More than just a chocolate bunny
Reserve your spot for an Easter feast
By Susan Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
With Lent over, Easter, for many, means feast.
It’s spring and moods are lifted by warm days, blue skies and chocolate Easter eggs. So what better time to get the family together for a meal?
Sounds fun if you love to cook and have a place that can accommodate everyone. If not, head out — but seriously, make a reservation. Your favorite spot may be closed on Easter, so assume nothing and call ahead to make a reservation because Easter rivals New Year’s Eve when it comes to trying to get a seat — never mind a half dozen seats — somewhere.
Some spots that are serving on Easter:
• Ashworth Inn 295 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach 800-345-6736. Ocean views and a breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. (adults $12.95 and children under 12 ($6.95) Or an all-you-can-eat Easter dinner buffet in the ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (adults $21.95; children under 12, $12.95; and children under 6, $6.95). Another option is an al la carte menu served in the main dining room from noon to 8 p.m. Reservations are required on Easter.
• Bedford Village Inn 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 800-852-1166 or 472-2001. The grand dame of holiday spots will be serving a brunch buffet in the great hall and a traditional Easter dinner in the dining room. The buffet (adults $38; children 10 and under, $19) includes a carving station with honey almond crusted pork loin and a rosemary-garlic roast leg of lamb, an egg, ham, onion, cheddar frittata, a spinach-ricotta stuffed chicken breast, salmon in a soy-ginger broth with jasmine rice, citrus poached shrimp, and spinach ravioli with shrimp and a pesto cream plus an extensive dessert buffet. Classic breakfast dishes include cheese blintzes, baked stuffed blueberry French toast, smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese, waffles with a wide variety of toppings and an omelet station.
Easter dinner is a three-course prix fixe ($49 per person, $24 children 3-10 years) and includes several entrée choices, such as center cut filet of beef with roasted creamer potatoes, grilled zucchini and a Gorgonzola cream sauce, a pork loin stuffed with roasted apples and bleu cheese with a barley risotto, pan-seared pheasant breast wrapped in Serrano ham with wild rice and halibut served in a tomato saffron broth with a crispy mashed potato cake, plus others. Appetizers include Maine Jonah crab cake, Maine lobster vol-au-vent and the traditional pizzagaina (an Italian Easter pie). Reservations are strongly recommended.
• Belmont Hall 718 Grove St., Manchester 625-8540. This city icon will be serving a breakfast buffet with three seatings: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon (adults $9.99; children under 6, $6.99) Reservations advised, but walk-ins are welcome.
• Billy’s Sports Bar, 34 Tarrytown Rd., Manchester, 622-3644. Breakfast brunch from 7:30 a.m. to noon ($7.95 per person) includes scrambled eggs, has browns, French toast, ham, sausage and bacon plus fruit and muffins plus other morning dishes. No reservation required.
• Buckley’s Great Steaks 438 D. W. Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995. Easter dinner will be served from 1 to 6 p.m. Reservations strongly suggested. As of press time, the special Easter menu had not been finalized.
• Cotton, 75 Arms Park, Manchester, 622-5488. Dinner will be served from noon to 5 p.m. As of press time, specials had not been decided. Reservations are strongly suggested.
• The Depot Square Steakhouse, One East Broadway, Derry 437-4200. Dinner served from noon to 5 p.m. Look for regular menu, plus chef specials. Reservations strongly suggested
• The Derryfield 625 Mammoth Rd., Manchester 623-2880. Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (adults $19.95;, seniors $14.95; children under 12, $12.95) Chefs cooking omelettes and waffles to order, a carving station, plus a huge buffet of classic holiday dishes. Price includes dessert. Reservations suggested.
• The French Bistro 15 Elm St., Milford 249-9605. Is serving a four-course prix fixe menu ($59 per person). Choices include wild mushroom risotto or a crab cake with blood orange remoulade for a starter, pea soup or field green salad with roasted portabellos for the salad course. Main course choices include Scottish salmon, grilled sirloin with horseradish mashed potato, pork chop with cavatelli, wild mushrooms and a mustard sauce or roasted chicken with a ragout of du puy lentils. Dessert includes a coconut Charlotte and chocolate cake with banana cream. Reservations stongly suggested.
• Michael Timothy’s 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334. The popular, award-winning brunch will be served on Easter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (adults $21, children under 12 $9) Dishes include crustless quiche, chicken marsala, corned beef hash, homemade haddock cake, smoked salmon, eggs goldenrod, baked ham, roast beef and omelets made to order. Reservations strongly recommended.
• Rita Mae’s 280 North Main St., Manchester, 668-4077. Easter dinner from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. of baked ham, stuffed chicken, baked stuffed haddock and lamb. Breakfast will still be served all day starting at 6 a.m.
• Stonebridge Country Club 161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown, 497-8633. Brunch buffet served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (adults $18.95; children under 10 $8.95). Ham with honey Dijon, roast leg of lamb, haddock au gratin and chicken pot pie, plus, breakfast items like scrambled eggs, homefries and French toast. Reservations required.
• The Yard Seafood & Steak House 1211 S. Mammoth Rd., Manchester, 623-3545. Easter buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($19.95 adults; $9.95 children). Look for carving stations, full selection of hot and cold entrees plus breakfast favorites. Reservations strongly recommended.