Hoping your kids are secretly perfecting their French toast, omelet and home barista techniques during the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th? Or just hoping they can at least accurately land the milk in the cereal bowl? If that’s not in the cards for your family, here’s a rundown of some local spots offering special Mother’s Day meals. I’ll add to the list as new info becomes available. Meanwhile, we’ll be figuring out where to eat around the Expo Line this weekend and for subsequent inevitable rides. Check back in a few days for another installment of Mother’s Day-themed posting around here.
Brunch at A.O.C. has been on the to-do list ever since the West 3rd Street restaurant that does small plates best added the meal, oh, over a YEAR ago. The regular Sunday daytime menu will be available, plus a $40 prix fixe Market Mother’s Day dinner from 6 p.m. on. Check out the full list here. 8022 W. 3rd St., Mid-City, (323) 653-6359.
Mother’s Day brunch at Border Grill locations costs $34 for all the unlimited small plate dishes your party can eat. Choices include huevos rancheros, Yucatan eggs Benedict, Peruvian shrimp and grits, dulce de leche-infused churro tots. 1445 4th St., Santa Monica; (310) 451-1655. 445 S Figueroa St. #2950, Downtown; (213) 542-1100.
A civilized patio, a splash of Euro glam décor, great lighting, terrific people watching, talented chef. Cecconi’s on Robertson has got it going on. Just add brunch dishes with a special holiday flourish such as eggs benedict with squash blossoms ($14) and lavender panna cotta and you’ve got a happy mom. 8764 Melrose Ave., WeHo; (310) 432-2000.
Chado at JANM teams up with food tour company Sixth Taste for a pre-Mother’s Day tea party on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tea demos and tastings, noshes and other treats (jewelry sale, skin care samples) are part of the $50 ticket price. 369 E. 1st St., Little Tokyo; (213) 258-2531.
Here’s the deal with Chaya‘s brunch package, available at all three locations (West Hollywood, Downtown, Venice): three courses, prix fixe, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlimited champagne and mimosas. $42 for adults, $18 for 12 and under. Sample dishes: wild arugula Fuji apple salad with forme d’ambert cheese, 10 oz cheeseburger, lobster shrimp ravioli, warm asparagus salad with crispy egg and pancetta. A “young adult” (so respectful!) menu features organic creamy corn soup plus choices of mini cheeseburgers, French toast, or mac n’ cheese. 8741 Alden Dr., WeHo/Bev Hills; (310) 859-8833. 110 Navy St., Venice; (310) 396-1179. 525 S. Flower, Downtown; (213) 236-9577.
Little Dom’s and it’s sibling restaurant Dominick’s (or to those of us “Happy Endings” fans, “Big Dom’s” — which was actually Micelli’s) is one of our fave brunch spots. I highly recommend the eggs funghi with fennel pollen hollandaise. Dominick’s also offers those $12 bottles of sparkling wine and $5 carafes of O.J. Go big, people. 8715 Beverly Blvd., WeHo; (310) 652-2335. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 661-0055.
The surrounding blocks will be a ghost town, but Drago Centro will be a bright spot during a Sunday afternoon at Fifth and Flower. Take in a view of the Downtown Central Library and pick from Celestino Drago’s always amazing a la carte menu, or three courses with dishes such as zucchini agnolotti with ricotta and brown butter and chocolate and olive oil terrine for $39 from 11:30 to 2:30. Further west, Enoteca Drago in Bev Hills’ prix fixe brunch is $48 and served until 4. 525 S. Flower St., Downtown; (213) 228-8998. 401 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; (310) 786-8236.
Fonuts is helping a mother out by giving free LAMill coffee with fonut purchase, and debuting its new limited edition carmel apple variety. 8104 w. 3rd St.; (323) 592-3075.
Brunch at Jar is always a slam dunk. Suzanne Tracht’s pot roast hash, lobster Benedict with poached eggs, corn pancakes, char siu pork with pea tendrils and lobster béarnaise? Um, won’t say no to ANY of those. Dinner service starts at 5:00 and features new spring dishes including stuffed squash blossoms with lobster, shitake and spicy ponzu. 8225 Beverly Blvd.; (323) 655-6566.
Mezze on La Cienega has the standing Sunday date with Jewish food that’s yet another thing I’ve been meaning to check out. On Mother’s Day Chef Micah Wexler is also making a $65 per dinner tasting menu that sounds delish, with specialties like smoked sturgeon, lebne, pickled shallots and capers with flatbread, and tabouli with fava beans, peas, almond and um, bacon. 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 657-4103.
