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Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

Your guide to holiday meals.

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Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?

Many restaurants in our city and its environs are hosting Easter brunches, and some are offering dinner, too. To help make your life easier when deciding where to dine out this Easter, we've compiled a list of restaurants offering specials meals. As always, make your reservations sooner rather than later to ensure that you, your family and your friends have somewhere to eat. So hop to it and check out our guide to Easter dining.

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

Eggs, bunnies and flowers: Share a festive table this Easter.
Eggs, bunnies and flowers: Share a festive table this Easter.

6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295

12637 Westheimer, 713-334-7295

At the Woodway location, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen will host an Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $19.95. The brunch includes a made-to-order breakfast station complete with pancakes, huevos con chorizo and chilaquiles. Customize your omelette with a variety of toppings, including ham, cheese, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños and bacon. Other options at the buffet include a street-taco station (breakfast tacos or savory lunch tacos); a salad station; an "Enchilada Extravaganza Station" with five of Sylvia's enchiladas of the week; and, of course, a dessert station serving tres leches, chocolate tres leches, flan and fresh fruit. Add a mimosa to your meal for $5.

The Westheimer location will offer a weekend breakfast on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each item is priced à la carte. Choices include (but are not limited to) huevos a la mexicana (scrambled eggs with diced onion, tomato and fresh jalapeño) for $8.50, papas con huevos (potatoes with scrambled eggs) for $8.50 and carne asada con huevos for $11.50. Add a mimosa for $5.

Quattro

1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700

Quattro will host a special Easter Sunday brunch complete with breakfast stations serving all the classics like eggs, bacon, toast and pastries, as well as more savory stations serving sushi and antipasti. There will also be carving stations. Chefs will prepare extra-special items like Peking duck and poached eggs with caviar. Throw in a mimosa or Bloody Mary, and sweets from Araya Artisan Chocolates, for an excellent Easter meal. The buffet is available from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, and costs $89 per adult (Bloody Marys, mimosas and Champagne included). Children ages six to 12 can dine for $39, and they get ice cream and milkshakes. The Easter bunny will be at the brunch, too!

Backstreet Cafe

1103 Shepherd, 713-521-2239

Backstreet Cafe will serve a three-course Easter brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. After munching on free cheese straws, enjoy an appetizer of oyster chowder; watercress vichyssoise; a spinach and Gruyère quiche tart; or a salad of sugar snap peas, asparagus, radishes and mint, tossed in a green herb vinaigrette. Enjoy dishes such as braised lamb shank served with a spring vegetable risotto, or shrimp and grits cakes with two poached eggs topped with a red pepper and andouille hollandaise. End on a sweet note with blackberry and peach cobbler, banana cream pie or butterscotch bread pudding. This Easter brunch costs $48 per adult and $15 per child ten years and younger. Enjoy a day on the patio with live jazz and an Easter egg hunt for the kids.

Caracol

2200 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 160, 713-622-9996

Feast on a variety of Mexican seafood dishes at Caracol on Sunday, April 20, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for $45 per adult and $15 per child ages 12 and under. Chef Hugo Ortega will prepare a buffet featuring items such as fish and shrimp enchiladas, tostadas de chorizo con huevochorizo y papasempanadas, seafood-stuffed poblanos and chicharrones stews. Round out the meal with a cocktail, Mexican coffee and hot chocolate, and a couple of Mexican pastries or cookies from Hugo's brother, pastry chef Ruben Ortega.

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

For $39 per adult and $15 per child ten years and younger, you can enjoy an Easter brunch buffet filled with traditional Mexican dishes, desserts and cocktails. The Hugo's house band, Viento, will provide live music while you and your family enjoy exquisite dishes from chef Hugo Ortega. Stick around for the Easter egg hunt!

Cook & Collins

2416 Brazos, Suite C, 832-701-1973

From 9:30 a.m. till 4 p.m., Cook & Collins will serve an Easter brunch on Sunday, April 20, complete with special Easter cocktails, such as the Chocolate Bunny Martini with whipped vodka, dark-chocolate Godiva liqueur, marshmallows and shaved chocolate, for $11. Special Easter brunch items include deviled eggs with sun-dried-tomato jam and Canadian bacon, a strawberry salad and roasted lamb served with a minted quinoa salad, marinated tomatoes, pickled onion and cucumber yogurt. Satisfy your sweet tooth with gingersnap waffles served with strawberries and pink lemonade cream for $10, or Fat Elvis pancakes (banana pancakes topped with peanut butter, smoked bacon and banana syrup) for $13. While there are plenty of indulgent options, such as buffalo chili cheese fries topped with eggs and hot sauce, or the BBQ Breakfast with pork belly, root beer BBQ, macaroni and cheese, a blackberry muffin and cinnamon crumble, Cook & Collins also offers a three-egg white omelette with spinach, herbed mushrooms, onion, feta and kale, served with smashed home fries and fruit.

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