*Photo credit: Tara Malouf, Red Thread Images
I’m a Mom and I love nothing more than a decadent Mother’s Day meal with my boys (aren’t they too stinkin’ cute?). My husband is a great cook, but in case he wants to make it easier and leave the dish-washing to the professionals, here are some places I know I wouldn’t mind going for Mother’s Day (*hint, hint, hubby!)
Not your average buffet
Open 9am to close, they’ll have everything. A gourmet salad bar, a seafood bar featuring oysters on the half shell and crab claws, a carving station with prime rib, fresh fruit, omelettes made to order and plenty of champagne and fresh juices. They will also have an a la carte menu featuring specials such as a bone in pork chop, beef rib eye steak, and specialty nosh boards.
Price: $65 for the Buffet or $75 for the Buffet and Champagne, Kids 5 to 10 $25, under 5 eat free
Reservations: (480) 945-6697
Pick up and take home
Enjoy brunch at home with special Mother’s Day pies, desserts and quiches. Potato Mushroom and Spinach Quiche, Smoked Salmon Quiche, Lemon Ricotta Cake, and their signature hand pies will all delight Mom. it’s all available for pre-order to be be picked up on Saturday, May 9 or before. Orders must placed by 4 pm on May 6.
Address: 961 W. Ray Road, Suite 1 in Chandler
Authentic Italian Dinner and Live Music
Marcellino Ristorante will be open for lunch and dinner featuring Italian hand crafted pastas, fresh organic green salads, Mediterranean seafood and top quality meats likef grilled lamb chops, filet mignon, medallions of roast pork, veal and chicken. The ALL DAY SPECIAL FOR MOM is Chef Marcellino’s hand crafted Porcini infused fettuccine with chunks of fresh lobster, shiitake mushrooms and drizzles of earthy white truffle oil offered for $38.95. Mom will also enjoy Chef’s complimentary Tiramisu. Live musical performances start at 5:30pm from Monte Procopio, showcasing classic songs of the old masters and smash hits from contemporary crooners.
Address: 7114 E Stetson Drive in Old Town Scottsdale
Festa Della Mamma Italian Brunch
Chef Massimo De Francesca will create a stunning buffet including classics like smoked salmon, fresh baked breads, Cinnamon French Toast, carving stations including beef tenderloin, cooked to order eggs and a bevy of decadent desserts. Seatings available 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Price: Adults – $60/pp++ Includes choice of a glass Bellini/Mimosa/Venetian/Bloody Mary, Kids (UNDER 12) – $28/pp++
Address: 4925 N. Scottsdale Road
Reservations: 480-424-6095 or taggiascottsdale.com for reservations
Classic comfort food with attitude
The casual neighborhood spot touting flavors big enough for Guy Fieri, owner Pauline Martinez is offering a fixed menu on Mother’s Day including standouts like her Wine Country French Toast, Chicken on the Coup, and Fancy Pants Scramble.
Price: items range from $13.99 to $7.99 and $3 mimosas (kids menu also available)
Address: 6501 E Greenway Parkway, Suite 159
Reservations: call 480-998-6026
A sweet treat gift idea.
Sprinkles MOM box features her favorites: dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla and salty caramel cupcakes. Sealed with a ‘MOM Loves Cupcakes’ sticker, it’s the perfect way to say thanks. The MOM box will be available at Sprinkles from May 8th to 10th.
Address: 4501 N. Scottsdale Road
A casual family friendly spot treating Moms to free brunch.
Nabers is a place where friends gather! The locally owned establishment focuses on good food, great drinks and fun music throughout the week.
Offering $3 mimosas all day and Moms eat for free with the purchase of beverage.
Address: 825 N 54th St., in Chandler
For the Gluten Free Family
On Sunday, May 10, Jewel’s is offering a special menu for moms, families and kids with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Specials will include sweet and savory crepes, salmon wellington, chicken walnut fruit salad and more.