You like beach proximity? An incredible museum-worthy art collection? Civilized patio, originators of market-oriented California cuisine and classic restaurant creds? Then all signs point to Michael’s in Santa Monica. Mother’s Day brunch is served from 11:30 to 2:00 for $65 adults, $35 children under 10 with a special menu available. Selections among the three courses include oysters, white corn soup, Australian barramundi with sunchoke puree and petit prime filet. 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica; (310) 451-0843.
Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant will offer a $50 prix fixe brunch menu with various caviar add-on options, or a la carte. Love this place, and chef Giselle Wellman has been getting well-deserved props. How about a beautiful hibiscus champagne cocktail? Hells to the YEAH. Now that’s special treatment for Mom. Oh, and they have fancy food for kids, too. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., WeHo; (310) 271-0576.
Mother’s Day brunch at Public Kitchen & Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel isn’t your typical hotel buffet. There’ll definitely be a carving station alright, but add that to bars and areas dedicated to oysters, mashed potatoes, bloody marys, charcuterie, waffles and more for $38 adults, $14 kids 8 and under. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 769-8888.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City will have a five-course Mother’s Day menu for $52 per person, but the more interesting event takes place the following week during the “Mohan & Mum” cooking class. Singapore-raised Executive Chef Mohan Ismail will be joined by his mother, Asiah, a native of Malaysia and Singapore, on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, and together they will share their technique for Southeast Asian dishes including kaya toast, congee and plenty more ($75 per). I met Chef Mohan briefly at the James Beard Awards last year and can vouch for his down-to-earth charm and friendliness. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City; 310-552-9988.
I’m not precisely sure what an “an interactive brunch experience” means, but I take it Scarpetta at the Montage will have lots of awesome Italian food stations concocted by Scott Conant (or rather, his well-trained staff) set up for $88 per adult, $35 kids, and $17 for bottomless mimosas and bloody marys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. As I’ve said about its neighbor Bouchon, that park out front is a major plus. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; (310) 860-7970.
A meal at Street is guaranteed to be intriguing and definitely not boring as far as the crowd and food go, whether you pick from the regular broad menu or opt for a $35 per person shared plate situation with items including Danish chestnut popovers, crispy soft shell crab, and Marcona almond and goat cheese fritters. Plus a kid’s pizza ($12) and special platter with Hong Kong sticky bun, berries, and avocado with choice of scrambled eggs, teriyaki chicken or grilled cheese ($10 for children 8 and under). 742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; (323) 203-0500.
Wanna go classic L.A.? Two words: The Tam! OK, more like three if you count the “O’Shanter” part. Check out The Tam’s May 13th brunch offerings that skew towards the beefy and creamy. How else would you want it there? 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village; (323) 664-0228.
In addition to bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody Marys, Wilshire Restaurant will feature an array of chef Nyesha Arrington’s market-driven entrees as well as an insane salad and app buffet. Oh, AND a dessert buffet. Stretchy pants time! $65 adults, $25 kids 12 and under. 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 586-1707.
The three-course special at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air definitely means shelling out the most coin: $120 per adult, $60 children under 9. It also requires being on absolute best behavior. When lunch is over, just leave mom there to enjoy the swans in silence for a few hours. For that she will most definitely be grateful. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel Air; (310) 472-1211.
At Valentino, they’re talking my language. Festa della mamma dishes will be inspired by Nadia Santini and and our household icon, Marcella Hazan for a $55 per person Mother’s Day dinner. Duck breast with balsamic and Cremona (hometown of Mina!) fruit chutney… Cassata for dessert…And then Italian mothers will get saluted throughout the month at Valentino with nightly menus that pay homage to great women of Italian cuisine. Prosecco for all moms will be handed out on Sunday, too. 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 829-4313.
And this kinda goes without saying — but restaurants aren’t the only places to have a special meal for your mom/grandmother/guardian/etc. Sunday means farmers’ markets around town! Lots of them! Or go old school deli, like we always did. Don’t mind a bit of a wait? How about dim sum in Chinatown or SGV?
Maybe the most exciting treat of all? One of my favorite Angelenos is doing a special performance that night! After all that eating, go see Charles Phoenix’s Big Retro Slide Show at MOCA, 7 p.m. Better yet, let her go out on her own, or with friends. What mom doesn’t love Charles?!