At OpenTable, we’ve got the right restaurants for you — especially on Easter. Many of the more than 50,000 restaurants around the world are setting the table for Sunday, April 21. Chefs are celebrating rabbit with unique preparations boasting bold flavors that practically jump off the plate. Here are nine rarefied rabbit dishes for Easter that have perked up our ears and gotten our cottontails wagging. Not near any of these spots? Find a place near you on OpenTable.com.
Jaleo, Las Vegas, Nevada
This epic paella is cooked over open flames at José Andrés’ outpost in Sin City. The Paella Valenciana features rabbit, chicken, and green beans. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Easter with your fam. Make a reservation at Jaleo.
Brennan’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
Executive chef Slade Rushing took inspiration for this dish from his childhood rabbit-hunting expeditions. Battered and deep-fried rabbit cutlets arrive with a fried egg and creamed collard greens. It’s a high-minded play on the late-night dinners he enjoyed with his father after the hunt. Make a reservation at Brennan’s.
Grand Salon & Bar at Baccarat Hotel, New York, New York
Saffron spiked Alsatian spaetzle stars in this sunny dish. Cider-braised rabbit and foraged mushrooms add a taste of the wild. Sophisticated comfort food for a parent who was woken up at 5 AM by a child who got up before dawn to hunt for their Easter basket. Make a reservation at Grand Salon & Bar at Baccarat Hotel.
The Brewer’s Table, Austin, Texas
You’ve never had carnitas like these. Smoked rabbit topped with fermented mushrooms and pig blood mole (yes, you read that correctly) arrives on heirloom corn tortillas. Be bold and dive in. Make a reservation at The Brewer’s Table.
Fiola, Washington, D.C.
Cappelletti literally means “little hats.” These tasty toppers are stuffed with rabbit and complemented with wild fennel, guanciale, and pecorino. Super flavorful and super satisfying. Make a reservation at Fiola.
Temporis, Chicago, Illinois
Believe it or not, this tasting menu standout was inspired by meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Of course, it’s not like those your mother used to make. Corn miso glazed rabbit is topped with potato espuma, puffed wild rice, smoked dehydrated foie gras fat, corn powder, corn ash, mushroom sauce, and quince ketchup. Make a reservation at Temporis.
Bywater American Bistro, New Orleans, Louisiana
To make this deeply flavorful dish, rabbit is treated to a flurry of curry spices: coriander, turmeric, habanero, curry leaves, black pepper, star anise, ginger, garam masala, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, and bay leaf. The hopper is swaddled with coconut milk thickened curry and accompanied by jasmine rice, toasted pecans, and cilantro. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re thousands of miles away. Make a reservation at Bywater American Bistro.
Boulud Sud, New York, New York
Pappardelle goes green thanks to the inclusion of spring garlic. The verdant ribbons of pasta are tossed with confit rabbit, fava beans, and Taggiasca olives. Going green never tasted so good. Make a reservation at Boulud Sud.
Slate Wine Bar, Washington, D.C.
Award-winning paella pro Danny Lledo offers up a medal garnering Valencian option. It’s made with rabbit, lima beans, runner beans, and bomba rice. Take one bite and you’ll know why Lledo has a few blue ribbons hanging on his wall. Make a reservation at Slate Wine Bar.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Chris Granger (Brennan’s); Anthony Mair (Jaleo); Stephanie Zhao (Temporis); Kimberly Davis (The Brewer’s Table).