While some holidays require special attention to certain traditional foods such as turkey for Thanksgiving or prime rib for New Year's Eve, Easter is the one holiday we can really let our imaginations run wild at the dinner table.
Baked ham, traditional on some tables, might just as easily be replaced by a leg of lamb on the Greek table or kielbasa on a Polish table. An Italian table may feature a pasta course first, such as homemade gnocchi and gravy, no matter what the main course happens to be.
Better yet is the chance to partake of a little bit of everything the springtime buffet or brunch has to offer, combining the best of ethnic cooking, the best dishes of breakfast and lunch, and, of course, a few things we would never think of taking the time to make at home.
The abundance of the Easter table can be all things to all diners, even permitting us to choose our mealtime, be it breakfast, brunch, buffet or a la carte.
Nero's Tuscan Steakhouse, Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 877-346-4642. Brunch served 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Available in addition to guest favorites: hand-carved sundried-tomato-and-feta-stuffed leg of lamb and honey-glazed ham; grilled asparagus with roasted lemon vinaigrette; bocconcini with chilies, garlic and extra virgin olive oil; roasted beets with goat cheese and orange vinaigrette. Entrees include roasted halibut with lobster potato pancakes and sauce Americana, braised short ribs with black pepper pappardelle and Stroganoff sauce and hand-made sweet potato perogies. Desserts: Chef Deb's seasonal desserts. $54 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, 1301 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-9090. Serving Easter brunch 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appetizers and salads include: bibb "wedge" salad, spring garlic soup, crispy day-boat calamari, big eye tuna tartare, bacon and eggs, slow-braised pork belly and a 64-degree egg and Hudson Valley seared foie gras. Breakfast and entrees include: 1301 Eggs Benedict, house omelet, miso-glazed Scottish salmon, pan-seared Australian sea bass, slow-roasted leg of lamb, Amish organic chicken breast and house-rubbed hanger steak. Desserts include deconstructed banana split, steamed toffee pudding, lemon bar, chocolate panna cotta and poached pear Napoleon. Prix fixe: $45 adults, $20 children.
The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, Somers Point, 609-927-7377. Dinner reservations starting at noon. Full menu plus specials available for Easter: glazed Easter ham served with braised apples ($16); grilled rack of lamb with Dijon-fresh herb marinade, port wine demi and whipped potatoes ($32). Special appearance by the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mays Landing Golf & Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, 609-641-4411 x10. Brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include seasonal fresh fruit, melons and berries served with yogurt, honey, brown sugar and granola; miniature Danish assortment of bagels and breads; classic Caesar salads or arugula, cherry tomato, black olive and buffalo mozzarella with a pesto vinaigrette; made-to-order eggs or omelets; Belgian waffles with assorted fruit toppings and whipped cream; raisin challah bread French toast; farm-fresh sausage with Lyonnaise potatoes. Carved station includes cherry-glazed smoked ham and roasted prime rib au jus. Entrees include chicken Francaise with jumbo lump crabmeat, orecchiette pasta with shrimp, broccoli rabe and tomato. Dessert: Eggstravagant Viennese table with assorted cookies, candies and cobbler. Bunny Wabbit Hayride & Egg Hunt times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Club members $26.95 per person. Nonmembers and guests $28.95 per person. Children ages 12 and under, $13.95. Children under 3 free.
