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Dining news: Passover, Easter options
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-03-31

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—Maxwell's at the Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., is offering a special Passover Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., on Friday, April 3. Passover favorites will include matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, braised brisket of beef and roast lamb. The Passover buffet is $45 for adults and $15 for children up to 10. Reservations are recommended; call 312-527-5800, ext. 301.

—Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State St., now has various Passover/Easter/springtime offerings. The April Cupcake of the Month is the lemon cupcake ( standard cake available as well ). In addition, there are everything from Easter cupcakes to pastel meringues to matzo crunch to flourless single layer cake. Visit http://www.magnoliabakery.com/.

—For Easter, Table fifty-two, 52 W. Elm St., will offer special pan-seared lamb chops to be enjoyed alongside Sunday supper favorites like Chef Art Smith's fried chicken and waffles, Executive Chef Rey Villalobos' Southern-fried catfish, crab cake Benedict, spring omelets and quiche and the restaurant's brick-oven macaroni and cheese. The special will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/Tablefiftytwo.

—Oak Brook restaurant El Tapeo will offer a special a la carte Easter brunch on Sunday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items at the Spanish eatery will include Iberian eggs Benedict, Spanish omelet and Spanish cava mimosas, among other items. Children will enjoy a special Easter movie viewing, a coloring and separate cookie station, and will leave with bags filled with Easter candy and treats ( reservation required for families with children ). Visit www.ElTapeoRestaurant.com .

—Easter brunch at the Florentine, 151 W. Adams St., is $55 for adults, $20 for children under 12; also, for the adults, access to the mimosa bar or unlimited Bloody Marys is available for an additional $15. Culinary fare will include buttermilk pancakes with blueberry preserves as well as carving ham and lamb stations. Reservations are recommended; call 312-660-8866.

—Luella's Southern Kitchen, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave., will have an Easter entree featuring items such as crawfish etouffee with Carolina gold rice ( $14 ) and a dessert special, the dessert sampler ( $6 ), featuring a beignet, blackberry hand pie, milk-chocolate bread pudding and caramel ice cream. Visit www.luellassouthernkitchen.com .

—Community Tavern, 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering each table with a complimentary sampling of its savory in-house cured ham on Easter Sunday. Visit http://www.communitytavern.com/.

—A10 Hyde Park Eatery & Bar, 1462 E. 53rd St., will be serving Easter brunch on Sunday, April 5, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Guests will start on a sweet note with an assortment of housemade pastries such as banana muffins, hot-crossed sticky buns and crystallized ginger scones. A selection of entrees will be offered, including lobster Benedict, chicken-fried quail and cinnamon-raisin French toast. The cost is $35 per person ( includes coffee or tea ); call 773-288-1010.

—Tortoise Club, 350 N. State St., will host an Easter buffet on Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Items include a Belgian waffle station, eggs Benedict florentine, a raw seafood bar and desserts, among others offerings. The cost is $22 ( children 5-12 )-$59 ( adults ). Visit www.TortoiseClub.com .

—Devon Seafood Grill, 39 E. Chicago Ave., is offering a special Easter prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef John Cosnotti on Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Salad options include Maine lobster bisque, among others; entrees include center-cut filet, seared George's Bank scallops, bone-in pork chop and/or jumbo crab cakes; and dessert options are vanilla bean creme brulee, lava cake, berries and cream, and apple croustade. Call 312-440-8660 or visit www.devonseafood.com .

—Lockwood Restaurant & Bar, located within The Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe St., will offer two dining options Easter Sunday, April 5—a special brunch buffet at 11 a.m-3 p.m. and a our-course prix fixe menu at noon-10 p.m. The brunch buffet is $65 for adults, $59 for seniors, $29 for children ( 6-12 years old ) and complimentary for children 5 and younger; the four-course prix fixe menu is $62 per person. Brunch offerings include chicken-and-kale ravioli, organic eggs and omelets, and chocolate-chip bread pudding, among other items. Visit www.lockwoodrestaurant.com .

—Modern French bistro Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash St., will offer a seasonally focused three-course Easter brunch menu on Sunday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price is $39 for adults and $19 for children 12 years and under. ( Bottomless mimosas are available to adults for $15 per person. ) The many offerings will include short-stack pancakes, Bistronomic deviled eggs, savory crepes, Scottish salmon salad and chocolate hazelnut bars, among others. NOTE: The a la carte brunch menu will not be available during Easter brunch. Call 312-944-8400 or visit www.bistronomic.net .

