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Where To Brunch, Dinner and Snack In Portland On Passover And Easter Sunday

Dina Avila

Looking for a brunch or dinner spot to stretch out this Easter Sunday? Then look no further. Compiled below is a handy list of such spots, including one that provides dine-in and carry-out Seder plates, another that's throwing a Greek post-Easter dinner, still another that's throwing a pre-Easter beer-paired dinner, and plenty of pastry and bagel joints ready to provide you with everything you need to start your holiday off right.

FOR BRUNCH

Where: Bluehour

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: Easter brunch, with a roster of starters, shareables and entrées that include cream of mushroom soup with a foie gras biscuit, chicken liver pâté with rhubarb and pickled mustard seeds, pork belly Benedicts, smoked salmon, and breakfast pizzas topped with bacon, maple sausage and chicory. To see the full menu, click here.

Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave., (503) 226-3394

Where: The Country Cat

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: In addition to the regular menu, the kitchen here will serve up Easter brunch specialties like spring vegetable quiches with citrusy watercress salads, crab cakes Benedicts and fried oyster omelets with pancetta. Reservations can be made only for parties of four or more.

The Country Cat, 7937 SE Stark St., (503) 408-414

Where: Daily Grill

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: Easter Brunch specials include Texas-French toast with a fresh berry compote, crab cake Benedicts, pan-seared salmon, and discounted mimosas and Bloody Marys. Click here for the full specials menu.

Daily Grill, 750 SW Alder St., (503) 294-7001

Where: Grain and Gristle

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: On Easter Sunday, the bar team here will be unveiling some welcome back spring drink specials, as well as made-for-Easter dining options like lamb hash.

Grain and Gristle, 1437 NE Prescott St., (503) 298-5007

Where: Ned Ludd

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: Jason French's team is doubling down for Easter Sunday by offering a brunch and supper menu—they'll lock at up 6 p.m., so no dinner dinner afterward. Still, the menu will have smoked trout, shellfish, braised lamb, spring chickens and all kinds of seasonal vegetable and egg dishes. Click here to make a reservation.

Ned Ludd, 3925 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., (503) 288-6900

Where: North Light

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: The regular brunch menu here is in full effect, but there are a pair of Easter specials, like Easter hams, and dangerously affordable $2 Bloody Marys.

North Light, 3746 N Mississippi Ave., (503) 477-7079

Where: Old Salt Marketplace

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: Easter brunch includes cocktails designed especially for Eater Sunday, as well as rabbit roulade. Rather cook at home? The market is also hawking boneless and bone-in legs of grass-fed Hawley Ranch lamb, all tied up, trimmed and ready for roasting. However, to truly reserve yours, you'll need to call the shop by Wednesday, April 1.

Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd Ave., (971) 255-0167

Where: Olympia Provisions

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: The regular brunch menus at both OP spots will be available on Easter Sunday. What's also available is a one-time only brunch cocktail, the Bonne Ideé, which is a mimosa-like morning bracer made with Cocchi Americano, sparkling wine, citrus juice and citrus bitters that'll run you $9 a pop, or $30 for pitcher.

Olympia Provisions Northwest, 1632 NW Thurman St. (503) 894-8136

Olympia Provisions Southeast, 107 SE Washington St. (503) 954-3663

Raven & Rose

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Specials are à la carte, so prices vary.

What: The star of R&R's Easter specials is easily the fried rabbit special (with yeasted carrot, waffles and bourbon maple syrup), but other brunch specials this day include chorizo-stuffed leg of lamb with yogurt sauce and panisses, and sweet spring peas on toast with shaved sheep's milk cheese, baby vegetables, a poached duck egg and spring herbs.

Raven & Rose, 1331 SW Broadway St., (503) 222-7673

Where: Urban Farmer

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $54 ($19 for children 10 and under)

What: This steakhouse continues its Easter tradition of setting up brunch buffet stations in the restaurant's atrium, which you can visit again and again for your fill of deviled eggs, omelets, charcuterie and cheese and, of course, dessert. (If you're an early riser, the regular menu, in limited form, will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

Urban Farmer, 525 S.W. Morrison St., (503) 222-4900

FOR DINNER

Where: Bar Avignon

When: 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Items are à la carte; prices range from $7 to $26

What: Dinner specials, with a focus on rabbit. Specials include rabbit pot pie (with morel mushrooms and English peas), rabbit pâté (with a cardamom-carrot relish) and braised lamb (with spinach pappardelle and spring vegetables). Reservations recommended. Regular menu is also available.

