This story was updated at 10:37 a.m. on Mar. 29, 2021.
We're less than two weeks out from Easter Sunday, and area restaurants are making dinner preparations. This time last year, the lead-up to the holiday was much less festive, with coronavirus lockdowns and self-quarantines in place. With vaccines underway and the rate of infections stabilized, Easter 2021 gives us hope for a cautious celebration.
Here are what a few area restaurants will be serving on their Easter menus. Keep in mind that social distancing is still a thing, so restaurant seating is limited.
If you haven't dined out lately, you'll find that many restaurants have removed tables so that remaining tables can be positioned at least 6 feet apart. And many have installed acrylic partitions to further decrease the spread of germs, so it's a good idea to call ahead for reservations.
* Acropolis Mediterranean Grill, 2213 Hamilton Place Blvd. Acropolis will open its doors Sunday morning with a mouthwatering menu starting with lamb meatballs with feta cheese and olives; or fried green tomatoes with herbed goat cheese. Entrees include roasted leg of lamb; shrimp-and-scallop mac and cheese; and pecan-crusted North Carolina trout over Riverview Farm grits. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Acropolis also will offer meals to go with Greek salad, leg of lamb, lemon potatoes, roasted squash and Greek Easter bread. The to-go dinners feed up to five people. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 423-899-5341, acropolisgrill.com
* Bridgeman's Chophouse at the Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Easter brunch at Bridgeman's features crab cakes Benedict; shrimp and grits; steak and eggs; fried chicken and pancakes; prime rib; and a host of Bridgeman's favorites. Finish it off with some warm blackberry cobbler with peach ice cream or Dutch apple bread pudding with cinnamon-brown sugar ice cream. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 423-643-1240, bridgemanschophouse.com
* Café on the Corner, 826 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain. Easter brunch features lamb meatballs; deviled eggs; pimento cheese with lemon hummus; buttermilk biscuits; salads; burgers; and sandwiches. Plated entrees include fried chicken; prime rib; orange-honey ham; chicken and waffles; grilled salmon; and Cafe Benedict Filet, an English muffin topped with tender beef tenderloin, poached eggs and roasted red pepper Hollandaise. Also, made-from-scratch desserts and drink specials, such as $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas by the carafe. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 423-825-5005, www.cafeonthecornerlookoutmountain.com
* Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. This popular Italian eatery celebrates Easter with the addition of Tuscan-grilled lamb chops to its menu. The chops come with your choice of sides and soup or salad. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 423-894-9970, carrabbas.com
* The Creag at McLemore Cove, 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Georgia. Easter brunch on the bluff of Lookout Mountain promises a memorable feast of starters including steamed mussels and pimento hush puppies; salads; entrees such as shepherd's pie with ground lamb and spring veggies, or fish and chips, among other tasty selections. For dessert? Chocolate pots de creme, olive oil cake with pistachios and plum caramel, and Earl Grey ice cream with shortbread cookies. Hours: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 706-620-0158, themclemore.com/dining
* Davis Wayne's, 9454 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah. Davis Wayne's is closed on Sundays, so their Easter favorites, including deviled eggs, potato salad, coleslaw and hot slaw, will be served on Good Friday and Saturday. On Good Friday, pan-seared cod and grilled salmon will be added to the menu. Hours: 3-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 423-269-8969, Facebook.com/DavisWaynes
* Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 2107 Gunbarrel Road. A full Easter lunch — from appetizers to delicious entrees, sides and desserts — will be offered online, so get your Easter to go. Orders must be placed by March 31 for pickup April 3-4. 423-308-1090, chattanooga.firebirdsrestaurants.com
* Main Street Meats, 217 E. Main St. All of your Easter favorites will be on the takeout menu at Main Street Meats, from smoked lambs and hams to cold-poached jumbo asparagus, Grandma's green beans and potato gratin. Don't forget to order the apple streudel or creme brulee. Orders need to be placed by Thursday, April 1, for pickup Saturday or Easter Sunday. 423-602-9568, mainstreetmeatschatt.com
* Rembrandt's Coffee House, 411 E. Second St. Order your Easter treats now — carrot cake cheesecake, Easter cookies and cupcakes and specialty Easter chocolates. Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 423-321-0235, ext. 3, bluffviewartdistrict.com/rembrandtscoffeehouse
* Rodizio Grill, 439 Broad St. The all-you-care-to-eat offerings will expand on Easter Sunday to include bacon-wrapped scallops, tropical-herb shrimp, bacon-wrapped elk, strawberry salad and much more. Hours: 11 a.m-8 p.m. Reservations: rodiziogrill.com.
* Slick's Burgers, 309 E. Main St. The popular Southside restaurant will serve its Easter specials April 1-4. Choose between a roasted beet salad with arugula, cucumber and red onion tossed with red wine vinaigrette and topped with candied orange peel and feta cheese; or roasted leg of lamb with creamy grits, cumin-roasted carrots and pesto. Dine in-house or get it to go. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. 423-760-4878, toasttab.com/slicks
* Stir, 1444 Market St. at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Stir's popular Sunday brunch is perfect for your Easter celebration. Enjoy $1 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys, along with chicken and waffles; shrimp and crab Benedict; and avocado toast, among other made-from-scratch favorites. Hours: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Note that reservations are not accepted for Stir's Sunday brunch. 423-531-7847, stirchattanooga.com
* Whitebird at The Edwin, 102 Walnut St. Brunch on the bluff of the Tennessee River will feature starters such as shrimp and oysters; deviled eggs and scallop ceviche. Traditional brunch dishes including biscuits and gravy and quiche are also on the menu, along with prime rib and shrimp and grits. Finish brunch with chocolate cake or cream brulee. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 423-269-8539, whitebirdchattanooga.com
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