Now that things are a little closer to returning to normal, more suburban restaurants are offering Passover specialties this weekend for dine-in or take-out. Book now to ensure your place.
788 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, (847) 459-4095, continental-restaurant.net/passover.php. Passover dinner, which includes an appetizer of minced liver and gefilte fish, matzo dumpling soup, beef brisket, half roast chicken, or Lake Superior whitefish with kishke, vegetables, and apples baked browned earthenware, costs $42 per person. The meal, available on Friday and Saturday April 15 and 16, also includes flourless chocolate cake or sponge cake with coffee and wine or a beverage throughout the meal. Reservations required.
2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, (847) 498-4321, di-pescara.com/events/passover-at-di-pescara/. A traditional family-served Passover menu will be available for dinner at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. The $54.95 meal includes matzo ball soup, orchard salad, chopped liver, gefilte fish, beef brisket, grilled Atlantic salmon, potato pancakes, a flourless chocolate cake, coconut macaroons and more.
The grill house
3061 Dundee Road, Northbrook, (847) 205-2200, eatgrillhouse.com/. Passover dining options include sliced breast with gravy, roast chicken, roast potatoes, green bean almond, chicken soup with matzo balls, brownies and more. Prices vary.
The Happ Inn Bar & Grill
305 N. Happ Road, Northfield, (847) 784-9200, thehappinn.com/. Order from the Passover menu for dine-in or take-out available Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, and Friday-Saturday, April 22-23. Specialties include matzo ball soup ($5.95), house minced liver ($8.95), braised beef brisket ($24.95), herb roast chicken ($19.95) , matzo-crusted whitefish ($25.95), glazed carrots ($6.95), potato pancakes ($7.95), flourless chocolate cake ($10.95) and more . Reservations required.
Johnny’s kitchen and faucet
1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, (847) 699-9999, johnnyskitchenandtap.com/. Johnny’s Passover dinner special includes a choice of wood-roasted half chicken ($26.95), fresh fish with almonds ($28.95), Johnny’s smoked brisket ($28.95) or Greek grilled salmon ($28.95). Each comes with chopped liver, chicken soup or salad, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans and dessert (flourless chocolate cake, homemade rice pudding or cheesecake). It is available after 4 p.m. on Friday April 15 and all day on Saturday April 16, on site or to take away.
7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, (847) 677-3350, lwoodsrestaurant.com/. For Passover dinner, start with traditional entrees such as Suzy Friedman’s Vegetarian Chopped Liver, Homemade Chopped Liver, Gefilte Fish and Matzo Ball Soup served family-style before moving on to a choice of chicken au rosemary brown butter, Lake Superior whitefish in a potato crust or beef brisket served with honey-glazed carrots, green beans and hash browns. Sweets, served as a family, include Lemon Cheesecake and Flourless Chocolate Cake. The dinner special, which costs $51.95 per person, is available on site from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations required.
At Max and Benny’s
461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, (847) 272-9490, maxandbennys.com/passover1.html. The dining room will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, serving Passover specials. 5-8 p.m. reservations include a Seder plate with a family menu of matzo dumpling soup, minced liver and gefilte fish, au jus beef brisket and roast chicken, tsimmes, matzo kugel , Passover desserts and matzo. It’s $38 for adults and $18 for kids under 10. Or order take-out packages for four ($109) or eight ($209) that include a choice of lean breast au jus, half roast chicken, or a breast/chicken combo, plus matzo, matzo kugel, matzo balls, broth of chicken, choice of sweet and sour meatballs or minced liver, tsimmes of carrots and potatoes sautéed in the oven. Order in advance; pickup is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Prairie Grass Coffee
601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, (847) 205-4433, prairiegrasscafe.com/. Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris are planning a special Passover To-Go menu for two available from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 15, available for pre-order only. It includes matzo ball soup, matzo, half a pint of chicken liver, brisket with mashed cauliflower and roasted carrots, and flourless chocolate cake for $106. If you prefer to dine in, Prairie Grass offers a special Passover dinner that includes barbecue brisket with roasted cauliflower ($28), matzo ball soup ($10 a pint), and free chocolate cake. flour ($9) from 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Reservations required.
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878, saranellos.com/. Make reservations for the Saranello Passover Family Meal, which is available after 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. The $54.95 per person menu includes matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, ground beef liver, orchard salad, braised beef brisket, grilled whitefish, roast Amish chicken, potato pancakes, roasted baby carrots and a flourless Valrhona chocolate cake. All group members must order the holiday menu.
1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363, and 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900, wildfirerestaurant.com/. Wildfire will serve Passover specialties a la carte, including matzo ball soup ($6.95), braised beef brisket ($32.95), matzo-crusted Alaskan halibut ($39, $95), potato kugel ($5.95) and chocolate and almond macaroons ($5.95), from 3-9 p.m. on Friday April 15 and from noon-9 p.m. on Saturday April 16 . Available on site or to take away. If you’re dining at home, the Passover platter menu includes braised beef brisket ($129.95) and matzo-crusted Alaskan halibut ($159.95) for four to five, as well as roasted asparagus, potato kugel and chocolate almond macaroons.