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5 Great Easter Meals Around Town

By Molly Durham in Food on Apr 5, 2012 9:00PM


Brunch is out in all its glory this Sunday, with your regular options being kicked up a notch or three for Easter. From meat displays not for the lighthearted to Spanish bites, here's a few that sound awesome to us:

Mercat a la Planxa will offer a three-course menu for $35 per person that includes two separate stations devoted to meat carving and desserts. Seafood croquettes, chorizo eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise and jumbo prawns are all options. $8 will get you a bottomless bloody mary bar or bottomless mimosas if the food wasn't enough, but they had us at truffled hollandaise.

You can go completely non-traditional with your Easter brunch at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, who'll have plenty of pintxos (bite-sized tapas) like deviled eggs with bacon and waffle-battered chicken sticks. Nothing says holiday brunch like gnawing on one of those. Take advantage of the make-your-own bloody mary bar and expect to leave with some Easter treats.

Allium will have a brunch buffet with super-varied options: grilled calamari, goat cheese stuffed artichokes, sushi, sashimi, braised veal cheeks with gnocchi and Maine lobster will all be present. The brunch is $130 for adults and $55 for children, open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 312.799.4900.

Taxim will have a meaty five-course holiday meal full of Greek dishes like charcoal-grilled caul-stuffed lamb offal, lamb offal soup and charcoal-roasted whole Mint Creek Farm grass-fed lamb. They open at 4 p.m., with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m., for $75 per person. An egg-cracking contest will also be involved.

Bin 36's brunch buffet will have the usual breakfast foods like custom omelets, but the real deal here will be the a bloody mary and mimosa flights. We'd love to see what kinda of varieties they come up with for some Easter morning drinking. The buffet will be $42 for adults and $22 for children under 12.