Bar Avignon, 2138 SE Division St., (503) 517-0808

Where: Breakside Brewery (Milwaukie)

When: 6 to 9 p.m., April 4

Cost: $45

What: Hops & Hops Beer Dinner: A night-before Easter collaborative dinner with The Bent Brick. Each course's beer pairing offers an exclusive sneak peek at Breakside's still-unreleased 2015 festival brews. Staters and mains include rabbit liver mouse, rabbit pasties, hoppy popcorn, Jerusalem artichokes, rabbit choucroute garnie, and rice pudding, each designed, of course, to pair with a quartet of Breakside suds. Ticket info and a full menu description can be found here.

Breakside Brewery Milwaukie, 5821 SE International Way, (503) 342-6309

Where: Cocotte Bar & Bistro

When: 5 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $50

What: A rabbit-and-carrot Easter dinner comprising carrot salad, rabbit pâté, rabbit crépinette and, for dessert, carrot cake. Reservations are recommended.

Cocotte Bar & Bistro, 2930 NE Killingsworth St., (503) 227-2669

What: Kachka

When: 4 p.m. to midnight, April 3 and 4

Cost: $30

What: To celebrate Passover, chef Bonnie Morales is plating up Seder dishes, complete with English peas, parsley roots 3-ways, lamb chops with beet purée, a 6-minute egg and a sour cherry-rhubarb-hazelnut charoset. Price: $30. Rather celebrate at home? Call ahead and they'll have a carry-out Seder plate for you for just $20.

Kachka, 720 SE Grand St., (503) 235-0059

Where: Olympia Provisions Northwest

When: Sunday, April 12, 6 p.m.

Cost: $60 ($90 with wine pairings)

What: This Greek Easter Dinner takes place a full week after the Easter holiday, but this one entitles you to spanakopita, octopus terrines, tzatkiki, Greek salads, lamb, Greek spaghetti, baklava, Greek wine, ouzu, bouzouki music and plenty of dancing. And, most importantly, after you eat, you get to help your fellow diners smash a bunch of plates. Click here to RSVP.

Olympia Provisions Northwest, 1632 NW Thurman St. (503) 894-8136

What: Smallwares

When: 5 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $45

What: Chef Johanna Ware's Lamb Ssam Easter dinner will include curried deviled eggs, ham with kumquat jam, Sichuan-rubbed lamb shoulder, grilled naan, roasted eggplant with miso, a cumin-and-five-spice yogurt, beet kimchi, and pink peppercorn tiramisu. Reservations only. Make yours by clicking here.

Smallwares, 4605 NE Fremont St., (971) 229-0995

FOR HOME

Bowery Bagels

For just $16, you can order a dozen Bowery bagels and schmears for Easter Sunday pickup, but only if you order online, and only if you do so by 2 p.m., April 3.

Bowery Bagels, 310 NW Broadway, (503) 227.6674

Blue Star Donuts

Looking for something to nosh on while the little ones scamper about you searching for their Easter baskets? Call the Blue Star nearest you and place your order for an Easter Sunday donut pickup.

Blue Star Donuts

3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd., (503) 477-9635

1237 SW Washington St., (503) 265-8410

3753 N Mississippi Ave., (971) 254-4575

921 NW 23rd Ave., (503) 265-8659

Nicky USA

If you're down with ham, Nicky has them, including some southern Virginia-style hams which have been salt-cured, hickory smoked and aged for three months. Call ahead to reserve yours.

Nicky USA, 223 SE 3rd Ave., (503) 234-4263

Nuvrei

With its brightly colored macarons, this subterranean bakery puts all the pastel in Easter Sunday. If you call and order ahead, you can pick up as many cookies as you like, along with chocolate almond croissants, lemon poppyseed scones, bacon-cheddar biscuits and whatever else you feel like eating first thing in the morning.

Nuvrei, 404 NW 10th Ave., (503) 972-1700

Saint Cupcake

This cupcakery's Easter specialties include frosted butter cookies shaped like bunnies, chicks and wiener dogs. And if you're really craving cupcakes, the pastry team will bake you up as many as you wish and bunnify them by topping them with a pair of sugar-paste bunny ears.

Saint Cupcake Downtown, 1138 SW Morrison St., (503) 473-8760

Saint Cupcake Downtown, 3300 SE Belmont St., (503) 235-0078

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