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Dining & Entertaining

Mother’s Day brunch

Top spots for celebrating super-mom Sunday

McHenry County Magazine
Florida Crab and Shrimp Cake at Retro Bistro
Florida Crab and Shrimp Cake at Retro Bistro

Retro Bistro
83 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake

Retro Bistro in Crystal Lake just started offering weekend brunches as of April 22. The restaurant, which opened last June, offers a Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $25 a person. Featuring a unique blend of French bistro classics and contemporary fare, Retro Bistro’s brunch features items like Florida Crab and Shrimp Cakes, Homemade Brioche Apple French Toast, Grilled Scottish Salmon and Fresh Strawberry Shortcake. Drink specials include Champagne, mimosas or Retro Bloody Marys for $7, and unlimited Champagne for $15. For Crystal Lake reservations, call 815-893-4465. 

Port Edward’s
20 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin

Port Edward’s in Algonquin will host its Champagne Brunch Buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Made-to-order eggs benedict, Canadian snow crab legs, oysters Wisconsin cheeses, paella, crème brulee and bread pudding are just some of the items found in the brunch buffet. Reservations can be made by calling 847-658-5441.

Brunch Café
414 South Route 31, McHenry
935 Route 22, Fox River Grove
12270 Princeton Dr., Huntley

With locations in McHenry, Fox River Grove and Huntley, this contemporary breakfast and lunch cafe features well-known items such as blueberry bliss cakes and berry explosion waffles, and more savory fare like the avocado-topped breakfast quesadilla, sausage patty sliders and potato skins filled with scrambled eggs, ham, peppers and cheddar cheese. The café, which was voted “One of the Best”  in the “Best of the Fox” contest, offers mimosas and bloody Marys. Visit

Benedict’s La Strata
40 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake

Voted best breakfast in the Northwest Herald’s “Best of the Fox” contest, Benedict’s La Strata in Crystal Lake serves breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A fitting spot for Mother’s Day brunch, the restaurant’s menu features specialty coffee drinks; fresh beignets; an Apple, Bacon and Brie Omelet; Smoked Salmon Benedict; Ms. Cindy’s Door County cherry-stuffed French toast and more. Call 815-459-6500.

Tony’s Café
1030 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake

Tony’s Café in Crystal Lake,  voted “One of the Best” places for breakfast in the “Best of the Fox” contest, has an outdoor patio and menu items like banana bread French toast, stuffed waffles, stuffed potato pancakes, 10 varieties of skillets, burgers and club sandwiches. Call 815-477-8118

Public House of Woodstock
101 N. Johnson St., Woodstock

Public House, located in the old courthouse on the Historic Square in downtown Woodstock, will host a Mother’s Day brunch. Ordinarily, breakfast is only served on Sundays, and the restaurant features menu items like Schnitzel and Waffles, Lobster Benedict and Crème Brulee French Toast. Check for more information or to make a reservation, call 815-337-6060.

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