3/19/2013 11:01:00 AM

10 Restaurants for Hoppin' Easter Dining Around DC

Inn at Little Washington

An early springtime Easter will be celebrated on March 31. With any luck, the blossoming beauty of our region will backdrop the dining options being offered, ranging from family-friendly events to intimate, sophisticated meals. Whatever the weather, here are some sure bets:

Dine under the trees at Addie's in White Flint (there's an all-weather tent) or inside its charming cottage setting. Expect dishes like Southern-accented eggs Pontchartrain, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, mussels and a hearty burger at its something-for-everyone à la carte brunch (10 AM-3 PM; 301-881-0081).

Celebrate Easter with an Italian accent at Downtown’s Bibiana, where the three-course, prix fixe meal begins with antipasti for the table followed by a choice of entrees like roasted lamb shoulder with farro, risotto or rockfish, and ends with a tasting of desserts to share ($45; $20 for children under 12; 11 AM-4 PM; 202-216-9550).

Roasted lamb from a Maryland farm, a spring vegetable tart, housemade rabbit sausage and a shellfish stew are highlights of Penn Quarter’s Cedar’s three-course prix fixe brunch menu for Easter weekend ($40; served March 30, 11 AM-3 PM, and March 31, 10 AM-3 PM; 202-637-0012).

Playful chef-owner Michel Richard can’t resist the season of peeps and painted eggs, so he’s opening Central on a Sunday for a special Easter brunch, featuring his versions of pancakes, French toast and fancy egg dishes, as well as serving the lunch menu (12-3 PM; 202-626-0015).

Chocoholics can expect the likes of chocolate fritters and French toast s’mores, along with flatbreads and creole crab cakes, at Penn Quarter’s Co-Co Sala’s brunch, while children will receive a treat from the Easter Bunny. There’ll be a decadent dessert display too (10 AM-3 PM; $60, includes a champagne cocktail; $30, children 10 and under; 202-347-4265).

Yes, there’ll be lamb, and pea tendrils with local ham, at near-the-White-House New American Equinox’s three-course Easter brunch, but also vegetarian options like red quinoa risotto with smoked-onion broth (12-4 PM; $48; 202-331-8188).

For the seven-course Easter meal at his Hunt Country venue, count on Inn at Little Washington chef-owner Patrick O’Connell to come up with whimsical notions like Bloody Mary jelly beans and locavore touches like scrambled eggs from the on-site henhouse, served with caviar. The regular à la carte menu will also be served ($138, $178; seatings begin at 4 PM; 540-675-3800).

Watch early spring blossom on Old Angler’s Inn’s expansive outdoor terrace in Potomac, MD, or from its cozy, upstairs dining room, over a hearty, three-course prix fixe featuring foie gras, rockfish with ratatouille, and rack of lamb or pork ($65; 11 AM-7 PM; 301-365-2425).

Seasonal ingredients will enhance leg of lamb at Georgetown’s historic 1789’s à la carte brunch, including two courses for the entree price - and a visit from the Easter Bunny (10 AM-3:45 PM; dinner served 4-8 PM; 202-965-1789).

Experience the delicious tradition of Greek Easter at Zaytinya, in the Penn Quarter, where a prix fixe brunch featuring spit-roasted lamb will be served on Sunday, March 31, along with an à la carte menu featuring Hellenic specialties like clam stew ($35; 202-638-0800).

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