For Easter, usher in spring with a meal at one of Portland’s many stellar restaurants, or con your niece/nephew/friend’s kid/random child into going to an egg hunt. They won’t notice if a few pieces go missing, right? And, as usual, the Catholic Diocese provides moments of reflection for this season of renewal.
Liquid Riot Bottling Company, 250 Commercial St. — Beer is, of course, on the Easter menu at Liquid Riot. The resto-bar is actually releasing a new beer, Zombie Bunny (perfect timing), which is a strong blonde lager or a “spring bock.” The kitchen will also be serving up Easter dishes. For more information, visit liquidriot.com or call 207.221.8889.
Bayside American Café, 98 Portland St. — Naturally, Portland’s premiere brunch spot will be open on Easter. There will be brunch specials in addition to the normal menu, which is actually anything but normal. I’m looking at you, cinnamon bun pancake. For more information, visit baysideamericancafe.com or call 207.774.0005.
Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, 20 Milk St. — Head to the Atlantic Room between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a lux Easter buffet, featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. There will be a “grand” salad bar, pastries, a carving station with ham and lamb, desserts, and much more. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 207.774.4200
Five Fifty-Five, 555 Congress St. — Five Fifty-Five will feature some Easter specials alongside their already delectable menu. Brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner starts at 5 p.m. Who knows what the creative minds at this local favorite will think up! For more information, visit fivefifty-five.com or call 207.761.0555.
Congress Squared, 157 High St. — Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Congress Squared will be offering specials from an a la carte Easter menu. Dishes include everything from sticky buns to poached quail eggs and a lobster croissant. For reservations, call 207.517.8831 or visit congresssquared.com/reservations.
Eve’s at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St. — For the first time, the Portland Harbor Hotel will host Easter dinner at Eve’s at the Garden; reservations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eve’s at the Garden will be offering a delicious assortment. Seriously, the menu will make you drool. In addition to a salad bar, entrée buffet, soups, carving block, and assorted appetizers, there will also be a WAFFLE BAR and CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN! For reservations, which are required, call 207.523.2075. Tickets are $38/adults and $17 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under eat free.
Tiqa, 327 Commercial St. — Brunch lasts all day at Tiqa! Guests can order from a special Easter brunch menu — which includes an entire rack of lamb and corned beef hash — from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The regular dinner menu kicks in at 5 p.m., but there will also be an assortment of Easter specials mixed in. For more information or to make reservations, call 207.808.8840.
Miss Portland Diner, 140 Marginal Way — On Easter, Miss Portland Diner will be adding a honey-roasted ham dinner special to the popular menu. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit missportlanddiner.com or call 207.210.6673.
Sur Lie, 11 Free St. — For those fancying an Easter brunch, this tapas-style restaurant features brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and bottomless mimosas for $10. Call 207.956.7350 for reservations.
Ri Ra, 72 Commercial St. — Prime rib; seared venison tataki; duck liver mousse; smoked ham & white bean cassoulet; Easter Benedict; Toffee Crunch French Toast, granola crust, crème brulee batter, sourdough, house toffee, toasted pecans, Maine maple syrup. Call 207.761.4446.
March 26, 9-10 a.m. — Before Hours Easter Egg Hunt: Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden throughout the museum’s three stories of exhibits, and there will be snacks, too! BYOB (bring your own basket, obviously). Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for visitors. Visit kitetails.org to purchase tickets or call 207.828.1234.
March 26, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. — Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd., Falmouth (right next to Town Hall). The Easter Bunny might not show up to this hunt (he’s pretty busy), but Slugger the Sea Dog will be there rain or shine! Admission is free, and includes the egg hunt, games, bouncy houses, face painting, music, food, and even a cakewalk. Who doesn’t love cake? BYOB. For more information, call 207.781.3413.
March 26, 9 a.m. start — Rockin’ Easter Free Family Fun Egg’stravaganza, The Rock Church, 66 Gorham Rd., Scarborough. This church does not play around; there will be hourly egg hunts starting at 9 a.m. and over 20,000 eggs waiting to be found! There will also be a petting zoo, “games galore,” face painting, balloon twisting and, of course, an excessive amount of candy. Pre-register at trcportland.com or call 207.883.7625.
March 26, 10 a.m. to noon — Wilbur’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 174 Lower Main St., Freeport. If you don’t want a bunch of sugar high kids, this might be your best bet, as there is a 15-egg/piece limit per child. Still, free candy is free candy, and the Easter Bunny and Wilbur the Moose will also be available for photos. Afterwards, stop into Wilbur’s to purchase even more treats! This event is weather permitting. BYOB. For more information, visit wilburs.com or call 207.865.4071.
March 26, at noon — Holy Saturday Blessing of the Baskets, at St. Louis Church on 279 Danforth St. in Portland. An Easter tradition for Polish Catholics, dating back to the early history of Poland, will be renewed at the Easter Baskets Blessing on Holy Saturday. Fr. Mariusz Lis, a visiting priest, will bless the baskets which are filled with bread, eggs, kielbasa, fish, chocolate, and many other items. For a slate of other events at Catholic parishes, such as daily prayers and reflections, and other resources, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/holy-
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