Need suggestions for Easter Brunch in the Triangle?

Wyatt Dickson and Ben Adams of Picnic
Wyatt Dickson and Ben Adams of Picnic Courtesy of Picnic

Easter Sunday is almost here and if you’re still looking for brunch plans, I’ve got a few last-minute suggestions that are sure to please the whole family.


The newly opened Picnic in Durham will expand to Sunday service starting on Easter with a special addition to their traditional whole-hog barbecue menu. Chef Ben Adams and pitmaster Wyatt Dickson will offer a spice-rubbed, stuffed, and smoked lamb as well as debut a new biscuit menu with selections like a fried chicken biscuit or sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. While the lamb is an Easter-only special, the biscuit menu will be available every Sunday.

Picnic will be open easter Sunday (and subsequent Sundays) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


If barbecue isn’t your cup of Easter tea, head to downtown Durham for brunch at The Durham Hotel and treat yourself to some of James Beard award-winning Chef Andrea Reusing’s house-cured ham shanks with a mustard and sherry glaze, made special for this Sunday only. Of course you can check out the regular brunch menu as well, with items like steak and eggs, pecan French toast and brown butter waffles, it’s hard to go wrong. Once you’ve eaten your fill, you can head upstairs to the rooftop bar and lounge for a cocktail and one of the best views in Durham.

The Durham Hotel will serve Easter brunch this Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 919-768-8830.


Maybe you want to add a little Italian flare to your Easter celebration? Chapel Hill’s Il Palio, located inside The Siena Hotel, is offering a special prix fixe Easter Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Stinging nettle soup, braised spring lamb and wild Alaskan spring salmon are just some of the offerings on the menu, along with Chef Teddy Diggs’s legendary eggs benedict. The three course menu is $58 per person.

Reservations can be made by calling 919-918-2545.


In Raleigh, head over to The Twisted Fork and try their new brunch menu. Items include brisket benedict, bananas foster french toast and a pulled pork and pimento cheese omelet. With 30 beers on draft for just $3 each, I’d suggest settling in for a nice leisurely Easter brunch.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 919-792-2535. Easter Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Matt Lardie is a Durham-based food and travel writer. He writes the Eat Write Go blog: Reach him at