Flamenco shows and spiked milkshakes? Bunny sausages and Thumper cocktails? Sicilian soup, dim sum, and Venezuelan cachapas? Why experience the usual boring Easter brunch when you can pay a visit to one of these eleven local restaurants offering their own spins on the holiday feast? Come take a look at these original options for a unique Easter brunch in L.A. this week in our Grub Guide to dining around town this Sunday.
Ford's Filling Station: Showing a black sense of humor, Ben Ford is offering an Easter brunch with a rabbit sausage named "Bunny and Eggs" and a cocktail called "Thumper," among his many morning dishes on offer from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. this Sunday. If eating Bugs and his buddies isn't on your agenda, the nose-to-tail devotee is also serving shrimp and grits and lobster BLTS with sweet pea remoulade. 9531 Culver Blvd. Culver City; 310-202-1470.
El Cid: The Silver Lake Spanish classic is holding a Flamenco show at 1:00 P.M. for $25 with brunch options like tortilla Española, asada brava, chilaquiles, and tofu scramble, with $10 buying bottomless sangria or mimosas. Trust us, Jesus would have wanted it this way. 4212 Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake; 323-662-0318.
The Pikey: Sunset's English stronghold is serving an a la carte brunch selection from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. that taps the British roast it recently embraced on Sundays. For Easter, expect specials like cured arctic char with scrambled eggs, biscuits, and hollandaise, curry and fried duck egg on toast, and house-made crumpets. 7617 W Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood; 323-850-5400.
Jar: Suzanne Tracht's modern steakhouse will serve brunch from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, with an a la carte menu that features lobster benedict with char siu and pea tendrils, brioche French toast with spiced apples, house-cured salmon on bagels, pot roast hash, and a roasted lamb sandwich. Desserts include banana cream pie and chocolate pudding. 8225 Beverly Blvd. 323-655-6566.
Coupa Cafe: If you want to go Venezuelan for Easter, this Beverly Hills outpost of Coupa Cafe has you covered with a $30, three-course prix-fixe featuring choices of mini cachapas, grilled artichokes and mini parfaits to start, a second course of French toast, petit filet mignon, kale salad, or Sunday scramble, and dessert options like tres leches and chocolate mousse. 419 N Canon Dr. Beverly Hills; 310-385-0420.
Backyard Restaurant at The W: Dakota Weiss is adding a few specials to her brunch menu on Sunday, including a pomegranate molasses-glazed ham with roasted spring carrots and braised greens for $21. Dessert includes a carrot Pan cake with honey whipped cream cheese and caramelized pineapples for $18. 930 Hilgard Ave. Westwod; 310-443-8218.
Hyperion Public: Silver Lake's new gastropub is offering brunch from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. this Sunday, featuring menu options like chicken fried steak and eggs, crab and avocado benedict, and a special Easter breakfast sandiwch, along with bottomless mimosas. 2538 Hyperion Ave. Silver Lake; 323-761-6440.
Strand House: The Manhattan Beach restaurant will offer double-digit priced special servings of Jidori chicken and waffles with aji amarillo butter, wagyu NY strip with organic eggs, lobster crepes, and kanpachi crudo with plantains, prepared by Greg Hosinsky and Neal Fraser with an ocean view. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach; 310-545-7470.
Asia de Cuba: The Mondrian's longstanding restaurant begins a dim sum brunch this Sunday for $49, which includes one cocktail. Several different stations will be serving dim sum and other dishes, with areas for a traditional Western breakfast, a dim sum station with duck ropa vieja, shu mai, and bao, sushi and ceviche stations, and areas for yakitori and pork slow-cooked in a Caja China, followed by a massive table of desserts. 8440 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood; 323-848-6000.
And if brunch isn't your thing, these restaurants have unique evening programs planned:
BLD: Pastry chef Mariah Swan is putting some sweet indulgence into Easter with a Milkshake Madness event that finds her boozy concoctions taking center stage. Six-dollar shakes include mint chip with Dorda chocolate liqueur, Hazelnut latte with Bailey's Irish Cream, and dulce de leche with Cuervo Tradiccional Tequila. $15 buys a flight of three, and any shake can be made virgin for your little dudes. 7450 Beverly Blvd. Hollywood; 323-930-9744.
Sotto: Steve Samson and Zach Pollack's sub-sidewalk Italian will offer $12 bowls of Sicilian Sciusceddu this Sunday, a soup of beef meatballs, caciocavallo dumplings, escarole, and a ricotta egg drop, along with their regular menu. 9575 W Pico Blvd. Beverly Hills; 310-277-0210.