With Easter celebrations dominated by tradition, many area restaurants are adding a little fun to their Easter food and beverage offerings. While visions of fluffy pancakes, colorful candy, salmon and ham swim in our heads this time of year, there are some area restaurants that have put a creative twist on these cherished traditions.

“Holidays are built on traditions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them,” says Melinda Shriver, owner of Naomi’s Café in Northfield.

So hop to it and give your Easter celebrations a boost.

Naomi’s Café — Pancakes

Pancakes with a side of whimsy will be served all weekend long at Naomi’s Cafe. “Spring and Easter is a fun, colorful time of year, so that’s what we wanted to offer with our specials,” Shriver says. Naomi’s Café specializes in unique pancakes as well as delicious breakfast and lunch options. Their festive Easter specialties include bunny pancakes ($4.99), Peep’s cupcake pancakes ($5.99) and the hatched Easter egg pancake and scrambled egg ($3.99). The Easter Bunny loves Naomi’s Café’s pancakes so much that he will even hop on over Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. Naomi’s Café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Located at 801 Tilton Road in Northfield. For more information call 609-380-2865 or go to NaomisCafe.org

Jon & Patty’s — Coffee

“When you think about Easter, you think about a basket full of candy. So that’s what we wanted to do with our latte drinks,” says Patty Talese, owner of Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro. Jon & Patty’s lattes are just about guaranteed to bring out your inner child on Easter morning. Your favorite Easter memories have been whipped and steamed into a unique morning treat. With selections such as the Peep’s latte with toasted marshmallow and vanilla; the white bunny latte with white chocolate and vanilla; the jelly bean latte with cherry and vanilla; and the Cadbury egg latte with chocolate and vanilla — you won’t need to raid your kid’s Easter basket! Jon & Patty’s will also be offering a special Easter Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Located at 637 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City. For more information call 609-399-3377 or go to JonAndPattys.com

Sofia Restaurant — Lamb

Lamb is a popular selection for Easter meals, and Sofia Restaurant offers a great selection of Mediterranean lamb dishes — specifically their lamb osso bucco ($36), a braised lamb shank served with spinach orzo and lamb demi-glace. Sofia’s also offers marinated grilled lamb chops ($42) served with fire roasted vegetables. Sofia Restaurant will open at 2 p.m. for Easter Dinner on Sunday, April 21.

Located at 9314 Amherst Ave. in Margate. For more information call 609-822-9111 or go to SofiaOf Margate.com Renault Winery — Salmon

Full of rich traditions, Renault Winery will celebrate Easter with a new take on some of the holiday’s favorite dishes and a whole basket of changes. In particular, Renault is offering a fresh take on the brunch staple salmon. Inspired by the classic lox breakfast, Renault will feature lemon-crusted grilled salmon, served over a potato pancake and topped with asparagus. Renault will also offer wine tastings on Easter. “It’s an exciting time here at Renault during the first phase of a multi-million dollar renovation and a focus on getting back to authenticity. That’s something as a chef I appreciate, especially when it comes to big, holiday meals, like Easter. It’s a time to celebrate tradition — but no one said you couldn’t add your own fresh take to the classic dishes,” says Chef Paul Drew, director of culinary operations at Renault Winery.

Easter Brunch will be served in their newly renovated Chateau Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults are $38.95 and kids ages 3 to 10 are $18.95. Wine Tastings will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located at 72 N. Bremen Ave. in Egg Harbor City. For more information call 609-965-2111 or go to RenaultWinery.com.

Gallagher’s Steakhouse — Ham

As one of the most traditional Easter dishes, ham can be found on many Easter menus. However, Gallagher’s Steakhouse at Resorts Casino Hotel is kicking up the classic ham dinner with a unique jalapeno-honey glaze to be enjoyed with scalloped potatoes and candied baby carrots ($40). Gallagher’s will also feature festive dishes such as the uber springy pea and mint soup ($9) and strawberry and goat cheese salad ($14) and herb-crusted leg of lamb ($48). Open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Located at 1133 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-340-6555 or go to GallaghersResorts.com

Tri-State Basset Hound Olympics in Ocean City

Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue hosted their annual Basset Hound Olympics on Friday, April 12, in Ocean City. A barrage of short-legged, long-eared, droop-faced hounds all competed in the games which included sprints, hurdles, high jumps and an obstacle course. The games serves as a warm up event for the Doo Dah parade which takes place Saturday and will feature over 500 hounds waddling their way down the streets of Ocean City.

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