3/20/2013 11:30:00 AM

10 Easter Brunches in Chicago

Mini brunch desserts at ZED 451
It’s that time of year again: spring has arrived (according to the calendar, not the thermometer) and with it comes the Easter Bunny. It’s not too late to gather that family over a round of pancakes and mimosas while the kiddies search for eggs. Check out 10 tasty Easter bunch options in Chicago.

Brasserie by LM
It's Easter brunch brought to you by Nutella. The restaurant's partnership means a revamped kids' menu with dishes like French toast and pancakes stuffed with Nutella for $5, which includes a glass of milk. Adults can dine too on a $25 prix fixe (773-334-9463).

Café Ba Ba Reba
Add a little Latin flavor with a sweet and savory pintxos-filled brunch. Options include bite-sized deviled eggs with bacon as well as French toast and waffle-battered chicken. Brunch-flavored tapas take the form of eggs, omelets and waffles. Children will leave with an Easter basket full of treats (773-935-5000).

Café des Architectes
Choices are good, so executive chef Greg Biggers and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky have created an elegant three-course prix fixe menu with five choices per course. Expect to see taste some of spring’s freshest ingredients. Brunch costs $69 and children 12 years and under can eat for $19 (312-324-4063).

Chicago q
The Easter Bunny, free Peeps, face painting and an egg hunt - this brunch has everything, including carrot cake pancakes, Benedict flights (Kobe brisket, Southern and smoked chicken eggs Benedict) and barbecue Bloody Marys (312-642-1160).

The Florentine
This brunch buffet doesn’t look anything like the usual, sad hotel lobby offerings. Executive chef Chris Macchia assembled house-cured lox and bagels, eggs to order, carved ham and lamb stations, and oysters. Bunch costs $45 for adults, $20 for children under 12, and access to the Bloody Mary Bar or unlimited mimosas for $12 extra for adults (312-660-8866).

Mercat a la Planxa
A ham-carving station is good, but a cochinillo asado (roasted pig) with grilled green onions and romesco sauce is so much better. Bunch includes access to two carving stations as well as a three-course brunch for $35 per person (312-765-0524).

Fulton’s on the River
For the children: an Easter egg hunt through the restaurant. For the adults: a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. On the menu you'll find dishes like crab Benedict and apple cider-braised ham (312-822-0100).

Kit Kat Lounge
This bunch is probably not safe for grandma, unless grandma's a fan of raunchy drag-queen humor. The prix fixe brunch includes bottomless bloody martinis, mimosas and sangria as well as a festive performance by Diva Madame X. We don’t know which Lady Gaga songs are appropriate for Easter, but you can find out for $29.95 (773-525-111).

Dine with class with executive chef Andrew Zimmerman. He'll be preparing a four-course menu with farmer's cheese blintzes with blood orange curd; pork belly pastrami hash with poached eggs and whole grain mustard hollandaise; and blueberry tart. Brunch costs $48 for adults and $26 for children age 12 and under (312-441-1920).

ZED 451
Hey, it's an Easter egg hunt with no legwork required. Sit down for Easter bunch and be rewarded with an adult egg filled with a special surprise. Prizes include complimentary sangria, a wine tasting in the wine room, area hotel stay and gift certificates to the restaurant (312-266-6691).


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