Greek Orthodox Easter comes with its own set of traditions. These restaurants are embracing them with special events and menus.
Where: Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW
What: Zaytinya kicks off its fourth annual Greek Easter Festival on March 29 with a Greek outdoor marketplace, Agorá. Admission is free to Agorá, which will feature live music, Greek goods from local vendors available for purchase, and complimentary food and wine tastings. The event runs from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The festivities coincide with the introduction of new spring menu items like roasted asparagus with zatar, labneh and rhubarb puree and smoked sweetbreads with asparagus salata, Lindera honey vinegar dressing and roasted hazelnuts.
And for its Greek Easter Brunch on April 12, Zaytinya will offer a special $35 pre-fixe brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu will feature items like spring pea tzatziki with pistachios, Greek yogurt and mint; mayiritsa, a traditional egg and lemon soup with lamb neck, smoked lamb's liver and caramelized onions; and spit-roasted lamb shoulder hash with Cretan barley rusks, feta and avgolemono sauce. Reservations are available here, and this same brunch menu will be available on American Easter on April 5.
Where: Iron Gate, 1734 N St. NW
What: On Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, Iron Gate will serve a special brunch menu in honor of the Greek celebration of Easter. Priced at $65 a person, the multi-course, family style menu includes first course dishes like feta pie, traditional Easter bread, potato and leek keftedes. Entrées will include options like a rotisserie of local lamb with Greek potatoes and a grilled house loukaniko (sausage) with baked tomatoes, eggs, and sourdough. The Greek feast ends with a traditional dessert of mastika custard, loukoumades (Greek dough puffs) and fresh citrus salad. Iron Gate's Easter brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, call (202) 524-5202 for more information and reservations.
What: Both Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna will offer a to-go Easter feast with a Greek spin, available for pick-up at both restaurants on April 12 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The menu will include classic Greek spreads, spanakopita, roasted lemon potatoes with pit roasted lamb, pork and chicken. It will also be available for pickup on April 5 for those celebrating Easter that day as well. Check out the website to order an Easter meal.
Where: Mykonos Grill, Congressional Plaza, 121 Congressional Ln, Rockville
What: On April 12, Mykonos Grill in Rockville will serve a special four-course meal that includes a traditional Greek soup and salad with appetizer, lamb and dessert. The special meal will be priced at $47 per person.