|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).
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).