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Best Sunday Brunch for seafood

lilmomma May 12, 2012 06:10 PM

Has anyone been to the Reel Club in OakBrook or Shaw's Crab House for brunch? How do they compare? Where are you favorite brunch buffets?

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    grimaldi RE: lilmomma May 14, 2012 09:27 AM

    Haven't been to Reel Club, but Shaw's is pretty good. It doesn't have quantity like most buffets -- it's actually fairly limited. But what it does have is fresh and very nice quality, and frankly for the price a downright steal. Sixteen would be my favorite brunch in Chicago. You can't beat the dining room/view and the seafood (full, cut, king crab legs) were worth the price of admission alone.

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      lilmomma RE: lilmomma May 14, 2012 06:44 PM

      Thanks! I will have to check it out!

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        Possumlad RE: lilmomma May 15, 2012 06:10 AM

        It's worth noting that the current brunch menu @ Sixteen does not seem to include crab legs, and is also not a buffet:


        They changed chefs not all that long ago, so it's possible that the format has changed as well.

      2. nsxtasy RE: lilmomma May 15, 2012 12:32 PM

        I've eaten at Shaw's for their buffet Sunday brunch twice so far this year, once in each location, and it's outstanding. They have terrific breakfast items (thick-cut caramelized bacon, yummmm), terrific seafood items (crabcakes, chilled shrimp and crab), and terrific desserts (creme brulee, pot de creme). I wrote up a detailed report which you can view at www.chow.com/topics/364403#5927944 - the only thing that has changed since then is the price ($48) and they no longer have hot king crab legs, although they still have them cold. This is my favorite brunch buffet.

        I have eaten at Reel Club for lunch and dinner and like it a lot, but have not been there for brunch. (I don't even know whether it's a buffet.) It's also worth noting that, since Shaw's and Reel Club are both Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, it's possible they may share ingredient sourcing and/or recipes.


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