By Anne P. Braly
According to the National Restaurant Association, Easter is one of the biggest days for families to gather outside the home for meals.
"For many Americans, dining at a restaurant on Easter Sunday is a tradition," said Steven C. Anderson, NRA president and CEO. "During these challenging times, restaurants continue to serve as a social oasis, a place where we spend time with family and friends."
Here are some suggested places that will bring out their spring finest to entertain you this Sunday. Call as early as possible for reservations to guarantee a place at the table.
Broad Street Grille (inside The Chattanoogan), 1201 Broad St. The Easter Lily Champagne Brunch features traditional and innovative dishes. Try scallops, Maine shrimp, salmon and trout on the seafood buffet, or go for the breakfast offerings, such as Maine blueberry pancakes. Also included will be spring leg of lamb and Virginia ham with mustard chardonnay glaze at the chef's carving station. The dessert station will include a chocolate fountain. Served 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Price: $31.95 (adults), $15.95 (children ages 5-12). Reservations: 424-3700. Complimentary valet parking is provided. The Easter Bunny will be in residence.
Back Inn Cafe (in the Bluff View Art District), 412 E. Second St. The focus will be on sweet and savory brunch items, along with choices that include soups, salads, steaks, seafood and a fabulous selection of desserts. Menu prices range from $12 to $29. There will be seating inside Back Inn as well as outside, weather depending. Brunch/lunch will be served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations: 265-5033.
Chattanooga Choo-Choo, 1400 Market St. An array of salads, vegetables and entrees await. In addition, there will be two large stations set up serving carved meats and pastas, such as the mouthwatering Seafood Pasta Alfredo with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat. Other entrees include chicken piccata with lemon and capers, rosemary lamb stew and Southern-style fried chicken. Desserts include a made-to-order bananas foster flambe. Price: $24.95 (adults) $19.95 (seniors 65 and up), $12.95 (children 12 and younger). Reservations: 266-5000.
Eleven (inside Doubletree Hotel), 407 Chestnut St. Enjoy a massive Easter brunch buffet, beginning with a selection of salads, freshly baked breads, croissants and pastries. Then move onto the omelet station or sweeten your tooth on Belgian waffles. The meat station includes smoked salmon, carved leg of spring lamb, prime rib and Smithfield ham. Brunch will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Price: $24 (adults), $12 (ages 4-10). Reservations: 756-5150.
Porter's Steakhouse (at the Sheraton Read House), 827 Broad St. The a la carte menu will take on a spring look. In addition to the mouthwatering steaks, there will be a lamb dish as well as fish. A separate menu for kids will be offered. Prices vary depending on items selected. Dinner will be served 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Reservations: 643-1240.
Fehn's 1891 House, 449 Delaware Ave., in Dayton, Tenn., is taking reservations for seatings between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Among the offerings for this full-service meal are domestic lamb chops ($15.95), Scottish salmon ($14.95) and choice Angus prime rib ($14.95). Desserts will include macadamia-coconut pie, lemon curd layer cake and the family's famous macaroon pie. Reservations: 423-775-1892.