If your mom is anything like mine, she spends the holidays in the kitchen cooking food for the massive horde that is your family. This year, why not try something different and take the mom in your life out to brunch? You can enjoy a nice meal together and then spend the rest of the day relaxing or having fun outdoors. Even if you haven't planned anything yet, there is still time to get out to a delicious and fun meal.
These five Chicago brunch locations do not need reservations and are perfect for a last minute brunch, while still being unique and memorable.
1. Papa Passero's
This local pizza staple is offering brunch from 10:30-3:00 pm for only $14.99 a person. Enjoy the favorites this restaurant is famous for along with an omelet bar. Located in Westmont, check their site for more details. http://www.papapasseros.com/
2. Sweet Tomatoes
This salad bar on steroids is an excellent choice for light food that still tastes delicious. They offer pretty much every salad topping you can imagine, along with a variety of soups, breads, muffins, pastas and flatbreads. They also offer up some great treats for dessert. Check their website for coupons and locations near you. http://www.souplantation.com/
3. CiCi's Pizza
If your looking for a holiday brunch that the mom in your life will talk about for months, consider CiCi's Pizza. Its definitely not your standard holiday fare, but it is unique and fun. Not only do they have a ginormous pizza buffet, but they also serve salad, pastas and dessert pizza. On the pizza buffet be sure to try their unique offers like their macaroni and cheese pizza. Check their website for great coupons and locations close to you: http://cicispizza.com/
4. Honey Jam Cafe
Honey Jam Cafe is relatively new to the world of breakfast/lunch exclusive restaurants, but it is one not to miss. Run by the Portillo family, it offers scrumptious meals in a pleasant environment. We have eaten here often, and like Portillos, we have never come across a menu item that didn't taste good. This restaurant can draw a crowd, so use their website to find the phone number of the location closest to you and utilize their "call ahead" seating option to skip some of the wait. http://www.portillos.com/honeyjamcafe/
5. Your Local Chinese Buffet
If none of these options sound good and you are desperate for a last minute place to take mom out to, consider your local Chinese buffet restaurant. While it may not scream "Easter," your local buffet will probably not be packed wall to wall with people and can provide a good meal for a low cost when compared to the price of other brunches out there. Take time during this meal to make a mental note to plan ahead next year so you don't end up in the same dire straights again.