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Griffin to Go: Learning the Lesson


A frittata is a great way to use leftovers.

When I was on vacation earlier this summer, one of the lessons I learned from my friend Cecil was that a frittata was a great way of showcasing leftovers in a new and tasty manner. I’m glad I remembered that this past week when I found myself staying with friends on Canyon Lake for the week.

The night before checkout, we had a refrigerator filled all manner of odds and ends, including most of a dozen of eggs.

They’re the perfect binder for everything we had, which included the last bits of pork chop leftover from Perry’s Steakhouse (those 32-ounce servings do go quite a long way), some tear drop tomatoes from the Hill Country and shaved Reggiano. A few leaves of chopped parsley and literally the rest of the salt.

One friend can’t eat anything spicy, so some red pepper flakes I wanted to include would have to go on afterward.

But that’s the beauty of a frittata. You can make it with anything you’ve got on hand, as long as you have the eggs to bind it with. You can also serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s also great hot or cold.

But it’s also a good idea not to overload the dish. Think of a pizza with too many competing flavors. So, I didn’t need to add the porcini salami that was also in the fridge or the fresh lima beans that would have needed to be hulled. Thankfully, I didn’t add the rest of the spinach, which tasted too bitter when sautéed.

The lesson I forgot was to start cooking the eggs on the stove top before placing the dish in the oven, so it took much longer to cook. When the top wouldn’t set after cooking for more than 20 mintues, it took turning on the broiler to get the top as done (another tip from Cecil) as the rest. It worked, but the following technique is much better.

The recipe is from celebrity chef Alton Brown, and it’s a great base. The only staples you need are the eggs and, at least in my opinion, the salt. All of the rest can be whatever you have on hand.

Frittata

6 eggs, beaten
1-ounce Parmesan, grated
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup chopped roasted asparagus
1/2 cup chopped country ham
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves

Preheat oven to broil setting.

In medium size bowl, using a fork, blend together eggs, Parmesan, pepper, and salt. Heat 12-inch non-stick, oven safe saute pan over medium high heat. Add butter to pan and melt. Add asparagus and ham to pan and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour egg mixture into pan and stir with rubber spatula. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the egg mixture has set on the bottom and begins to set up on top. Sprinkle with parsley.

Place pan into oven and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly browned and fluffy. Remove from pan and cut into 6 servings. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

From Alton Brown/FoodNetwork.com

 

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Avocado Adds a Silky Touch to Eggs San Antonio


Eggs San Antonio before baking.

Looking for an easy centerpiece for a brunch that you can make ahead of time? Try Eggs San Antonio, a combination of turkey, avocado and what is, essentially, pico de gallo, all baked into heartily whisked eggs.

The basic recipe can be tailored to your tastes of what you have on hand. Instead of turkey, try ham and cheese. Or use crabmeat with a confetti of diced, multi-colored peppers. Or try an all-vegetable version that uses celery, onion, tomato and torn spinach leaves (sauté the spinach lightly for best results).  All you need are the eggs and your imagination.

The avocado was included in this version to give the dish a silky texture that is both elegant and flavorful. Plus, avocados are filled with monounsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol.

You can make this dish ahead of time and serve it at room temperature, in a manner similar to a Spanish tortilla. (That’s an egg dish, not a bread.)

The eggs will rise in the oven before settling down.

Eggs San Antonio

6 jumbo eggs or 8 large eggs
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, peeled and diced
3 slices deli-style turkey breast, shredded
3 scallions, including most of the green, chopped
1 serrano pepper, finely diced (optional)
Salt, to taste
Red or black pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Eggs San Antonio

Whisk the eggs until yolks and whites are fully blended and fluffy. Stir in tomato, avocado, turkey, scallions and serrano, if using. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into four ramekins. Top with cilantro, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes or until eggs set. Remove from oven and let rest at least 10 minutes before serving.

The eggs should rise while baking. They will settle down. This is not a bad thing.

If you are serving these later, cover each ramekin and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before serving to allow to come to room temperature.

Makes 4 servings.

From John Griffin

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Raise a Toast to Mom


Red Velvet Cocktail at Morton's.

Are you planning a brunch for Mother’s Day? Try one of these eye-openers from Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., and Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St.

Red Velvet Cocktail

2 ounces Lindemans Raspberry Lambic
4 ounces Prosecco
5 ounces Chambord
Lemon peel
1 raspberry

In a mixing glass, stir in the lambic, Prosecco and Chambord with ice for 5 seconds. Strain into champagne flute.

Squeeze lemon peel over glass and discard peel. Garnish with fresh raspberry on a pick. Drink should have a foam cap.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Morton’s the Steakhouse

Elderflower Elixir and Super Fruit Sunrise from Fogo de Chão.

Elderflower Elixir

2 ounces Patrón Silver Tequila, or more to taste
1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, or more to taste
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
Club soda

In a highball glass filled with ice, pour in tequila, St. Germain and lime juice. Finish with club soda. Stir. Garnish with mint and raspberries, to taste.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Adapted from Fogo de Chão.

Super Fruit Sunrise

1 ounce VeeV Açai liquor, or to taste
1 ounce Patrón Silver Tequila, or to taste
1 ounce Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, or to taste
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Club soda

In an ice-filled Tom Collins glass, pour in VeeV, tequila, Pama and lime juice. Finish off with club soda. Garnish with lime and raspberries to taste.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Adapted from Fogo de Chão.

