What can be better than taking Mom to brunch on her special day? Check the following suggestions for some wonderful Mother’s Day brunches at several restaurants in the Chicagoland area. (Chicago Splash Magazine has reviewed dinner at each of these restaurants.) Reservations are recommended for a relaxed, lovely day.
In the North West suburbs:
Birch River Grill is a great place to bring the family for Mother's Day Brunch, offered 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Enjoy a feast including Seafood Station, whole smoked King Salmon, whole smoked trout and peel and eat cocktail shrimp; Continental Station, bakery fresh bread, muffins, croissants, Danish, mini bagels, fresh fruit and berries; Made to Order Station, eggs, omelets, waffles, fresh Belgium waffles with strawberry coulis and cinnamon whipped butter, sage country sausage links and peppered bacon, and red skinned breakfast potatoes with caramelized onions and peppers; Carving Station, sirloin of beef and roasted turkey breast; Hot Buffet, fire roasted rainbow trout with wild rice pilaf and citrus butter, pan seared breast of chicken picatta, cheddar cheese au gratin potatoes, pasta with asparagus and sun dried tomatoes, and Tuscan green beans with roasted peppers; Salad Station, mixed field greens with Mandarin oranges and citrus dressing, baby hearts of Romaine with anchovy Parmesan dressing, red skin potato salad with charred red onions and scallions, and tri-color pasta salad with white wine vinaigrette; Kidz Buffet, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac and cheese, pizza sticks, French toast sticks and fruit cups; and Desserts, assorted mini French pastries, mini fruit tarts, Birch River Grill's signature carrot cake, cakes and tortes.
Adults can indulge in the Birch River Grill Bloody Mary Bar, served with Smirnoff Vodka, flavored bloody mary mixers, assorted stuffed olives, cubed cheeses, fresh asparagus spears, green beans, cocktail onions, Serrano and jalapeño chiles, celery sticks, carrot sticks, cured salami, sport peppers, fresh limes and grated horseradish. Each drink is an additional $6.95.
The brunch is $31.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 10 and under and children under four are complimentary. To make a reservation, call (847) 427-4242 or visit www.birchrivergrill.com.
About Birch River Grill: Birch River Grill serves rustic American gourmet comfort food. Breakfast is served 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is served 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with only the lounge menu available from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, and 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the lounge open one hour later daily. All major credit cards are accepted. Complimentary parking is available.
Birch River Grill
75 W. Algonquin Rd.,
Arlington Heights, Ill.(847) 427 4242
In the city:
Celebrate Mother's Day at Dine with a brunch buffet offered 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Enjoy the Carving Station, smoked bone-in ham, oven roasted turkey and beef tenderloin; Build Your Own Omelets, select from a variety of fresh ingredients; Breakfast Selections, scrambled eggs, peppered bacon and sausage links, biscuits and gravy, waffles with maple syrup, smoked salmon and fresh fruit and berries; Lunch Entrees, stuffed chicken marsala, poached salmon, beef stir-fry, rosemary roasted potatoes and sautéed green beans and carrots; Build Your Own Pasta, featuring a selection of homemade sauce with fresh meats and vegetables; Assorted Seafood, including shrimp, oysters, clams and mussels; Kids Station, macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, cheese pizza and creamed corn; and Assorted Gourmet Desserts, petit fours, cookies, brownies, pies and cakes. Mother's Day brunch at Dine is $39 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and complimentary for children five and under. For reservations, call (312) 602-2100. About Dine, the west loop's 1940's inspired retro supper club and martini bar, serves American classics revived with a contemporary flair. Dine is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The martini lounge hours are noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (312) 602-2100 or visit www.dinerestaurant.com
733 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.
In the Western suburbs:
Celebrate Mom with Glen Prairie's special Mother's Day Brunch, offered 10 a.m. -
3 p.m. May 9 in place of the restaurant's regular menu. The buffet features a variety of stations to please all palates, including Mom's. Try the Salad Station with Grilled Vegetable Salad with herb and balsamic glaze, Prairie Salad or Spinach and Berry Salad. The Bakery Station offers assorted house baked breakfast pastries, artisan rolls and maple thyme butter. Enjoy Omelets Made to Order, and try the Farm Fresh Buffet, including Broiled Tilapia with lemon butter sauce, Rustic Skillet Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs with chives and aged cheddar, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Maple Sausage. Indulge in the Chefs Station featuring Honey and Sage Roasted Turkey Breast with cranberry citrus relish, and Herb Roasted Iowa Farmed Beef Sirloin with marchan de vin. Kids will enjoy Kids Corner, offering French Toast Sticks, Amish Chicken Nuggets, Pasta with Marinara Sauce, French Bread Pizzas and Fruit Cup. For dessert, indulge in the Sweet Table, an array of assorted cakes, pies and mini pastries. Adults can enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar. Brunch is $29 for adults, $12 for kids ages 5-12 and complimentary for kids four and under. About Glen Prairie:
Glen Prairie serves contemporary American cuisine, with a strong emphasis on local Midwest flavors and products. Breakfast is served 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Dinner is served 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The lounge remains open one hour later than the restaurant each day.
1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, Ill.
In the far Northern suburbs:
Enjoy a Mother's Day buffet at Karma, offered 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Indulge in the Salad Station, pesto pasta salad, roasted potato salad, grilled vegetable salad, mixed garden greens with dressings, and imported and domestic cheese with artisan breads; Seafood, citrus poached King Salmon, peel and eat shrimp with a plum tomato and horseradish sauce and Creole seafood salad; Omelet Station; Hot Food, scrambled eggs with chives, pepper cured bacon, breakfast potatoes, vanilla French toast and syrup; cheese blintzes with fruit compote, chipotle crème roasted chicken, Asian BBQ seared salmon with braised Bok Choy, spinach and mushrooms, and mustard crusted roast pork loin with Granny Smith Apple demi glace with cornbread stuffing, green beans with roasted red peppers and herb roasted red peppers; Carving Station, with herb and garlic crusted roast beef, oak roasted turkey breast and assorted dinner rolls; and Dessert, assorted mini French pastries and bakery-fresh tortes and pies. Karma's Mother's Day brunch is $27.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids and complimentary for children under five. For reservations, call (847) 970-6900. About Karma: Karma is a sophisticated restaurant with a zen-laced atmosphere that serves Pan-Asian cuisine. Breakfast is served 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. daily. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. Dinner is served 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The lounge stays open one extra hour each night. Karma is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Chicago North Shore at 510 East Route 83, Mundelein, Ill. 60060.
510 E. Route 83, Mundelein, Ill.