10 Tasty Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

From a dessert prix fixe at Clio to a special brunch menu from Chef Tony Maws, here are 10 great ways to spoil mom.


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Let mom kick back and enjoy her day off with Chef Paul Turano’s exclusive brunch menu with a kale and brussels sprouts salad, steak and eggs, brioche french toast, and more. If she wants to sleep in, just skip the eggs and treat her to a Mother’s Day dinner featuring favorites such as prosciutto flatbread, beet and ricotta ravioli, and crispy pork shank with stir fried vegetables. To top it all off, finish your meal with Tryst’s classic cocktails like the black raspberry caipirinha and the basil cucumber lemonata.

Sunday, May 11, Brunch: 10 a.m.2:30 p.m., Dinner: 4:309 p.m., Tryst Restaurant, 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington; 781-641-2227, trystrestaurant.com.

Clio Restaurant

One of Food & Wine’s Best New Pastry Chefs of 2013, Monica Glass will be honoring all of Boston’s mothers with a three-course dessert prix fixe menu including a passion fruit mousse with hibiscus and coconut ash, chocolat à la menthe, and milk and honey with sweet orchid root. Not only are these treats delicious, 30 percent of all sales will be donated to The Women’s Lunch Place, which offers a safe sanctuary, meals, and critical support services for local women experiencing homelessness or poverty.

Friday-Saturday, May 9-10, 5:3010:30 p.m., Clio Restaurant, 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-536-7200, cliorestaurant.com.

Food Trucks at Arnold Arboretum

If your mom is a little picky and you don’t want to disappoint, take her to 106th Annual Lilac Sunday celebration at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. The Arboretum will feature 10 food trucks representing a variety of choices from Bon Me, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, and Clover, all among the Arnold’s beautiful and extensive lilac collection. Read more about our coverage of this event here.

Free entrance, Sunday, May 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 125 Arborway, Boston; 617-384-5209, arboretum.harvard.edu.

Towne Stove and Spirits

One day is definitely not enough to pamper mom, so go ahead and dedicate the entire weekend to your favorite lady. Moms can unwind in Towne’s sun-soaked patio and get treated to hairstyling and partial updos from a SalonCapi stylist, as well as chair massages and makeup applications from Elizabeth Grady. Towne will also be offering a Mother’s Day brunch with assorted house-made breakfast pastries, raw bar selections, a variety of egg dishes.

$20+, Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11, 11 a.m.3 p.m., Towne Stove and Spirits, 900 Boylston St., Boston; 617-247-0400, towneboston.com.

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

The talented Josh Lewin has created a special three-course prix fixe to celebrate this Mother’s Day. The menu will include choices such as roasted asparagus salad with farm egg, spring dug parsnip puree, onion confit and bacon, Faroe Island salmon, brioche French Toast, and a selection of house-made desserts. Space is limited so make a reservation soon.

$39, Sunday, May 11, 10 a.m.4 p.m., Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston; 617-723-7575, beaconhillhotel.com.


If you’re looking for something more laid-back at home, but have no skills in the kitchen, order a Mother’s Day Gourmet-To-Go-Dinner and let The Modern Rotisserie do all the cooking for you. Pick homestyle options from apple roasted chicken, to classic macaroni and cheese, and more. Not only will you be showing mom how much you care, you’ll also be helping out women in need. The restaurant will be donating 10 percent of its profits to The Second Step. Orders must be placed by May 7.

Order by May 7, 11 a.m.8 p.m., The Modern Rotisserie, 244 Needham St., Newton; 617-558-9966, newenglandsoupfactory.com/rotisserie.

Beat Hôtel

Join in some family-friendly fun and enjoy Executive Chef Rebecca Newell’s delicious a la carte brunch. Some favorites include quiche made with Italian sausage, kale with mozzarella, frites and salad, wild flower honey and lemon pancakes, and eggs benedict. There’s also a kids menu with favorites like grilled cheese and French toast. Later that evening, the Beat Hôtel will feature an array of dinner specials—like Colorado lamb chops and Buffalo cauliflower—that pair perfectly with the its extensive list of wines on tap.

Sunday, May 11, Brunch 10 a.m.3:30 p.m., Dinner 4 p.m.–<12 a.m., Beat Hôtel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001, beathotel.com.

Craigie on Main

Treat Mom to Tony Maws’ award-winning brunch and some luxurious house-made desserts. Eat from their Sunday Best menu and try dishes like Maws’ house-smoked sockeye salmon hash or the crispy-fried chicken sausage. Also, for the mom who needs a little something extra in the morning, try the restaurant’s Sunday Revivers such as Hemingway’s favorite Bloody Mary or a classic Daiquiri.

Sunday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge; 617-497-5511, craigieonmain.com

Bistro du Midi

While you may not be able to fly her for a special weekend in France, you can definitely treat your mom to Bistro du Midi’s flavors of Provence. Choose the Mother’s Day Brunch Prix-Fixe menu crafted by Chef Robert Sisca or pick items from their traditional brunch selection. Brunch options include heirloom beet gnocchi, grilled flat iron, roasted bone marrow, and more. They’ll be taking reservation for seats in their second floor dining room and seating will be available in the cafe on the first floor for walk-ins.

$50, Sunday, May 11, 11a.m.–3p.m., Bistro du Midi, 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.

The Beehive

Raise a glass and toast Mom with a mimosa or a glass of pink bubbly paired with The Beehive’s three-course prix fixe brunch. Service begins with a chocolate and coconut coffee cake with honey butter or a beets and frites salad. The main course includes thick-cut French toast and eggs benedict with Virginia ham, smoked salmon, or braised short rib. For dinner, The Beehive will feature a la carte menu specials and a night of soulful performances by 25-year musical veteran Bruce Bears.

Sunday, May 11, Brunch: 10 a.m.4 p.m., Dinner: 5 p.m.12 a.m., The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com.