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Chefs’ Corner: Don Strange’s Brioche French Toast and Bananas Foster


Brioche French Toast and Bananas Foster

Looking for a brunch dish that goes way over the top? Try this recipe from Don Strange of Texas.

“The very thought of this dish is enough to make you hungry,” says Frances Strange in “Don Strange of Texas: His Life and Recipes” (Shearer Publishing, ) written with Terry Thompson-Anderson. “Don had a flair for creating elaborate, extravagant brunch dishes. This is one he served at a lovely wedding brunch outside of Fredericksburg.”

It’s perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime you want to start the day off with something special.

Brioche French Toast with Bananas Foster

1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
4 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Butter
8 (5/8-inch-thick) slices day-old brioche
Bananas Foster (see below)
Sweetened whipped cream
Cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish
Mint springs to garnish

Bananas Foster

1/3 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup banana flavored liqueur
1/2 cup dark rum, divided use
4 bananas, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

For the French toast, combine the milk, cream, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl; whisk until eggs are well beaten and the batter is smooth. Melt some butter on a flat griddle over medium heat. Dip the brioche slices in the egg batter, coating both sides. Allow excess batter to drip off. Place the battered bread on the hot griddle without touching. (Cook in batches in necessary to avoid crowding.) Cook until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes per side. Keep hot in a warm oven while cooking the remaining slices.

For the Bananas Foster: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon with fork and set aside. Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add cinnamon sugar mixture and stir until sugar dissolves. Add banana liqueur and 1/4 cup of the rum. Cook, stirring, until syrupy and thickened (about 5 minutes). Add banana slices and lightly coat with the syrup. Add the remaining rum. Quickly swirl the pan, tilting it toward the flame, to ignite the rum. (If you are using an electric stove, light the rum with a long match.) Swirl the pan, basting bananas with the sauce, until flame subsides. Remove pan from heat, set aside and keep warm.

To serve, stack slices of the French toast on each serving plate. Place banana slices on each serving and drizzle some of the pan sauce over the top. Top with a generous dollop of the whipped cream. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, then add a mint sprig. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings.

From “Don Strange of Texas: His Life and Recipes” by Frances Strange with Terry Thompson-Anderson

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M Is for the Many Restaurant Options for Mother’s Day


On May 8, it’s all about Mom. Remember all she’s done for you and treat her right. Treat her to the dinner of her choice. The following restaurants range in style from prime steakhouses to extensive buffets to barbecue in the great outdoors.

Reservations are required unless otherwise noted. Tax and tip are not included.

Whether Mom wants a light lunch or an extensive buffet, San Antonio resaturants are ready to please.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 Market St., 201-224-1234 — Mother’s Day buffet is 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Begin with spring greens, a Tomato-Thai Basil Salad, Barley and Papaya Salad, Calamari and Shrimp Couscous Salad, and fruit cocktail in ginger syrup. Entrees include Shiner Bock-battered Atlantic Scrod Fillets, Miso-glazed Grilled Chicken, Coconut-Ginger Lamb Curry, prime rib, bone-in ham and an omelet station. Other dishes include a hot and sour tomatillo soup, roasted local harvest vegetables, steamed asparagus in black sesame soy, and garlic horseradish mashed potatoes. Seasonal pastries, mousse and cakes as well as Chef Daniel’s chocolate creation round out the meal. Cost: $30, adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Brunch hours on Mother’s Day are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A buffet of appetizers, salads and artisan breads precede an entrée from a menu. Options include a Maine lobster omelet, an organic Eggs Benedict, curried spiced mini lamb meatloaf with spring vegetable ratatouille, brioche Texas toast,  seared Atlantic salmon, pork goulash, pan-roasted wild Alaskan halibut, and smokey garlic roasted prime rib ($3 supplemental). A dessert buffet closes out the meal. A kids’ menu, with choices such as chocolate waffle and chicken fingers with fries, is available. Cost: $49 for adults, $27.50 for kids.

BIN 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — A special four-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu features choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and will include a cheese course served family-style. Drink specials, mimosas and sangria will be available. Cost: $29.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, 210-824-0100 — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A three-course menu will be offered, varying in price from $20 to $32 a person depending upon the entrée selected. Appetizer choices include lobster-asparagus bisque, tomato-basil bisque, a mini-Belgian waffle and Waldorf salad. Entrée options: Eggs Benedict, three-egg omelet, smoked Black Forest Ham on pumpernickel French toast, crab cake, honey-glazed spiral baked ham, and Chateaubriand. Desserts: cheesecake, strawberry tiramisù, chocolate pecan caramel torte, brandied apricot croissant pudding and fresh berries in mascarpone sabayon.  An optional flight of wines accompanies the meal for $16. Flamenco guitar and percussion will also be featured. A child’s plate for $8.99 is available.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St.,  210-472-2600 — On Mother’s Day, Bohanan’s open at 5 p.m. with its full menu. In addition, all Mothers will receive a yellow rose and gift box of truffles. www.bohanans.com

Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-491-4480 — Brunch will be served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bottomless Champagne or mimosas will be served alongside a buffet of starters featuring smoked salmon and bagels, tomato and mozzarella, shrimp cocktail, mushroom dip, goat cheese dip, hummus, and daily selection of green, Caesar, potato, red pepper, chicken, white truffle and fresh lemon penne salad as well as a selection of charcuteries and cold cuts and a platter of imported and domestic cheeses. A crêpes station will feature sweet and savory selections, including eggs and bacon; smoked salmon with chives and cream; ratatouille and egg; roasted red pepper with tomatoes , potatoes and egg, Nutella banana, chocolate, and roasted pear and crème Chantilly. Egg and entrée choices include  scrambled eggs with apple wood smoked bacon country breakfast sausage and sautéed potatoes; eggs Benedict with smoked Canadian bacon or smoked salmon; and tagliatelle with lardons, English peas, Asiago and chicken. A dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain and more closes out the meal. Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for children under age 12.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Chef Francois Maeder is giving Mom a weekend of celebrations. Special menus will be offered for lunch and dinner May 7 and brunch and dinner May 8. Dinner menus on both evenings will feature hors d’oeuvres, such as Marinated Gulf Shrimp, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Mousse Truffle Pâté. Entrées include Chicken Chasseur, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Shrimp Lyonnaise, New York Strip and the Trilogy, featuring Lobster Tail with Lemon-Garlic Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Beef Tenderloin Rossini.  The May 7 special lunch menu will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature a variety of salads, pasta dishes and entrées such as Rosemary Chicken, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Tenderloin of Beef and more. The Mother’s Day brunch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes entrées such as Shrimp Salad on Avocado, Eggs Benedict, Veal Scaloppini, Shrimp Lyonnaise and more. The Trilogy will also be available. Children’s menu available.  www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — Mother’s Day hours are 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with a special menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two breakfast specials are Earl’s Famous Thins topped with strawberries and served with bacon or house-made pork sausage and Bananas Foster & Walnut French Toast with bacon and maple syrup. For lunch and dinner, specials include a new field greens salad with citrus, jícama and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette; a 6-ounce filet mignon with a Torre di Pietra Port sauce; Beef Lasagna; and Rainbow Trout Amandine. Fried chicken, roast turkey and a select menu of favorites will also be available. Dessert specials include red velvet cake and Earl’s Boston Crème Pie. Children’s menu available.

814 A Texas Bistro, 713 High St., Comfort, 830-995-4990 — Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes grilled petite filet mignon with sweet potato mash and bistro steak butter ($22),  Sautéed Norwegian Salmon with Sweet Pea Risotto and Tomato-Shallot Vinaigrette ($19),  Shrimp & Grits ($18), and Apricot-Herb Glazed Duck Breast ($18). All entrées include choice of salad or soup and a complimentary mimosa for Mom. www.814ATexasBistro.com

El Jarro de Arturo Mexican Restaurant, 13421 San Pedro Ave., 210-494-5084 — The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    Chef-prepared omelets, chilaquiles, spiral ham, potatoes, waffles with Bananas Foster, fajitas, Tex-Mex tacos, enchiladas, pork cascabel, Mexican sides, salads, fresh fruits and desserts will be featured. Cost:  $18.95, adults; $9.95, children under age 10. Regular menu available from 3 to 9 p.m. www.eljarro.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-WINE (9463) — The Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special meal begins with a choice of fruit salad or wedge salad. Entrée choices include mushroom, cheddar and filet mignon frittata; berry-stuffed French toast; smoked salmon and toasted bagel; asparagus, Swiss cheese and lump crab frittata; and filet Benedict. Dessert choices include walnut turtle pie, New York-style cheesecake and  crème brûlée. Cost: $32.95, adults; $15.95, children ages 12 and younger. Moms receive a $25 gift card for a future visit.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — The Brazilian steakhouse will be open for special hours on Mother’s Day. Lunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a cost of $32.50 a person while dinner is 3:30-9 p.m. at a cost of $42.50 a person. Children ages 5 and under are free, and children 6-10 are half-price. Valet parking will be available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a special menu. A few of the dishes include New York strip with grilled shrimp, pan-seared salmon, shrimp with Pernod saffron sauce, Korabuta pork chop veal T-bone and more. www.frederickssa.com/

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 pm. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner. Appetizer specials include, but are not limited to, Baked Oysters Casino ($9), spring rolls in a lettuce cup ($8), crab cake ($9), and beef carpaccio ($8). Some of the main course options include lobster and lump crab meat asparagus salad ($29), Parmesan-crusted rainbow trout ($17), grilled lamb chops ($19), filet mignon with crab and béarnaise ($27), and Eggs Norfolk with smoked salmon and crab ($18). www.fredericksbistro.com/

The Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo, 210-224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the brunch: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The soup and salad bar will feature  Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Cucumber-wrapped Mesclun Mix Salad and Romaine and Pesto-Goat Cheese Bundles. A bread display will be set up alongside omelet and carving stations. Entrées include Chocolate Pecan Waffles, Grilled Salmon, Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Herb-crusted Pork Chops,  Confetti Jasmine Rice, Pan-Roasted Asparagus, Grilled Carrot Sticks and Shallot Smashed Potatoes. A dessert bar rounds out the meal. Complimentary valet parking and a special chocolate gifts for mothers included. Cost:  $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors,  $15.95 for children ages 6-10 and free for children 5 and younger. www.palaciodelrio.hilton.com

