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Easter Feasts

Easter is upon us, and scores of Chicago’s top restos are pulling out the stops with lavish buffets and specialty menu items. Here are five destinations that caught our eye.

Enjoy the (hopefully!) warm spring weather during The Bristol’s Easter brunch service.

1. The Bristol
Bucktown's gourmet staple (and Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient) infuses its Easter brunch ($29) with signature gastronomic flair. Start with a sharable assortment of delicious baked goods from Pastry Chef Sarah Koechling (highlights include blue cheese and pecan scones and lemon Earl Grey pound cake), followed by an individual dish from Chris Pandel's special menu. At the top of our list: the MG burger with duck confit, pickled peppers and smoked gruyere, or the open-faced egg sandwich with pork belly, Mornay sauce and Texas toast. Have a sweet tooth? Then indulge with the butter pecan whole wheat pancakes. Pair yours with one of The Bristol's handcrafted cocktails—flavors better than any chocolate bunny! 2152 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773.862.5555

2. Devon Seafood Grill
This River North destination recently launched brunch service, and what better time to check it out than Easter? Bring your appetite to this expansive, all-you-can-eat buffet ($48 for adults, $16 for children ages 4-12), which boasts the best of both land (slow roasted prime rib, sausage links and chicken picatta) and sea (steamed Alaskan King Crab legs, fresh oysters, peppered mackerel, and more). Kid-friendly choices abound as well, such as biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and country style home fries. Dig in! 10AM-3PM. 39 E. Chicago Ave., 312.440.8660

3. Sixteen
Those looking to start a posh new Easter tradition need look no further than this epicurean mecca inside Chicago Trump International Hotel & Tower. Start with a complimentary glass of Champagne and explore the many options of the lavish buffet spread: mouthwatering lamb and prime rib carving stations, a well-stocked seafood table and a bevy of specialty entrees (veal medallions with glazed fava beans and ramp-stuffed morel mushrooms, anyone?). Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai offers her own version of an Easter basket: a sweet selection of chocolate eggs, dessert takeaways and an exclusive goody bag. To top it all off, pint-size diners can delight in an Easter egg hunt and petting zoo. Tickets $148 for adults, $35 for children ages 7 and younger. 10:30AM-3PM. 401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312.588.8030

4. Pecking Order
Venture off the beaten path and head to Kristine Subido’s much-lauded poultry palace for a Filipino-inspired brunch ($17 for adults; $8.50 children under 13). Chicken is obviously the star of the menu, but Subido is also serving up housemade longaniza sausages, fried sweet plantains with jack fruit chutney and traditional arroz caldo. Save room for the always popular Mom’s Desserts: sticky rice with coconut caramel, leche flan and purple yam cake. 11AM-3PM. 4416 N. Clark St., 773.907.9900

5. Tuscany on Taylor Street
Enjoy some old-school Italian charm at Tuscany on Taylor Street and mangia to your heart’s content on chef Victorio Padilla special a la carte menu. Feast on grilled New Zealand rack of lamb ($37), paglia e fieno (spinach and egg noodles, chicken breast, sundried tomato and pesto cream sauce, $17) and pork belly Benedict on toasted ciabatta ($14). Now that’s molto bene! 11AM-2PM. 1014 W. Taylor St., 312.829.1990