—On Easter Sunday, MAX's Wine Dive, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., invites dinners of all ages to enjoy brunch and an Easter egg hunt. MAX's brunch menu has items like braised pork belly Benedict with giardiniera hollandaise as well as Famous Southern Fried Chicken with jalapeno-buttermilk-marinated chicken, home fries, collard greens and Texas toast. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 773-661-6581 or visiting www.maxswinedive.com/chicago.

— Ruxbin, 851 N. Ashland Ave., will host an intimate Easter dinner that will debut a new dish from the upcoming spring menu. Guests will enjoy an exclusive preview of Chef Edward Kim's Mediterranean-inspired lamb saddle with Israeli couscous, prunes, feta, cardamom yogurt, preserved lemon and blackberries. The special Easter dinner for two is priced at $75, and is available on Sunday, April 5, at 5:30-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended; call 312-624-8509 or visit www.ruxbinchicago.com .

—Parts and Labor, 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave., has partnered with West Town Bakery to add its German chocolate cake to the dessert menu through April. ( It's chocolate devil's-food cake filled with coconut and pecan custard and iced with chocolate frosting, pecans and coconut custard. ) The Logan Square "barstaurant" will begin showcasing a new dessert item each month from another local establishment.

—In anticipation of the upcoming season-five premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO, Frontier will host a wild-boar feast on Sunday, April 12, 3-6 p.m. The event will include a viewing party of the final three episodes of season four paired with a wild-boar Dinner created by Executive Chef Brian Jupiter. The feast will be served with sides like five-cheese mac, Caesar salad with polenta croutons, vegetable succotash and cornbread. The cost is $30; visit www.TheFrontierChicago.com .

—To celebrate this weekend's NCAA Final Four, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, 505 N. Michigan Ave., has special sandwiches for each team. There are the Kentucky Hot Brown ( for Kentucky ), the Tobacco Road pimento burger ( for Duke ), five-cheese grilled cheese ( for Wisconsin ) and MJ-style Coney Island hani ( for Michigan State ).

—Labriola Ristorante & Cafe, 535 N. Michigan Ave., has launched a daily breakfast service. Guests can enjoy items such as filet medallions and eggs ( $14.95 ), eggs Benedict with prosciutto and hollandaise ( $11.95 ), Italian sausage-and-egg sandwich with provolone on ciabatta ( $8.99 ), and brioche French toast with maple syrup and Chantilly cream ( $8.95 ). Breakfast is served Monday-Friday at 7-10 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 8-11 a.m.

—Atwood Cafe, 1 W. Washington St., has opened its downtown Chicago restaurant after a three-month renovation, unveiling a remodeled dining room and expanded bar area. March also marks the 120th anniversary of the famed Reliance Building, a National Historic Landmark now known as Kimpton's Hotel Burnham. Located inside its historical structure, Atwood is the first installment of Hotel Burnham's $4.1-million renovation, which will conclude with newly renovated guest rooms and public spaces this spring. Helmed by Executive Chef Brian Millman and Head Bartender Ray Anguiano, the opening will also mark the debut of new spring menus featuring seasonal American food and drink.

—The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal on Wed., April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St. The James Beard Foundation Award winner will discuss her upcoming first cookbook, Cookie Love, with WBEZ Chewing the Fat podcasters Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Tickets are $8-18; visit chicagohumanities.org or call 312-494-9509.

—Dining Out for Life will take place Thursday, April 30, in dozens of cities across the nation—including New York City, one of the newest locations to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Chicago will also be among the 60 sites involved. Visit www.DiningOutForLife.com .

—Green City Market, 1817 N. Clark St., will host top chefs from around the country when it opens its 17th season Saturday, May 2. In honor of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, visiting chefs will gather and be joined by Chicago's chef community at Green City Market beginning at 9:30 a.m. Green City Market board members and fellow past James Beard Award winners Sarah Stegner ( Prairie Grass Cafe and co-president of Green City Market board ), Carrie Nahabedian ( Naha and Brindille ) and Bruce Sherman ( North Pond ) are the hosting chefs.

Send items to Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com or follow on Twitter @Azygous60610.


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