Rick's Reviews: Don’t Wear Your Easter Bonnet to the Passover Seder

Matzo Ball Soup

 With today’s blended families, it’s not unusual to celebrate the holidays of more than one culture. That sometimes creates conflicts, especially when Christmas and Hanukkah coincide. Luckily, this year, Passover and Easter happen to come one after another. Fortunately, they’re far enough apart that I’ll have the matzo ball soup cleared out of the fridge before I have to store the Easter ham.

If you’d rather avoid that kind of meshugas, check out these dining out and catering options for both holidays.

From the matzo ball soup to the flourless desserts, TooJay’shas you covered from the first nosh to the last bissell of dessert. Brisket, roasted Cornish game hen, baked salmon fillet, baked stuffed Atlantic cod and herb roasted chicken are all available at each location. All entrées include a glass of kosher wine, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish or chopped liver, a potato pancake, carrot tzimmes, macaroons and coffee or tea. 

Passover begins with the first Seder on the evening of Friday, April 19. Reservations are required for in-restaurant dining with seatings, at 5 or 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is also offering a complete feast to take home. For more information, including catering options, go to TooJays.com.

Doris Italian Market & Bakeryis making holiday dinners easier with dinner packages for both Easter and Passover available now at all locations. Two Passover dinner packages are available; the Brisket dinner package ($14.95 per person) offers beef brisket, carrot and sweet potato tzimmes and three potato pancakes or roasted potatoes. The Passover dinner package ($19.95 per person) offers chicken soup with matzo balls; chopped liver; a choice of beef brisket, turkey breast, grilled London Broil or roast chicken entree; carrot and sweet potato tzimmes; the choice of green bean almandine or broccoli and a choice of potato pancakes, kugel or roasted potatoes. The Easter dinner packages are designed to serve from six to eight people. The Traditional package ($169.95) offers the choice of brown sugar glazed spiral ham, leg of lamb roast with mint jelly or oven roasted whole turkey with gravy; a tossed or Caesar salad; carrots and green bean almandine; roasted or mashed potatoes; and dinner rolls. Priced at $179.95, the Supreme package offers everything in the Traditional package and the additional entrée options including spiral ham, leg of lamb roast or turkey breast and the choice of penne with broccoli or penne marinara. For more information call 954-572-5269 or visit DorisMarket.com. 

Big City Tavernwill serve an entrée-based Easter brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Specials include Easter candy doughnuts (strawberry glazed house made doughnuts with assorted Easter candies, including jelly beans, chocolate eggs and Peeps, ham and egg sliders with Swiss cheese on Hawaiian rolls). Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Among the special entrees is coriander crusted rack of lamb with port wine reduction and foie gras filled prunes. For more information, call

954-727-0307 or visit BigCityLasOlas.com.

The Grille on the Drive will offer its buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the regular price of $24.95. Plated dinner service, with seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. will feature a special menu for $34.95.

In observance of Good Friday, Kurowill feature Japanese fish specials on Friday, April 19 from 6 until 11:30 p.m. Specials include: steamed snapper with soy-dashi broth, ginger and scallions, whole fried snapper with shiso tartar sauce, and grilled fish with fava-shiso puree. On Easter enjoy brunch, with a flavorful mix of brunch classics, extravagant raw bar options and delectable sweets, Easter brunch will offer an upgraded carving station featuring USDA prime rib and an elevated seafood station featuring snow crab claws. Guests will also be able to enjoy bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and champagne. The Easter brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for $95 per person. For reservations, call 800-937-0010; or go to SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com.

Lona Cocina y Tequileri  invites guests to celebrate Easter with its popular beachfront Bottomless Sunday Brunch for $48 per person. Brunch stations include chilaquiles and huevos rancheros; al pastor and barbacoa tacos made to order; oysters on the half shell and fresh ceviche; salmon mole, chicken poblano; and Mexican chocolate crepes made to order. ottomless beverages include Bloody Marys, margaritas and mimosas. Lona is located at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. For reservations, call 954-245-3069 or go to LonaRestaurant.com.