Finding delectable Easter brunch in Asheville

HIGH TEA: Lex 18 will be hosting high tea on Easter Sunday.

With a sunny forecast and a high of 63, Easter Sunday this year looks to be a great day to get out and enjoy a special brunch. But where to eat in Foodtopia? Mountain Xpress has compiled a list of restaurants suitable for taking mom for a classy high tea or having a special brew with friends.

Lex 18, 18 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville:

Lex 18 will be hosting three seatings for a vintage and classical high tea brunch, with seating times at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The menu includes: springtime soup, quiche, scones, pastries and muffins, delectable tea sandwiches, pot de creme chocolate, fruit parfait, selection of custom brewed teas and champagne.

Season’s at Highland Lake, 87 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock:

Season’s restaurant at Highland Lake Inn and Resort will host its annual Easter Sunday brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the menu: a build-your-own omelet station with all the breakfast trimmings; Highland’s traditional garlic and rosemary-studded NY strip loin, hand-carved and accompanied by horseradish cream and au jus; scallop and mustard green-poached salmon roulade with blood-orange relish and fennel beurre blanc; and hickory-smoked ham with pineapple and currant compote and a root-beer reduction.

The Market Place, 20 Wall St., Asheville:

The Market Place will have a special spring menu available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The downtown restaurant will have live music to accompany a wood-grilled burger, a cold-smoked trout scramble, heirloom farro and roasted cauliflower salad and eggs Benton.

Glass Onion, 18 N. Main St., Weaverville:

The Glass Onion has Easter brunch From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The menu features Sunburst smoked trout eggs benedict with local poached eggs and a house-made hollandaise frittata with local spring onions, spinning spider feta cheese and baby spinach.

Isa’s Bistro, 1 Battery Park Ave., Asheville:

Isa’s will have live music, and, in addition to its standard brunch menu, there will be two specials: house-made hot cross buns, and herb-roasted Boarder Springs lamb shoulder with Old Mill of Guilford stone ground grits, Goat Lady Dairy goat cheese, spicy tomato gravy and baby arugula.

Red Stag Grill, 11 Boston Way, Asheville:

Red Stag will be offering a special a la carte Easter Brunch from 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

On the menu: pan-roasted Scottish salmon, peppercorn-crusted prime rib, the ultimate eggs benedict, grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary grilled lamb chops, and Maine lobster gnocchi.

Roux, 43 Town Square Blvd., Asheville:

Roux will have a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with barbecue salmon and salt-and-malt yukon potatoes, a risotto station with fresh vegetables, carved-to-order ham, soup, salad and local cheese, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage links and veggie sausage, pancakes and French toast with maple syrup, fresh waffles made to order, and cooked-to-order eggs and omelets.

Bouchon, 62 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville:

Bouchon‘s creperie will open at 11 a.m. and stay open all day.

Lexington Ave. Brewery, 39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville:

LAB will be tapping a keg of its rare De-Sint beer, available for one day only on Easter Sunday.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge, 10 S. Pack Square, Asheville:

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge has specialty chocolate chicks and eggs ready for Easter. Special spring flavors include: peppermint creme, salted almond butter, peanut butter, chocolate caramel, peanut butter and jelly, and coconut creme.


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One thought on “Finding delectable Easter brunch in Asheville

  1. melanie

    Marvelous! Tell me though, can one order a standard mimosa or bloody mary with a Sunday brunch during brunch hours, or must one wait until the clock strikes noon because one lives in a state still governed by backwards blue laws?

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