Family Food, Restaurants & Dining Spotlight Fara Illich April 4, 2012

Easter Egg
You know the annual Easter hunt? No, no, not the one for eggs / baskets / chocolate bunnies – the one where you run around in a last-minute panic trying to find a place to go for brunch while your dearly beloved family admonishes you about being a procrastinator?
Four spots Downtown will make that last minute dash a bit easier and, frankly, a lot tastier than those pancakes you’re making in a feverish whirl.
Here’s where to go come Sunday, April 8, because, you can’t subsist on jelly beans alone:
District American Kitchen
This spot in the Downtown Sheraton consistently turns out excellent food at fair prices. For the second biggest brunch day of the year (Mother’s Day, we aren’t forgetting about you), District is serving up honey glazed ham, raw oysters, an omelet station and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Kiddos can chow down on green eggs and ham while working on decorating their own complimentary Easter basket.  The “Egg-ceptional” Easter Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $29 for adults, $14.50 for kids and free for those 3 and under. Check out the rest of the menu here.
The Compass Arizona Grill
The revolving restaurant is going all out this year with a robust mix of savory and sweet dishes sure to make even your picky-eater-of-a-relative happy. Herb roasted prime rib, garlic leg of lamb, pan seared fish and chicken in al pastor sauce round out the top contenders for savory dish of the day. If you’ve got a sweet tooth in your brunch party, head for the crowd pleasing Danish style pancakes or the chocolate fondue with peeps. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to make sure the kids believe for another year while a children’s activity will keep little hands busy. Reservations are highly recommended. Adult brunch is $69, ages 5-12 is $30. Check out the clever acronym of a menu here.
If you like your breakfast savory and your brunch hearty, hippity-hop-hop yourself over to this trendy little spot at the Westin. The fun starts with a complimentary mimosa and miniature house-made pastry with Meyer lemon curd. The main event, however, is the Eggs Benedict Action Station, which, if a chef’s math is to be believed, will give you 252 different options for creating your take on the dish. No brunch is complete without cocktails, and Province is delivering with a make your own Bloody Mary bar. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information and pricing, check out the menu here.
Maybe all you want for Easter Brunch is fish. Maybe it’s all you need. Skip the frilly pancakes and fruit cups and head to Kincaid’s. Their chilled-seafood buffet features a choice of entree, including salmon, stuffed sole, prime rib, a breakfast burrito and, yes, French toast. Oh, and you get a free mimosa or Bloody Mary with every entree purchase. Truth be told, this Easter brunch may ruin all future fish-less brunches for you. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $39.95 for adults, $12.95 for age 10 and under. See the full menu here.