The Buffet, Golden Nugget, Huron & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, 800-777-8477. Easter champagne brunch served 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center station includes Alaskan crab legs with drawn butter. Enjoy omelets made to order. Carving station includes baked Virginia ham and Dijon-crusted N.Y. strip loin. Breakfast includes Denver scrambled eggs, grilled turkey sausage, home fries, applewood-smoked bacon, pork sausage, homemade biscuits, Southern sausage gravy, corned beef hash, eggs Benedict, waffles, brioche French toast, pancakes and cheese blintzes. Hot entrees include braised beef short ribs, fried chicken, shrimp mac and cheese, sliced leg of lamb, salmon with champagne chive sauce, Asian pork ribs, chicken and broccoli and fried rice. Desserts include chocolate-dipped strawberries and mini French pastries. $23 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-652-1700. Easter brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Veranda and Ballroom. Create-your-own-omelet station plus bacon, sausage, cheese blintzes, eggs Benedict. Enjoy Chicken pot pie, penne pasta with vodka sauce, cheese tortellini, chicken capon stuffed with risotto, beef kebabs or fillet of salmon with lemon caper butter sauce. Carving station includes lamb, ham and prime rib. Try hazelnut-encrusted tilapia, pork tenderloin medallions and turkey with gravy. Salad display. Cold display includes fresh cheeses, cured meats, prosciutto and melon, smoked salmon, sushi, mozzarella and tomato skewers. Raw bar includes shrimp cocktail, oysters and clams on the half shell. Dessert includes assorted cakes and pastries, mini cannolis, rice pudding and bread pudding. $39.95 per person plus tax & gratuity. A la carte dinner served in dining room 1 to 8 p.m. Four-course meals starting at $46. First-course selections include house-smoked salmon and cobia, smoked duck breast, lobster bisque, escargot in puff pastry shell, crabmeat brulee. Second course includes frisee salad with watercress and arugula, raspberry vinaigrette. Entree include pan-seared salmon with crabmeat ($53), sauteed scallops wrapped in smoked bacon ($52), veal Osso Bucco ($49), traditional roasted duck ($54), chicken pot pie ($46), grilled filet mignon ($59), maple-cured ham ($48), rack of lamb ($59), prime rib au jus ($52). Selection from dessert cart.
Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-8422. Easter brunch served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ballroom. $38 per person. $13 ages 4 to 12, 3 and under free. Meet the Blue Pig and the Easter Bunny between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Train rides 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - $3 per person. Easter egg hunt on the grand lawn 10:30 a.m. to noon. Family lawn games include three-legged races, potato sack races and touch football, 1 to 2 p.m.
The Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th Street, Ocean City, 609-399-1000. A la carte breakfast served in Emily's Ocean Room 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter brunch buffet in the ballroom served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast station: omelets to order, brioche French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes. Cold food display: fresh fruit, peel-and-eat shrimp cocktail, Casesar salad, tri-color lentil salad, couscous and watercress, Asian noodle salad, jicama and black bean slaw. Risotto station: asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, peas, fresh herbs, pancetta, olives. Carving station: roast leg of lamb, herb-roasted sirloin, brandy-glazed ham. Entrees: pan-seared breast of chicken, oven-roasted cod, four-cheese sacchetti. Kid's menu: chicken fingers, french fries, macaroni and cheese. S'mores dessert station: assorted cakes, tortes, pies, fruit cobbler, fresh berries, Easter candy. $32.95 Adults. $15.95 children 4 to 12 years old. Children 3 and under free. Seating available every half hour. Pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery Resort & Golf, 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, 609-965-2111. Joseph's Restaurant offers an a la carte menu from 1 to 6 p.m. with entrees starting at $14. Renault Gourmet Restaurant's six-course gourmet Easter dinner includes appetizer, homemade soup, pasta, sorbet intermezzo, choice of entree and salad. Served 1 to 6 p.m. Entrees include Frenched organic chicken breast ($35); grilled N.Y. strip steak ($49); Chilean seabass ($48); Australian rack of lamb ($49); lobster and crab strudel ($46); roast filet mignon and colossal shrimp ($51). Renault Grand Ballroom Buffet served 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Assortment of garden fresh salads and antipasto. Enjoy roasted salmon; fresh mozzarella; a cheese display; fresh-baked breads and breakfast pastries; herb-crusted chicken stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella; roasted pork loin with pineapple salsa; roast turkey breast with rosemary pan gravy; herb-crusted basa fillet; penne pasta with shrimp, scallops and crab in parmesan cream sauce; tortellini with tomato basil sauce; spring vegetables; cheese crepes with raspberry sauce; bacon and sausage. Also includes carving station, omelet station and Viennese sweet table. Kid's corner: French toast sticks, chicken fingers & fries, baked mac and cheese, assorted cereals. Coffee and hot tea included. Adults $31.95, Children 4 to 10 years, $14.95.
