Here are a few suggestions for restaurants where you can celebrate the upcoming holidays- Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. ENJOY!
Bites Asian Tapas Offers an Inspired Pan-Asian Easter Brunch Celebration
Bites Asian Tapas has a unique Asian Brunch which will make your Easter Celebration delicious and memorable. This creative new Asian Fusion restaurant at 3313 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood (telephone 773-270-5972) will offer brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, and every every Saturday and Sunday. Guests can count on owners Chef Marita Tantivirasut and Asana Nakornchai to dazzle them with delicious beautiful small plates that bring forth the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Korea and India. Their Asian fusion cuisine is so unique and inspired, you'll be glad that it's so reasonably priced, giving you the opportunity to enjoy and share many dishes.
Start your brunch with one of Bites' creative specialty cocktails such as the Bloody Rooster ($7), Bites' take on the traditional Bloody Mary, or Mimosas with choice of orange, lychee or mango variations. Other cocktail favorites are the Tom YUMtini ($8), made with vodka, Tom Yum syrup and lime; the Ms. Gardenia ($7), created with gin, simple syrup, Rambutan juice, Midori and lemon; or the Hot Geisha ($8) made with Shochu, ginger syrup, lemon, lemongrass, mint, and Thai chili powder.
Bites' food menu offers a wide variety of unique brunch selections-items you will not experience anywhere else. Start with Small Bites such as the Lemon Ricotta Fritters ($6) and the Watermelon & Lychee Salad ($7). Move on to Brunch Bites - main selections featuring the Green Tea Pancake ($8) with matcha, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, almond and green tea ice cream; the Pulled Pork Waffle ($9), Asian styled pulled pork with BBQ sauce, scallion, and cheddar cheese; Shrimp Tonkatsu ($10), shrimp cake, white bread, Japanese coleslaw and Tonkatsu sauce; the Grilled Rib Eye Bahn Mi ($10), grilled medium-rare rib eye, lettuce, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and spicy mayo; and the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich ($8), crispy boneless chicken, lettuce, radish, sesame seed, scallion, and teriyaki sauce.
If you love burgers, Bite's Korean Burger ($12) with Korean marinated spicy pork, lettuce and fried egg with Bi Bim Bap Sauce and served with taro fries, is a dream come true.
Bites also features its two favorite dinner time Ramen dishes at brunch, both large enough to share. The Spicy Miso Ramen ($14) is a hearty bowl with pork belly or tofu, egg noodles, bamboo shoot, mushroom, boiled egg, sesame and chili oil; and the Tonkotsu Ramen ($14) includes pork belly or tofu in a rich and creamy broth with egg noodles, bamboo shoot, ginger, mushroom, seaweed poached egg, garlic oil, and sesame seed.
Mac & Cheese fans will adopt A-Macaroni ($8) as their new favorite preparation. Bites prepares this indulgent dish with stir-fried macaroni, tofu, egg, mozzarella cheese and onion with an Asian tomato sauce.
For those looking for more traditional brunch items, you'll enjoy Marita's creative take on a classic: Egg Benedicts ($9), with English muffin, Vietnamese ham, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce; the Omelet Crepe ($8), prepared with chopped chicken, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and spicy ketchup; and the classic "BLT" ($9), with crusted bread, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, two sunny side up eggs.
End your brunch feast with Last Bites (desserts): Coconut Crème Brûlée, Asian Churros or Mango Chili Sorbet (Organic, Gluten free)-all are $5.
Cater-in or dine out, Da Lobsta's mouth watering Lobster Rolls ofer a delicious and orignal way to celebrate Easter.
Da Lobsta, Chicago's only fast-casual restaurant dedicated to serving delicious traditional New England lobster rolls, is waiting to deliver your Lobster Roll feast to your door, or for pickup--in Chicago's Gold Coast and surrounding neighborhoods. If you're out and about on Easter Sunday, stop by their Gold Coast location, 12 E. Cedar St. in the Gold Coast and enjoy your feast in their colorful and fun dining room.
