Phil Vettel picks Easter brunch spots

Still need Easter brunch plans? Phil Vettel recommends

Sunday is Easter, and among other things, that means big crowds for Sunday brunch and dinner. Given the likelihood of sellouts, I made the list extra long this time.

Amber Cafe, 13 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, 630-515-8080. Buffet brunch, $29.95, served 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits, 6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, 708-775-8122. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Three-course brunch, $25. A la carte children's options ($5-$6) available.

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400. Three-course brunch, $29; bottomless mimosas, $15 more.

Cafe des Architectes, 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4063. Three-course brunch menu, $65, served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular breakfast 5:30-11 a.m., dinner menu 5-10 p.m.

Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100. Three-course brunch served 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $29, $14 ages 9 and younger. A la carte menu option available.

Courtright's, 8989 Archer Ave., Willow Springs, 708-839-8000. Prix fixe dinner menu served noon to 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $55; four-course menu, $62. Children's menu, $29.

Cucina Paradiso, 814 North Boulevard, Oak Park, 708-848-3434. Buffet brunch; seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25, $13 ages 12 and younger. Reservations required.

Davis Street Fishmarket, 501 Davis St., Evanston, 847-869-3474. Buffet brunch served 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $34.95. Children (9 and younger) may order off a la carte kids menu (all items $4.95).

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 25 E. Ohio St., 312-329-9463. Three-course brunch served 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $36.95, $17.95 ages 11 and younger.

La Tosca, 123 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park, 630-832-5300. Buffet with breakfast dishes and Italian specialties. Seatings at 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 4 p.m. $29.95, $15.95 ages 6-12.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Three-course menu (two dishes per course) plus unlimited carving station (roasted pig, salmon with cider glaze), $35. Reservations required.

North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Drive, 773-477-5845. Three-course brunch available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $75.

Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave., 312-521-7275. A la carte brunch served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (bloody mary bar, $10); children's buffet, $10. Regular dinner menu (with seasonal specials) served 4-9 p.m.

Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-205-4433. Buffet brunch (including signature PGC benedict), $45, $15 ages 9 and younger, served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A la carte menu with specials served at dinner.

Quince at the Homestead, 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8419. Three-course brunch menu served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $40, $15 ages 12 and younger.

Roka Akor, 456 N. Clark St., 312-477-7652. A la carte and four-course tasting menu ($48) served 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Four-course brunch $48, $26 ages 12 and younger. Reservations required.

Tavernita, 151 W. Erie St., 312-274-1111. Brunch "sharing menu" includes cocktail, chef's-choice amuse, plus any four menu items for the table. Cost is $30; kid-friendly menu items $5 each.

Topaz, 780 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, 630-654-1616. Brunch served 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Antipasto, omelet/breakfast and sweets buffets, plus choice of four entrees, $29.95. Dinner service (regular menu) begins 4 p.m.

III Forks, 333 E. Benton Place, 312-938-4303. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Three-course menu, $44.95, $14.95 ages 12 and younger. A la carte menu also available.

Weber Grill, 539 N. State St., 312-467-9696; 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, 630-953-8880; 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, 847-413-0800. Regular and children's menus available, augmented with a la carte seasonal specials.

Zed 451, 739 N. Clark St., 312-266-6691. Buffet and tableside entree samplings served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $29, ages 6-12 $15.

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