1. Mister Mao
Mister Mao is continuing its Guest Chef Charity Series with a very special Tex Mex Easter BBQ Supper Club on Sunday, April 17 from 5 PM-8 PM. That evening, Mister Mao Chef/Owner Sophina Uong will team up with guest Chef Austin Lane of local Mexican street food hotspot El Cucuy and oyster farmer Nathan Herring of sustainable oyster farm Bright Side Oysters to create a celebratory Easter dinner to benefit Trampled Rose Rescue – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist with the rehabilitation of orphaned, injured and abandoned dogs. Priced at $100 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the four-course dinner includes two drinks including a Chocolate Bunny Tiki cocktail made with mezcal, over-proof rum, coconut, and lime, served inside a hollow chocolate bunny (additional beverages are available for purchase). Guests can enjoy dishes created by Houston native Chef Austin Lane, along with “inauthentic” globally-inspired eats from Chef Uong. Supper highlights include Char Grilled Bright Side Oysters; Coctel de Camaron y Pulpo; Taki Locos – clamato, chamoy, Valentina hot sauce; Whole Smoked Lamb + Fixins’; and a decadent ice cream creation by Sam Caruso of Laozi ice Cream.
In addition to the Easter Supper Club, Mister Mao will open for Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 17 from 11 AM-2 PM. The menu features an array of creative dishes such as Kashmiri Hot Chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with a Vidalia onion milk gravy and sunny eggs; Braised Pork Chilaquiles; Dumplings and Jelly Doughnuts with hibiscus and blood orange sugar. Mister Mao is located at 4501 Tchoupitoulas in New Orleans
2. Toups Meatery
Toups Meatery, the contemporary restaurant that showcases Chef Isaac Toups’ Cajun rustic cookery, is welcoming diners on Easter Sunday for a spectacular Easter Brunch. Available on Sunday, April 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM, Easter Brunch will feature festive specialty items such as Isaac’s famed Crawfish Pies and BBQ Mississippi Rabbit with heirloom grit cake and apple slaw. The signature a la carte brunch menu will also be available with delectable dishes such as Chicken Chilaquiles – verde sauce, fried egg, cheddar, corn chips, crema; Coffee Cake – caramel coffee sauce, candied bacon; and Fried Redfish Benny – braised greens, poached eggs, smokey green hollandaise. Toups’ Meatery is located at 845 North Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.
3. Jack Rose
Treat yourself this Easter Sunday with a festive brunch at the lively Jack Rose restaurant, located inside the historic Pontchartrain Hotel. On Sunday, April 17 from 11 AM to 3 PM, guests can indulge in a special four-course Easter Brunch crafted by Chef/Owner Brian Landry. Selections include Grilled Baby Artichokes – lemon aioli, parmesan bread crumbs; Crawfish Benedict – buttermilk biscuits, poached eggs, lobster butter; Lamb Chops – couscous tabbouleh, eggplant, smoked labneh; Duck Confit Hash – fried duck eggs, hollandaise; and Green Curry Noodles – chili crisp, charred bok choy, poached egg. For dessert, guests can enjoy Limoncello Tiramisu – lace of lemon and limoncello custard, angel food cake, pistachio crinkles; Rumchata Crème Brûlée – Caribbean rum and vanilla baked custard, snickerdoodle; the popular Mile High Pie or Fallen Chocolate Cake. Jack Rose is located in the Pontchartrain Hotel at 2031 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ Garden District.
4. Commons Club
Virgin Hotels New Orleans signature eatery and go-to for dining and imbibing, is inviting diners to celebrate Easter Sunday with a live performance by Jenn Howard Band and an unforgettable brunch spread curated by Executive Chef Alex Harrell. Diners can indulge in Easter specials such as Spring Vegetable Hash with quinoa, smoked salmon, and fried eggs; Brioche French Toast with Lousiana strawberries; and a Smoked Beet Salad. Signature brunch favorites such as Gulf Shrimp and Bayou Cora Grits – smoky tomato and fennel broth; ‘Churro’ Fritters – cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche; and Crispy Boudin – Bayou Cora red corn grits, sunny-side-up egg red-eye gravy will also be available. Commons Club will also open for dinner on Easter Sunday from 5 PM-10 PM with the signature a la carte menu. Easter Brunch is available on Sunday, April 17 from 11 AM-2 PM. Commons Club is located inside Virgin Hotels New Orleans at 550 Baronne Street.
Look no further than Tujague’s, the Big Easy’s second oldest restaurant and the birthplace of brunch, for a celebratory Easter Brunch. In honor of the holiday, Chef Gus Martin has curated a festive three-course menu with specialty offerings such as house-made Boudin Balls served with pepper jelly; Crawfish Cakes + Eggs – topped with poached eggs and sauce choron, finished with a classic étouffée sauce; Braised Short Ribs – shrimp and parmesan polenta and a red wine demi; and Tujague’s famous Bread Pudding. Easter Brunch will take place on Sunday, April 17 from 10 AM-2:30 PM.
Where: 429 Decatur Street
6. Birdy’s Behind The Bower
This Easter, locals and visitors alike are welcome to indulge in Birdy’s signature a la carte brunch featuring Southern-inspired, locally sourced American cuisine. Signature items include Fried Chicken Biscuit – crispy chicken thigh, chicken sausage, jalapeño, and cane syrup country gravy; Avocado Toast – farm radish, sunflowers seeds, orange, chili flakes, with a farm salad; Deep-Dish Chocolate Pecan Pie – salted butter caramel sauce and whipped cream; a Biscuit Board and decadent Brunch Board served with a donut, granola, slab bacon, hot coppa, bubble waffle, fruit, seasonal jam, mini cookies, mini pancakes, house syrup, triple cream cheese, and soft boiled eggs. Birdy’s is open for Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 17 from 8 AM-3 PM.
Where: 1320 Magazine Street
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