Phil Vettel picks Easter brunch spots

Still need Easter brunch plans? Phil Vettel recommends

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Sunday is Easter, and among other things, that means big crowds for Sunday brunch and dinner. Given the likelihood of sellouts, I made the list extra long this time.

Amber Cafe, 13 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, 630-515-8080. Buffet brunch, $29.95, served 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits, 6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, 708-775-8122. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Three-course brunch, $25. A la carte children's options ($5-$6) available.

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400. Three-course brunch, $29; bottomless mimosas, $15 more.

Cafe des Architectes, 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4063. Three-course brunch menu, $65, served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular breakfast 5:30-11 a.m., dinner menu 5-10 p.m.

Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100. Three-course brunch served 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $29, $14 ages 9 and younger. A la carte menu option available.

Courtright's, 8989 Archer Ave., Willow Springs, 708-839-8000. Prix fixe dinner menu served noon to 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $55; four-course menu, $62. Children's menu, $29.

Cucina Paradiso, 814 North Boulevard, Oak Park, 708-848-3434. Buffet brunch; seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25, $13 ages 12 and younger. Reservations required.

Davis Street Fishmarket, 501 Davis St., Evanston, 847-869-3474. Buffet brunch served 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $34.95. Children (9 and younger) may order off a la carte kids menu (all items $4.95).

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 25 E. Ohio St., 312-329-9463. Three-course brunch served 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $36.95, $17.95 ages 11 and younger.

La Tosca, 123 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park, 630-832-5300. Buffet with breakfast dishes and Italian specialties. Seatings at 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 4 p.m. $29.95, $15.95 ages 6-12.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Three-course menu (two dishes per course) plus unlimited carving station (roasted pig, salmon with cider glaze), $35. Reservations required.

North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Drive, 773-477-5845. Three-course brunch available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $75.

Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave., 312-521-7275. A la carte brunch served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (bloody mary bar, $10); children's buffet, $10. Regular dinner menu (with seasonal specials) served 4-9 p.m.

Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-205-4433. Buffet brunch (including signature PGC benedict), $45, $15 ages 9 and younger, served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A la carte menu with specials served at dinner.

Quince at the Homestead, 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8419. Three-course brunch menu served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $40, $15 ages 12 and younger.

Roka Akor, 456 N. Clark St., 312-477-7652. A la carte and four-course tasting menu ($48) served 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Four-course brunch $48, $26 ages 12 and younger. Reservations required.

Tavernita, 151 W. Erie St., 312-274-1111. Brunch "sharing menu" includes cocktail, chef's-choice amuse, plus any four menu items for the table. Cost is $30; kid-friendly menu items $5 each.

Topaz, 780 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, 630-654-1616. Brunch served 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Antipasto, omelet/breakfast and sweets buffets, plus choice of four entrees, $29.95. Dinner service (regular menu) begins 4 p.m.

III Forks, 333 E. Benton Place, 312-938-4303. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Three-course menu, $44.95, $14.95 ages 12 and younger. A la carte menu also available.

Weber Grill, 539 N. State St., 312-467-9696; 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, 630-953-8880; 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, 847-413-0800. Regular and children's menus available, augmented with a la carte seasonal specials.

Zed 451, 739 N. Clark St., 312-266-6691. Buffet and tableside entree samplings served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $29, ages 6-12 $15.

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