Posted by justin pahl on May 4th, 2010
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9th, and unless your Mom is Joan Crawford, you’ll probably want to spend some time with yours. Check out our guide for ideas of where to take the Big M for a big brunch … and, depending on your mom, a big Bloody Mary.
It’s not exactly brunch, but for those moms who love a good glass of vino — Chaddsford Winery is offering a complimentary tasting for all mothers. Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, 610-388-6221.
Appreciate your mom with some living history. Try the duck sausage, or sample some of Martha Washington’s turkey pot pie. Four courses for $52.95. 11:30 a.m. to close. City Tavern, 138 South 2nd Street, 215-413-1443.
If you’re in Jersey, Cork offers a delectable a la carte Mother’s Day brunch. Some of the highlights include a sesame Caesar salad ($8), Peking duck flatbread ($12), and braised beef short ribs ($13). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cork, 90 Haddon Avenue, 856-833-9800.
Just blocks from the Art Museum, Jack’s Firehouse is the perfect place to sate yourself after a morning of fine art. Specialized omelets and an array of sliced meats (beef, turkey, lamb) highlight the $30 per person menu. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jack’s Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Avenue, 215-232-9000.
If you’re in the Fairmount neighborhood, $25 will get you 3 courses at this long-standing establishment. Dishes include sweet ricotta crepes and shrimp and grits. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545.
The Radnor Hotel
Check out the just-blooming gardens, and enjoy the elegant piano at the Radnor Hotel. $35.95 for three courses, including an omelet station and fresh carved meats (lamb, honey ham, and roast beef). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Radnor Hotel, 591 East Lancaster Avenue, 610-688-5800.
One of the ritziest brunches in town overlooks Rittenhouse Square. Splurge for such delicious dishes as the housemade pork roll, hand-rolled potato gnocchi, and fried French toast ($79). 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lacroix, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533.
For a wonderful, seasonal a la carte brunch, head to West Philly’s Marigold Kitchen. The Crème Brûlée French Toast ($11) is rich and delicious; the Steak and Egg ($16) is a superb combo. Marigold Kitchen, 501 South 45th Street, 215-222-3699.
For $45, take your mom to the top of the city. Brunch at R2L includes two courses, fresh pastries, coffee — and one breathtaking view. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. R2L, 50 South 16th Street, 215-564-5337.
Mom can indulge in key lime French toast with graham cracker crust, key lime cream and coconut marshmallow ($12) or the Supper “benny”: poached eggs on grits cakes with Serrano ham and hollandaise at this sunny South Street spot. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supper, 926 South Street, 215-592-8180.
Thirteen at the Marriott
The prix fixe brunch at Thirteen at the Marriott includes complimentary champagne and dishes like seafood bouillabaisse, carved roast beef au jus, herb roasted tilapia, braised lamb in tomato saffron sauce, mac and cheese with herb gremolata and spring vegetable ragout. ($28.50 for adults/$14.25 for children under 12). 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thirteen at the Marriott, 1201 Market Street, 215-625-6795.
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