Egg-stra, Egg-stra! From carrot-shaped cookies to ham and soft, sticky hot cross buns, here’s where to find Easter fixings in Raleigh.
by Addie Ladner
Hard to believe Easter is one week away! If you haven’t gotten the whole meal planned just yet, fear not: you don’t have to take on the entire menu on your own. Local bakeries and restaurants have put together delicious offerings to lighten the load. From dainty carrot-shaped cookies to succulent hams and those warm soft, sticky hot cross buns folks look forward to each year, here’s what you can find to pick up for an Easter meal.
Where to get Easter Dinner To-go:
Farm-to-table restaurant Mandolin is offering an entire classic southern Easter Dinner for takeaway for $69. It includes a glazed Easter ham, a savory goat cheese, and spinach tart, roasted root vegetables, herb and asparagus pasta salad, yeast Rolls, and strawberry shortcake and serves two. Order by March 29 for pickup for pick-up between 12:00-4:00 on Saturday, April 3rd. and get the details here.
BBQ joint Longleaf Swine is offering a Carolina-style Easter meal. Choose from a prime rib roast, glazed ham or classic pulled pork. And for sides, anything from deviled eggs to mac and cheese, collards, and coleslaw. Order by March 30 for pick up on April 2 or 3 and get the full menu here.
The Pit is offering a complete Easter meal which includes a Pit Smoked ham, house salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, carrots, cucumbers, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, and croutons, roasted green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and yeast rolls. Choose between carrot cake, chocolate cake, or coconut cake for dessert. Prices and servings are $40 for 2, $75 for 4, and $140 for 8. Order here.
Catering Works will deliver a classic Southern-style Easter dinner for 6 to 10 people depending on which one you choose and have fish-forward vegetarian options too. Their meal includes traditional Easter dishes like deviled eggs, carrots with spices and yogurt, ham and peanut butter eggs, asparagus,lamb kebabs, and more. Pricing for that meal starts at $129. The fish dinner which includes salmon, Spanakopita triangles, pineapple citrus salad, Tribeca ciabatta Bread and more for $150. See their full line of Easter offerings here. Order by March 31st at noon to have a complete fresh-made meal come Easter.
Where to get Easter Brunch To-go
For a Lebanese-themed Easter meal, look to Sitti. The deadline to order is April 1st. Pick-up Saturday, April 3rd or Sunday, April 4th between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pay $75 for 2 or $140 for 4 and enjoy a complete spread of things like avocado hummus, goat cheese stuffed peppers, strawberry salad, boneless braised lamb with springy spiced root vegetables and Lebanese Easter cookies with dates and pistachios for dessert. View the full menu here.
French bakery La Farm is offering a lovely brunch to-go that serves 4-5 people for just $60. It includes customer favorites like a breakfast strata with mushroom, ham, and sausage), a Boston Creme Challah, assorted scones, French macarons, and their chunky Hearth Baked Granola. Add on a round of mimosas to complete the meal and get the details here.
For an Easter brunch with an Italian-twist, look to Gravy. Their menu includes things like an apricot glazed ham, strawberry goat cheese bruschetta, spring salad, hot cross buns, and more. Prices and servings sizes are $50 for 2, $90 for 4, $175 for 8 with options for mimosas, bloody marys, croissants, and more for add-ons. Get the details here.
Where to eat an Easter Meal Out:
Margaux’s is hosting a fixed price 3-course Easter lunch for $50 a person from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. To start, choose from items like crab chowder, Cesar salad, or lamb gyro dumplings. For an entree-have your pick from an assortment of main dishes such as chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and a shrimp po-boy. Carrot cake, creme brulee, and more are on the menu for dessert. View the whole range here.
Vidrio is hosting an Easter brunch at their restaurant in Glenwood South from 10:30- 2:30. Enjoy things like Sashoska, Creme Brulee French Toast, crab cake eggs benedict, and more. View the entire menu and make your reservation here.
Where to get Easter Hot Cross Buns, Cookies, and Other Sweets
Union Special is offering two classic Easter items for delivery or pick-up. Try their chocolate, sour cherry, and candied orange Panettone made through a naturally leavened process over 72 hours. It serves around 10-12 people. Or try their Hot Cross Buns full of dried fruit and scented with orange marmalade. Sold in packs of 4, order either item here.
Yellow Dog has a host of Easter offerings this year from the dainty packs of cookies shaped like eggs, bunnies, and carrots (the kids will love them!) to Hot Cross Buns to carrot cake to yeast rolls. Order now through April 2 and view the full menu here.
Lucette Grace has made some decadent-looking chocolate-shaped goose eggs filled with things like milk chocolate peanut buttercream, vanilla marshmallow, and roasted salted peanut.
Cutie Pies of Raleigh on Hillsborough Street is selling 4-packs of fluffy sugar cookies made with a sweet royal icing that looks just like the famous PEEPs and would go great in Easter baskets. Go ahead and order a peach or lemon chess pies to go with your main meal. Order online at cutiepiesofraleigh.com, call or stop by their storefront to order. Prices are $2.50 for a pack of four mini peeps and $2.50 for one large cookie.
The Cupcake Shoppe, Raleigh’s first boutique baker is offering some literally sweet Easter boxes. Each box contains a bag of Bunny Bait, a white chocolate rice crispy treat, and three Easter Cookies. They cost $25. Preorders by March 29 for pick up or delivery by Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3rd. Call them at 919.821.4223 to order.
Where to Get Basket Fillers
Edge of Urge has curated a special mystery box to help you stuff your kid’s Easter basket full of goodies they’ll love. Snag one of these mystery boxes and some grocery store candy and you’ll be good to go. Each one includes a kid’s bath product, a set of chalk, a game or puzzle, a nightlight, and a surprise item. Be sure to share with them a little bit about your child and they’ll cater the set of goods to their personality. Shop it here.
Learning Express, with two locations in Raleigh and one in Cary, will put together a complete Easter Basket catered to your children’s interests and age. Shop their hand-picked, pre-wrapped baskets in four fast steps or pursue individual basket fillers like bubble wands and stuffed bunnies here.
Nofo has a huge assortment of chocolate eggs, treats, and small gifts for little Easter bunny lovers.
Zest Cafe & Home has all sorts of bunny and spring-themed items for little one’s baskets or just decor. Try their seasonal deviled eggs while you’re in there.
Acquisitions Ltd is taking orders for their grand fresh foliage cross to hang on your door. The idea is to hang it starting Palm Sunday and tuck in fresh flowers blooming around your home or neighborhood as you countdown to Easter.
Raleigh Parks & Recs is hosting several DIY egg hunts at public parks throughout the Triangle like Hoppin’ From Home Egg Hunt Kit Pickup at Mordecai Historic Park from Saturday, March 27 through Saturday, April 4 and the Brier Creek Drive Thru Egg Hunt Saturday, March 27. See the full list of dates, times, and locations here.