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Where to enjoy Easter brunch in the central city

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Easter is fast approaching and along with it comes the requisite egg hunts and candy-fests. Before you go snacking on the Snickers, though, you may be interested in having a good old-fashioned Easter brunch with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for good food on Easter Sunday in the central city area, here are a few places offering brunch and drink specials on this special day:

Tower Cafe
1518 Broadway
Brunch: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 to 11 p.m.
Tower Cafe’s large brunch menu includes their Famous French Toast, Eggs Tower, the Borracho Burger, and Thai steak salad. Or, try one of their specialties: a chorizo burrito with sauteed onions, garlic and dry chorizo sausage scrambled with eggs and wrapped in a jumbo flour tortilla with black beans and guajillo chili sauce.

Diners will enjoy the recently updated outdoor patio and waiting area, while Tower’s own in-house balloon artist will be on hand to create some fanciful balloon art for the kids. The bar will be open too. Brunch entrees start at $8.95. Reservations are not required but are suggested for parties of six or more. Call 441-0222 for more information.

Sweetwater Restaurant
1901 S St.
Brunch only, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sweetwater is offering a special Easter brunch buffet for $19.95. More than 30 breakfast, brunch and lunch item choices will be available, including a variety of eggs benedicts, pancakes, fresh salads, pastas, pastries and more. The buffet special includes a complimentary glass of mimosa or champagne, and you can add on unlimited mimosas for $6 more. Reservations are highly recommended through their website or by calling 731-8857.

33rd Street Bistro
3301 Folsom Blvd.
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Guests will enjoy the made-to-order omelet station, scrambled eggs, pancakes, potatoes, spiral sliced ham, chilled salads, wood-roasted salmon with cucumber dill sauce, and many desserts and pastries for only $29 per person. Of course, what’s Sunday brunch without the endless mimosas for $8?

Manager Tim Spathos and crew go all out to make Easter brunch a special occasion for everyone. You’ll definitely want to make reservations for this one. Call 455-2233 for information.

Capitol Garage
1500 K St.
Brunch: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Executive chef Jonathan Clemons’ Sunday brunch menu includes everything from specialty egg scrambles to buckwheat pancakes with fresh blueberries to biscuits and gravy. If you feel like something a little different, go for the Banana Rama French Toast, topped with rum-flamed bananas, brown sugar, toasted pecans, whipped honey butter and garage potatoes for $13.95. Clemons’ specialty is desserts, and this time he’s bringing back his scrumptious truffles made with Cadbury Creme Eggs for $2 each or three for $5.

Most brunch entrees start at around $9.95, kids’ menu items start at $7.95, and bottomless mimosas are $6.95 with the purchase of an entree. Reservations are suggested, so call the Garage at 444-3633.

Cafe Bernardo
1431 R St.
Brunch: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cafe Bernardo is located in the R15 building, and everyone from singles to families come in on Sunday mornings to enjoy the brunch that head chef Scott Ostrander prepares each week. Along with such specialties as Amaretto French Toast, on Easter Sunday Scott will add griddled crab cakes with poached eggs, grilled asparagus, and roasted red bell pepper Hollandaise sauce. Entrees range from $7 to $10 and bottomless mimosas are $10 all day. Although reservations are not required, guests can call ahead at 930-9191.

Tuli Bistro
2031 S St.
Brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuli is a restaurant with a bistro-style menu and welcoming, neighborly atmosphere. Although they usually have a brunch menu every Sunday, this Easter they’re “kicking it up a bit,” says manager Claudia Bovero. Some of the specialty items on the menu will include chicken-fried lamb chops with a morel mushroom brown gravy, and rabbit sugo with house-made pappardelle noodles. Chef Eric Sarmento’s specialty is pork, so look for some delicious pork dishes as well. Entrees start at $11 and bottomless mimosas are $9. Reservations are suggested for Easter Sunday and can be made by calling 451-8854.

Kupros Bistro
1217 21st St.
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This Easter Sunday at Kupros, chef Matthew Robinson has put together a delightful three-course brunch menu with buffet, entree, and dessert for $25 per person. First comes the continental buffet including pastries, fruits, parfaits and salads. Next, guests choose from a variety of entrees, including ricotta pancakes with candied raspberries and lemon curd, or spring vegetable quiche, or even a grilled bistro fillet steak with puttanesca sauce. Brunch finishes with small-bite pain perdu with maple gelato and walnuts. Bottomless mimosas are $10 and Bloody Marys will be on special all day. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 440-0401.

Fox & Goose
1001 R St.
Brunch: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The menu at this family-friendly English-style pubhouse includes a little bit of everything: eggs benedict, tofu scramble, waffles, scones and more. Fox & Goose’s specialty pub grills are served with two eggs and English country potatoes, and offer a wide variety of add-in choices like ham, bacon, linguica, sirloin steak, or even kippers. For something a bit more English traditional, try the Welsh Rarebit omelet, or perhaps some bangers and eggs. Entrees start at about $8 to $10, and they don’t take reservations, so walk right in and enjoy a great Sunday brunch.

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