Mom is tops, isn’t she? We agree, which is why many of our restaurants are putting forth Mother’s Day brunches and menus in her honor.
If you’re still looking for a way to make the occasion special, you’re in luck: Here’s a sampling of what we have happening.
Buon appetito, mammina! It’s an old-school Italian dinner for Mother’s Day at 312 Chicago. Chef Luca Corrazina has put together a special “Menu della Mamma” featuring Mama Gabriella’s (Chef Luca’s mother) favorite dishes. You’ll love Mama’s veal scaloppini laced with prosciutto, sage and mozzarella and the fresh fruit tart drenched in pastry cream and vanilla gelato.
312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago IL (312-696-2420 or 312chicago.com).
South Water Kitchen invites mom to a savory three-course pre-fixe menu this holiday. Chef Roger Waysok puts his creative touch on dishes such as prime rib eggs benedict, lobster and asparagus frittata, and fresh fruit kabobs with strawberry cream cheese dip. $35/person.
South Water Kitchen, 225 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL (312-236-9300 or southwaterkitchen.com).
Enjoy an antipasti buffet followed by a choice of seasonal entrée and dessert buffet on Mother’s Day at Panzano. This brunch spread brims with favorites like smoked salmon, house-made granola, Greek yogurt with fresh berries, and fresh baked pastries. Entrées include omelets, hash, French toast and other goodness prepared by Chef Elise Wiggins. $33/person; $15/children 12 and under.
Panzano, 909 17th Street, Denver (303-296-3525 or panzano-denver.com).
Area 31 spoils you and Mom with a decadent brunch by Chef E. Michael Reidt, plus cupcake decorating for the kids. We think you’ll like the sound of bottomless Mimosas. $75/person; $35/children 12 and under.
Area 31, EPIC Hotel, 16th floor, 270 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami (305-424-5234 or area31restaurant.com).
Salt Lake City
The holiday prompts the return of Chef Nathan Powers’ popular buffet at Bambara. Graze poached prawns, brioche French toast, truffled macaroni and cheese, and other dishes that draw upon the chef’s love of organic and sustainable ingredients. $38/person; $18 children 6-12; $28 senior citizens.
Bambara, 202 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City (801-363-5454 or bambara-slc.com).
Chef Alicia Jenish of Grand Café welcomes you with a Mother’s Day brunch and a sparkling special something: a cocktail called the MOM-osa. The bubbly concoction is a mix of Frangelico and passion fruit juice, topped with Champagne or sparkling wine.
Grand Café, 501 Geary Street, San Francisco (415-292-0101 or grandcafe-sf.com).
Treat mom to Tulio, where Chef Walter Pisano brings everything from lamb sugo crepes to roasted vegetable frittatas to the table. Save room for tiramisu or gelato for a delightfully sweet finish.
Tulio, 1100 Fifth Avenue, Seattle (206-624-5500 or tulio.com).
Start the day with the special buffet at Sazerac, featuring an omelet station, house-made andouille and sage sausage, pit-smoked ham and more. Chef Jason McClure will make sure final touches like cookies, brownies and cakes win Mom’s favor, too. $44.95/person; $12.95/kids 12 and under.
Sazerac, 1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle (206-624-7755 or sazeracrestaurant.com).
Next week, on Saturday, May 19 from 2-5 p.m., The Grille at Morrison House tailors its popular monthly Story Time Tea to moms. Children’s etiquette expert Rebecca Czarniecki (known as “Mrs. B”) leads you in creating Mother’s Day cards and poems, does storytelling, and encourages everyone to dress up with corsages and boutonnieres. Tea service is included and features The Grille’s Chef Brian McPerhson’s house-made scones, curried chicken salad and more, plus hot chocolate, PB&J and other treats for the kids. $38/adults; $28/children.
The Grille at Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia (703-838-8000 or thegrillealexandria.com).
Here’s to you, moms!