Easter Dining at 8 Metro Detroit Restaurants

Here’s a look at the dine-in and to-go options that Rugby Grille, Joe Muer Seafood, Grey Ghost and more are serving up for the holiday
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J Baldwin’s three-course Easter dine-in package includes options like scallops with lobster risotto. // Photograph by Joe Vaughn

Easter, held this year on April 4, will be here before we know it. As you figure out how to celebrate the holiday for the second time in a pandemic, consider keeping things simple and leaving the cooking to the pros. With a mix of to-go and COVID-safe indoor dining options, here’s a look at what eight metro Detroit restaurants are serving up this year for Easter.

J Baldwin’s

A three-course Easter dinner awaits you at J Baldwin’s. The new American-style restaurant is open for indoor dining and serving a first course with a choice of a signature salad or soup with bread; a second course that includes options like apple bourbon chicken, scallops with lobster risotto, and filet mignon; and a third course with dessert options like crème brûlée, seasonal cheesecake, or a hot fudge cream puff. Dinners start at $36, and a limited kid’s menu is available for $8. Appetizers can also be added to the meal for an additional cost. Reservations are available online. J Baldwin’s, 16981 18 Mile Road, Clinton Township; 586-416-3500; jbaldwins.com

Blake’s Tasting Room 

Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill is offering Easter brunch and dinner at Blake’s Tasting Room. The brunch menu, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include savory and sweet dishes such as chicken and pearl sugar waffles, corned beef hash, and honey maple cider pancakes. Dinner specials, available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., include a choice of honey-baked ham and slow-roasted chicken with garlic cheddar mashed redskins and broccolini for sides. Don’t forget to pair your hearty meal with Blake’s wine, mimosas, sangrias, or craft hard ciders and beer. Kids options are also available for brunch and dinner, and guests can reserve their table online. Blake’s Tasting Room, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; 586-784-9463; blakefarms.com

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Joe Muer Seafood’s to-go brunch includes a dessert choice of a mini carrot cake or signature coconut cake (pictured above). // Photograph courtesy of Joe Muer Seafood

Joe Muer Seafood

Joe Muer Seafood’s Easter Brunch To Go is $45 per person and includes a variety of tasty dishes. The package features items like French toast strata, USDA prime short ribs, Scottish salmon with butternut squash risotto, applewood bacon, and fresh Florida orange juice. You also get to choose your dessert with a choice between a mini, 6-inch carrot cake or a signature coconut cake. Add-ons — including artisan rolls, deviled crab balls, and baked rigatoni pasta — are available at an extra cost. Orders must be placed by March 31, and pick-up will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 3. Guests can also enjoy easter dinner at Joe Muer restaurants from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 4. Tables are limited to six people, and each seating can last for two hours max. Joe Muer Seafood; visit joemuer.com for locations

Rugby Grille

The Rugby Grille’s carryout Easter dinner package is $95. This dinner serves two people and features sweet rolls, a special Easter rainbow salad, strawberry cheesecake, radishes and eggs, and a Greek slow-roasted leg of lamb served with olives, lemon, herb roasted potatoes, green beans, and asparagus. Orders must be placed by April 1. The restaurant is also open for dine-in seatings at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Easter. For $85 per person, guests can enjoy a four-course menu that includes menu options like cheese blintz crepes with peach jubilee sauce, French leek quiche, and chocolate praline mousse dome. Reservations can be made online. The Rugby Grille, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-5999; rugbygrille.com

Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails 

This contemporary Italian restaurant — owned by the Baldwin Restaurant Group, which runs J Baldwin’s — is also offering a three-course, dine-in meal for Easter that starts at $36. The first course includes a choice of soup or salad, the second course options include boneless short rib and guilty vegan pasta, and the third course dessert choices are tiramisu, apple cinnamon crème brûlée, or a fluffernutter torte. Appetizers can be added on for an extra cost, and a limited kid’s menu is available for $8. Reservations can be made online. Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails, 48824 Rome Plank Road, Macomb; 586-434-0100; testabarra.com 

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Grey Ghost Detroit, pictured above, is now taking reservations for Easter. // Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

Grey Ghost Detroit

This Detroit hotspot is open for Easter dinner. Guests can make reservations ahead of time by visiting the Grey Ghost Detroit website. The restaurant will be serving up seasonal specials along with new spring menu items, like broccoli raviolo and carrot tartare. Grey Ghost Detroit, 47 Watson St., Detroit; 313-262-6534; greyghostdetroit.com

Mario’s Detroit

Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant is serving up a five-course, dine-in brunch this Easter. For the first course, guests have the option of choosing smoked lox and cream cheese, peel and eat shrimp, a farmer’s omelet, or French toast and breakfast sausage. The second course includes a Caesar or chopped salad or minestrone soup. The third course offers up a selection of fettuccine alfredo, gemelli marinara, or gemelli Bolognese. The fourth course is a choice of a 14 oz. prime rib, broiled Norwegian salmon, or chicken picante. And the fifth and final course is a mixture of assorted pastries and fresh fruit. The brunch is $40 for adults and $15 for kids, and you can call ahead to make a reservation. Mario’s Detroit, 4222 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-832-1616; mariosdetroit.com

Andiamo

Like its sister restaurant Joe Muer Seafood, Andiamo is offering both dine-in and to-go Easter meals this year. The Easter Brunch To Go package is $29.95 per person and can be ordered for four to 20 people. It includes items like Dearborn-brand brown sugar glazed sliced ham, quiche, assorted pastries, and turkey sausage patties, as well as some food found in the Joe Muer package like French toast strata and fresh Florida orange juice. Brunch enhancements and to-go wine are available for an additional cost. All Andiamo locations are also taking dine-in dinner reservations for 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 4, and the local chain’s Bloomfield and Warren locations are taking reservations for a plated brunch in their banquet halls that will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 4. Andiamo; visit andiamoitalia.com for locations

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