For those not familiar with Da Lobsta, think the American Dream on a bun. Da Lobsta serves authentic New England lobster roll sandwiches in addition to several varieties with a tasty twist. The menu also is filled with lobster, crab and shrimp specialties, such as Lobster and Crab Spinach dip, Lobster Grilled Cheese, New England Clam Chowda, Lobster Mac-N-Cheese, and delicious Chopped Salads. Creative lobster roll sandwiches, which can be made with lobster, blue crab or shrimp, include the Asian, the Mexican, the Greek, and the Indian.
"We were first to the market by offering an upscale lobster roll product at fast-casual prices, making it affordable for the masses," said J Wolf, founder and owner. "We knew Chicagoans love their lobster and there was pent-up demand for lobster served at an affordable price. We have solved the riddle as to how to do it really well at a reasonably low price point."
For more information and online ordering, visit Da Lobsta website or call the Gold Coast location at (312) 929-2423. Da Lobsta's Gold Coast location is open on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please note that the French Market location will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Delightful Pastries: Sweet and Savory for Your Easter Table
Whether sweet or savory, Delightful Pastries has delicious treats in store for Spring and the Easter holiday season. While you may think of Delightful Pastries for its sweet offerings, don't forget that they offer a complete selection of savories and homemade breads.
Create a memorable Easter brunch by starting off with Delightful Pastries' delicious Lamb & Spinach Pie with organic lamb, spinach and a cheese béchamel sauce, serving 12-14 people. Their Veggie Quiche with French pastry filled with leeks, spinach, mushroom, onion and Swiss cheese is another great choice for your brunch menu.
Chef Dobra Bielinski suggests adding a White Borsht Soup and a Fresh Sausage and Polish salad with organic arugula, roasted butternut squash, roasted local beets from Genesis Growers, oranges, spiced walnuts with house made mustard vinaigrette to your menu. Accompany the meal with a variety of breads such as Seeded Sourdough-a healthy delicious eggless bread with no dairy, sugar or yeast. It's a great vegan selection. In fact, Delightful Pastries offers a number of vegan offerings including their special Pecan Cranberry Sourdough, a whole wheat bread studded with dried cranberries and pecans and Holiday Bread with pecans, dried cherries, raisin, dried cranberries, candied orange peel and currants.
On the sweet side, Delightful Pastries specials include Pound Cake finished with buttercream or powdered sugar, and an array of beautifully decorated and tasty sugar cookies in adorable shapes including bunny rabbits, carrots, flowers, and butterflies topped with icing and spring decorations. Delightful Pastries' Mocha Chocolate Bundt Cake, Rum & Raisin Babka and Chocolate Babka also make a perfect hostess gift or serving centerpiece for your own holiday table. Easter specials are available at all three Delightful Pastries locations: Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724; Jefferson Park at 5927 W. Lawrence, (773) 545-7215, and Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton, (312) 234-9644. Visit Delightful Pastries website for more information. Please note that the French Market location will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Maxwell's at the Club Presents Elegant Easter Brunch, Sunday April 20
Maxwell's at the Club, located in the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury St. (telephone: 312-527-5800, ext. 301), will present its elegant annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extensive buffet, which is open to the public, will feature prime rib and roast turkey carving stations, an omelet bar, a waffle bar, assorted pastries and seasonal berries, as well as a variety of appetizers, salads and entrées. The entire family will enjoy the festivities, which includes a special appearance by the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because Maxwell's Easter Brunch is very popular, reservations are necessary.
The Easter Buffet begins with an assortment of delicious brunch starters including Shrimp Cocktail with Cocktail Sauce and Lemon; Chilled Roasted and Poached Salmon with Mustard Sauce; and Lox and Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes and Red Onions; and Assorted Bagels and Chive Cream Cheese. Breakfast-oriented entrées include Eggs Benedict, Sour Cream Pancakes, French Toast and Maple-Glazed Fried Chicken Tenders with Waffles. Breakfast sides include Bacon, Chicken and Apple Sausage, Pork Sausage, and Breakfast Potatoes.
