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Your Chowder hounds have sniffed down the best Mother’s Day brunches in town. Check back every Thursday for your weekly prix-fixe of foodie feasts, cooking classes, wine tastings, and more.
Mother’s Day Meals
May 11, Reservations will be taken for the following seating times: 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Even Mom will want to lick the plate clean when she tastes the delectable goodies prepared by Avenue One’s gourmet chefs. She’ll enjoy traditional breakfast favorites, enticing entrees, seasonal salads, and freshly baked desserts. And children will love the Little One’s Buffet with finger-friendly favorites.
Beacon Hill Bistro
May 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$38 (pre-fixe menu)
This classy cafe is offering an impressive brunch that will make mom swoon. With a pre-fixe menu that includes cinnamon French toast, fresh omelets, and mouth-watering desserts.
May 11, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Forget the breakfast in bed! Let the Beehive cook up a tasty meal for mom this year. The high-end eatery will offer the regular brunch menu and live music.
Boston Park Plaza, Swan’s Cafe
May 10-11, 1-4 p.m.
$32.40 per adult; $16.50 per child
Treat your mother like royalty at the Boston Park Plaza afternoon tea party. The Swan’s Cafe is offering a regal menu of tea, crumpets, and scones fit for the true queen in your life. The delectable treats will be accompanied by a special Mother’s Day cocktail of White Port infused with black tea, rose petals, and lavender
May 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$30 per person
Chef Julia Brant has created a brunch menu that was inspired by the woman who helped her be the culinary genius she is today; her mother. This comforting menu, created to reflect the warm flavors of home, includes such dishes as eggs Benedict, lemon pancakes, and nectarine capote.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
May 11, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
$32.95 per person (does not include tax and gratuity)
Start the day with a prix fixe brunch that includes a choice of one starter (Neptune chopped salad, beef broth celestine, and fresh fruit medley), a choice of one entrée (filet mignon benedict, crab cake Benedict, bone-in ham steak, or roasted turkey crêpes), and choice of one dessert (strawberry shortcake, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, or chocolate hazelnut mousse). All entrées come with parmesan mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas, served family-style.
may 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Grafton Street, one of Harvard Square’s most popular bistros, is celebrating the holiday with new executive chef Matthew Richey. The restaurant will debut a delectable brunch menu, including such items as quiche lorraine ($8), the Maine crab omelet ($8), pan-roasted halibut ($22), spring lamb “pot roast” ($19), and the New York sirloin roast ($22).
May 11, Noon-5 p.m.
Treat mom to one last brunch in L’Espalier’s historic townhouse before the restaurant moves to the Mandarin Oriental this summer. Savor a main entree choice of pecan-stuffed French toast, rhubarb and strawberry pancakes, smoked organic chicken with foie gras butter, a fresh herb omelet, Étuvée of East coast halibut, saffron risotto and lobster bouillabaisse, grilled Lovejoy Farm lamb with walnut crust, or grilled River Rock Farm steak with fried farmers eggs. First courses, side dishes, and dessert are also included.
May 11, 1-9 p.m.
$59 (Prix Fixe Menu)
Celebrate with a legendary recipe that only a mom could’ve created. Morton’s Steakhouse will be offering a special prix fixe menu, featuring their famous blue cheese dressing that was perfected years ago by founder Arnie Morton’s mother. Each meal will consist of a crisp salad, entrée, side dish, and a decadent dessert.
May 11, 1-5 p.m.
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Reward all of mom’s hard work with an afternoon in Southern Italy, or the closest thing to it. Prezza, an authentic Southern Italian eatery in the heart of the North End, offers a true Italian experience. Chef Anthony Caturano invites you to whisk Mom away with his specially prepared seasonal menu that, as always, will be accented by the restaurant’s 800-bottle wine menu and rustic atmosphere.
May 11, Brunch: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dinner; 1-6 p.m.
$46.50 – $48.50 per person
Executive chef Brian Corbley has prepared a succulent brunch buffet and three-course dinner in honor of the leading lady in our lives. The inn has also prepared a special children’s menu, so the kids come along and celebrate without a fuss.
May 11, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Porter Square’s quintessential American bistro, Temple Bar, has put a lot of thought into what will impress mom the most, so you don’t have to. Chef Tom Berry has pulled together a fantastic a la carte menu of staple brunch delicacies and a few special items like black pepper salmon and Spanish chorizo.
Top of the Hub
May 11, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner. 3:30-9:00 p.m.
$67 for adults; $29 for children (12 and under)
Designed by executive chef Mark Porcaro, the brunch menu features delicious dishes like chocolate ganash filled brioche French toast, while the dinner selection is sure to entertain any palate. Live jazz entertainment will also be provided.
May 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
$59 per adult; $19 per child
A spectacular spread of the freshest New England seafood. Along with their award-winning clam chowder, the eatery will offer a full buffet of seafood, flavorful meats, light refreshing desserts, and traditional breakfast fare.
-Mandi Wells contributed to this post.
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