<b>DINING OUT | </b>By Mina Williams Herald writer
Easter is one of those days filled with high expectations at the dining table.
One thing’s for sure: It’s a day to soak in the springtime with mimosas, eggs Benedict, ham, turkey, mouth-watering desserts and Easter candy, and eggs, along with enough paper bunnies and eggs to gild the lily.
For those reluctant to glaze a ham this Easter, many area restaurants are offering special dishes and deals for Easter.
When dining out on Easter, explore the options and hop into the fun.
Determine the part of the day you will concentrate your celebration on: breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. Then decide if you prefer a sit down meal or a buffet. Finally, when selecting a spot take into consideration who will be present. Fidgety kids? A stuffy spot won’t work as well as the restaurant featuring activities including a bunny appearance, egg hunts and cookie decorating. A grandparent with a walker or wheelchair? That quaint restaurant in an old Victorian home might pose uneven flooring and tight quarters that could challenge your elders.
In our area there is a bevy of options, each with their own cache. Hunting for drop-dead views? Consider one of the area’s fine dinner houses. Salty’s on Alki has cityscape views and an over-the-top buffet with a make your own bloody Mary bar. Wanting adventure on the high seas? The local dinner and touring boats are presenting Easter dining with ever changing views.
Local hotels, including Lynnwood’s Embassy Suites, generally offer buffets that offer enough space for larger parties and enough action to engage the small fry. Counting on a classic French brioche? Try Bastille Cafe in Ballard. For the egg-packed Italian pannetone bread get one to go at Gelatiamo in downtown Seattle on First Avenue by Pike Place Market.
Make sure you know how many guests will be dining with you. On busy holidays it can be impossible to “squeeze in” just one more chair and still leave enough room for servers to do their job. Just like Valentines dinner or Mothers Day Brunch, Easter has become a dining out holiday, so make your reservations early.
What spots do you know that are offering Easter dining? In what style do you intend to celebrate Easter? As an intimate affair or sharing with the family clan?
These days, we celebrate Easter with our church family – first a potluck breakfast, and then worship service. When my parents were alive, we often had dinner with them, at their house, my brother’s or ours. But always, always, worship service, celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, was and is the main focus of our Easter festivities.
Charlotte, Mountlake Terrace
Easter dinner here at our house, hopefully with some deviled eggs!
Salty’s on Alki is having an all-day feast. Great food and drinks with a view to match. Can’t wait to go.
For Ostara, which is the Pagan spring celebration, we do with an egg hunt and bunnies, we ate at the Fisherman’s after going to the aquarium to learn about some of our local nature. We had a great day! I even got some free flowers courtesy of Pike Place in celebration of spring.