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Passover, Easter feasts without all the dishes

Passover and Easter are times for friends, family and too much food.

Passover and Easter are times for friends, family and too much food. But that doesn't mean you have to spend the weekend in the kitchen.



Passover


London Grill

Friday through April 13

2301 Fairmount Ave.

www.londongrill.com

London Grill has the food more than covered: gefilte fish, matzah ball soup and brisket are included on its Seder menu ($40; $20 for children). But the Fairmount restaurant also gets kids involved with a dining room scattered with co-owner Terry Berch McNally's collection of ceramic frogs (representing the first plague) and plastic bugs (that'd be the eighth). For the adults, there's Israeli wine as well as Passover cocktails, such as the "Sweet Miriam's Revenge."

Zahav

Friday through April 13

237 St. James Place

www.zahavrestaurant.com

Michael Solomonov's tradition-with-a-twist menu ($45) includes brisket with charoset and coffee, coconut custard with red wine sorbet and a matzah ball chicken soup that's grounds for firing grandma.

Supper

Friday and Saturday

926 South St.

www.supperphilly.com

Feeling guilty about spending the holiday at a restaurant? Supper chef Mitch Prensky uses his mother's brisket recipe, so you're not a complete Seder sell-out. The family-style menu ($58; $29 for children) leaves room for plenty of picking and choosing -- and extra orders of the crispy potato latkes.

Easter

Ela

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

627 S. Third St.

www.elaphilly.com

Queen Village newcomer Ela is debuting its brunch on the meal's high holy day. The a la carte menu includes biscuits with sausage and bone marrow gravy and creme brulee French toast, while the bar is pouring truffle bloody marys. Drink up, bunnies!

Granite Hill

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

www.philamuseum.org

The Art Museum's airy restaurant is setting up an Easter brunch buffet spread complete with complimentary sparkling wine (our favorite kind of sparkling wine) and Monets down the hall.

Fork

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

306 Market St.

www.forkrestaurant.com

On any Sunday, Fork's bread basket puts most Easter baskets to shame. This weekend, it's also serving up a special holiday prix fixe ($30) with fresh, springy dishes.