The Salad station showcases a wide selection of fresh and colorful choices: Caesar Salad, Chopped Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette; Strawberry-Mango Mesclun Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette; Arugula, Pickled Fennel, Toasted Almonds and Shaved Parmesan with Orange Vinaigrette; Spring Nicoise Potato Salad; Jasmine Rice Salad; Caprese Salad; Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad; Asian Soba Noodle and a Shrimp Salad; and a Barley, Sweet Pea and Mint Salad.
Maxwell's Carving Station features Roast Beef Prime Rib with Au Jus and Horseradish, and Roast Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce. Luncheon-oriented entrées will include Braised Beef with Heirloom Polenta; Gnocchi with Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms; and assorted Seafood selections. The Pastry and Dessert Station will present a Seasonal Array of Fruits and Berries along with assorted Pastries, Breads and Desserts.
"The Easter Brunch at Maxwell's is always spectacular, and we're looking forward to greeting everyone for this special celebration," said Mike Romano, Food and Beverage Director for the East Bank Club.
Reservations are required for this very popular Easter Brunch. To make reservations, pp lease call (312) 527-5800, extension 301, or schedule your table online at the Maxwell's at the Club website
Fantastic Sustainable and Deliciously Healthy Easter Brunch Buffet at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook
When looking for a restaurant to celebrate Easter, you want to make sure that there's something offered for the entire family to enjoy. Look no further than Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) in Northbrook. Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have created a buffet experience that will tantalize every palate.
Prairie Grass Cafe is known for its sustainable, local and a deliciously healthy focus. Their reasonably priced brunch buffet at $45 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under, won't disappoint. Guests will enjoy selections from Prairie Grass Cafe's signature "PCG Benedict" with Poached Egg and Spinach and Roasted Tomato Hollandaise, to an array of salads, savories, creative side dishes, and a desserts. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20.
Easter Brunch Menu: April 20th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$45 Adult / $15 Children 10 and under
Every guests starts with our Signature "PGC Benedict" Poached Egg with Spinach, and Roasted Tomato Hollandaise
- Pasta Salad with Watercress Pesto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- Fresh Grilled Asparagus & Spring Onions, Splashed with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Chopped Greek Salad with Peppers, Cucumbers, Onions, Olives, Feta and Red Wine Oregano Vinaigrette
- Deviled Farm Eggs
- Warm Baked Feta Topped with Thin Slices of Banana Peppers
- Our Signature Moussaka - Layers of Eggplant, Potato and Braised Lamb topped with Bechamel Sauce
- Spicy Oven-Roasted Chicken with Crock of Beans with Guijillo Peppers and Crumbled Goat Cheese
- Fresh "Peekytoe" Crab Cakes over Roasted Tomato Chutney; Lemon Butter Sauce
- Crispy Yukon Gold Potatoes with Spicy Aioli Sauce ( Boiled & Fried)
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Grated Parmesan, Bacon and Herb Remoulade
- Fennel Raisin Bread, French Baguettes, Multigrain Loaves
- Warm Raisin Buns, Cheese and Jam Danish, Chocolate Croissants
- Applewood Smoked Maple Creek Farm Bacon
- Ham Layered with Mushrooms En Croute
- Ancho Marinated Skirt Steak
- "Made to order" Omelet Station: Homemade Crumbled Maple Creek Farm Chorizo, Poblano Peppers, Spring Onions, Tomato, Jack cheese, Cheddar, Mushrooms and Spinach
- Hot Fresh Waffle Station with Maple Syrup
- Fresh Sliced Ripe Fruit Platter of Berries
- Crepe Station: Chocolate and Whipped Cream, Raspberry Jam with Powdered Sugar
- Double Chocolate Cup Cakes Mom's Homemade Banana Cream Pie
- Warm Cherry Crumble with Toasted Oat Topping
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