Central Michel Richard, 500 Boardwalk, Revel, Atlantic City, 609-225-9864. Brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner served 5:30 to 10 p.m. Easter brunch additions include almond Belgian waffle with roasted peaches and yogurt ice cream ($16), along with a ruby red grapefruit curd tart ($8). Other featured items include create-your-own omelet, hangar steak served with two eggs, lobster eggs Benedict, creme brulee French toast, Michel Cordon Bleu smoked salmon rillettes, burger selections and sandwiches. Dinner additions include eggplant gazpacho, goat cheese croutons, zucchini caponata ($12); seared salmon, spring pea risotto, red wine morel sauce ($24); rack of lamb, basil crust, lamb jus ($36). Pastries and desserts: Easter egg celebration cake for two ($15), lemon "eggs" ($9) and cherry clafouti ($19).
Tomatoe's, 9300 Amherst Ave., Margate, 609-822-7535. Serving 3 to 9 p.m. Appetizers include spring salad of baby lettuce, roasted beets, spiced Marcona almonds and pomegranate seeds, topped with an over-easy egg and an anchovy vinaigrette ($9.50); and creamy deviled eggs ($6.50). Entrees include spring vegetable risotto with peas, asparagus, mint and fennel, with mascarpone cheese ($24); pan-seared Cobia with wilted greens, parmesan-crusted asparagus and a basil pesto aioli ($28.50); pine-nut-crusted rack of lamb with shallot mustard sauce and a lemon pea risotto ($36).
Knife & Fork Inn, 3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-344-1133. Serving full menu with specials 2 to 8 p.m. Serving seared scallop appetizer with caramelized ramps and a lemon saffron beurre blanc ($14); poached salmon with leeks and spring peas ($28); Colorado lamb chops, balsamic fig jam, bacon mashed potatoes and spring vegetables ($36).
Dock's Oyster House, 2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-345-0092. Serving full menu plus specials from 3 to 8 p.m. Specials include roasted cauliflower and scallop soup with grilled ramps ($10); champagne-poached salmon with leeks and spring peas ($28); and Cornish hen with oyster stuffing and roasted potatoes ($27).
Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, 609-431-0092. Serving full menu plus four-course prix-fixe Easter menu for $25 per person excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Served noon to 9 p.m. Choice of soup: New England clam chowder, Manhattan clam chowder or crab and corn chowder. Choice of salad: Harry's house salad, N.J. tomato salad or classic Caesar salad. Choice of entree: poached salmon with spring pea beurre blanc, jumbo lump crab cake, pineapple-glazed ham or grilled six-ounce filet. Dessert: Key lime pie.
Andrea's Trattoria Italiana, 16 N. High Street, Millville, 856-825-8588. Regular a la carte menu plus specials noon to 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Antipasto with prosciutto, salami, marinated artichokes and mixed olives ($10.99); chicken escarole soup ($6.99); filet mignon with horseradish sauce ($28.99); rack of lamb with tomatoes, black olives and capers ($32.99); veal osso bucco with risotto Milanese ($34.99); and braised short ribs with gnocchi ($32.99).
Romanelli's Garden Cafe, 279 S. New York Road, Galloway, 609-652-1079. Breakfast served until 1 p.m. Enjoy shrimp, asparagus and Muenster cheese omelet ($10.99); salmon Oscar omelet with asparagus and Hollandaise sauce ($15.99); prime rib, egg and cheese wrap ($7.99); and strawberry- and cream-cheese-stuffed French toast topped with strawberries and bananas ($8.99). Dinner specials include herb-encrusted lamb chops ($29.95), filet with stuffed lobster tail ($34.95), prime rib - queen cut ($19.95), Prime rib - king cut ($22.95), twin stuffed lobster tails ($29.99), veal Oscar a la Romanelli ($29.95), salmon Oscar ($25.95), and filet tips ($20.95).
Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, 800 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-3663. Easter brunch served 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy tropical fruit salad; assorted cheese platter; French toast sticks; pancakes; eggs and omelettes to order; bacon; sausage; meatballs; meatloaf; wings; scallops; salmon; flounder; u-peel shrimp; oysters; clams and mussels oreganato; crabmeat; carving station with roasted turkey, ham and prime rib; chicken Francaise; pasta station; assorted cold meat; pasta salad; potato salad; garden salad; antipasto; desserts. Adults $21.99, kids 12 and under $9.99. Savory weekend dinner specials 4 p.m. to midnight.
