Mommy and me: Mother's Day brunches
Maybe it's just because I'm approaching a milestone birthday this weekend, but I looked at my annual "Where to get Mother's Day brunch" story a little differently this year. Obviously, endless configurations of moms, grandmothers and children get together to celebrate this Hallmark holiday, but it seemed like many families would fit into one of two categories: parents who will have young kids in tow and adults who want to spend a little more money and toast mom with a special culinary affair. I've listed a few options in both categories after the jump -- along with two other ways to celebrate Mother's Day next weekend. Check out OpenTable's Mother's Day listings for more brunch ideas.
Bring your kids
Del Ray's Evening Star Cafe will be offering a couple of Southern-inspired specials along with its usual brunch options (entrees $6 to $11). The crab cake eggs benedict is my usual go-to here. The kitschy cafe has a casual but celebratory atmosphere -- and besides, the food is good for you. Chef Will Artley's children's menu slyly incorporates healthful ingredients into dishes kids will actually eat.
Firefly is offering its usual contemporary American brunch menu (entrees $8 to $16), but this Dupont Circle restaurant is another great option for a nice meal with kids in tow. As I noted in this Best Bets list, kids can decorate an unbaked cookie as the meal begins and enjoy it for dessert.
Mia's Pizzas has long been a Bethesda favorite for families. The cheery pizza joint is friendly and comfortable on the inside, but the large patio is a prime spot in good weather. It's worth noting that Mia's doesn't take reservations, but the restaurant will put your name on the waiting list if you call 20 minutes before your arrival.
A toast for mom
Againn's Mother's Day brunch offering has some of the trappings of a midday meal in the British countryside. Consider first-course options like English pea and buttermilk soup with crab or cranberry-cornmeal scones. Entrees include Scottish smoked salmon benedict, an asparagus frittata or brioche French toast. Dessert is also part of the $35 prix-fixe package, but diners can choose to order a la carte at the downtown restaurant instead.
Nearby Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca pairs the flavors of spring with its contemporary Italian fare for the holiday. Choices abound on the lengthy fixed menu -- check out appetizers like chilled fennel soup and entrees like mushroom risotto or roasted pork sausage and poached egg. The three-course meal is $50. (Menu -- PDF)
It's easy to fall in love with Black Market Bistro. The charming American restaurant is housed in an old Victorian-style building in the super-quaint Maryland neighborhood of Waverly Park. Vanilla bean French toast and grilled steak and scrambled eggs make their way onto the a-la-carte brunch menu. Dishes for the midday meal range from $6 to $14.
Clifton's Trummer's On Main will be offering a $59-per-person brunch in its classy country-inn space. Clayton Miller (a Food & Wine Best New Chef) will be serving a menu with appetizers like rock crab quiche and English pea ravioli. Entrees offer classic proteins like leg of lamb with embellishments like hummus, eggplant and green mango. (Menu)
Tarara Winery will be offering free tastings for moms all day on May 9th (all others will have to pay the usual $10). Make a day out of the trip to the vineyard by ordering one of the winery's pre-made picnic options, which include light antipasti and/or sandwiches. Families can lunch by the winery's Lakeside Pavilion and enjoy live jazz from noon to 4 p.m.
On Saturday, May 8, the Butcher's Block will host a Mother's Day rosé tasting. Show up any time between 2 and 4 p.m. and the Brabo wine manager and Butcher's Block store manager will offer samples and intel on a handful of varieties. You can buy a bottle to bring to an at-home Mother's Day fete.
-- Julia Beizer
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