As if a day off from kitchen duty isn’t enough for mom (or dad), bottomless mimosas, grilled lamb and chicken and waffles should pretty much seal the deal. Here are our top brunch picks for Easter Brunch in Sonoma County for March 27, 2016.
Jimtown Store: Take a trip out to the Alexander Valley to pick up your Easter brunch at the Jimtown Store. Menu includes Green Goddess salad kit, smoked salmon rillettes, ham, Swiss and caramelized onion quiche; white veggie lasagna, hot cross buns, roasted beet salad, lemon bars and more. Order by March 24, pick up on March 26th.
Mark West Lodge: The newly reopened Mark West Lodge is offering a champagne brunch from 11a.m. to 3p.m. including a prime rib carving station, raw oyster bar, waffles, country potatoes, biscuits and gravy, mac and cheese and plenty of kid-friendly additions. Indoor and outdoor seating with bocce ball, $35 adults, $17 kids 5-11. 2520 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.
Della Fattoria: Special orders for hot cross buns, coconut egg cakes, lemon olive oil coffee cake, cookies and tarts, along with custom-made chocolate eggs are taken until March 24.
French Garden: Easter Brunch Buffet from 10a.m. to 3p.m. with deviled eggs, applewood smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, grilled prawns, baked honey mustard ham, leg of lamb and more. $42 adults, $21 kids 12 and under, 8050 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol.
Easter Bunny Camp: Crafts, egg hunt, face painting and an Easter egg hunt in the garden for kids 3-7, $10, reservations required. Bunny Brunch in the main dining room includes breakfast bunny pancake, egg and cocoa for kids, and plenty of goodies for adults too. 7751 CA-1, Little River.
Sante at Sonoma Mission Inn: Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy you access to a brunch whose sheer magnitude and luxury will at least put a smile of contentment on your face for a few days. The Michelin-starred resort restaurant gilds every lily with an all-you-can-eat spread that includes Liberty duck foie gras, Loch Duart salmon, charcuterie, artisan cheeses and four salads to start. Chefs carving stations wield six kinds of smoked fish with caviar; filet mignon, leg of lamb. Entrees include eggs Benedict, artisan breakfast meats, quiche Lorraine, mushroom ravioli with black truffle in addition to grilled vegetable platters, a bread station and nearly 20 desserts (passion fruit creme brulee, Meyer lemon custard, honey caramel and pistachio eclairs, carrot cake torte, chocolate truffles, white and dark chocolate dipped strawberries). A hefty $99pp, $49 for children keeps it classy, but even high rollers may need to loosen their belts a few notches to accommodate the bounty of good eats. Live entertainment, 10a.m. to 2p.m. Reservations required. 100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma.
Mateo’s Cocina Latina: With a new bar area and one of the best outdoor eating areas in Healdsburg, Mateo’s is a great Easter Brunch choice. The casual a la carte menu from 11:30a.m. to 4p.m. includes ceviche, Huevos Rancheros, braised pork in black beans, yellow corn pancakes, and Cochinita Pibil (marinated pork wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted). 14 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.
John Ash and Co.: One of the most popular spots, reservations are highly recommended. Easter brunch a la carte menu includes rock shrimp omelette, steelhead salmon gratinee, grilled lamb chops, chicken fried steak, crayfish tail and spinach crepes. 10a.m. to 3p.m., 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa.
Ramekins: Family-friendly Easter buffet brunch with homemade waffles, dijon marinated pork loin, rosemary potatoes, muffins, scones and an Easter egg decorating station for kids. Two seatings at 10a.m. and 12:30p.m., reservations required.
El Dorado Kitchen: Three course prix fixe, $45 per person, includes Dungeness crab cake, carrot soup, Wagyu beef carpaccio, eggs Benedict, rack of lamb, lemon pudding cake. 405 First St., West, Sonoma, eldoradosonoma.com.
Zazu Restaurant and Farm: Sour cream pancakes with strawberries, fava and mushroom risotto, shrimp and grits with bacon fat collard greens, maple glazed donuts, $29 per person. 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol (at the Barlow).