As Easter and Passover quickly approach, they mark a milestone as the first holidays to happen twice during Oregon’s battle with COVID-19. Like last year, most meals are intended as takeout and delivery, rather than the in-house dining of years past. However, this time chefs and restaurateurs have had considerably more time to adapt, with a number of spots around town offering meals, dishes, and specials for the holidays, from ham dinners to matzo ball soup and smoked brisket. Peruse the list below for a few ideas:
The local chain of cafes and delis serving ready-to-eat meals, Elephant’s Delicatessen is taking care of the holiday cooking this year. Whether it’s a hearty Easter brunch or a Passover dinner, there are plenty of options both à la carte and as meal packages. Easter includes deals like an Applewood smoked ham dinner, quiche and frittata for brunch, Easter cookies, sides, and individual dinners for one. Passover includes familiar options like brisket with tsimmes gravy, gefilte fish, and matzo ball soup. Everything can be ordered via Elephant’s website.
Chef Doug Adams’ Portland-meets-Texas restaurant Bullard has been offering takeout meals since the pandemic started, and will do so for Passover as well. À la carte options include smoked beef brisket, smoked and braised lamb, maple chipotle carrots, deviled eggs, rolls, salads, and desserts including hot cross buns. The restaurant also offers Easter brunch boxes and cocktail kits, plus some wine specials. Everything is available to order via Tock, and orders can be picked up from April 1 to April 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
One of Portland’s most celebrated Russian restaurants, Kachka is offering two different Seder dinners, one with brisket and another with trout. Both include matzo ball soup, bitter greens and chicories salad, matzo kugel, and chremslach fritters; each meals serves two and is $100. Additionally, Kachka offers a zakuski board for $50, plus sides and à la carte entrees like matzo ball soup, brisket, pastries, and drinks including a Manischewitz punch. Passover meals are available for pre-order online until sold out, and can be picked up on March 27 and March 28.
A Portland institution for many years, the old school steakhouse Morton’s will offer an Easter to-go package for $159, which serves four. The dinner includes mixed green salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, ham with apricot-bourbon glaze, maple-glazed carrots, spiced-apple cornbread stuffing, garlic green beans, mashed potatoes, and a cherry swirl cheesecake for dessert. Pre-orders are available through the website.
Deli and sandwich shop Sister’s is offering a fun twist on the holiday with baskets of Easter-themed candies, fruits, and pastries. Breakable chocolate rabbit boxes full of chocolates, candy-coated Easter strawberries, and other items are available at the store’s website.
Bergerac regularly offers holiday specials and dinner, with Easter being no exception. This year, the cozy, family-owned French bistro will offer both brunch and dinner specials for groups. Brunch serves four and includes a choice of ham or vegetarian quiche, mixed greens, and sauteed herbed potatoes. Dinner has options for groups of two, four, or six, and includes deviled eggs, herbed pork cutlets, bacon-wrapped asparagus, roasted carrots, and a lemon posset for dessert. Wine specials and cocktail kits are also available as add-ons. Orders can be filed online and picked up for home re-heating on Saturday, April 3.
One of the city’s most lauded steakhouses, the venerable Ringside Steakhouse will have a lamb chop dinner for Easter. The meal serves two, generously, and comes with mixed greens salad, potato gratin, grilled asparagus, and six five-ounce lamb chops, with lavender panna cotta for dessert. The meal is $118, and order forms will be available online starting March 19.
Dessert shop and wine bar Pix Patisserie pivoted early on in the pandemic to its Pix-O-Matic vending machines. For Easter, each compartment will be filled with eggs, each with a prize of some sort within, up to a $50 golden ticket. Additionally, the restaurant offers a $40 Easter tea spread with sweet and savory pastries along with jasmine tea. Interested diners should call the shop to reserve their tea package for pickup on April 3 or 4.
German restaurant and cake shop Papa Haydn will have a number of dessert specials available for pre-order for the Easter holiday; these include a number of tarts, like mango, kiwi, and berry, banana cream, and lemon curd. Desserts can be reserved through March 29 for pickup on April 3 and April 4. Papa Haydn will also have an oven-ready Easter dinner that serves two for $65; dinner includes spring pea soup, scalloped potatoes, asparagus with pancetta, honey ham, and dessert. All orders can be made through the website.
One of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, Le Pigeon has been offering its takeout “bird boxes” since early on in the pandemic. For the holiday, the restaurant is offering a special: The Easter bird box is $150, and includes Dungeness crab deviled eggs; brown sugar and rum-glazed ham with potato gratin, spring peas with bacon, and pickled fennel; and a lemon meringue opera cake. Orders can be placed via Tock.
The elegant and modern Stem Wine Bar will host a vegan Easter brunch on Sunday out on its covered patio space on Mississippi Avenue. SxNW, the vegan restaurant right next door, will provide “chicken” and waffles, while Stem provides the bottomless mimosas and Easter chocolates. The special is all-inclusive at $65 per person, available in-house.
Montelupo has been offering ready-made takeout meals for home dining since it opened during the pandemic last year. For Easter, the Italian restaurant and market is offering a $60 meal kit for two. The dinner includes braised lamb shoulder with roasted garlic and parmesan mashed potatoes, a little gem salad, and a choice of house white, rosé, or red wine. Orders can be place online until April 1 or sold out for pickup on Easter Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.