Address: 4041 E Thomas Road
Southwestern brunch with refinement
The signature Southwest brunch is already a beloved Phoenix classic, but additional specials include Crab Cakes Benedict and Pan Seared Wild Grouper, along with Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials.
Price: $15 to pair a brunch menu item with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa
Address: 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014
Reservations: 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
Three course American brunch with a bonus gift
The three course meal includes fresh baked millet drop biscuits with creamy honey butter, a fresh fruit bowl, a choice of one entrée, plus an alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverage. Additionally, Mom will receive a $25 gift card good on a return visit (one per table while supplies last.)
Price: $16 for 3 courses plus beverage
Address: 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253
Reservations: call 480-991-9342
For the Mom who likes her mimosas bottomless
Bottomless Mimosa and choice of frittata and side $22.50. Mimosa options include Fresh Orange Juice, Pear, Peach or Pomegranate.
Address: Ahwatukee at 1241 East Chandler Boulevard or in Tempe at 9845 South Priest Drive
Brunch for the Mom with a discriminating palate
Acclaimed Chef Michael Rusconi is offering an exquisite three-course brunch with tantalizing dishes including Berry and Mascarpone Crepes, Gulf Shrimp and Crab Benedict, Leg of Lam with Goat Cheese Polenta, and Spring Berry Dark Chocolate Empanadas.
Price: $49 per guest ++ from 10am to 3pm
Address: 10637 N Tatum Blvd. Ste 101 B
A wine experience for Mom
Trocadéro has organized a special wine-tasting class featuring wines made by top women wine makers. The class will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., on the afternoon before Mother’s Day. Festivities will begin with a Champagne toast, followed by a guided tasting of several wines, all made by noted women wine makers from around the world. Wines will be accompanied by a cheese and fruit plate and an extra-special dessert prepared by chef Vincent Guerithault.
Price: $79 per person or $139 for two people – Gift certificates available.
Address: Vincent on Camelback restaurant, 3900 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Advance bookings are required, and will be taken until 24 hours before class start. To book: https://trocaderomothersday.eventbrite.com
Buffet or brunch in a picturesque getaway in the heart of Scottsdale
T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, will serve up two luxe dining options for mom to enjoy including a specialty menu and buffet. Guests can select from a prix-fixe brunch menu featuring a Lemon-Poppy Seed Parfait, Vegetable Frittata and Scallops or a buffet menu, complete with a carving station for Leg of Lamb, Eggs Sardou and more.
Price: Brunch: $75 per person, $25 for children under 12 years old. Does not include tax or gratuity. Buffet: $65 per person, $20 for children ages 6-12 years old, gratis 5 years or younger. Does not include tax or gratuity.
Address: 5200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Buffet and live music with a gift for Mom
The brunch will feature delectable bites including Alaskan king crab legs, smoked Scottish salmon, a crepe station, lavender crusted leg of lamb, aged Angus prime rib, baked Atlantic salmon fillet and garlic shrimp, and sugar glazed bone-in ham. End on a sweet note with a variety of delectable desserts like cakes, pies and pastries along with coffee, teas, orange juice, and sparkling wine. The party also includes entertainment by The Ron Jean Duo, and moms will receive a complimentary keychain gift and a note.
Address: 7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Price: The brunch buffet is $62 for adults, $31 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under.
Reservations are highly recommended. Tel: (480) 991-9000.
Urban restaurant vibe downtown with live jazz for brunch
Blending style and sophistication, the urban restaurant and hotel boast modern designs and renowned service – a perfect combination for a jovial celebration. Kicking off at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, Province’s Mother’s Day brunch menu will feature an array of traditional dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. In addition to its vast menu offered this Mother’s Day, Province will host live entertainment on its patio with music from Jazz group, ‘TeHe.
Address: The Westin Phoenix Downtown, 333 N Central Ave
Reservations required by calling Province at (602) 429-3600 or visiting phoenix.provincerestaurant.com.
For a free box of chocolates and plenty of pints for the beer lovin’ Mama
They’re rolling out a special menu with lith lighter entrees like the Blackened Salmon & Quinoa Mango Salad and fresh cocktails like the Grapefruit Basil Martini, you’ll even have enough room for the Strawberry Rhubarb & White Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. They’ll also send Mom home with a free box of chocolates.
