By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
In these pandemic days, Easter brunch is taking on a different look. Families will no longer huddle around the buffet bar and chat in the lobby.
But restaurants are offering guests the chance to take food home ready to be prepared or cooked already. Check out some of the options here.
Fogo de Chao
6300 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao is an experience, with roving waiters serving barbecued meats rodizio style from large skewers.
But the Scottsdale restaurant has an Easter menu that allows diners to pick up the food curbside and cook it on their grill at home.
“We do have an amazing Fogo-to-go Easter menu for your house,” general manager Merhawit “Mimi” Keleta says. “It’s Brazilian inspired and for four guests. We do all the heavy lifting. Everything is butchered and we have awesome side dishes that come with that as well. The butcher and staff make sure everything looks amazing.”
The ready-to-grill packages are: filet mignon, four 8-ounce steaks ($70); ribeye, four 16-ounce steaks ($95); lamb chops, two 8-ounce chop racks ($80); picanha, eight 5-ounce steaks ($60) and Atlantic salmon, four 8-ounce fillets ($70).
They are served with Brazilian potato salad, steamed asparagus and a choice of mixed greens or Caesar salad, and include pao de queijo, chimichurri or mintchurri rock salt for grilling.
Additional portions are available for purchase.
“In these times, we have to have the Easter experience at home, and we want people to think of Fogo,” she says. “We understand the challenges people are having right now, so it was important to keep it affordable.”
Fogo de Chao is also selling produce like eggs, milk, cream, cheese and fresh fruit.
Postino Wine Café
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Known for its bruschetta boards and al fresco dining, Postino Wine Café is taking a different turn for Easter.
For $50, guests can pick up spinach and artichoke quiche; Panzanella caprese salad; and six “giant” cinnamon rolls for four to six people. Do-it-yourself ginger cardamom kits for four people are $25.
5223 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix
Tucked into its namesake historic Phoenix neighborhood, Windsor has a backyard-style patio that is always packed.
For Easter it’s offering prime rib, truffled mashed potatoes, grilled broccolini, au jus and any large salad for four to six people for $90. Butter-braised lobster can be added for $15 per person.
5210 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix
This stylish eat-in or drive-thru pizzeria with inventive, wood-fired pies goes totally to go with a take-and-bake lasagna, buttered garlic knots and a large salad for six to eight people for $50.
Joyride Taco House
5202 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix
302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Hip and colorful, Joyride Taco House lets guests bring home its creative dishes for Easter. Four to six people can chow on chilaquiles (a choice of beef, chicken or pork), any large salad and “tricked-out” churros for $50.
Do-it-yourself blood orange sangria kits for four people are $25.
Saddle Bronc Grill
11056 N. Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills
The Saddle Bronc Easter bunnies are doing the cooking for guests. The Fountain Hills gem is offering a limited number of entrées: bone-in carved ham, homemade scalloped potatoes, corn or broccoli, and cheesecake and berries for $20.99 per person, prepaid.