Roberto's Ristorante Italian Buffet, Trump Plaza, The Boardwalk at Mississippi, Atlantic City, 609-441-6000. Easter brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mimosas and breakfast favorites include an omelette station with eggs made to order, prime rib and ham carving station. Selection of entrees and elaborate dessert display. $24.95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Sultan's Feast, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, 609-449-1000. Easter brunch served 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All-you-can-eat selections include made-to-order omelets, carving stations, pasta and decadent desserts - $19.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Easter dinner buffet served 1 to 8 p.m. features carved turkey, honey-glazed ham and lamb, steaks grilled to order, shrimp, crab legs, salmon, international favorites and grand Easter dessert buffet. $27 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Phillips Seafood, The Pier at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, 609-348-2273. Appetizer and entree specials available all day: blackened scallops ceviche salad ($10); grilled lamb chops with a minted port demi served with sweet potato and escarole hash ($28); Atlantic salmon with an avocado cream ($26). Brunch items available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also enjoy crab Benedict ($15); brioche French toast ($10); steak and eggs ($19); smoked Scottish salmon platter ($16); shrimp, crab and asparagus omelet ($12); egg and pepper hoagie ($10).
Patsy's Trattoria, Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, Boston Avenue & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-7585. Open 5:30to 10 p.m. Easter dinner special features pan-roasted pine nut and basil-crusted rack of lamb with crimini mushroom ravioli and Marsala wine sauce ($32).
The Coffee Shop, Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, Boston Avenue & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-7240. Easter dinner special features assorted greens with sliced peaches, toasted almonds and goat cheese with Tuscan vinaigrette dressing, roasted garlic and rosemary crusted leg of lamb with minted pan gravy, custard potatoes with chives and red bell peppers, sauteed spring vegetables and sherry trifle ($15.95).
Cornucopia Buffet, Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, Boston Avenue & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-347-7111. Noon to 8 p.m. Easter dinner special served along with regular extensive menu. Cream of wild mushroom soup, carved roasted lemon and rosemary-crusted leg of lamb with minted pan gravy. $9.99 cash or credit (regularly $18.50).
800 Bay by Philippe, 800 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-926-3500. Easter brunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appetizer choices include crab cake Benedict, smoked salmon and whitefish salad, Chin's Caesar salad, classic lobster bisque, baby arugula and beet salad, Oysters Rockefeller, spinach and parmesan gratin, shrimp deviled eggs, scrambled eggs and home fries. Entrees include duo of shrimp and scallops, rosemary-scented leg of lamb, steak and eggs, N.Y. strip with two eggs and home fries, carved ham, roasted salmon filet, chicken Wellington or lobster, asparagus and Fontina omelet. Desserts include Greek yogurt pudding, sweet chocolate fondant, carrot cake, ice cream and sorbet. $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Easter dinner served 2 p.m. to closing. Appetizers include crab cakes, smoked salmon salad, mixed greens, Chin's Caesar salad, classic lobster bisque, baby arugula salad, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp deviled eggs and Asian tuna nacho. Entrees include duo of shrimp and scallops, rosemary-scented leg of lamb, N.Y. strip steak, carved pineapple-glazed ham, roasted salmon fillet and chicken Wellington. Desserts include ambrosia verinne, sweet chocolate fondant, carrot cake, ice cream and sorbet. $35 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Clancy's by the Bay, 101 E. Maryland Ave., Somers Point, 609-927-6969. Serving Easter specials and regular dinner menu starting at noon. Honey-baked pit ham with golden raisin vermouth glaze ($12.95); manicotti and meatballs ($14.95); boneless leg of lamb with rosemary, lemon zest and garlic served with au gratin potatoes ($17.95); lasagna with beef, sausage and ricotta cheese ($15.95); 12-ounce N.Y. strip steak with burgundy butter sauce, ratatouille and fingerling potatoes ($20.95). Tropical carrot cake ($6.95).
