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ljozwiak Mar 1, 2009 11:25 AM

I am looking for a great brunch in the algonquin Area. I am currently deciding between Port Edwards and Hennessey's in Elgin.

I don't mind spending the money if the food and service is good.

Any suggestions?

  1. njfoodies Mar 4, 2009 09:42 AM

    I haven't been to the Barn in years, but we used to go with my grandparents a good 25 years ago. But as a kid, can't remember what it was like, I just remember they had great waffles and omlettes. Maybe we'll stop in when we come home to visit Labor Day weekend.

    Good to see you on here nsxtasy. CHiP! -mJ

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      Southside Vinnie Mar 2, 2009 06:51 AM

      The Barn of Barrington no longer has brunch; they're closed except for Sunday banquets anymore. Port Edward has a solid brunch, particularly if you have a group who enjoys seafood. But nevertheless, a good pick.

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      1. re: Southside Vinnie
        Scylla Mar 2, 2009 10:01 AM

        Really?!! Say it ain't so!!! When did that happen?

        Their web site and phone number don't reflect that, but, of course they're closed on Mondays and I was unable to verify.

        1. re: Scylla
          nsxtasy Mar 2, 2009 12:35 PM

          I ate Sunday brunch at Barn of Barrington just a couple of months ago, and they were doing a HUGE business. I would be really surprised if they discontinued it, based on the crowd at that time. Hopefully we can confirm for sure, one way or the other. (However, Sunday brunch is the only meal they have been serving the public, other than private banquets, i.e. they no longer serve dinner.)

          Based on that visit, I would say that their Sunday brunch was okay, but a bit of a step down from the past (I've been there from time to time over the years). They used to have petit filets on the buffet, and those were no longer there. And the dessert spread, while still enormous, seemed to lack the quality they had had in the past - lots of quantity, but not much quality. All in all, it was decent, but I wouldn't call it fantastic, by any means. I used to like it a lot more.

          I've also eaten at Port Edward several times over the years, and used to like it a lot. I went there a couple of years ago for their Friday night AYCE seafood buffet and it really just wasn't very good. Maybe their Sunday brunch is better, or maybe their made-to-order food is still good, I don't know.

          1. re: nsxtasy
            Scylla Mar 3, 2009 05:16 AM

            I trust your opinion, nsxtasy, and I'm saddened to hear that the quality of the Champagne Brunch Buffet at BoB has gone downhill recently. I haven't been to the BoB since last Mother's Day (and was looking forward to going there this year). We've always been really impressed with their champagne brunch buffet. :( I will try to call them later to see if they really have discontinued their Champagne Brunch.

            Port Edward is literally walking distance from my house and I have never eaten there! I should give it a shot, but I have heard lots of comments about how the quality THERE has gone downhill of late as well and how the place is looking a little down at the heels.

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              LikestoEatout Mar 4, 2009 04:11 AM

              Part of the problem with Port Edwards is that the founder and owner, Ed Wolowiec is in his 80's now and still remains in control. I think he needs some fresh vision. My dad, an engineer, helped him put the pond and boat in the entry way. This was in the 1960's so it's been around for awhile. I've always liked the Sunday brunch there but for me, it's something I have grown up with.

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                jan Mar 4, 2009 09:14 AM

                Great call on Port Ed's and Ed. He gave up partial control several years ago to his Chef, and she did make some interesting changes such as sushi on the Friday buffet. But the food still just seems tired to me. And the brunch, a few years ago it was like $17, and it wasn't a bad value. But at $30 now, I'd rather drive to Schaumburg to Entourage or someplace else....

      2. Scylla Mar 2, 2009 05:14 AM

        Have you considered The Barn of Barrington? Not too far from Algonquin and their Champagne Sunday Brunch is fantastic!

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          LikestoEatout Mar 2, 2009 03:58 AM

          Port Edwards is always good, nice seafood plus a turkey or beef roast sliced to order. Omlettes made to order and such.

          http://www.portedward.com/pebrunch.htm

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