Have you been thinking about putting an up-to-date spin on traditional Mother's Day brunches? You're in luck because plenty of top dining establishments from the Cape to the California coast are planning to offer much more than a standard buffet and bubbly for 2013. From beer brunches in LA to Asian fusion in Manhattan, here are ten specialty brunches that your mother is sure to remember!
If you're looking for all-out, lavish affair with champagne and celebrity chef sightings a-plenty, the place to be on Mother’s Day is Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This event is actually the finale of Vegas Uncork’d, an annual epicurean weekend sponsored by Bon Appetit, featuring the finest chefs in the country. The buffet table will feature house-made terrines, a whole leg of Jabugo ham, and eggs to order with morel mushrooms and lobster.
Not many places can accommodate beer budgets and champagne high-flyers at the same table and in the same exact moment — so huge props to FIG in the Fairmont Miramar for pulling it off with effortless style. Get a table in the sunlit indoor-outdoor patio, with views of the pool, and prepare to make a half-day of it. You can order vintage champagne and tuna Niçoise for a Benjamin, or go with $3 tacos and draft beer for $15 a person. The $35 bottomless beer brunch is the namesake and happiest medium.
Speaking of bottomless brunches, Asian-fusion landmark Kittichai has always set the standard amongst Manhattan hotels. If you treat Mom to brunch here you’ll win full points because the venue is stylish and trend-setting, but not full of itself. Brunch items like Asian five-spice French toast and chili-smoked hangar steak with eggs are paired with bottomless mimosas or Bellinis for $25 per person...an amazing value by Manhattan standards.
A 3-course prix fixe menu of high-concept, New American cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco’s signature restaurant, Parallel 37 is offering a special Mothers’ Day “Canapé Buffet” — giving everyone a chance to graze before sitting down to the main meal. There, you’ll see what Executive Chef Michael Rotondo does best — artistically plated showcase dishes made from the freshest Bay Area ingredients.
With bottomless mimosas and a lavish buffet (seating from 11a.m. to 2p.m.), accompanied by trunk shows and beauty touch-ups, Turnberry Isle in South Florida truly knows how to make moms feel pampered. Your mom can even get a fashion makeover with styling courtesy of Bloomingdale’s Aventura.
Of all the gospel brunches on this special holiday, none can out-spirit the renowned Harlem Gospel Choir performing annually at Showcase Live in Foxboro, Massachusetts. More than just mealtime entertainment, this is a show you'll sit up, pay attention to, and remember for years to come. The buffet could actually be a footnote, but it’s better than that. The dessert station on its own is worthy of an Instagram picture — if Mom’s hip enough for such techno-foolery, that is.
Cape Cod fare is the local specialty that distinguishes Sea Crest's brunch from the rest. Guests will feast on Vermont creamery goods, East Coast salmon, Virginia ham and other bounty of the NorthEast. Dine in The Ocean View Room and enjoy views of Old Silver Beach and Buzzard's Bay while tasting all the New England flavors this hotel has to offer.
This stunning Orange County beach resort is organizing bucket list adventures just right for moms — and we love how easy it is to organize something. Whether your mom's dream is to learn to surf, ride a Harley or cook with a master chef, she can have the experience before or after an all-out Mother's Day brunch...and then perhaps adjourn to a guest suite at Monarch Beach Resort for a much-deserved power nap.
Everybody loves a party favor that you can take home and show off to friends. To satisfy your need to show off, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is taking the tried n’ tasty route, gifting its guests with homemade jars of spring jam as a gift after their special Mothers Day buffet — which satisfies all appetites with sushi, a Bennie station and Belgian waffles.
Whether pink’s her favorite shade or not, Mom ought to be fully charmed by The Pink Pig's themed brunch in the heart of Texas. Special menu items for Think Pink include Red Wattle Benedict, farm-fresh eggs over kale with grapefruit vinaigrette, a gorgeous multi-layer rose jam Sofia Cake, and Chef/Owner Rebecca Rather’s famous pink ruffle cake (pictured above).