Penny Pollack, Dining Editor at Chicago Magazine shared some ideas for Easter and Passover meals at restaurants in and around Chicago.
Penny's Easter Recommendations
Shaw's Crab House21 E Hubbard St.312-527-2722
Shaw's Crab House is offering a Sunday brunch buffet for $49.99 for adults on April 4. Brunch includes a complimentary mimosa or Blood Mary. Kids 12 and younger eat for free.
The brunch buffet will include, a make-your-own-omelet and waffle station, a carving station with herb-roasted turkey, and seafood bar
Cafe Des Architectes20 East Chestnut St.312-324-4063
Join Cafe Des Architectes for its four-course prix fixe family brunch Sunday, April 4. Reservations are available from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Cost: $55 for adults $25 for children ages 5 to 12.
Some menu items include homemade cured sturgeon, slow poached farm eggs, chocolate pistachio dome.
Nella Pizzeria Napoletana2423 N. Clark St.773-327-3400
Kids can watch and eat bunny pizzas at Nella Pizzeria Napoletana. Request any of the Neapolitan style pizzas to be made in the shape of a bunny for $4 off the regular price.
Courtright's8989 S Archer, Willow Springs708-839-8000
Celebrate Easter at Courtright's with the three-course ($39) or four-course ($55) menu. The three-course children's menu is $30
Pick from menu items like carrot soup, honey glazed ham, and chocolate tartlet.
Taxim1558 N. Milwaukee773-252-1558
Taxim is offering a Greek Easter lamb dinner on Sunday, April 4. The five-course prix fixe menu lists traditional Greek Easter cuisine. Reservations are available for the seating times of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $55 per person.
The main course is a whole charcoal-roasted milk-fed Spring lamb
Nana3267 S. Halsted St.312-929-2486
It's BYO Easter special at Nana on April 4. No corkage fee.
Bistrot Margot1437 N Wells312-587-3660
Only $24.95 for the three-course prix fixe Easter Brunch at Bistrot Margot on April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Some menu items are omelets, eggs benedict, the Chef's quiche, and French toast.
Sixteen410 N. Wabash Ave.312-588-8030
Children will be greeted by the Easter bunny and receive their own basket to fill with eggs and homemade candy during Easter egg hunts starting at 11:30 a.m. at Sixteen on April 4. The Easter Brunch is 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost: $115 for adults, $30 for children eight and younger.
Menu includes Artichoke and bacon soup; Veal loin with sweet Vidalia onion jam with fava bean and ham ragout; Lamb roulade with mint pesto, pine nuts and roasted red pepper.
Fonda Isabel18W333 Roosevelt Rd, Lombard630-691-2222
Fonda Isabel is celebrating Easter with a regional Mexican cuisine Brunch Buffet for $19.95 on Sunday, April 4. Call the restaurant to make reservations.
Menu options like cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork), tacos de pescado (fish tacos), pollo a la Isabel boneless breast of chicken with mushrooms and a thick sweet gravy; Pepsi and jalapeños involved; the owner's mother's recipe), carne asada (thinly sliced grilled beef), and chicken flautas (crispy rolled tortillas stuffed with chicken)
Dunlays on the Square3137 W. Logan Blvd.773-227-2400
Eat from the regular brunch menu, but if bring in your church bulletin you get 15 percent off your bill. Brunch begins at 10 a.m. Cost varies.
Odyssey Cruise and Spirit of Chicago Cruises
Brunch and dinner cruises are available through Odyssey on Easter Sunday, April 4. Families can expect views of the Chicago skyline, dancing to live or DJ entertainment, and meals. Brunch Cruise Easter Brunch Cruise: Board 11:30 AM, $64.90 Dinner Cruise: Board 4:00 PM, $79.90. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 866-305-2469. Spirit of Chicago has a brunch and dinner cruise too. Reservations for Spirit cruise call 866-273-2469
Swirlz705 W. Belden Ave., 773-404-2253
Swirlz has Easter and Passover cupcakes available for pre-order. Order Easter cupcakes from March 29 to April 3, and Passover cupcakes from March 29 to April 5. Swirlz is closed on April 4th
Penny Pollack's Passover Recommendations
If you are overwhelmed by the myriad details of putting your seder table together, burnt your brisket, or just don't want to cook this year, here are some places you can turn to for help.
Fox & Obel401 East Illinois 312-379-0133http://www.fox-obel.com/
Fox & Obel can cater your first night of Passover with a full array of traditional dishes. They are accepting orders through Monday, March 29.
Jerry's 1938 W. Division St.773-235-1006
Jerry's will be offering a Passover menu from Tuesday, March 31 through Monday, April 5. Yes, it's a sandwich place, but anything on the menu can be done as a salad or off bun with a side of matzoh.
Piccolo Sogno464 N. Halsted St.312-421-0077
Piccolo Sogno hosts seder on March 30 led by Rabbi Barry Axler. The menu is kosher-style and Italian-accented. Two seatings: 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant. $75 per person
Steve's Deli354 W. Hubbard312-467-6868
Steve's Passover menu is available for both take-out-and-dining in on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30. For at home dining, call to place your Passover order before Monday. Any item can be had à la carte from gefilte fish with carrots to beef brisket to flourless chocolate cake.
Wildfire159 W. Erie312-787-9000http://www.wildfirerestaurant.com/events-news/celebrate-passover-wildfire-lincolnshire-glenview-or-atlanta
Celebrate Passover with a three-course dinner at Wildfire Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30. Cost: $26.95 per person and $12.95 for children under 12. The menu features a variety of Passover favorites, such as matzoh ball soup, braised brisket of beef, potato kugel, and coconut macaroons.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times