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — The Mother’s Day Brunch, which runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., features high tea dishes, pasta and paella, local and artisan cheeses, salads, sides and more. Egg and breakfast dishes include smoked salmon benedict, brisket hash with poached egg and hollandaise, rosemary brown sugar bacon, country sausage links, cheese blintz with orange marmalade, personal omelets, and pancakes with syrups and roasted fruit. Surf and turf dishes: fresh shucked oysters, oak-smoked mussels and salmon, iced shrimp and roasted chile cocktail, whole fried snapper with chimichurri, grilled flank steak, whole roasted barbecued spiced chicken. From the bakery: pain au chocolat, almond-filled croissants, Palmier, tarts, petite carrot cakes, decadent chocolate truffles, crème brûlée, vanilla bean panna cotta and an ice cream sundae bar. Children’s table offered. Cost: $46.95, adults; $37.95, seniors; $22.50, children ages 5-12.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eggs Benedict, a breakfast burger, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast and more will be offered. Some of the drink specials:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog, $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch, $4.99. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — The restaurant is celebrating its 10th year of honoring mothers with a brunch served served 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. A five-course menu, with plenty of the restaurant’s signature dishes, will include choice of appetizer and entrée, followed by cheese course and choice of dessert. The Lodge will feature a Farmers Market-inspired Mimosa. Cost: $37.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Mother’s Day brings a three-course meal from noon to 5 p.m. Start with your choice of Insalata di Mare (cold seafood salad), Arancini di Riso (Italian rice balls), Polenta con Carciofi (polenta cakes with artichoke hearts),  Cozze Fradiavolo (sautéed mussels)  and Carpaccio Cipriani (thin-cut beef tenderloin) among others. Entrée options include Salmone al Caperi (salmon with pasta and a lemon caper sauce), Linguine con Frutta di Mare (linguine with seafood), Pesce Fresca (pan-seared Chilean sea bass),  Carciofi (sautéed chicken breast with artichoke hearts), veal piccata, Agnello Scottadito (parsley- and garlic-brined New Zealand lamb chops), Osso Buco, and Bistecca di Manzo (grilled center-cut New York strip steak). Dessert options:  Tiramisù, cannoli, and fresh berries with cream. Cost: $27.95.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Road., Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — Service hours are 10 a.m.–10 p.m.. All items are available all day, through brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu includes Almond, Strawberry, and Spinach Salad ($9), Orange and Fig Glazed Ham, Roasted Asparagus, Glazed Carrot Purée ($15), and Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Fondue ($8).

Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — Mother’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an omelet station while entrées on the buffet will include carved-to-order Creole-seasoned Rib-eye, Herbed-roasted Turkey Breast, Miso-glazed Salmon with Lemon Butter, Southwestern Eggs Benedict plus sides and desserts.  Cost: $39.50 for adults, $15.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — A special Mother’s Day menu is available 3-9 p.m. It includes a choice of Morton’s Salad with Morton’s blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies or Caesar Salad;  a choice of Single-cut Filet Mignon, Filet Oskar with Asparagus and Jumbo Lump Crab, Broiled Salmon Fillet with Beurre Blanc, Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Chicken Christopher; and choice of vegetable or potato; and a choice of Crème Brûlée or Double Chocolate Mousse. Cost: $59. Regular menu also available.

Paesanos, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-492-1604 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu and a Mother’s Day special: a complimentary Bellini, a small Caesar salad, a five-piece order of Shrimp Paesano and cheesecake and seasonal berries in a Grand Marnier sauce. Cost: $31.95.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-227-2782 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Pike’s Place Restaurant, 167 Panther Ridge, Pipe Creek, 830-535-4442 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A few of the items from the menu are bacon and fontina risotto with a poached egg, eggs Benedict or crab cake Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken, ham and Swiss eggs en croute, vegetarian quiche, steak and eggs, brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes and mesquite-smoked prime rib. Prices range from $9 to $20. Endless mimosas are priced at $12.

Q on the Riverwalk, Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4241 — Service is from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m.  On the salad bar: fresh spring greens, taboulleh, grilled asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, cold smoked and pressed foie gras, venison brats on cornbread croutons and chipotle aioli, salmon tartar with avocado cream, fresh fruit parfait. Antipasti: assorted domestic and international cheeses, fruit and compote garnishes, variety of charcuterie and patés smoked trout and ale mousse, country pork paté with truffles and pistachio croccantinis with fennel and lavosh, melba toast. Breakfast favorites: made-to-order omelets and eggs, applewood bacon, grilled breakfast sausage, buttermilk waffles with spiced peach compote and maple butter. Entrees: beef sirloin with creamed horseradish, fresh grilled gulf mahi mahi with avocado and smoked mango salsa, green Thai curry with jasmine pilaf, apple chili bbq pork loin with Ranger Creek ale demi, saffron and English pea risotto. Assorted sweet, savory breads. Dessert table. Complimentary champagne and mimosas. Cost: $40, adults; $34, seniors; $19, children ages 5-12. Complimentary self-parking available at the Central Parking garage located across from the hotel.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-479-9700 — Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with dinner available after 4 p.m. In addition to its regular brunch menu, Roaring Fork will offer Pecan-crusted Pork Loin with Molasses Apple Glaze, Oven-baked Snapper over Watercress and Arugula Salad. Dessert options include Key Lime Pie with a Cointreau Raspberry Sauce. www.roaringfork.com

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — The doors open at 11 a.m. Mother’s Day with the full array of meats and the salad bar with more than 50 items plus dessert. Also special for Mother’s Day are Brazilian mimosas, a frozen cocktail made with house Champagne, blended with a choice of fruit purée and a touch of orange juice. Mango, papaya, wild berry, strawberry, pomegranate, passion fruit, and guava flavors are among the purées available.

