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Homegrown Round-Up: Top Picks For Celebrating Easter

From juicy steak and french fires to light fish and wine, options abound for Easter eats in Philadelphia. (Left photo courtesy R2L, right photo courtesy Blackfish)

It’s almost time for bonnets, baskets, bunnies and festive brunches.

We’ve got our eggs accounted for as we round up a helping of treats for you to celebrate Easter with friends and family, from brunch suggestion to children’s events. Our top picks for Easter festivities in Philadelphia, below:

R2L: R2L will be offering a three-course brunch menu for $45 (no additional price for the unbeatable view). There will be a choice of entree, appetizer and dessert.

Granite Hill: Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 8, 10:30 am-2:30 pm for $45 per person. Classic Easter favorites, Granite Hill signature dishes and tantalizing sweets will be presented in a seasonal brunch buffet, complete with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Although typically not open on Mondays, the museum is also extending hours on Easter Monday, April 9.

Piazza at Schmidts: Head to Northern Liberties for an afternoon of fun for the kids at the Piazza at Schmidts, noon-2 p.m. There will be egg coloring tables, a cupcake truck, an Easter egg hunt, prize give-a-ways and of course the Easter bunny. BYO baskets.

Le Virtù: Sunday, April 8, from 2-7 p.m., East Passyunk’s Le Virtù will host one of the city’s most authentic Italian celebrations. Set to the background of DisCanto’s (an Abruzzese folk musical troupe) music, Chef Cicala will prepare a special menu featuring holiday favorites such as: orta Rustica, a savory egg pie with spinach and artichoke; Calamari Ripieni, stuffed and braised calamari with a fava bean puree; and Agnello Arrosta, a roasted Lancaster County lamb leg served with rosemary potatoes and ramp pesto.

Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing: A five hour kid-friendly brunch buffet will be served Easter Sunday, April 8, starting at 11 a.m. in the Columbus Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. At $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under, expect displays of hand-crafted cheese, seafood, antipasti, salads and veggies, a chef’s carving station, omelet and dessert stations and entrees. Call (215) 928-1234 for reservations.

Brunch at Blackfish, Mica and Ela: Chef Chip Roman will serve three different brunch menus at each of his restaurants on Easter Sunday. Blackfish: Three courses for $45 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. includes a selection of charred asparagus with Maryland crab, roasted Pennsylvania brook trout and Yuzu parfait. Mica: Three courses for $45 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. includes a selection of Day Boat scallops, Erdenheim farm lamb and chocolate ganache. Ela: From 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Chef Jason Cichonski introduces brunch for the first time with dishes like coddled eggs with peas pancetta, creme brulee french toast and biscuits with sausage and bone marrow from $12 to $25.

Stenton House: On Saturday, April 7 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Stenton will host its annual Easter egg hunt in the museum’s historic gardens. Visitors can celebrate the beginning of spring by filling their baskets with eggs and chocolate goodies, and learn about the historic use of natural dyes made from flowers, vegetables and animal products. The event will also feature games and crafts. Reservations are required as space is limited; call (215) 329-7312 or email programs@stenton.org.

Chez Colette at the Sofitel: On Easter Sunday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., live jazz and complimentary champagne at the elegant Sofitel supplement a deliciously chic brunch menu that includes carving station, dessert station, entree station, full raw bar and more.

81st Annual Easter Promenade & Parade: South Street Headhouse District turns into a parade ground as the 81st Annual Easter Promenade hits the streets on April 8 at 11:30 a.m. Join the Big Bus, Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania, the Mummers, Steve Baylock’s Jazz Troupe and the Arts on South program for the fun on Easter Sunday.

Avalon Restaurant: The rustic Italian BYOB in West Chester will serve a three-course brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The $30 prix-fixe sees you an antipasti, entree and dessert from their full brunch menu as well as a complimentary bloody mary bar when you BYOV. Kids’ menus are available for children 10 and under.

Looking for Passover suggestions? Stay tuned, we’ll cover that tomorrow!

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