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Easter brunch in western suburbs

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Any suggestions for good brunch eateries between Oakbrook and Wheaton? Most places such as Wildfire and The Clubhouse are fully booked...I am looking for a place like this or somewhere slightly more casual but don't want to stand waiting for an hour! Please advise thanks.

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    Brian M. Graham

    It's not exactly in the Western suburbs, but I made reservations at the Starved Rock Lodge for Easter brunch. It's only a little more than an hour drive from the Western suburbs (I 355 south to I 55, I 55 south to I 80, I 80 west to Ill. 178, south on 178 about 7 miles).

    I have been to many Easter brunches over the last few years. Seemingly every time, I have been greatly disappointed with the food. However, in November I had Sunday brunch at the Starved Rock Lodge and loved it. If a regular Sunday brunch is that good, I figure that Easter brunch can't be worse -- it can only be better! And Easter brunch is only $19 per person! And a mixed drink is only $3.75!! You'll spend some gas money, but save on the meal and drinks. The casual, recently refurbished rustic lodge and the State Park at your feet can't be matched locally.

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    1. re: Brian M. Graham

      We went to Starved rock Lodge for dinner last nite. I've never been there for brunch, but dinner was just o-k. Food is very plain, meat was tough, service was just so-so (I think we had a very new waitress) and for the price there are many places that have much better food. I love the location tho and would try it for lunch sometime-maybe after a hike there this summer. Hope we just hit an off nite.

    2. Most of the hotels have good Easter brunches, two of the better ones being the Wyndham at the Thorndale exit of 290 in Itasca, and the Marriott Hickory Ridge on 53 in Lisle.

      I don't know if they do it on Easter, but Suparossa (just south of the Marriott on 53) offers brunches on many Sunday holidays and it's quite good.

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      1. re: MarkH

        I have to vehemently disagree on the Wyndham. I had the misfortune of attending the Easter brunch at the Wyndham in Itasca a couple of years back, and it may be the single worst meal I've had in the past 4-5 years. If size and scope are your only criteria, yes, you'll be thrilled. But I covered every area except for the omelette bar (which, in retrospect, probably would have been my best bet) and, scouts honor, I'm not someone to indiscriminately bash a place -- I try to be constructive and find the positive in otherwise unsatisfying meals -- but not a single thing I tasted was less than terrible. Unidentifiable, gloopy oversauced meats and vegetables in chafing dishes, at the carving station the lamb was dry and well done to the core and the ham tasted like it had been in a saline bath for months, gooey par-cooked pasta, rubbery shrimp, sludgy looking oysters (love oysters, but those scared me). I'm not somebody who's anti-buffet, and I understand quality suffers somewhat when you serve in that fashion. But I went in expecting bad, and was still absolutely floored.

        It's just way too big. There's no way you feed that many people a variety like that and keep the quality anywhere close to reasonable. Just terrible.

        1. re: Dmnkly

          When I drove by that hotel on Sunday, it said WESTIN, not WYNDHAM. Perhaps it has changed since you were last there.

          1. re: CJT

            Huh... indeed it has! The Westin in Itasca was formerly the Wyndham. Hopefully the name wasn't the only change. That brunch wasn't merely a crime against food... it was food genocide.

      2. Check out Allgauer's in the Lisle Hilton on Warrenville Road just east of Naperville Road exit from I-88. They have an excellent Sunday brunch but on Easter you had better have a reservation.

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        1. re: CJ

          Allgauer's is a good recommendation. However, we called last week and they already were booked. We're going to the Wyndham across Warrenville Road, which may or may not prove to be a good choice (we've never been there before). I've found that Easter probably is one of the worst days of the year to attempt to go to any of these brunches -- they're a total zoo.

          1. re: Ron A.

            Easter is bad, but nothing compared to Mother's Day!

            FWIW, I left Allgauer's off my list because a friend of mine called them and also found out it was booked. They're going to the Wyndham in Itasca -- this is the old Hamilton Hotel, which had by far the best Sunday brunch in the suburbs. When Wyndham bought the hotel a few years ago, they maintained the Sunday brunch and kept up its quality.