Tost BistroBar, 14425 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670 — A three-course brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will begin with the following: appetizer choice of Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Mint and Watercress; Shrimp Bisque with Crème Fraîche; or Crab Cake with a Jicama Slaw. Entrée choices: Pan-seared Petit Filet with Goat Cheese Mash Potato, Grilled Asparagus and Bleu Cheese Béarnaise; Seared Sea Bass with a Crab Citrus Butter Sauce and Curried Cauliflower Purée; or Truffled Lobster Risotto with Roasted Sweet Corn. Dessert choices:  S’mores Chocolate Tart or Homemade Sorbet. Cost: $27.

Tre Trattoria, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401, and 4003 Broadway 210-805-0333 — A five-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signature mimosas and Chef’s Bloody Marys will also be available. Cost: $34.95 a person. Children’s menu: $11.

TriniCakes Cupcakery, 999 E. Basse Road, Suite 178, 210-229-2107 — The Mother’s Day box includes a dozen specialty cupcakes – three lemon, three strawberry, three milk chocolate, and three orange cupcakes – adorned with flower decorations handpicked with her in mind. Cost: $36 a dozen.

Two Bros. BBQ Market, 12565 West Ave., 210-496-0222 — All Moms with a complimentary glass of sangria with dine-in orders over $18. Kids can play in the large yard covered by a canopy of oak trees. No reservations.

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W.,210-493-1600 — Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a menu that ranges from Chef Steve’s Sashimi Tasting, Maine lobster bisque and broiled oysters to Lemon Sole in Parmesan Crust, Jumbo Georges Bank Scallops, and prime New York Strip. The full menu and dinner will be available after 5 p.m. www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, 210-690-3334 — Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Z’Tejas favorites, such as the Chicken and Potato Hash and the Breakfast Quesadilla, will be offered. The weekend fun bar, featuring make-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas cost $3.50. Until 3 p.m., the Z’Tejas staff will be taking and printing complimentary keepsake family photos, and all moms will receive a free dessert. Reservations are recommended but not required. sanantonio.ztejas.com

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Melt Some Cheese into Mushrooms on Toast


Portobello mushrooms

“Large, juicy mushrooms need little embellishment — just a slice of cheese and a hint of sweetness from the brioche,” writes Louise Pickford in “Brunch.” And with that, you have an easy vegetarian main course or a side dish in minutes.

Mushrooms on Toast

1/2 cup butter
8 portobello mushrooms, wiped and trimmed
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 slices of brioche or whole-wheat bread
4 ounces Taleggio cheese, cut into slices

Melt the butter in a skillet, add the mushrooms and cook for 8-10 minutes, until golden and beginning to give up their juices. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, toast the bread on both sides under a broiler. Spoon on the mushrooms and their juices and top with the Taleggio. Return the topped bread to the broiler for a few seconds, so that the cheese can begin to melt. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings.

From “Brunch” by Louise Pickford

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Make It Easy on Yourself During Easter Brunch


Give your bacon and eggs a little something different this Easter.

Sunrise services, Easter egg hunts and family get-togethers all in quick succession can be exhausting. But planning and preparing Easter brunch don’t have to be. Most everyone loves the old standbys of scrambled eggs and bacon, but why not add to them with a quick strawberry pancake hot out of the oven or portobello mushrooms on toast with cheese melted on top?

Here are some easy recipes that you can assemble quickly and be able to enjoy your time with friends and family.

Strawberry Pancake

Mushrooms on Toast

Raspberry Lemon Pecan Muffins can be made ahead.

Plus, here are some recipes from our files, several of which you can make ahead:

Sour Cherry-Chocolate Scones

Texas Sweet Onion Pie

Smoked Salmon-stuffed Eggs

Tortitas de Huevo con Chile Verde

Frittata of Ham and Spring Vegetables

Overnight Savory French Toast

Raspberry Lemon Pecan Muffins

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Sour Cherries, Chocolate Elevate These Scones


Sour Cherry-Chocolate Scones

Scones are great for brunch or an afternoon tea. But the secret to them is to serve them as fresh out of the oven as possible; otherwise they go stale quickly. One great thing about this recipe, from John Barriecelli’s “The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook” (Clarkson Potter, $35), is that you can make the dough in advance, cut out the scones and let them set in the refrigerator. Then just pop the tray into the oven 30 minutes before you need them.

Another great thing is the combination of dried cherries and chocolate, which boosts the flavor into the stratosphere.

If you have leftovers, freeze them until you need them.

Cut the scones out with a 2 3/4-inch cutter.

