Special occasions call for brunch, and Easter is no exception. Albuquerque has an array of Easter brunches, some dressy,others more casual. Several offer an elegant option with champagne. Each offers a special brunch experience. In addition to the traditional big buffet brunch spreads, I've also listed some great places in town to sit down for a plated brunch. Wherever you go, do enjoy!
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Prices and information subject to change. Listed prices do not include tax and gratuity.
Updated for 2014.
1. Bien Shur
When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; seating on the half hour, last seating 2:30 p.m.
Sandia Resort and Casino
1-25 and Tramway
Bien Shur offers a special Easter brunch. They feature a breakfast station, farmer's market display, shrimp and oyster cocktail display, green chile chicken chowder, a carving station with prime rib and leg of lamb, chef's specialties and dessert.
Cost: $45 adults, $18 children under 12
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
221 Highway 65
The three course prix fixe brunch includes crab bisque, oysters Rockefeller, cassoulet, poached salmon and chocolate decadence cake for dessert. Call for reservations.
4939 Pan American Freeway
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Chama River will feature pancakes upon request, yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, mixed seasonal fruits, assorted breakfast bread and pastries, quiche, assorted cereals, an omelette station, eggs Benedict, smoked bacon, sausage, potatoes O'Brian, grilled asparagus, cheese platter, assorted salads, glazed ham, roast beef, smoked salmon, and assorted desserts and pastries. Reservations are recommended.
Cost: $28 per person, $15 children 5 - 12, four and under free.
4. Council Room
When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Sandia Resort and Casino
1-25 and Tramway
Breakfast items include steak and eggs, waffles, pancakes and Sandia Benedict. Brunch items include soup, salads, shrimp cocktails, croque madame, lobster truffle alfredo, prime rib au jus and grilled ham steak.
Cost: Cost by the menu item.
5. El Pinto
When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
10500 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
If you’re looking for truly local flavor even on Easter, try El Pinto. The doors will open early at 9:30 a.m. El Pinto offers its regular Sunday brunch menu for chile lovers. Try the Eggs Benedict, which includes eggs and pork loin on a green chile biscuit with a red hollandaise sauce, or green chile cheese biscuits smothered in green chile white gravy with a side of chorizo.
Kids can get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. There will be free activities such as face painting, craft tables, bean bag toss, bunny sack races and pin the tail on the bunny. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt as well. Kids eat free with voucher.
Cost: Brunch plates or entrees off the menu.
6. Farm & TableWhen: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
8917 4th Street NW
Fresh means so many things, but when it comes to food, it's such a welcome descriptor! Local foods are on the menu and become items such as a garden omelet with local corizo, a herbed-mushroom goat cheese omelet, or enchiladas and eggs. Or try a quinoa salad with roasted root vegetables over local mixed greens.
Cost: By the item.
When: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
330 Tijeras NW
The Forque in the Hyatt downtown offers a brunch with made to order omelettes, Belgian waffles, salads, a cheese selection, a seafood station, pasta station, a carving station with leg of lamb, roasted beef and orange honey baked ham, an entree station that includes herb plank salmon and apple fennel chicken breast, and a dessert extravaganza.
Cost: $46.95 adults, $30.95 seniors, $18.50 children 6 and up.
8. Grove Cafe
600 Central SE
The Grove serves breakfast all day, with specialty items such as poached eggs, croque madame with fresh fruit, and their french style pancakes, a popular option. Lunch items are served from 11 a.m. till close. Soups are changed daily and seasonal, and salads include the farmer's salad and tuna salad nicoise.
Cost: By menu item.
When: Seatings available 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
125 Second Street NW
(505) 923-9080 or visit OpenTable.com: Reservations required.
The Celebrate Easter Champagne Brunch at the Hotel Andaluz. Start with an omelet station and a pancake station, where there will be eggs florentine, eggs Benedict, bacon and sausage. Also enjoy a salad station with assorted salads, including a special kale salad. The carving station will feature slow roasted prime rib, passion fruit glazed Easter ham, rolls and breads. The brunch includes slow roasted chicken, seasonal vegetables, glazed carrots, and a potato tart with bacon. There will also be pastas, a cheese display, charcuterie display, and a seafood display with seared tuna and lox. Desserts include tres leches, bread pudding, cherry pie and rhubarb cobbler.
Meet the Easter bunny and take snapshots in the photo booth.
Cost: $49 adults, $44 seniors 60 and over, $19 kids 6-13, free for kids five and under.
10. Hotel Tamaya
When: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Both the Corn Maiden and Santa Ana Cafe at the Hyatt Tamaya are offering Easter brunch. Starters include muffins, fresh fruits, They feature a carving station with herb crusted prime rib, and chipotle honey glazed ham. Seafood includes chilled shrimp, crab claws, mussels, and house cured salmon. There will be salads, cheeses, and an omelette station. Chef's specialties include Grand Mariner French Toast, creme friche poached eggs, smoked brisket, lemon confit, rigatoni, corn bread crust carmelized onions and more. A large assortment of desserts includes salted flourless chocolate torte, carrot walnut cake, macaroon nests and sugar free pie. Business casual dress.
Cost: $55 per person, children 12 and under 50% off.