Address: 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1041 in Tempe and 7014 E Camelback Road, Suite 1423 in Scottsdaleunique atmosphere.
For more information visit www.thirstyliongastropub.com.
Pick up a beautifully decorated cake especially for Mom
The Bakery PHX is offering a very special Mother’s Day dinner cake with rosette piping topped with an edible chocolate “mom” tag. Available in both chocolate and vanilla, this delectable treat is made-to-order in three different sizes: 4” ($16), 8” ($24) or 10” ($32). All orders are baked fresh from scratch every time for guaranteed satisfaction!
Address: 1528 Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014
For more information on the heart and soul behind The Bakery PHX, you can visit http://www.thebakeryphx.com/ or call (480) 499-0211.
So you don’t have to break the bank
Luci’s is serving up speciality Berry Crepes with Champagne Compote this Mother’s Day. A sweet treat, this special menu item is available all day on Sunday, May 10th only. For just $11.99, Mom will appreciated that you saved your money.
Address: 1590 East Bethany Home Road
Visit www.lucishealthymarketplace.com for more about the locally owned business.
Get your picture taken along with a free dessert
Commemorate your special day with Mom with a complimentary photograph and Mother’s Day frame this year. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill will have photographers on hand to capture this special day. The photo will then be placed in a special frame. The best part is it’s all free! Z’Tejas is also treating moms to a free dessert—chef’s choice. The food menu, largely influenced by the South, signifies the bold robust flavors of Arizona, California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. There are five locations in the Valley. To find the one nearest you, please visit www.ztejas.com.
Endless champagne, a Bloody Mary bar and brunch with ultimate comfort foods.
Burgundy braised short ribs; maple bourbon glazed salmon, rooftop herb marinated chicken breast; an omelet station; a build your own mac n’ cheese station; brioche French toast; creamed leek scallop potatoes; spring vegetables and gluten free pasta. It’s a feast alongside The Bloody Mary Bar with ingredients like tomato-infused ice, pickled celery, Arizona spices and seasonal condiments for an additional $5.
Price: $36 for adults and $18 for kids 12 years old and younger. Kids 3 years old and younger eat free. Tax and gratuity not included.
Address: 320 N. Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Restaurant reservations are required. Please call (602) 817-5400 or visit www.districtrestaurant.com.
Complimentary glass of bubbles for Mom and a menu with Southern flair
Featured specials include Lump crab cake ($14) with asparagus and radish salad, Meyer lemon jam and pickled vegetable salsa as well as “Peach Pie” stuffed crepe ($12) with local pecan crumble and whipped mascarpone. 1/2 price bottles of AZ wines available, too!
Address: 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Book your reservation at http://southernrailaz.com/
Brunch or dinner in a cozy neighborhood spot with flowers
All Moms who dine with receive a complimentary carnation along with drink specials like $5 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys. In addition to their excellent daily menu offerings, there is a special catch-of-the-day of wild Alaskan halibut, Oscar-style with lump crab and hollandaise. Also, don’t miss the griddle corn cakes with jack cheese and chicken, bacon or ham.
Address: 5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Reservations recommended by calling (602) 266-3001 or www.PhoenixCityGrille.com.
Comfort food with an upbeat retro vibe
Enjoy an à la carte brunch or dinner, featuring several specials along with the seasonal menus. Brunch is served from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with specials including Quiche Lorraine with virginia bacon, caramelized onions, and an organic green salad. Build your own drink at the famous Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. including a special of Crab Cakes with roasted corn grits, tomatoes, fennel, watercress, and lemon butter sauce ($29). All day long, enjoy specials of Cauliflower Soup with arugula puree and truffled parmesan croutons ($8) and Huckleberry Crème Brulee with lemon shortbread ($9).
Address: 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Reservations are recommended and can be made at 480.421.7997. www.HotelValleyHo.com