For those who don’t want to spring for a pricey buffet but still would like to go out for a fun, delicious Easter meal, L.A. has plenty of good restaurants that don’t treat this holiday as a day to price-gouge.
Here are six ways to eat well on Easter without breaking out the black card. All of the dishes–and in one case, a three-course meal–below are $25 or less.
All’Acqua in Atwater Village launched its new brunch menu this past Sunday and will give you your Easter egg fix with dishes like a soft scramble with prosciutto and parmigiano ($12) and braised beef hash with poached eggs and Calabrian chili hollandaise sauce ($14). There’s also the special $15 Easter lamb Frittata di Pasquale with asparagus, tomato and pecorino, served alongside salad and ciabatta toast. If you prefer Easter dinner, All’Acqua will have its regular menu plus a $24 stuffed and braised leg of lamb with sides including mashed potatoes alla parmigiana and Sunday farmers’ market vegetables.
Fundamental L.A. in Westwood will offer its three-course $25 The Hog and The Hen brunch, a “celebration of bacon and eggs,” which gives you a choice of entrees like pancetta raviolo with house-cured pork belly and yolk, or a sausage Benedict with house-made pork and roasted garlic sausage. Whatever you select, there will be grapefruit sorbet and sage donuts for dessert. Pair your food with bottomless mimosas and micheladas for $20.
Tanzy in Westwood will serve its regular brunch menu, including bottomless strawberry mimosas for $14, and then give each guest Easter bunny cookies by chef/pastry queen Sherry Yard to take home. Special Easter dishes will include a spinach and smoked ham tart with frisee salad and bacon vinaigrette ($13), and a butter-poached lobster Benedict with baby artichokes and morel mushrooms ($21).
Aestus in Santa Monica will serve its regular brunch menu, offering crowd-pleasing dishes like a scrambled egg tartine with bacon, chorizo, and avocado ($14), brisket hash with sunny-side-up eggs and toast ($14), and french toast with almonds, cream, and blackberries ($11).
Dia de Campo in Hermosa Beach will do Easter brunch with specials like ancho-braised lamb shoulder with crispy tomatillo potatoes, salsa verde, and egg ($16), and burrata and spring peas with epazote, lemon, cucumbers, Fresno chile, and mint ($12), as well as $11 cocktails like the bubbly She is Risen (New Age white wine, elderflower, blood orange, and grapefruit bitters, served on ice).
Blue Plate Oysterette’s West Hollywood location will serve Easter porchetta for dinner. The $23 special comes with farmers’ market vegetatable au gratin and lemon citronette.