Four fabulous Easter brunch options

Four fabulous Easter brunch options

When else besides brunch can pancakes share a plate with prime rib? For some people, Easter brunch is a tradition to look forward to each year. Whether that’s you, or you simply want to try something new, local spots are preparing special spreads to help you celebrate. When planning for Easter brunch, keep in mind that restaurants fill up fast and reservations are nearly always recommended (and in many cases may be necessary) to ensure you have a place to enjoy that maple-glazed ham.

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Granite City: Sunday brunch is a regular offering at Granite City in Clive, but for Easter the restaurant cooks up a few extras in addition to the standard buffet and signature house-brewed beer. Staples on the menu include favorites like prime rib, omelets and hash browns. And pastries like gooey caramel rolls are always a hit to go along with other savory fare. Easter brunch prices are $19.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Info: 12801 University Ave., Clive. Easter brunch 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 515-224-1300,

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse: An Easter feast awaits brunch goers at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. The buffet offers entrees including chef-carved prime rib and ham, cedar-planked salmon and eggs Benedict, plus sides like garlic butter-roasted red potatoes and seasonal fruit. There will also be plenty of desserts to sample. For a “wilder” brunch, try dining at Blank Park Zoo. Johnny’s serves the same brunch buffet at the zoo for the “Feast with the Beasts.” Prices for Easter brunch at the Fleur location are $25 for adults, $12.40 for kids ages four-11 and free for kids three and younger. At the zoo, prices are $24 for adults (non-zoo members), $22 for adults (zoo members), $12 for kids ages four-11 and free for kids three and younger. Info: 6800 Fleur Dr., Easter brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 515-287-0848,

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Le Jardin: The French bistro offers a few Easter specials (still to be determined) in addition to its regular brunch menu. Everything is ordered from the menu, so if you’re not into buffets, this is the brunch for you. Enjoy a variety of crepes, omelets and salads, as well as sides like peppered bacon and blueberry pound cake. Brunch cocktails include mimosas and spritzers. Entree prices are approximately $8-$14. Info: 2815 Beaver Ave., Suite 101. Easter brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 515-255-5787,

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Fleming’s only offers brunch a few times each year on major holidays, but the restaurant pulls out all the stops to create a memorable experience. The steakhouse offers its regular menu in addition to a three-course prix fixe brunch. The prix fixe includes a starter, entrée, sides and dessert. Among the entrée choices are prime rib with a trio of sauces and eggs Benedict. Brunch prices are $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for the children’s prix fixe menu. Info: 150 South Jordan Creek Pkwy., West Des Moines, Easter brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 515-457-2916,

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Laura is contributor to Juice Magazine.

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