            Personally, if I were doing the buffet thing on Easter I'd go to Bobaks...Easter and a Polish buffet just seem to go together!


        2. We've gone to Carlucci's in Downers Grove a couple of times for Easter....and liked it quite a lot.....people don't realize that it's open, so reservations haven't been a problem...plus...it's a pretty good sized place....give it a try.

          1. Drury Lane in OBT? I haven't been in years but I recall that the did have a large space and pleasant (if rather standard) choices.

            Drury Lane
            100 Drury Ln, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

            1. Opentable describes Easter brunch specials at a number of restaurants, including some in the western suburbs. www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=3&...

              1. Morton's now has an outlet in Naperville and is advertising an Easter Brunch.

                1751 Freedom Drive (off Diehl Road near Naperville Rd.)

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                1. re: LikestoEatout

                  Morton's in Naperville has not yet opened. It is due to open Friday March 7. I expect they will offer an Easter Brunch. Consider Allgauers's in the Lisle Hilton - food is excellent, but for Easter Brunch you had better make a reservation soon.

                  1. re: CJT

                    Morton's on their website said they were accepting Easter brunch reservations now. Attached link has their phone number.


                    1. re: CJT

                      Actually Morton's has been open for a while. We went there for Valentine's Day.

                      1. re: AEE

                        You failed to note the date of my post on Morton's: it was on Mach 2 of 2008, not this year.

                        Catch 35 in Naperville is right now offering an Easter Sunday 2009 Brunch Buffet for $29.95. It includes: Alaskan king crab eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast with bacon, sausage, and smoked salmon, seared scallops, shrimp pasta, braised beef shortribs, lemon chicken, shrimp cocktail, sliced beef tenderloin, grilled Scottish salmon, plus a sweet table. Reservations are being taken from 10 Am to 5:30 PM, as it is an "all day brunch bufftet".

                  2. We enjoy the Sunday brunch at the Holiday Inn in Willowbrook. It's on Route 83 just north of I-55. They have an excellent selection, good food, and after noon they are fairly generous with the champagne. It ain't Pol Roger, but we manage to choke it down.

                    1. In the past we have gone to Abbington located at Rt53 and Butterfield Rd. for their Easter Brunch. It was very good with a great selection. Also Key Wester on Rt59 has had one that I attended for many years. Also very good.

                      1. A few days ago Metromix did an article on Easter brunch in the suburbs: http://chicago.metromix.com/restauran...

                        And one for folks in the city:

                        1. The Bolingbrook Golf Club puts on a nice brunch on Easter. It's a very beautiful place and the food was good. It was crowded, but not crazy, much better than the hotel brunches I've been to in the past.

                          1. I have been to 2 different Harry Carays for easter brunches and they are both great one was around O Hare and one in oakbrook area i think
                            kids loved it and the adults loved it too
                            The one at O Hare even had the easter bunny visit, great for the kids

                            tried Dine one year in greek town but they did a better mothers day brunch than easter

                            i vote for Harry's - you can dress up or go a little casual

                            1. You might want to consider Portillo's "Key Wester" on route 59 in Naperville. This might be a little out of your way but I feel that they have a great Easter brunch. We have been going there for the last 3 years. It has great variety and the quality is good. It does get a little crowded, but they give you a time slot in which you will be seated. My adult children and there spouses especially love the endless King Crab legs.

                              1. Zaidi's Steak Sushi Seafood (right on Rt. 59 and 83rd Street) in Naperville has a great Easter Brunch/Buffet. We already made our reservations again for this year. It's hard to find a nice place for Easter Brunch and it is one of my favorite times to go out to eat. Zaidi's has a Prime Rib and Ham Carving station and many other great items, and the food is all over the top. They even have some of their awesome sushi included so its a win win for all types of eaters in your group. Definitely Recommend this one!