Sour Cherry-Chocolate Scones

5 cups flour, plus more for cutting
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Grated zest of 1/2 orange
3/4 dried sour cherries
3/4 cup chopped (1/2-inch) semisweet chocolate
2 3/4 cups heavy cream, chilled, plus 1/4 cup for brushing, divided use
2 to 3 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar, for finishing

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick silicone baking mat; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and zest. Stir in sour cherries and chocolate chunks.

Add 2 1/4 cups of the cream and fold with a rubber scraper or your hands until the cream has been completely absorbed. Then continue adding cream by the tablespoon just until the dough comes together and there are no dry patches.

Brush the scones with cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. With lightly floured hands, gently press and pat out the dough into a 1-inch thick round. using a 2 3/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible, dipping the cutter into flour after each cut. Reroll the scraps and continue to cut out the dough. Place the cut scones about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate the scones until firm, about 1 hour.

Set the oven rack in the middle position. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly brush the top of the scones with remaining 1/4 cup cream and sprinkle generously with the sanding sugar. Bake, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until the tops are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 12 to 18 scones.

From “The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook” by John Barricelli

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A Reminder from the Easter Bunny: Time to Make Reservations


Easter is a little late this spring, but it’s no less welcome. So, as April 24 approaches, it’s time to think of more than baskets and chocolate, bonnets and flowers. It’s time to think about where you should make reservations for the big dinner.

All of the listings below require reservations unless otherwise noted. All prices are also without tax and tip added.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 Market St., 201-224-1234 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              201-224-1234      end_of_the_skype_highlighting — Easter brunch is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Expect a salad of spring greens with assorted condiments and dressings; Spanish orzo; Cobb salad; three bean salad with sherry vinaigrette; Creamy Chicken Chimichurri Salad; and fruit cocktail in ginger mint syrup. Other dishes include roasted carrot and kabocha soup; roasted local harvest vegetables; steamed asparagus in black sesame; soy sweet potato ginger mashers; black bean and corn rice pilaf; Togarashi-seared Salmon with Thai Green Papaya Relish; grilled chicken and sausage paella. Carving stations feature Slow-roasted Chimichurri Lamb with serrano pepper-Thai basil jelly; Char Sui steamship of Pork Wasabi Aioli. Omelet station: Egg Beaters,  egg whites, whole eggs, peppers, ham, sausage, chorizo, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, green onions, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, jalapeños, salsa. Desserts: assorted seasonal pastries, mousse and cakes, Chocolate Creation. Cost: $30, adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s, 210-225-0722 — After appetizers and salads, choose from organic eggs Benedict, black pepper buttermilk biscuits, Swiss chard, Canadian bacon, poblano hollandaise; Maine lobster omelet with poblano rajas, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, guajillo salsa; vanilla waffle with strawberry compote, apple smoked bacon, maple syrup; pan-roasted salmon with Parmesan leek risotto, baby arugula, meyer lemon almond pesto; seared redfish with sweet potato tasso ham hash, wilted spinach, mustard cream; lavender roasted leg of lamb with spring vegetable ragout, lamb sauce; roasted rib-eye of beef, baked potato, au gratin, asparagus, smoky onion jus; and red chile pork pozole with white cabbage, oregano, lime, tostones. Large selection of deserts to choose from. Cost: $49. A children’s menu with vanilla waffle, beef and mashers, chicken fingers and more, is available at a cost of $27.50.

Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar, 555 W. Bitters in The Shops at the Alley, 210-496-0555 — Features a 4-course brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The menu features choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and will include a cheese course served family-style. Entrée options include Butter-poached Shrimp with Thai Red Curry;  Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Steamed Eggs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Pepper;  Mojo-glazed Salmon with Spanish Chorizo, Baby Spinach, Oven-roasted Tomato and Pine Nuts;  and Sous Vide of Beef Tenderloin Petite Filet with Caramalized Onion Purée ($5 additional supplement for filet). Drink specials, mimosas and sangria will be available. Cost: $29.95. Children’s menu is priced at $11.  Reservations may be made also by e-mail.

