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Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville; 630-778-8623, sugartoad.com
OK, it's not really a brunch—sue me. Sugar Toad's Southern-inflected breakfast menu is available daily, but I like this place as a weekend destination, because Jimmy Sneed's luxurious food takes time to savor properly. The first thing to the table is a basket of incredibly flaky croissants and big country biscuits, served with butter and fruit preserves. Customize your three-egg omelets ($10 and up) with a variety of goodies, or try one of four signatures, including the Cap'n Tom ($16), with mushrooms and Virginia crabmeat. Thick slices of brioche French toast ($14) are delicious under maple-pecan butter, accompanied by smoked sausage. Most entrees include Yukon gold home fries or stone-ground grits.