Fiesta Buffet, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1-800-345-8767. Served noon to 8 p.m. All-you-can-eat surf and turf buffet featuring prime rib, N.Y. strip steaks, snow crab clusters, baked ham and roast turkey. $27.95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Seaside Cafe, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-345-8767. Served from noon to 10 p.m. Choice of soup or salad, maple cranberry-glazed ham, roasted potatoes, green bean Almondine. Choice of apple pie or chocolate fudge cake. $19.95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Fin, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-345-8767. Served 5 to 10 p.m. First-course choice of Fin's house salad or Caesar salad. Second course includes herb-crusted rack of lamb with spring vegetable medley and roasted fingerling potatoes, Merlot demi. Third course features chocolate turtle cheesecake. $58 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Il Verdi, Tropicana, Brighton and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-4000. Serving 5 to 10 p.m. First course features insalata Caprese. Second course features herb-crusted rack of lamb, broccoli rabe, roasted fingerling potatoes, barolo demi. Third course features chocolate turtle cheesecake. $58 per person plus tax and gratuity.
The Washington Inn & The Wine Bar, 801 Washington Street, Cape May, 609-884-5697. Brunch served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch features assorted bagels; smoked salmon; fruit salad; muffins; Danish; scrambled eggs; bananas foster French toast casserole; eggs Benedict; bacon; sausage; home-style breakfast potatoes; oven-roasted salmon with artichokes and tomatoes; walnut-crusted chicken; tortellini with asparagus, garden salad and cabbage slaw; carving station with turkey breast and brown sugar-mustard glazed country ham; whipped sweet potatoes; apple herb dressing; and French beans Almondine. Desserts include chocolate mousse cups, dulce de leche cheesecake and warm apple crisp. $28 for adults, $16 for children. Call for reservations.
Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Dr., Egg Harbor Township, 609-927-0006 x23. Easter brunch reservations 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast favorites include scrambled eggs; applewood-smoked bacon; sausage and French toast; Easter breads and sweets basket served family style; omelet station with all the fixings. Enjoy carved prime rib, honey-baked ham, teriyaki-glazed salmon, chicken medallions in a Dijon sauce, salad station and baked macaroni and cheese. Desserts include selection of cakes, pies, cookies and candies. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Harbor Pines members and residents $26.95 per person. Adults $28.95 per person. Children 10 and under $12.95. All prices plus tax and gratuity.
The Smithville Inn, 1 North New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777. Easter Parade registration in front of Candle Shop at noon. Parade begins at 1:15 p.m. Best dressed contest. Brunch buffet is served 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Dinner buffet starts approximately 3 p.m. Brunch buffet includes bacon, sausage, cheese blintz, waffle station, antipasto, omelet station, carving station with top round of beef and baked ham, bread station with Formica rolls, muffins, cinnamon buns and Danish. Enjoy smoked white fish, smoked salmon, chicken salad, seafood salad, tomato mozzarella, coleslaw and pasta salad. Desserts include wide selection of house-made desserts. $29.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Children ages 4 to 11 are half-price. Dinner buffet: main buffet station offers three of the chef's most popular dishes, plus a bread station and antipasto. Carving station features top round of beef, ham with fruit sauce and white meat turkey. Pasta station includes smoked fish, cold salads and mashed potato bar. Desserts. Children: macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers. $35.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Children ages 4 to 11 are half-price.
Golden Inn Oceanfront Resort and Hotel, Oceanfront at 78th St., Avalon, 609-967-2111. Easter brunch served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasonal fruit display, flavored yogurts and granola, smoked Norwegian salmon with traditional accompaniments, fresh baked pastries, Danish, muffins and assorted breads. Pancakes, waffles and French toast. Sage sausage and applewood-smoked bacon, hash-brown potatoes, Atlantic salmon with citrus beurre blanc, baked three-cheese frittata, bronze stuffed chicken breast, shrimp and scallop scampi. Chef-attended stations feature roast sirloin with rosemary demi glaze, hickory-smoked Virginia ham with maple-mustard glaze. Create-your-own omelet features jumbo lump crabmeat, smoked salmon, ham, sausage, bacon, bell peppers, mushrooms, scallions, cheddar, Swiss, American, feta and parmesan cheese. Adults $27.95, Children 10 years of age and under $14.