Coco Chocolate Lounge & Bistro, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-491-4480 — The Easter brunch is  10 a.m.-3 p.m. It features a complete buffet, which includes lamb, an egg station, a made-to-order crepe station, and an appetizer buffet with shrimp, smoked salmon and bagels, charcuterie and cold cuts, goat cheese dip, hummus and assorted cheese. The dessert buffet includes a chocolate fountain, an assortment of house-made mini chocolate desserts, chocolate mousse, coconut passion cheesecake, white chocolate cheesecake, peach cobbler, mini crème brûlée, chocolate-dipped strawberries and fresh fruits. The $35 cost includes Champagne. The cost for children under 12 is $15.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. It will feature dishes such as Shrimp Salad on Avocado ($29.50), Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce ($29.50), Fresh Rainbow Trout Amandine ($36.50), and the popular Trilogy ($49.50), which includes Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce, Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter and Rack of Lamb Provençal. All entrées are served with an appetizer, house salad, fresh vegetable, assorted breads, dessert, iced tea or coffee and wine or Champagne. A children’s menu is also provided. www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — The special Easter menu will be available after 11 a.m. and a portion of the regular menu will be available throughout the day. The breakfast special Bananas Foster and Walnut French Toast ($9) with cranberry or orange mimosa for $7 apiece. Appetizers include signature cream of chicken soup, split pea soup, Earl Abel’s house salad, fresh fruit salad and traditional deviled eggs. Entrées, served with choice of appetizer, side dish and dessert, include: roasted turkey and giblet gravy ($19), glazed ham steak with grilled pineapple and raisin sauce ($19), fried chicken with cracklin’ gravy ($17), Niman Ranch top sirloin ($24), and wild sautéed mahi mahi with amandine sauce ($20). Desserts: Coconut Crème Ice Box Pie, Carrot Cake, Boston Crème Pie and Strawberry Shortcake. Children’s menu available. No reservations.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-WINE (9463) — Brunch is available 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Easter brunch features a three-course prix-fixe menu with five different entrées to choose from. Cost: $32.95. Children’s menu: $15.95. Regular menu also available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will only be open for lunch on Easter with a special menu. A few of the dishes include baked brie and goat cheese in puff pastry, Roquefort and walnut salad, baked Norwegian salmon Dijonnaise, grilled chicken breast with sun-dried tomato and artichoke hearts, and shrimp with tomato and garlic sauce. www.frederickssa.com/

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner with a Easter menu. Appetizer specials include, but are not limited to, Baked Oysters Casino ($9), spring rolls in a lettuce cup ($8), crab cake ($9), and beef carpaccio ($8). Some of the main course options include lobster and lump crab meat with asparagus ($29), Parmesan-crusted rainbow trout ($17), grilled lamb chops ($19), filet mignon with crab and béarnaise ($27), and Eggs Norfolk with smoked salmon and crab ($18). www.fredericksbistro.com/

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., 210-224-3357 — There will be three seating times,  11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.  There will be an brunch buffet with chances for you and your family to be photographed with the Easter Bunny. Easter baskets will be on each table, Champagne is included and live piano will be offered. Complimentary valet parking. Cost:  $29.95, adults; $24.95, seniors; $15.95,  children ages 6-10; and free, children ages 5 and under.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — There will be two buffets. In the Hill Country Ballroom, brunch will be 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and the Easter Bunny will visit. Items include eggs Benedict, an omelet bar, pancakes, hand-shucked oysters, chilled shrimp, oak-smoked salmon, slow-roasted beef steamship, maple-glazed ham, free-range turkey, pan-roasted catch of the day, mesquite-charred chicken, pecan-smoked sausage, a pasta bar and a dessert area with an ice cream sundae bar plus cakes, pies, tortes and pastries. Children’s buffet. Cost: $46.95, adults; $37.95, seniors; and $22.50 for children ages 5-12.  Brunch in the Springhouse Cafe also runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30  p.m. but does not feature the Easter Bunny. It will include a pancake and waffle station, local and seasonally inspired salads, chilled shrimp, oak-smoked salmon, beef steamship, maple-glazed ham, mesquite charred chicken, chocolate brownie cobbler, ice cream sundaes and more. Cost: $36.95, adults; $29.95, seniors; and $19.95, children ages 5-12.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, 210-483-6622 — Brunch hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the Easter Bunny available for photos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the dishes include Berkshire ham steamship with a bacon-cheddar scone, smoked prime rib and spring leg of lamb, lobster edamame risotto, herb-brined flattened chicken,  pepper-smoked trout, smoked salmon, Neuskies bacon, peel-and-eat shrimp michelada, bay scallop ceviche, eggs made to order, pancake and waffle bar, soups, salads, sides and desserts. Cost: $49.95, adults; $42.95, seniors; and $22.95, children ages 5-12.

Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — The Easter Champagne Brunch will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A few of the dishes include: apple-wood smoked bacon, country breakfast sausage, chilaquiles, omelets to order, rosemary biscuits with house-made sausage gravy, vanilla malt pancakes and waffles to order, eggs Benedict, smoked breast of chicken, pork loin, Spanish chorizo, braised beef and pappardelle pasta, pan-seared Texas redfish, sushi, oysters, prime rib, smoked beef sausage, bone-in ham, leg of lamb, barbecued shrimp, international cheeses and beef carpaccio plus desserts. A la carte dinner serve will begin at 5:30 p.m. Brunch cost: $64.95, adults; and $34.95, children ages 6-12.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The Easter brunch will be at all locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with eggs Benedict, Eggs Newcastle, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast and more. Some of the drink specials:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog, $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch, $4.99.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — Easter brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring a five-course menu with choice of appetizer, entrée, followed by cheese course and choice of dessert. Main course options include Ham and Butter Sandwich with Dijon Mustard and Pasta Salad;  English Muffin, Steamed Eggs, Smoked Paprika Hollandaise and Asparagus Salad;  Pan-seared Salmon with “Flavors of Morocco”;  and Cast-iron Seared Petite Filet with English Peas, Farmers Market Ragout and Sauce Blanquette ($5 additional supplement for filet).  The Lodge will feature a Farmers Market Inspired Mimosa,  Children’s menu is available for $11.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Easter hours are noon-5 p.m. The three-course meal begins with a choice of antipasti:  Insalata di Mare (cold seafood salad),  Arancini di Riso (golden fried Italian rice balls), Polenta con Carciofi (sautéed polenta cakes with artichoke hearts),  Cozze Fradiavolo (sautéed mussels),  Salumi e Formaggio Misti (mixed cold cuts and cheeses),  Carpaccio (raw thin cuts of beef tenderloin), Polpette alla Napoletana (meatballs),  Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup, or one of several salads. Entrée choices include grilled salmon, seafood linguine, Pesce Fresca (fresh fish with asparagus risotto), sautéed chicken breast with artichoke hearts, sautéed veal scaloppini, Agnello Scottadito (parsley- and garlic-brined New Zealand lamb chops), Osso Buco (veal shank) and Bistecca di Manzo (grilled New York strip). Dessert is a choice of tiramisù, cannoli, and fresh berries and cream. Cost: $26.95.

