Article courtesy of: Fresno Bee
By Bethany Clough

Easter is going to look a lot different this year.

Church services will be online. Big gatherings with the whole family won’t be happening. You might see the kids or grandkids, but it will be over a computer or a phone.

However, you can still have a special day with a delicious meal. Like every year, restaurants in Fresno and Clovis are creating meals for the holiday.

But unlike past years, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they must be takeout meals. They’re a little smaller this year too since so many of us won’t be gathering.

Most meals need to be pre-ordered by Friday, unless otherwise noted. Contact each restaurant for pickup details.

Here’s who’s doing what in the Fresno area.

Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co., the new location at Marks and Herndon avenues and The Mad Duck in Clovis are both selling an “Easter Feaster” for two for $60.

The meals feature prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish, baked potatoes, green beans, a salad and rosemary ciabatta rolls. Order by 2 p.m. Friday by calling 559-840-3825 in Fresno or 559-298-3825.

Max’s Bistro is offering Easter meals for four to six people, or six to eight people. You can get a prime rib or a spiral ham package.

Both meals include salad, dinner rolls, vegetables and cinnamon raisin bread pudding with caramel sauce and whipped cream.

Prices range from $130 to $195. Full menus are online. Call 559-439-6900 to order.

People’s Church is selling Easter meals serving four people. Buy one for $50 and your money also pays for giving a meal to a family in need.

The meal includes honey-glazed ham, vegetables, potatoes, rolls and a pie. Free delivery is available.

Order online. Details: 559-298-8001.

Pardini’s catering is offering brunch and dinner serving four to five people. Full menus are online.

Brunch options include a short rib breakfast hash for $65 or a smoked ham breakfast hash for $55. Each comes with whole eggs to prepare at home, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, salad, French toast bread pudding, and fresh fruit.

Easter dinners include smoked spiral ham, prime rib, leg of lamb, ranging from $80 to $140. All include asparagus, salad, scalloped potatoes and more. Mimosa and bloody Mary kits also available.

Order online or by calling 559-224-3188.

Cool Hand Luke’s in Clovis is selling small Easter meals serving five or six people or large ones serving 10 to 12 people.

Meal options include tri-tip, a tri-tip and grilled chicken combo, ribs, or a rib and grilled chicken combo. You can also order salads, chicken pasta and appetizers like steak bites and bacon-wrapped bourbon shrimp. A salad, rolls and sides like rice pilaf and campfire beans are also available.

See full menu online and order by calling 559-297-7435.

Yosemite Ranch is selling Easter meals for two, either a slow-roasted prime rib or rib-eye steaks for $70. Both are served with a baked potato, green beans, a salad, ciabatta rolls and creme brulee cheesecake.

Pre-order by 6 p.m. Saturday by calling 559-434-4403.

Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co. is offering two Easter meals for two people for $38.

The Easter Feast features sliced turkey or fried chicken strips, and sliced tri-tip and St. Louis ribs, along with golden mashers, creamed corn, baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread and carrot cake.

The turkey meal features slow-roasted sliced turkey, gravy, cornbread, your choice of two sides and carrot cake.

Pre-order by Saturday by calling 559-449-9227.

Elbow Room in Fig Garden Village is offering both brunch and dinner options. A black Angus prime rib dinner for $175 feeds four to six people and includes salad, grilled asparagus, herbed roasted potatoes, horseradish and ciabatta rolls.

Brunch for $48 features a roasted bacon and vegetable quiche, fresh baked Danish and a fruit salad. Add a “mimosa pack” featuring orange juice and a bottle of prosecco for $18.

Pre order by calling 559-227-1234 and pick up on Saturday.

Campagnia is offering brunch and dinner – both for four people or eight people – along with cocktails to go.

Brunch includes bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries and more and costs $59.99 or $119.99.

Dinner options include applewood smoked ham with a brown sugar-mustard glaze, Angus sirloin with au jus and horseradish cream or an herb-roasted leg of lamb with apple-mint sauce. All come with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, deviled eggs, salad and rolls. Prices range from $91.99 to $223.99.

Full menu is online. Order by calling 559-433-3300.

Vino Grille & Spirits is selling Easter meals that serve four to six people. They must be ordered by 5 p.m. Thursday.

You can get a nine or 10-pound bourbon maple brown sugar spiral ham meal for $79 or a meal with two 2.5 pound Santa Maria tri-tips with housemade steak sauce for $95. Each meal includes salad, rolls, and two additional sides.

Order online. Details: 559-434-1771.

The Honey Baked Ham store is selling ham, whole turkeys, a turkey breast, prime rib, tri-tip and other options. You can also order sides like mashed potatoes and baked beans and desserts like cheesecake and red velvet cake.

Details: (800) 854-5995 or order online.

Frosted Cakery in the Tower District is taking pre-orders online for Easter desserts online, including cake, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies. It’s also selling a kit that lets kids decorate Easter egg shaped cookies.

Details: (559) 917-8880 or order online.