Easter feasts! brunch/egg hunt options

Many restaurants around town are serving up special Easter brunches this weekend, like l'etoile and Tiffany's Seafood, and we're sure that those that already offer brunch are planning something special. There are a bunch of fun Easter activities as well. Here's a healthy sample to get you started:

March 23, Sunday

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens: brunch in the Robbins Tea House. 11am to 3pm. 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Kids welcome. Reservations required. 804-262-9887.

Boar's Head Inn: brunch in the Old Mill Room. Includes an egg hunt for the kids and a visit from Mr. B. 10:45am to 2pm. Reservations required. 972-2230.

Silver Thatch Inn: champagne brunch. 11am to 2:30pm. With chef Ed McLaughlin. $40 prix fixe, children under 12 half price. 3001 Hollymead Drive. 978-4686.

Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast: Easter winemaker's brunch. Five courses! Noon to 3pm. 10273 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton. 540-456-8000 ext. 107.

Fellini's #9: Happy Easter Brunch, featuring "88 Keys Wilson" on piano. 11am to 2pm. 200 W. Market St. 434.979.4279.

Tiffany's: Beginning Easter Sunday Tiffany's Seafood in the Seminole Square Shopping Center will be serving brunch. 293-5000.

l'etoile: Reservations only. Two seatings: 11am and 1pm. 817 W. Main. Right across from the Amtrak station. 979-7957.

Veritas Winery: Easter Sunday winemaker's brunch. Four-course wine-paired brunch in Saddleback Hall. $60/person. Reservations. 145 Saddleback Farm.540-456-8000, ext. 108.

Activities and places that serve brunch anyway:

Aqui es Mexico: Homemade Mexican and Salvadorian food. Specializing in Authentic dishes, like carnitas. And be sure to ask Jose about his daily specials! 221 Carlton Road, Suite 12. 295-4748.

Basic Necessities: A gourmet wine and cheese shop serving lunch and dinner in a Mediterranean atmosphere, quirky and charming on Route 151 near Wintergreen. Sunday brunch especially worth the drive, with piperadea French-Basque egg concoction– and mimosas! 2226 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford 434-361-1766

Blue Moon Diner: Classic old diner on West Main with an artsy twist. Burgers, breakfast, brunch, dinner. 512 W. Main. 980-6666.

Bluegrass Grill and Bakery: Humongous portions, plates packed with grits and biscuits. In the glass building on Second St. SE. 295-9700.

Boheme: Belle epoch atmosphere with beautiful outside patio is perfect setting for French-influenced southern comfort food and great service. Seafood-stuffed crepe, roasted duck, fresh fish and triple chocolate cheesecake make a perfect beginning or ending to Mall activities. Serving dinner, lunch, and Sunday brunch. 609 E. Market St. 244-0606.

Cocina Del Sol: Right in the heart of downtown Crozet, a family friendly place with authentic Mexican fare. Brunch on Sundays. 1200 Crozet Ave. Owner also opened a "brassiere" above the location in Charlottesville! 2001 Commonwealth Drive. 823-5469, 872-0270

Escafe: Exotic ingredients with fun, hip, and happening late-nights on the west end of the Mall. Near the Omni. 295-8668.

Fossett's: Swanky dining at a posh resort named for Thomas Jefferson's chef, Edith Fossett. Nouvelle. Reservations required for brunch and dinner. Call for details about high tea! Inside Keswick Hall. 979-3440.

Horse & Hound Gastropub: Relaxed atmosphere, great selection of imported beers and English-Style pub food. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 625 W. Main St. 434-293-3365

Martha's Café: An Elliewood staple for 27 years. Healthy American fare with many vegetarian choices. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 11 Elliewood Ave. 971-7530.

Maya: Trending dinner and night spot. Shrimp cakes, fried oysters, BBQ, and tasty meat and fish dishes. 633 W. Main St. 979.6292.

Mill Street Grill: Located in a 19th century flour mill. Offering a variety of items with emphasis on grilled & sautéed dishes. Sandwiches and salads, pastas, chicken dishes, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and great barbecued ribs. Vegetarian selections, daily specials, and brunch every Sunday. One Mill St. 540-886-7464

Mono Loco: A colorful Cuban-inspired eatery– inside and out. Red-and-green exterior leads to a menu of chips and salsa, crab meat quesadilla, spiced-up seafood and savory meat dishes. 200 W. Water St. 979-0688.

Pomme: Have your gateau and eat it too at this casual French Provencal restaurant. 115 S. Main St., Gordonsville. 540-832-0130

St. Maarten Café: Burgers, sandwiches, 7 temperatures of wings and other favorites. Booth seating, weeknight specials. late-night menu. Sunday brunch 11am to 2pm. 1400 Wertland St. 293-2233

West Main: Casual American cuisine with drink specials every night. 16 oz. Delmonico steak might be the biggest in town. Apple bourbon chicken is another crowd pleaser. Brunch both Saturday and Sunday. 333 W. Main St. 293-2605.

Easter stuff to do:

March 22, Saturday

Amazement Square: Dr. Seuss egg-inspired easter egg hunt. The Cat in the Hat is in charge this years, and he wants you to wear a creative hat as well. Prizes! Plus a special reading from the Cat man himself! 27 Ninth St., Lynchburg. 10am to 12pm 845-1888.

Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services and Albemarle Parks and Recreation's annual Easter Eggstravaganza: Face painting, moon bounces, fire trucks and an Easter egg hunt! Charlottesville High School Athletic Field. Melbourne Ave. Free. 970-3260.

Staunton Downtown: Eggstravaganza egg hunt and bunny express trolley. Egg hunt at Gypsy Hill Park, then ride the Bunny Express Trolley to Byers Street Bistro for a party! 10am to 12pm. 540-332-3867.

March 21 through 23, Friday through Sunday

Wintergreen Resort: Annual holiday egg-stravaganza! Egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade, craft workshops, egg decorating. Route 664, Wintergreen. 800-266-2444.