Peeps and chocolate eggs are overflowing on grocery store and pharmacy shelves, which means Easter is almost here.
Sugar addicts are stocking up on caramel-filled eggs, colorfully decorated cakes, and edible bunnies (we're not talking the rabbit ragout kind). Brentwood's got you covered for your holiday cravings with bunny- and egg-shaped cookies, and baskets that will put you into a diabetic coma–hopefully not before leaving the restaurant.
Take a peek at our roundup of brunches, dinners, take-away menus and decadent desserts. If you're not in the holiday spirit, you've still got Japanese restaurants in the area serving their usual sushi-licious menus.
at the Luxe Hotel: Easter brunch is filling up fast at On Sunset. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the restaurant offers a buffet featuring an omelette station, carving station, salad bar, seafood display, dessert table (chocolate fountain included), and complimentary Champagne, mimosas and peach bellinis. The smorgasbord is $55 for adults, $48 for seniors 65+, and $27.50 for children under 12. 11461 West Sunset Blvd., L.A.; (310) 440-3090.
Farm Shop: Along with their normal brunch menu, the often-packed country-mart spot is selling small and large Easter baskets filled with the likes of crispy chocolate bunnies, malt balls, caramel brownies, sugar cookies and caramel corn. Small baskets are $35 and large baskets, with 10-inch bunnies, are $65 and also come with caramel ganache truffles. 225 26th Street, L.A.; (310) 566-2400.
: A hot spot for Hollywood big wigs, , Tavern is hosting Easter brunch and is currently taking to-go orders. A special take-out menu includes smoked fish with Redwoodhill goat cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes; frittata with asparagus; country pork sausage; Vande Rose bacon; breakfast pastry platter and biscuits with jam. A dinner menu is also available. Take-away brunch is $240 for eight people and dinner is $290. For reservations, call (310) 806-6464.
: Atop the Hotel Angeleno, West is offering live jazz and a buffet featuring an egg station, roasted ham, lamb shoulder, sauteed salmon, as well as a dessert bar featuring cheesecake and tiramisu from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It's $39 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. 170 N. Church Lane, Penthouse Level, 17th Floor, L.A.; (310) 481-7878.
Sor Tino: There's no special menu or prix fixe deal for lunch, but the manager assures us that if you're bringing in a large party, "good discounts" are available. It is Sunday after all, so why not indulge in some saucy Italian food? Plus, Vincenti will be closed. 908 South Barrington Ave., L.A.; (310) 442-8466.
Susie Cakes: The bakers at Susie Cakes can make you the Easter cake of your dreams: layers of chocolate and vanilla filling covered in egg-shaped frosting and holiday themed designs. You can peruse the refrigerated case for mini cupcakes, pies, cookies and pretty much anything else you're craving that doesn't come in a prepackaged bag. They are closed on Sundays, but if you order enough in advance they'll have your goodies by closing, which is Saturday at 7 p.m. 11708 San Vicente Blvd., L.A.; (310) 442-2253.
Compartes Chocolatier: We visited Compartes last week while an eager husband was ordering his wife her favorite chocolates and Easter eggs. When he heard the total was "$75 dollars," he said "Not bad compared to last year." If you're in the mood for something sinful and high-end, this is your spot. There's no shortage of sweets here. 912 South Barrington Ave., L.A.; (310) 826-3380.
: When you think of Easter, sushi doesn't usually come to mind, but it's nice to know there are options other than egg frittatas and tuna niçoise sandwiches. Similar to other Japanese restaurants in the vicinity, the SBE-owned space is open for dinner, serving its regular menu until closing. 11777 San Vicente Blvd., L.A.; (310) 207-8744.