223 Gore Creek Drive, 970-763-5470) will be serving two specials for Easter Sunday. The first is a grilled Colorado rack of lamb with spring pea couscous, crispy sweet breads Medjool dates and tzatziki for $42. The second is carrot cheesecake with roasted pineapple sauce, candied walnuts and a crispy carrot basket for $12. Reservations recommended.


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