Lüke on the River Walk, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The Easter special is slow-cooked local lamb with Pearl Market Vegetables, McEwen and Sons grits and Animal Farms baby arugula. Cost: $15 for brunch including soup or $23 for dinner including soup and bread pudding.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, 210-444-9547 — Embark on an Easter egg hunt throughout the restaurant, which will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Easter. Hidden eggs will be filled with coupons and gift certificates, as well as a few special bottles of bubbles! Specials on Easter include Jalapeño Deviled Eggs ($6), House-cured Salmon Gravlax on Chive and Chevre Toast Points with American Caviar ($9), Fried Green Tomatoes with Tasso Hollandaise ($7), Fig-glazed Pork Osso Bucco with Warm Spring Haricot Vert Salad and Baked Apples ($23), and Lemon Curd Tartletts with Fresh Berries and Coulis ($8).

Ostra, Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — The à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours, with featured Easter specials during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4241. — Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fresh salad bar, antipasti, assorted artisan cheeses, breads and fruits, made-to-order omelets, bacon, Irish pork bangers, Hyatt signature potatoes, buttermilk pancakes with blackberry compote. Entrées: Black Angus Prime Rib with Horseradish, Mustard and Fruit Remoulade; Homemade Grilled Beef Brisket Hash, with poached eggs and smoky cilantro hollandaise; Tamarind Barbecue Salmon Filets; and Spanish paella with sweet peppers and onions in a smoked paprika broth. Grilled spring vegetables and Easter sweets table round out the menu. Also complimentary Champagne and mimosas. Cost: $38, adults; $28, seniors; and $19, children ages 5-12.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-479-9700 — The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Easter and be open all day. Specials for the day include wood oven-roasted stuffed pork chop with pork jus over rosemary mash potatoes, Parmesan-crusted mahi-mahi over mixed greens finished with a shrimp and mango salsa, and Key lime pie with a Cointreau raspberry sauce. www.roaringfork.com

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — The restaurant will be open at noon Easter Sunday with its traditional 15 cuts of meat plus the salad bar with more than 50 items and side dishes.

Tre Trattoria Downtown, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401 — Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p..m. and features a five-course meal. Main course options include Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Thyme and Parmigiano Reggiano;  House-made Sausage with Sweet Pepper Ragu, Creamy Polenta and Baby Arugula;  Warm Blue Crab and Cream Cheese Crespelle with Citrus Cream and Potato Hash;  Italian Waffle with Orange Marmal and House made Lemon Ricotta;  Pan-seared Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Gorgonzola or San Marzano “Fresca”; and  Grilled Tuscan-marinated Rib-eye with Red Wine Risotto and Natural Jus ($12 additional supplement for rib-eye).  Signature mimosas and Chef’s Bloody Marys will also be available. Cost: $32.95. A children’s menu will be available for $11.

The Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway,  210-558-2443 — The grand ballroom is the setting for the traditional Easter brunch with seatings at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. An Easter egg hunt for children and live entertainment are both planned. Cost: $45, adults; $38, seniors; $20, children age 6-12; and free, children ages 5 and younger. The regular brunch will also be offered at Francesca’s at Sunset. Specify which brunch you will be attending when making reservations.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, 210-690-3334 — Easter hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The Easter Bunny will have treats for children and pose for complimentary photos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Z’Tejas brunch menu, featuring a weekend fun bar with build-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas, will be available until 3 p.m. sanantonio.ztejas.com

Restaurateurs, if you don’t see your place listed, send details to griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com. We will update this list through Easter weekend.

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Restaurant Insignia Adds Saturday Brunch


Finding a good Sunday brunch in San Antonio has always been something of a challenge.

Maybe that’s part of the reason brunches at Restaurant Insignia, at the Fairmount Hotel, 410 S. Alamo St., have had such success. In fact, the brunch has been popular enough that they will now be offering it on Saturdays, too, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., says Crystal Dady. She and her husband, chef Jason Dady, are proprietors of the downtown restaurant.

Brunch at Restaurant Insignia is now offered Saturdays as well as Sundays.

Another reason for the success might be the unusual offerings. The Saturday brunch will also include the 13 varieties of $1 Mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar and a full brunch menu.  Offerings include Blue Crab and Cream Cheese Stuffed Crepes with Citrus Cream,  Egg Pie and Mascarpone and Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Caramelized Bananas and Cinnamon Chantilly.

Valet parking is complimentary with brunch. Reservations are not required, but if you should have further questions, call 210-223.0401.

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