Arturo's, Bally's, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 877-346-4642. Four-course Easter dinner to include Caesar salad, gnocchi alla Caprese, lamb chops Scottadito, Italian pound cake with raisins and zabaglione sauce. $39 per person plus tax and gratutity.
6ix: A Bistro, Bally's, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 877-346-4642. Three-course Easter dinner includes choice of tomato bisque soup or baby spinach salad, leg of lamb with grilled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus or bourbon and brown sugar-glazed ham with three cheese macaroni cheese. Choice of dessert. $32.99 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Cafe Roma, Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-4411. Easter Feast features salad of spring field greens, entree choice of pork tenderloin or chicken cordon bleu, dessert of coconut custard ($24.95).
Crossroads at the House of Blues Restaurant, Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-343-4088. Serving 4to 9 p.m. Traditional lamb dinner features soup of the day, house salad and boneless roasted leg of lamb. Key lime pie, molten chocolate cake or bourbon bread pudding. $39 per person, tax and gratuity not included.
French Quarter Buffet, Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-343-4000. Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eggs Benedict, banana nut pancakes, cinnamon swirl French toast, Monte Cristo, applewood-smoked bacon, turkey sausage, omelets and eggs made to order. Fresh donuts, Danish and cinnamon buns. $32.99 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 609-236-4465. Easter brunch 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Imported cheese and fruit display, applewood-smoked salmon display and garnishes, grilled and fresh vegetable crudite display, fresh mozzarella and Roma tomato salad, couscous and quinoa salad, antipasto display, bread and bagel display, omelet station. Eggs made to order include egg whites, diced ham, bacon, tomato, spinach, caramelized onion, peppers, mushrooms and cheese. Hot selections feature eggs Benedict, eggs, sausage, home fries, cream cheese and raspberry-stuffed French toast, sesame tempura shrimp, Chef Ed's sherry pepper chicken breast with wild mushrooms, classic beef goulash with spaetzle, parmesan-crusted red snapper, Belgian waffles. Carving station features roast prime rib of beef au jus, roast turkey with natural gravy, molasses and spicy mustard glazed spiral ham and boneless stuffed leg of lamb. Children's station features chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, assorted cereals and fruit and mini hot dogs in pastry. Dessert includes bread pudding, cheese blintzes, cakes, tortes, mini pastries. Giant chocolate Easter Bunny display with Easter eggs and Easter candy plus holiday desserts. Optional champagne brunch. Pictures with Easter Bunny. $39.95 per person. Children under 12, $17.95. Children 4 and under free.
Borgata Buffet, 1 Borgata Way, Borgata, 609-317-1000. The Borgata Buffet will host brunch for $27.95 per person 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner for $30.95 per person 4 to 9 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Menus were not available at press time.
Tisha's Fine Dining, 322 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-9119. Serving Easter brunch 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring eggs Benedict ($11.50), Tisha's Eggs Benedict with jumbo lump crabmeat and tomato relish on grilled Italian bread ($14), Jersey omelette ($9.50), Italian omelette ($9.50), smoked salmon omelette ($12), French toast brulee ($9), blueberry and ricotta pancakes ($9), fresh fruit parfait ($8)and Belgian waffles ($8.50). Enjoy pan-seared sea scallops ($15), mushroom risotto ($12), grilled flatbread di Parma ($13), lobster risotto ($15), steak and frites ($18), shrimp fritti aglio ($18), panini ($11), chopped Cobb salad ($15), Baja tacos ($13), fish and chips ($15), blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich ($14), The Cobb burger ($12) and house specialty salad ($12). Kid's menu available.
Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, Plaza 9 Shopping Center, 1333 New Road, Northfield, 609-646-8189. Special three-course Easter Sunday supper plus a la carte menu served from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Antipasto includes truffle grissini, peppers alla Nona, arancini, salumi and formaggi and torta Pasqualina. Enjoy handcrafted pasta including potato gnocchi or spaghetti alla chittara. Entrees include red wine-braised beef cheeks, roast spring lamb or Pesce Livornese style. $35 per person plus tax and gratuity.