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Last minute Easter brunch, dinner options in Sonoma


Easter bunnies sometimes want to let others do the work, so here are some chances to let others hop around and serve you. Originally a pagan holiday celebrating Spring, Christians celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and kids often think of it as another hide and seek candy event. Remember that those Peeps Oreos are rumored to turn tongues and caca pink.

For some of us who get to be Easter Bunnies (hope no little kids are reading this) and/or take the family to church, going out for breakfast or brunch has become a tradition.

Most of these establishments are also serving their regular menus.

New: Breakaway Café will feature Dungeness crab cake and avocado Benedict; a frittata with asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, ham red potatoes, and spring onions topped with pesto and chive sour cream; lemon ricotta pancakes with banana, strawberry and crème fraiche; and chilaquiles with chorizo, scrambled eggs, crispy tortillas, avocado and sour cream. Dinner features rack of lamb with scalloped potatoes, baby spring veggies and lamb au jus, and Marcia’s famous carrot cake. $13-$25) 19101 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma. 996-5949. No reservations.

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen will offer a three-course prix-fixe brunch featuring eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, braised spinach, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, potatoes, and mixed lettuces; a Maine lobster sandwich with bacon; Dungeness crab cake, Wagyu beef carpaccio, or English pea and potato Vichyssoise. Other choices include an omelet, lamb Bolognese, brioche French toast, or a breakfast flatbread, and desserts. $55. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 405 First Street West, Sonoma. 996-3030. Eldoradosonoma.com.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s Santé Restaurant will serve its always extravagant buffet with omelet and carving stations with local produce, meats, poultry and seafood including jumbo shrimp cocktails, a terrine of Mary’s free range chicken and Delta crayfish, salmon, Fra’ Mani charcuterie, pickled vegetables, significant local and imported artisan cheeses, Dungeness crab “cole slaw,” caviars, Niman Ranch beef Wellington and leg of lamb, English pea risotto, frittata, , and a whole buffet of desserts. Easter egg hunts at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $99, $49 children age 5 to 12, free for kids four and under. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with “live entertainment.” Reserve at 939-2415.

Carneros Bistro at the Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma offers a buffet of breakfast and made-to-order entrées such as Belgian waffles, omelets, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, meats, a seafood and raw bar of ceviche, King Crab legs, oysters and caviar, salad buffet with antipasti and cheese selections, and a carving station of prime rib, King Salmon, Petaluma chicken, plus multiple desserts. $70, children 12 and under $30. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ramekins will have omelet, buttermilk waffle and garlic and herb roasted prime rib stations; kale salad, mini bagels, biscuits and gravy, granola, fresh fruit and polenta strata, plus pastries and desserts such as pain au chocolat, savory scones, sea salt brownies, carrot cake, and tangerine mousse. Easter cookie decorating for kids, and wine and cocktails available for purchase for adults. $65, kids six to 17 $25, five and under free. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 450 West Napa Street, Sonoma. Reserve at ramekins.com.

Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place presents a buffet of smoked salmon and prosciutto, croissants and other breakfast pastries, and Sonoma County cheeses as starters, as well as a seafood buffet of King crab and jumbo prawns, oysters, and New Zealand Green Lip mussels and clams. The cold buffet features lots of salads including sweet potatoes and yams and chilled penne.

The hot buffet brings leg of lamb, prime rib, chicken with wild mushrooms, crêpes with fresh ricotta and strawberries, cheesy grits with fresh corn, mac-n-cheese, and eggs Benedict, and crispy potatoes. Lots of desserts. $75, $35 children 12 and under. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 29 East MacArthur, Sonoma. Macarthurplace.com.