If you're looking to refuel after a particularly grueling egg hunt — or if that glazed ham, roasted potatoes, and carrots meal just isn't happening this year — take the family out for a stress-free feast. After all, the Easter bunny may bring candy, but he isn't known for doing dishes. When eating out on Easter, keep this in mind: Always be sure to call your local chain to check if the restaurant is operating on a holiday schedule. While most of these restaurants' locations are open on Easter, specific hours of operation vary by region.
Two things are for sure: Your belly will be full, and your family will be circled 'round. That's about as good as it gets, no?
Head to Applebee's to fill up on a sampler platter or better yet, test out their new three-course meal for $17 to cut your family's bill in half.
Enjoy a family-style ham or turkey feast at Bob Evans or in the comfort of your home. Place your to-go order ahead of time to guarantee smooth sailing on the big day.
Whether you're in the mood for brunch or dinner, Bonefish Grill is the place to be. Pair a spritzy cocktail with their heavenly Crème Brûlée French Toast for brunch or cap off the day with a classic fish dinner. Tables fill up quick — reservations are highly recommended.
You can always depend on Boston Market during the holidays. Kick off Easter weekend with baked cod on Good Friday and then celebrate big on Sunday with their individual, three-person, or Heat & Serve meals.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Trade in a traditional Easter feast for a wood-fired pizza. Or go the healthy route with a grilled steak or chicken dinner. No matter what you choose, make your reservation early or schedule a delivery (yes, they deliver at select locations).
Denny's is the pal we can always count on. Seriously, they're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Find something for everyone at Golden Corral. Its buffet-style menu will guarantee a full and happy Easter crew.
Gear up for the egg hunt with a hearty pancake breakfast at IHOP. Plus, kids will love their Oreo Oh My Goodness Pancakes special.
McCormick & Schmick's
Get your brunch on at this local seafood chain. You name it, it's on the menu, including boozy drinks, gourmet french toast, and seafood specialities.
Noodles & Company
Everyone (yes, even picky eaters) will find something to love at Noodles & Company. Create a made-to-order dish, complete with the pasta, sauce, and toppings of your choice.
There's nothing better than a basket of breadsticks on Easter Sunday. Treat your family to an Italian-style meal at one of America's most beloved chain restaurants.
Your kids may be full from the pounds of chocolate from the Easter bunny. But you, well, there's a bloomin' onion calling your name at Outback Steakhouse.
Head to your local Panera for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even an mid-afternoon road trip snack.
Holidays are about family — and P.F. Chang's couldn't agree more. If you're in the mood for Asian food, head over to your local P.F. Chang's for their family-style meals. Pick from lettuce wraps, fried rice, dumplings, and other speciality offerings.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
In addition to their traditional Italian fare, Macaroni Grill offers a special Easter brunch, featuring favorites like avocado toast, eggs Benedict, and strawberry french toast. Better yet, wash it down with their festive cocktail, Honey Bunny.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Wine and dine at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse this Easter. Choose from top-notch steak, seafood, and chicken dishes. Reservations are encouraged.
You deserve to eat well even if you're spending most of your day in the car driving from one relatives house to the next. Make a pit stop at Shake Shack for a burger ... and fries ... and a milkshake or two.