Passover is this week and Easter is coming next week and just like last year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is going to limit your ability to have fun outside your home here in Portland. All is not lost though. You can still do something special for the upcoming holidays with a little bit of planning.
Here are some suggestions to celebrate your Passover and Easter holidays right here in Portland.
Order a Nice Meal to Eat at Home
I know, we are all sick of eating at home but that's our best option right now. Several local Portland area restaurants are offering complete dinners available for take-out. You will need to order in advance and do so early so you don’t miss out. Here are some of our favorites:
Elephants Delicatessen has a variety of meal options available for both Passover and Easter. The Passover dinner includes traditional foods like brisket, gefilte fish, and matzo ball soup while the Easter option includes ham and quiche. Family dinners, individual meals, and al a cart options are available. You can choose delivery or curbside pick-ups.
Morton’s The Steakhouse has a great 4-person to-go meal kit that includes salad, shrimp cocktail, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, dessert, and more for only $159.
Kachka has multiple options for your Passover seder including two different complete meals, multiple a la cart choices, pastries, and Manischewitz punch.
Le Pigeon is offering a $150 “Bird Box” for Easter which includes so much deliciousness, including crab deviled eggs, ham, potato grain, vegetables, and a lemon meringue cake. Each generous box feeds two people.
Jam on Hawthorne has a variety of meals you can order out for the holiday. In addition to the main meal, they have scones, mimosa kits, and DIY bloody marys.
Order a meal kit from the grocery store: Your local grocery store has some great “take and cook” meal kit options for holidays. New Seasons, Whole Foods, and Fred Meyer are taking pre-orders for Easter and Passover. Pick up your meal at your local store and get the kids to help you in the kitchen as you heat everything up.
Eat Out in a Real Restaurant
Flash back to 2019 and eat in a large room with a bunch of strangers. If you have gotten your vaccination already or are ready to try socially distanced dining, there are some great dinner options out there, including:
Stem Wine Bar is offering a special vegan dinner for Easter. The restaurant has a great covered patio area where you can reserve a table. Stem Wine Bar provides the wine and chocolates, and next door neighbor SxNW will be providing your delicious vegan meal.
The Portland Spirit is back on the water with a two-hour Easter brunch cruise that the whole family can enjoy – with social distancing of course. The Easter brunch includes a variety of options, including dessert and beverages, and live entertainment.
Cascade Grill in North Portland is offering a choice of three very affordable Easter meals for both dining in and carrying out. Entrees include prime rib, ham, or chicken, with sides and dessert.
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is back, offering you a chance to smell the flowers and grab some great food on both Easter and Passover. While not your traditional holiday meal, their event includes a variety of food carts and wine tasting options. Support this great event and pre-order your tickets today.
And for Dessert…
Papa Haydn, one of Portland’s favorite dessert options, is offering a variety of delicious desserts to cap off your holiday dinner. Seasonal desserts include a variety of tarts, cookie boxes, meringues, and whole cakes. Orders are available by pick-up from both their Sellwood and NW 23rd locations.
A Final Note
It’s been a hard, hard year for Portland restaurants. You can treat yourself to a great holiday dinner and show some love to our Portland culinary friends at the same time. And don’t forget to leave a generous tip to the staff.
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