Where to go for Easter eats that aren’t marshmallow-filled
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum email@example.com
Easter is a great day to enjoy a meal with family and friends, and you don’t have to mess up the kitchen. Many area restaurants have special brunch and dinner options planned for the day. Be sure to make reservations as space and times can be limited.
• Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St. in Boscawen, 753-6631, www.alansofboscawen.com) is holding an Easter Extravaganza on Sunday with a buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special menu of baked ham or lamb from noon to 9 p.m.
• The Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way in Bedford, has a multitude of options for Easter dinner. In the Great Hall will be the grand buffet brunch, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The buffet features an array of pastries and fruits, salmon, vegetables, salads and pastas. Also on the menu are two chef-attended stations with carved meats, omelettes made to order, waffle irons, and a European chocolate fountain surrounded by fresh baked goodies. The cost for the buffet is $39 for adults and $19.95 for children 4 to 10. The dining room will feature a three-course pre fixe menu with dishes such as New Hampshire maple sugar cured baked ham, bronzed New Bedford sea scallops, orange brined pork tenderloin, and chocolate fudge Easter egg cake. The cost is $39 for adults and $19.95 for children 4 to 10. And for the first time, the Inn will have the Tavern open for the holiday with a special a la carte menu from 2 to 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 472-2001. The complete menus are available at www.bedfordvillageinn.com.
• Belmont Hall and Restaurant, 718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, will serve an Easter breakfast buffet with three seatings at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon.
• The Chateau, 201 Hanover St. in Manchester, 627-2677, will have seatings for its Easter buffet starting at 11 a.m. with the last seating at 3 p.m. Offerings include baked ham, roast leg of lamb, vegetables, roast beef au jus, a chocolate fountain, desserts and more. The cost is $14.95 per person; $8.95 for children under 10.
• C. R. Sparks, 18 Kilton Road in Bedford, will offer a special three-course Easter menu. The cost range is $29 to $39 for adults and $10 to $14 for children ages 5 to 12. Call 647-7275 for reservations, which begin at 12 p.m.
The Events Center at C. R. Sparks, 18 Kilton Road in Bedford, will hold a grand buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $29.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Call 666-5880 for reservations.
• The Derryfield, 625 Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-2880 will have a buffet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with omlete, waffle, carving, bread, salad and dessert stations.
• Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar, 524 Nashua St. in Milford, 673-3939, giorgios.com, will celebrate Greek as well as western Easter with a brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that features a mix of Greek and American favorites. Look for Greek items including locanico (sausage), spanakopetas, tyropitas, grilled lamb with tzatziki, baklava and more.
• The Granite Restaurant & Bar, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, will have a brunch buffet with seatings at 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m. The menu will feature traditional brunch selections as well as specials such as smoked Scottish salmon with avocado cream cheese, cucumber slaw, and a bagel or pumpernickel bread; and brioche French toast with fresh bananas, strawberries and NH maple syrup. The carving station will feature rosemary and garlic marinated leg of lamb and maple brined loin of pork. The cost is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors, and $17.95 for children 4 to 15.
• The Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St. in Manchester, will serve Easter specials in addition to their regular menu. Those special items include a lamb duet with natural Australian chops and roasted leg of lamb, potato gratin, and green beans Provencal; and grilled domestic swordfish with organic red rice, avocado salsa, and Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Call 644-2467 for reservations.
• Holy Grail Food and Spirits, 64 Main St. in Epping, will have a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the regular menu available after 2 p.m. The brunch will include soups, desserts, breakfast items (omelets, eggs, bacon, pancakes, corned beef hash and more), entrees (haddock Florentine, beef roulade, sweet and sour pork, vegetarian lasagna) and a carving station. See www.theholygrailpub.com. Reservations are suggested. Call 679-9559.
• Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468 will have a spring brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., complete with a honey ham carving stations and live jazz.
• The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St. in Nashua, will serve a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the featured items include a carving station with a roasted rosemary leg of lamb, an omelet station, a bakery table, and dishes such as smoked salmon and cold salads, plus all the normal breakfast fare. The cost is $18.95 for adults, $6.50 for kids under 10, and free for kids under 4. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 821-7535.
• The Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub, 72 Manchester St. in Concord, will offer two buffets for the holiday. The breakfast buffet will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and feature traditional breakfast fare, egg lasagna, eggs Benedict and an omelet station. The cost is $10.99 for adults and $6.99 for children. The dinner buffet is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and serves roast leg of lamb, baked ham, baked sole, Mediterranean-style baked tri-colored penne, salad bar and a mini dessert buffet. The dinner buffet cost $18.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Call 224-4101 for reservations.
• Richard’s Bistro, 36 Lowell St. in Manchester, 644-1180, will offer a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and serve dinner (featuring the $15 three-course family dinners) from 3 to 8:30 p.m. See www.richardsbistro.com.
• The Saffron Bistro, 80 Main St. in Nashua will serve special three-course Easter dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Guests will be able to choose from five or more options appitizer, entrée and dessert, with items such as prime rib and baked-stuffed shrimp. The cost will be $50 per person. Call 883-2100 for a reservation.
• Z Food & Drink, 860 Elm St. in Manchester, 629-9383, will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. See www.zfoodanddrink.com.