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8 Unconventional Easter Brunches

Do-it-yourself bottomless cocktails, ramen, and more

If you’re sick of the traditional family brunch, we’re with you. So take a stand this year and check out our list of alt-Easter options that will do right by your stomach and sanity.

Ramen Mafia—a group dedicated to spreading the love of ramen one pop-up at a time—announced their Easter brunch event at Bellwether {5126 East Colfax Avenue, Denver; 720.398.9251}. Tickets for this one-time event (offered at 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm) are $25 and the menu includes vegan broth, chashu ham or tofu, dyed-marinated eggs, and mochi waffles, plus a coffee from Queen City Roasters and a cocktail from Bellwether. We can’t think of a better way to kick off a lazy Easter Sunday. Tickets are available here.

Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime

Easter brunch at Ocean Prime {1465 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.825.3663} is no joke and their special holiday menu is sure to please—we’d recommend starting with a Blood Orange Mimosa, nibbling on a Blackened Salmon Salad, and finishing with a Braised Short Rib Surf and Turf, which features a crispy gouda potato cake, lobster claw, poached egg, and hollandaise.

Photo courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina

For something a little different on the taste buds, check out SOL Mexican Cocina {200 North Columbine Street, Unit 110, Denver; 303.953.2208}. Here you can enjoy an Easter brunch of Baja-inspired favorites from 11-3pm, including Huevos Rancheros, Souffle Carlotta (SOL’s bread pudding version of French toast spiked with Patrón Citrónge), and Crab and Shrimp Cakes ‘Benedicto.’

[Learn more about Chef Lou Ortiz of SOL Cocina on Served, The Podcast]

Photo courtesy of Stir Cooking School

For the spring season, Stir Cooking School {3215 Zuni Street, Denver; 720.287.4823} is offering ‘Simply Satisfying Spring Dishes’ class on April 22 at 11:00am. Guests can learn to cook seasonally inspired dishes like Shrimp and Mango Salad with Glass Noodles, Black Bean and Corn Burgers with Basil Aïoli, and Jamaican Jerk Salmon Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa.

Photo courtesy of The Fort

Denver’s favorite Western-themed restaurant, The Fort [19192 CO-8, Morrison; 303.697.4771], is pulling all the stops for Easter Sunday, including a three-course culinary adventure starting at 11am. Pumpkin walnut muffins, grilled ham steak with huckleberry sauce, roasted leg of lamb, and creamy cheesecake are just a taste of what is on the menu. Bring your kiddos for an Easter egg hunt all day long.

The Nickel

Make your own White Russian | Photo courtesy of Morgan Carter

Extended brunch at The Nickel {1100 14th Street, Denver; 720.889.2128} will be offered from 10am-4:30pm on Easter Sunday. That means you have all day to enjoy their $20 Bottomless Bar Car Brunch, which includes their extensive White Russian and Bloody Mary bars. And their classic menu will be staying the same, which we’re stoked about—any holiday where we can have Chicken and Waffles is a total win.

Photo courtesy of range

For a make-your-own-brunch, your way, head to Range {918 17th Street, Denver; 720.726.4800}. Order their $15 Bottomless Local Liquid Bar where you can select a spirit and build your own cocktails—including Bloody Mary’s and even tequila sunrise—then select from their À La Carte Brunch menu to build your breakfast, your way. Benedict, Banana Bread French Toast, Duck Confit Enchiladas, and Smoked Pork Huevos Rancheros are all on the list.

Photo courtesy of Ace Eat Serve

Ace Eat Serve {501 East 17th Avenue, Denver; 303.800.7705} is unleashing new springtime desserts, perfect to test out after early morning Easter plans. Swing by after 2pm to try their new items like Pineapple Wontons with pineapple jam, sweet chili, frozen mousse, and raspberry consommé. and the Strawberry Matcha Shortcake with coconut custard, matcha sponge cake, and dried strawberries. Add in a little ping pong or hang out on their extensive patio for an afternoon of post-holiday plan bliss.

By Alexis Methven, Contributor