Bunnies, Baskets and Bonnets – oh my! It’s that time of year again when we like to go out to a fancy brunch with our whole family.   Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, April 24 (2011)! Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants will fill quickly.

  • Salvi’s Italian Bistro – The Grand Buffet at Salvi’s starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. The day begins with Scrambled Eggs, bacon, sausage and all your breakfast favorites and transitions to Roast Lamb, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham and Baked fresh Fish. Side items include fresh fruit, cheese platters, green beans, chilled shrimp, bowtie pasta and don’t forget the Pasta Salvi! Adults $24.99, Children ages 5-11 $12.99 and children 4 and under are free. www.salvisbistro.com 5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. 614/874-0466.
  • J. Liu’s – Known for their great combination of American and Asian favorites, J. Liu’s Easter Brunch will include Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham and Baked Cod–in addition to Spring Rolls, Lo Mein, Fried Rice and a large assortment of other wonderful sides and specialty desserts. Their buffet begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Adults $25.99, Seniors $22.99, Children ages 4 – 11 $12.99 and children 3 and under are free. www.jliurestaurant.com  50 West Bridge Street, Dublin. 614/718-1818.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving an organic fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts made to order and much more. Adults $20, Children under 12 $10, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a great Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $24.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Pl. N, Dublin 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $30.95, Seniors $23.95, Children 6-12 are $12.95 and children 5 and under are free. www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Digger and Finch Scottish Pub and Grille is is known for their Sunday Brunch. A bountiful display of breakfast favorites along with freshly roasted meats will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $14.95 and Children are $6.95. www.diggerandfinchpub.com 6720 Riverside Drive, Dublin. 614/889-8585

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors learn more about popular local family friendly eateries (and good deals), we periodically feature guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: www.kidseatout.com. This is part two of a post on great local patio dining.

I love patio dining. Fortunately, the Dublin area offers plenty of pleasant patios for those of us who prefer outdoor restaurant dining. Here are some of the best (in my opinion) …

  • Max & Erma’s (Frantz Rd. location) ~ This patio is tucked behind the restaurant and is surrounded by a split-rail fence separating it from the pond. The kids will be entertained watching the geese and little birds that come to snatch any food that happens to fall on the ground.
  • La Chatelaine ~ This great street-side patio with it’s flower boxes along the wrought iron fencing is a perfect compliment to this French inspired cafe, bistro, bakery. Bonus: great location for people-watching in Historic Dublin.
  • Brazenhead ~ Great casual bar/restaurant patio in Historic Dublin alongside North High St. (Dublin Rd.). It always seems to be buzzing with a lively bunch of patrons. Bonus: Wednesday night is $3 burger night! (Get there early. It fills up quickly!)
  • Bravo ~ Another favorite. It’s on the parking lot but raised up with pretty landscaping and trees to separate it so you don’t really notice. It is on the west side of the building so you get the afternoon sun which can be good or bad depending on the temperature!
  • Las Margaritas ~ We love to eat our chips and salsa outside! (Not to mention sip our margaritas!) The stone half-wall separates this patio from most street noise so you can sit back and enjoy.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings ~ Nice large patio with trees for shade rather than umbrellas. The casual atmosphere makes this a great place to take the kids too!
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hilliard) ~ We like this patio because it makes us feel like we are on vacation! It is connected to the restaurant which has open walls, music, palm trees and a Jimmy Buffet casual island feel. The kiddos enjoy it as much as the grown-ups!
  • Sunny Street Cafe (Hospital Drive location) ~ New! They have just added a little patio out front of the restaurant on the walkway. It’s on the parking lot so you do get traffic going by but it’s kind of a fun place to sit and enjoy your coffee and breakfast!
  • Hoggy’s (Sawmill Rd) ~ Covered patio along the sidewalk of the strip mall. A nice place to enjoy your BBQ al fresco!
  • Joe’s Original and American Pub ~ Right around the corner from Hoggy’s but on the sunny west side of the building. Nothing fancy, but who needs fancy all the time?  🙂
  • Joe’s Crab Shack ~ You are in the middle of a strip mall parking lot but it doesn’t really feel that way. They have a  playground for the kids to keep them busy while you wait for your food! Very casual and relaxed.

There are a few places that offer outside seating for you once you have picked up your food. These include: Potbelly Sandwich Works, Noodles & Company, Bruegger’s Bagels, Panera, Einstein’s Bagels, Chipotle (Sawmill Rd) and Tuula’s European Cafe.

If there’s a great patio out there that I missed, please share! There’s a whole lot of patio season left to go!

-Post by Dawn Scheurle

It’s Easter………..but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Hopefully it’ll be more like spring this weekend. I’m just checking out the Easter Dublin, Ohio Diningbrunch possibilities for those who don’t want to cook that special meal, and there are some great alternatives in Dublin (OH).  

  • The Golf Club of Dublin (5805 Eiterman Rd.) is offering seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for breakfast items, salads, sliced leg of lamb, char-broiled chicken, pan seared tilapia, pasta station and assorted desserts and pastries. Adult price is $19/per person and $8/child. Reservations are required (614/792-3825).
  • Digger & Finch  (6720 Riverside Dr.) will be serving 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The menu includes an appetizer buffet, breakfast items and entrees consisting of stuffed chicken breast, grilled salmon, sirloin steak, pork tenderloin, pasta pomodoro and veggie lasagna. Not to mention an assortment of cookies and pies. Adults: $23.95 and a reduced price/menu for kids.
  • J. Liu (formerly Jason’s) Restaurant & Bar  (50 W. Bridge St.) in Historic Dublin has a wonderful brunch buffet featuring freshly carved prime rib and ham, made-to-order omelets and a variety of breakfast items … plus, Asian Italian, seafood, salads and dessert items. Adults: $21.99, seniors 65+: $18.99, children (ages 4-12): $9.99  Service is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (614/718-1818)
  • The Columbus Marriott Northwest  (5605 Blazer Pkwy.) will be serving  brunch 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Enjoy soup & salads, cold displays, breakfast station, action stations, entrees and dessert station. Adults: $28.95, seniors: $21.95, Children, ages 6-12: $14.95. (614/791-1000 ex. 4762 for reservations.)
  • The Crowne Plaza Metro Grill  (600 at Metro Place North) will offer made-to-order omelets and crepes, a carving station, a salad station, hot breakfast & lunch entrees and a dessert bar. Adults: $24.95, Seniors 65+: $18.95, children, ages 6-11: $14.95. Live piano, plus ice & food sculptures. (614/760-7939)

-Post by Kay