To many people, brunch is a delicious extravagance in which they rarely have the time to indulge. However, whether or not you actually observe the Easter holiday, most people don’t have to work that Sunday, and on the same day, most restaurants pull out all the stops to provide a world-class brunch. Jump on it now and you just might be able to make reservations at one of these top five brunch spots in Baltimore for Easter Sunday.
1501 Bolton St.
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 383-8600

When it comes to the food it serves, the Bolton Street Bistro (titled simply “b“) uses nothing but the freshest seasonal produce, much of it coming from the Fig Leaf Farm – directly owned by the Bistro. As for the skill with which the menu is prepared, it remains incomparable. It is orchestrated by the same team that instituted Helmand and Tapas Teatro, and has surpassed those two, landing on a total of six “Best Of” lists on Gayot, three of them specifically for brunch. Speaking of the brunch, b offers a menu that ranges from house-cured smoked salmon, to a crab omelet, to a good old-fashioned local-ground burger (add bacon, egg, and cheese for more of a breakfast feel). A patron may choose from sides that include grits and cheese, applewood bacon or house-made sausage patties. Choose from drinks that include Mexican bottled Coke or house-made citrus mimosas. Discover what the entire neighborhood has been buzzing about – but be sure to get your reservations in well before Easter. As popular as b has become, you won’t be able to get last-minute seating.

Milton Inn
14833 York Rd.
Sparks, MD 21152
(410) 771-4366

Don’t come in to the Milton expecting a restaurant. It’s exactly what the title says: an Inn. Expect a nearly 300-year-old field-stone building containing a series of small rooms where you and yours will dine in intimate privacy on food prepared by 2011’s Chef of the Year. The menu is seasonal, but a sampling of brunch items include zucchini “crab cake,” grilled New Zealand rack of lamb and lobster bacon mac and cheese. Don’t come unless you’re willing to be adventurous. You won’t be disappointed when you step outside your comfort zone and indulge in things like the baked half pink grapefruit appetizer, topped with honey and brown sugar.

The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Rd.
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
(410) 771-0505

A renovated farmhouse in the midst of Maryland horse country, The Oregon Grille looks every bit the country club that caters to its patrons’ desires in a unique way not to be missed. Enjoy the rustic surroundings both outside and in as you sidle up a stone walk lined with lanterns and decorated by a stone fountain – then recline in a hardwood dining hall at dining tables, in booths or on the flagstone patio overlooking the green lawn, hedges and gardens. But scenery is not all that The Oregon Grille has to offer; its brunch is well worth the praise it has received. Be certain to try the “grille classic,” which is everything you could ever want in a brunch entree: crab hash with sliced grilled tenderloin, poached eggs, béarnaise and red pepper sauce.

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1011 West 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 366-1163

Nailing down the menu at Alchemy is a bit tricky because it changes pretty regularly, but this is no bad thing. The kitchen takes local produce – which includes herbs and seafood – and constantly plays them out to succulent effect with alchemic creativity. In its constant experimentation, no section of the menu gets ignored – from the appetizers to the salads to the entrees to the deserts. And the flavor winds up being a satisfying mash-up of American cuisine with heavy international tones. Come see what Alchemy is up to this spring and give your family an Easter meal to remember.

Bluegrass Tavern
1500 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-5101

Enough about wine lists and international cuisine, let’s talk about down-home, farm-grown cooking with a side of bourbon. That’s what you get when you set foot in the door of Bluegrass Tavern, and it feels like coming home. Sit down to enjoy gastronomical delights like crawfish hushpuppies, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and a Cox Farm dry aged burger. Wash it down with anything from the wide bourbon selection, then head home for an Easter nap. You deserve it.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.