Even though the novel coronavirus is keeping us from eating in restaurants, we can still have a home-cooked dinner to celebrate the holiday
Easter is April 12. Families all across the country are having to adjust their Easter plans amid the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, with a little creativity, we can still observe the holiday even with the shelter-in-place ordinances in effect.
If you have little ones or want a measure of normalcy that a traditional Easter celebration brings, you can still do that from the comfort of your home. You can dress up in your best outfit, decorate eggs, be creative with craft projects, and bring in blooms from your garden to decorate your tablescape for brunch or dinner.
Several restaurants are offering to-go menus to help you make your Easter celebration a memorable one.
Known for its freshly baked pies, the restaurant chain offers an Easter Sunday feast with ham as the main entree. The Ham Dinner Family Meal ($49.99) includes oven-roasted ham, glaze, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and a whole pie of your choice, including fresh strawberry or lemon meringue. Individual ham dinners are also available for $13.99 each and include ham, glaze, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and cornbread. Looking for an Easter brunch option instead? Three varieties of 9-inch quiches — ham, bacon or vegetable — are on the menu for $14.79 each. Call to place your order. Takeout and delivery. 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. (619) 465-1910. mariecallenders.com
Guests have the choice of two, pickup-only menus, including the slow roasted prime rib menu ($80) and the roasted citrus-herb salmon menu ($60). Each decadent entree is served with a starter, entree accompaniments and desserts, and each menu serves two to three people. For an additional cost, you can order coconut-crunchy shrimp and shrimp cocktail appetizers. All orders must be placed by Wednesday. Visit the restaurant’s website for more details. 2588 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff. (760) 436-4044. chart-house.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
The upscale bayfront restaurant offers a family-style Easter menu with your choice of one appetizer (sous vide bacon or jumbo limp crab cakes), salad (classic Caesar or garden), main course (prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream), side (chateau potatoes or roasted broccoli) and dessert (strawberry cheesecake). $60 per person (2-person minimum). All wines under $400 can be purchased at 50 percent off. Pre-orders must be placed by Thursday. Curbside pickup. 901 Bayfront Court, Suite 105, San Diego. (619) 383-1410. delfriscos.com/steakhouse/sandiego
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Bring steak and seafood home with the restaurant chain’s Easter dinner menu for two. For $109, each guest has the choice of one starter, entree, accompaniment and dessert. Signature dish offerings include jumbo shrimp cocktail, 6-ounce center-cut filet mignon, cold water lobster tail, Key Lime pie and New York-style cheesecake. Guests can also add select wines to their order, available at 50 percent off list price. Morton’s also offers the option to purchase “Chef’s Table” home kits that include an Easter package for two or four, prepared sauces and butters and bottled water. Signature seasoning and house-made au jus will accompany all steak and chops. Deadline to pre-order is Thursday. Curbside pickup. 285 J St., San Diego. (619) 696-3369. mortons.com
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
The neighborhood eatery will offer two Easter Brunch meal kits. Choose either the Overnight Brioche French Toast Bake or the Hash Brown, Egg and Veggie Casserole. Each are $50 and serves four to six people. Each kit includes a natural DIY egg-dying activity kit. Order by 2 p.m. Friday for 2:30 p.m. pickup on Saturday, or order by 2:30 p.m. Saturday for 2:30 p.m. pickup on Sunday. Phone orders only. 3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, (619) 500-3344; 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite 509, San Diego. snoozeeatery.com
Terra American Bistro
Celebrate Easter with a special three-course dinner package for two with entree options that include balsamic grilled chicken breast, roasted Atlantic salmon, chimichurri grilled bistro steak, pineapple glazed ham and vegan-stuffed bell pepper. $60. 7091 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. Order online by noon Friday for curbside pickup on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can view the Easter menu and order online at terrasd.com/easter-meal-special
Noted chef Amy DiBiase’s four-course Easter dinner takeout menu includes roasted tomato soup, spring vegetable salad, choice of chili lime pork chop or lamb osso bucco and a strawberry-rhubarb tart. $59 per person. InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Court, San Diego. The full menu can be viewed at vistalsd.com/san-diego-restaurant-menus. All orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Friday by calling (619) 501-9400.
Joe’s Crab Shack
Shellabrate Easter with an exclusive prix fixe menu with your choice of four courses from a variety of savory options, including voodoo chicken bites, crispy calamari, Caesar salad, crab combo and the chocolate Shack attack cake. Each Joe’s Crab Shack is also offering half priced bottles of beer and wine to-go with a valid ID. $25 per person, plus tax, and requires a two-person minimum. All orders must be placed by Friday. 525 E. Harbor Drive, San Diego, (619) 233-7391; 314 Harbor Drive, Oceanside, (760) 722-1345. joescrabshack.com
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Video call your loved ones and gather around the table for a curated family-style, farm-to-table Easter dinner that includes entrees like roasted leg of lamb and Alaskan halibut, and sides like garlic and thyme-roasted marble potatoes. Seal the meal with carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting for dessert. $60 per person. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. Preorder by 5 p.m. Friday. Pickup after 11 a.m. Sunday. (858) 777-6641. The complete menu can be viewed at lodgetorreypines.com/event/event-arv-easter-brunch
Oceana Coastal Kitchen
Celebrate Easter with a family-style takeout meal that serves up to six people. The menu includes brown sugar pineapple-glazed ham, green beans with shallots and hazelnuts, mashed potatoes, thyme cornmeal biscuits and cheesecake with strawberries. Half-priced bottles of wine are also available. $29 per person. Catamaran Resort Hotel, 3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego. Orders must be placed by 2 p.m. Friday. Curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The complete menu can be view at catamaranresort.com/easter-brunch
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Enjoy Easter Sunday in the comfort of your own home with entree choices of roasted beef tenderloin with horseradish cream sauce or roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream sauce. Each entree comes with your choice of salad, two sides and a dessert. Serves from four to six people. Curbside pickup or delivery. 1355 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, (619) 233-1422; 11582 El Camino Real, San Diego, (858) 755-1454. Preorders taken through Friday. Orders may be picked up Sunday. Full menu can be viewed at ruthschris.com/promotions/easter
Two locations are offering four-course family-style Easter dinner, featuring an herb-roasted tenderloin, truffle macaroni and cheese, grilled asparagus, potato gratin and bananas Foster butter cake for $185. Each dinner serves four to six people. Eddie V’s also offers uncooked signature cuts of hand-carved steak, wine, Champagne and mimosas to-go. Pre-order available while quantities last. Call to place your order. Takeout and complimentary delivery. 789 W. Harbor Drive, (619) 615-0281; 1270 Prospect St., (858) 459-5500. The full menu can be viewed at eddiev.com
Seasons 52 on La Jolla Village Drive is located at Westfield UTC shopping center. American fresh grill and wine bar offers family-style Easter dinner with your choice of glazed spiral ham ($100) or wood-grilled beef tenderloin ($140). Sides include salad, roasted green beans, choice of an additional side and mini desserts. Each dinner serves four to six people. The full takeout menu, beer and wine and mimosas will also be available. Call to place your order. Curbside pickup. UTC, 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, (858) 450-1252; San Diego Seaport, 789 W. Harbor Drive, (619) 702-0052. View the full menu at seasons52.com