More than a year into the COVID pandemic, Easter may be a little more celebratory in Seattle than it was in 2020. Restaurants and bars are gradually reopening, and vaccine efforts in Washington are ramping up. But many are proceeding with caution, and even though indoor dining has expanded to 50 percent capacity, large gatherings are still risky with contagious COVID variants circulating in the community. As such, several Seattle restaurants have put together some takeout meals for those having a pared down Easter brunch or dinner at home. Here are some of the top options
Hillman City’s celebrated Philippine fine-dining destination still has preorder slots on Tock available for its Easter tasting menu based on Today’s Special, a new book highlighting 100 emerging chefs from around the world. The book is included in the meal package, and add-ons include beer from nearby Flying Lion brewery and wines from Pacific Northwest producers.
Big Little News
Capitol Hill recently got a slick-looking newsstand (print media fans, rejoice!), with a variety of terrific, hard-to-find publications alongside wine and snacks. For Easter, it’s offering baskets full of goodies, such as a bottle of rosé, a Compartés candy bar (either birthday cake or S’mores), a dark chocolate bunny, and a choice of a fancy magazine (Apartamento, Adventure Journal, Rucksack, or Drift). Baskets are $45 and preorders are available here, with pick-up at the 1102 E Pike stand.
Seattle’s Queen Anne classic offers a kit that should have Easter revelers covered all day long, with some DIY effort involved. On the brunch side, there’s granola, yogurt, 1dz a dozen eggs, breakfast sausage, and tangerine mimosas. For dinner, a glazed boneless Niman Ranch ham, scalloped potatoes, roasted baby carrots, baby beet and goat cheese salad, butter rolls, and a glazed lemon poppy seed cake, with a 2017 Calera pinot noir to go along with the meal. Preorders are going fast, but there are still a couple of slots available.
Though orthodox Easter is a month later than the non-orthodox holiday this year, this Capitol Hill Greek restaurant offers a full Mediterranean meal for pickup April 3 (starting at $95 for two). Items include dips with pita, slow-roasted lamb shoulder with lemon roasted potatoes, spanakopita, beet salad, and rice pudding or baklava for dessert. Wine options available as add-ons, and customers can place orders through Tock.
Belltown’s Japanese mainstay is offering large Easter dinner platters for takeout, with sake-marinated lamb chops, pressed sushi, 12 pieces of Temari sushi, colored quail eggs, and a matcha shortcake for dessert. As a fun bonus, those who discover a hidden gold quail egg in their meal will win a complimentary dessert at the restaurant the next time around. Curbside pickup for the $160 platters run from April 2-4, and orders should be placed over the phone at 206-443-9844.
The Whale Wins Larder and Cafe
Chef Renee Erickson’s lauded Fremont restaurant — which has permanently shifted to a heavier emphasis on retail and takeout since 2020 — has a heat-at-home Easter brunch kit via Tock. The three-course meal includes buckwheat blinis (with salmon, creme fraiche, and ikura), strata with foraged greens, Canadian bacon, and Calabrian chili aioli, and orange blossom rice pudding. There are also wines, to-go passionfruit mimosas and negronis, chocolate eggs, and floral arrangements in owl mugs available as add-on items.