Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mother's Day 2008 Chicago Restaurant Roundup from Kurman Communications

BIRCH RIVER GRILL-AN AMERICAN KITCHEN, 75 West Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 427-Treat mom to a Mother's Day brunch she won't forget! Enjoy Mother's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring hearty American cuisine in a rustic chic atmosphere. The buffet starts with a lavish seafood station featuring shucked oysters, cocktail shrimp and mussels. Made to order eggs, omelet and waffle stations are available alongside a hot entrée buffet featuring items such as Basil Pesto Crusted Salmon Filets with citrus butter and Pan Seared Breast of Chicken Piccata. There will also be a special children's station and a dessert station. New this year is the Birch River Grill Bloody Mary Bar. Create your own Bloody Mary with your favorite vodka and fixings such as assorted stuffed olives, fresh asparagus spears, a variety of peppers and more. The price is $32.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 12 and under. Kids 5 and under are complimentary. The Bloody Mary Bar is an additional $8.95 per person.

DINE, 733 West Madison Street, Chicago (312) 602-2100. Feast on Dine's Mother's Day prix fixe brunch buffet, $39 per person ($14.95 for children age 12 and under) served from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The regular dinner menu will be available beginning at 5 p.m. The brunch buffet features items from Dine's new raw bar including an assortment of sushi, smoked salmon, and shrimp cocktail; a made to order omelet station; breakfast selections including waffles, French toast, potato hash, bacon and sausage; assorted breakfast pastries and a fresh fruit display. Savory selections include meatloaf with brandy tomato sauce, roasted spring vegetables and chicken Wellington. Enjoy cold selections such as Caesar salad with focaccia croutons, roasted vegetable pasta salad, golden tomato gazpacho and vegetable crudité, and an assortment of cheeses. As always, Dine's homemade desserts will round out the celebration. Children will enjoy selections just for them including tater tots, chicken fingers and more. Dine is one of Chicago's few restaurants offering breakfast, lunch and dinner in the outdoor patio as well as late night dining. Another big plus is their large complimentary parking lot.

DELEECE, 4004 N. Southport, Chicago (773) 325-1710, Indulge in special items on the menu for Mother's Day brunch at Southport's hot spot, Deleece. Special brunch entrée items include House Cured Lox Platter ($13); Lobster, Bacon and Spinach Quiche with mixed green salad ($14); Risotto Crab Cake Benedict ($13); Morel Asparagus and Parmesan Frittata ($16); Mustard Crusted Ham Steak with fig compote, Irish Cheddar Strata ($14) and Chocolate Marble Waffles ($10). An edible flower will be presented on every mother's plate. Mother's Day brunch will be served from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

ENTOURAGE ON AMERICAN LANE, 1301 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL (847) 995-9400. Pamper mom this Mother's Day with an elegant brunch at Entourage on American Lane. Select your favorites from an array of traditional brunch items such as freshly baked breakfast pastries, omelet station, Cinnamon Apple and Spiced Pecan French Toast and Traditional Eggs Benedict with lemon cayenne Hollandaise sauce. Unique brunch items include Mascarpone Whipped Scrambled Eggs with fresh chives, Oriental BBQ Glazed Atlantic Salmon and Penne Pasta Bolognese with roasted poblano and beef tenderloin sauce. Don't skip the delectable seafood and carving station, complete with Peel and Eat Shrimp, Oysters on the Half Shell, Oven Roasted Kobe Beef, and Truffle Salt Crusted Pork Loin. Top everything off with a dessert station featuring a selection of fresh pastries. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Adults are $36.95; $15.95 for children 6 to 12 years old and kids under five are complimentary.

KARMA, 510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL(847) 970-6900. This gorgeous, chic restaurant celebrates Mother's Day with a holiday brunch buffet, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $26.95 for adults; kids age five and under are complimentary. The brunch includes an array of seafood, assorted pasta and noodle salads, omelet station, entrée items such as Cheese Blintzes with fruit compote, Pot Stickers and Spring Rolls with dipping sauces, Thai Ginger Glazed Salmon and Orange Tempura Chicken. Save room for the carving station which features Herb Garlic Crusted Prime Rib and Ginger and Molasses Glazed Ham. The brunch also includes an array of mini pastries and a fresh fruit display. Brunch also includes a complimentary glass of champagne for each guest.

POWERHOUSE RESTAURANT AND BAR 215 N. Clinton St., Chicago (312) 928-0800. Treat mom to an elegant meal at one of Chicago's newest hot spots. Recently named one of Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurants for 2008, Powerhouse will be serving Mother's Day lunch and dinner from noon to 8 p.m. Begin with an appetizer such as Slow-Roasted Chicken Thigh with faro, braised artichokes, Swiss chard and sorrel sauce ($12). Be sure not to miss their signature Romaine Hearts Salad with Nueske's bacon, quail eggs, shallots, and Alexander's garlic dressing ($11). Indulge in a Double-Cut Iowa Pork Chop with mustard spaetzle, red cabbage, poached pear and mustard jus ($28) or Walleye Pike with English pea custard, black trumpet mushrooms, white corn and roasted red pepper nage ($27). All mom's will be treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne Henriot . Conclude the meal with Sweet Potato Doughnuts with brown butter, cinnamon sabayon, poached pear and pepitos ($9) or Banana-Peanut Butter, banana bavarian, peanut butter crunch cookie, milk chocolate cream and marshmallow ($9).

SWEET BABY RAY'S, 800 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village, IL(847) 437-9555 Enjoy a unique barbecue buffet for brunch this Mother's Day at Sweet Baby Ray's. Begin with a complimentary mimosa and then enjoy the buffet, which includes items such as made to order omelets, eggs Benedict and French toast, seafood selections, on site smoked barbecue ribs and chicken, Southern style biscuits and gravy and much more. Make your way over to the carving station featuring barbecue brisket, smoked pork loin and smoked turkey. Sweet Baby Ray's will also offer an extensive Bloody Mary Bar with all the fixings. For Mother's Day, Sweet Baby Ray's offers an 11 a.m. seating and a 1 p.m. seating; reservations are required. Buffet brunch is priced at $26.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages eight to 12 and $6.95 for children ages four to seven. The Bloody Mary Bar is an additional $7.99 per person.
It isn't too soon to start planning for Father's Day!

This year for Father's Day, give dad a break from the barbecue and let Sweet Baby Ray's do all the work! With an extensive barbecue buffet, dad will be able to have all of his favorite dishes such as an omelet station, eggs benedict, French toast, assorted potatoes breakfast potatoes, salad bar, BBQ ribs and chicken with southern style biscuits & gravy. Sweet Baby Ray's will also feature an outdoor grill station complete with garlic mini burgers and brats. Additionally, Sweet Baby Ray's will also offer an extensive Bloody Mary Bar with all the fixings. Buffet brunch is priced at $26.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages eight to 12 and $6.95 for children ages four to seven. The Bloody Mary Bar is an additional $7.99 per person

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