Hey everyone! Kailley of Kailley Lindman Photography here! I’m a food-writer-turned-photographer, and I’m here to help you create a plan of action for the next time you visit Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg for brunch. As you might know, Shaw’s weekend brunch spread is nothing if not expansive, and figuring out how to hit all the highlights can be a challenge– primarily because there are so many highlight-worthy dishes. To make the process a little less overwhelming, I’ve broken down a few of my favorite things.

For more info on Shaw’s Schaumburg brunch buffet, click here. 

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The Seafood Bar Must: Oysters
There’s no denying the greatness of sushi rolls and shrimp with cocktail sauce, but when it comes to the cold seafood bar, freshly shucked bivalves are both a necessity and plentiful.


The Luxury: Alaskan Golden King Crab Legs
Steamed and served with drawn butter, these Shaw’s signature elevate your meal far beyond a status quo brunch.

Alaskan King Crab legs
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The Showstopper: Bananas Foster Crepes
For something that’s equal parts Boomerang-worthy action and decadent, look no further than the made-to-order crepes loaded with flambeed bananas from the Chef’s Table– and have your phone ready. This is what the fire Emoji was really made for. Follow us on Instagram @shellyfromshaws to see this dish in action on the brunch highlight.

The Underrated Stunner: Fried Chicken
Fried chicken isn’t an obvious choice on the Grand Buffet line, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Supremely crispy and golden on the outside, juicy on the inside; it’s the perfect addition to your fest.

Seasides fried chicken

The Gut-Buster: Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Sumptuous mac ‘n’ cheese studded with chunks of lobster and greens (for health, obviously); need I say more?

Shaws Lobseter Mac and Cheese

Do you want to try making this dish at home, here is the recipe for Shaw’s signature Lobster Mac N’ Cheese. 

The D.I.Y.: A Fully-Loaded Bagel
Belly up to the toaster and get to work on crafting a picturesque bagel, complete with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomatoes, onions, and capers.

Bagel at Shaw's brunch
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The Non-Negotiable Side: Candied Bacon
Is there anything that says “brunch” more than bacon? At Shaw’s, it’s thick and crisped to perfection, and coated in a caramelized sugar for a simultaneous hit of sweet and savory in every bite.

Candied bacon from Shaw's brunch buffet
Photo credit: Kailley Lindman

The Post-Meal Move: Literally any (every?) thing on the Sweets Table
From cupcakes and cookies to miniature key lime pie shots, there are myriad sugary reasons to save a little room for dessert.

Cupcake at Shaws
Photo credit: Kailley Lindman

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For more info on how to live your best brunch life at Shaw’s click here.

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A shout-out to guest blogger Kailley Lindman for not only writing this blog but also taking some of these crave-worthy photos!