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Big buffets for dining with Dad


We’re singing “The Ballad of the Big Buffet” with Mylo Hatzenbuhler this Father’s Day. Here are just a few of the groaning boards you can treat Pop to on Sunday:

You won’t need reservations for the big buffet at O’Donovan’s in North Center. Chef Victor DeLeon is cooking up Philly steaks, grilled hot dogs and brats, paella and a nacho station, plus all the regular Sunday buffet items: a waffle station, bacon and sausages, biscuits and gravy, French toast, carved ham and roast beef, mashed potatoes, home fries, fried or scrambled eggs, pasta and a “bottomless pit of Sloppy Joes.” Special Father’s Day desserts feature, too, and the all-you-can-eat brunch is just $14.

Not quite a buffet, but certainly hearty, Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen in Crystal Lake offers a $15-per-person family-style dinner with fried chicken, ribs or beef brisket plus watermelon, fried homemade pickles, Caprese salad, macaroni, baked beans, potato salad, jalapeno corn bread and corn on the cob.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Arlington Heights offers a $20 all-you-can-eat Father’s Day buffet, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with ham, prime rib and lamb, omelets, pancakes, waffles and more. Jazz pianist Timothy Hardin plays during brunch.

At Joey’s Brickhouse in Lakeview, Dad can graze Italian-style through a $25 buffet featuring lasagna with homemade noodles, meatballs and sausage; Sicilian pizza; spicy seafood pasta; and chicken Vesuvio, in addition to appetizers and desserts brought to the table.

The Epicurean in Hillside fetes Dad with a $23 brunch of Hungarian specialties including langos (garlic bread), several kinds of soup, prime rib, sult baranycomb (lamb shank), goulash, schnitzel, paprikash, roast duck and more.

Sweet Baby Ray’s in Elk Grove is roasting a pig for Father’s Day. The Southern-style porker will be on the buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with a tortilla bar, fresh-made bratwurst and sausage, mini garlic burgers, shrimp and sausage skewers, Jamaican jerk chicken wings., barbecue brisket, smoked pork loin, plus seafood, and breakfast fare. The brunch is $29.

Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park also has all-you-can-eat roast pig this weekend, although they’re celebrating early with a noon to 3 p.m. pig out tomorrow. The $25 pig out includes smoked pork, coleslaw, house-made chips and Bud Light drafts. The Tri-State Blues Band performs.

Dads who partake of the $50 Sunday brunch buffet at Shaw’s Crab House in River North or Schaumburg will receive a $25 Shaw’s gift certificate.

Happy Father’s Day to all the big guys!