SHE MADE YOU dinner every night for years; for Mother’s Day, on Sunday, show Moms some love with a relaxing meal out. Plenty of area restaurants are offering fun menus and treats in honor of the lady and the occasion — mothers seem to inspire chefs. Just make sure to call for a reservation; no mom should have to wait to be seated on her special day.
The most common option is brunch. Luckily, local spots are serving up unique twists on the late-morning meal. Brabo’s a la carte brunch on Sunday includes Belgian waffles with creme fraiche and lemon zest, and pork belly with poached eggs and cheddar potato cakes. The best part: a box of chocolates made by pastry chef Kate Baltren for all mothers to take home.
The chefs behind Sou’Wester share favorite dishes from their childhoods at their Sunday brunch buffet ($60 for adults, $30 for children). Sip ginger Bellinis and sample executive chef Eric Ziebold’s version of his mom’s buttermilk Bavarois with graham cracker crust while chef de cuisine Rachael Harriman serves up a Spanish tortilla and other Mother’s Day specials.
You may have been crabby sometimes as a kid, but Mom probably won’t mind indulging in crustaceans for brunch. Art And Soul is offering a $49 three-course prix-fixe meal on Sunday featuring crab three ways — fried soft-shell crabs, a crab cake and crab-stuffed relleno — along with other dishes and a children’s menu.
If you inherited a sweet tooth from your mother, take her to Co Co. Sala for a decadent three-course Sunday brunch ($50 for adults, $30 for kids). Start with a champagne cocktail and warm chocolate fritters served with brown butter caramel sauce. Move on to a main course of citrus ricotta pancakes with white chocolate lemon cream or twice-baked upside down cheese souffle and finish with a chef’s display of desserts. Mom takes home a chocolate gift.
Is mom a late sleeper? Take her to dinner Sunday evening for a nice way to wind down the weekend. Ris offers a $50 three-course prix-fixe menu all day. Choices are seasonal, like the chilled spring pea soup with white vermouth, minted crab, and radish toasts or the market spinach salad with smoky pancetta blue dressing. The grilled leg of lamb is served with garlic spinach and creamy feta potatoes, and you can finish the meal with strawberry shortcake or house-made ice cream and sorbet.
If Sunday dinner was a weekly ritual when you were a kid, then taking Mom and the family to The Majectic for its weekly, family-style dinner ($22 per person) is a no-brainer. May’s theme is “My Mother’s Civilized Picnic,” and includes fried chicken, mac and cheese, coleslaw, sauteed spinach, buttermilk biscuits and strawberry shortcake.
Central Michel Richard offers a special three-course prix-fixe dinner for $52 with optional wine pairings for an additional cost. Start with the lobster bisque or Waldorf salad with smoked duck breast, and for entrees order barbecue shrimp with sweet corn succotash or filet mignon with potato gratin. Finish with a brownie sundae or strawberry shortcake.
Of course, there are other ways besides brunch or dinner to wow Mom with food. Celebrate the holiday a little early at Buzz Bakery. Specials are running now through Sunday. Have a relaxed meal with dishes such as asparagus and provolone quiche or weekend waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Star baker Josh Short whips up a special strawberry shortcake cupcake — vanilla chiffon and strawberry jam topped with Italian vanilla bean buttercream.
Take in a Mother’s Day weekend afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. The traditional ceremony includes a spread with tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, scones and sweets like cupcakes. Call the hotel or book online.
The best breakfast is a homemade one, but you can have that and still get out of the house with the Renaissance Hotel‘s Pancake Play Date special. Kids make customized pancakes with a little help from Renaissance chefs as parents relax. The breakfast starts at $25 and can be booked by calling the hotel.
Need a lastminute gift for a vino-loving mother? Visit the Butcher’s Block in Old Town on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. for a complimentary rose wine tasting and pick out the perfect bottle. It’s a great way to reward her for all the grief you’ve given her over the years. Happy Mother’s Day!
» Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW; 202-393-7777. (Judiciary Square)
» Brabo and The Butcher’s Block, 1600 King St., Alexandria; 703-894-3440. (King Street)
» Buzz Bakery, 901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria; 703-600-2899.
» Central Michel Richard, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-626-0015. (Archives)
» Co Co. Sala, 929 F St. NW; 202-347-4265. (Gallery Place)
» Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW; 202-898-9000. (Mt. Vernon)
» Ris, 2275 L St. NW; 202-730-2500. (Foggy Bottom)
» Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, Va.; 703-506-4300.
» Sou’Wester, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW; 202-787-8868. (Smithsonian)
» The Majestic, 911 King St., Alexandria; 703-837-9117. (King Street)
Written by Express contributor Amy Cavanaugh
Photos by Kris Connor