Bouquets of red and pink roses, rows of amber bubbling champagnes and spreads of eggs Benedict dripping with hollandaise sauce- it must be Mother’s Day brunch. As chef Ron Eyester tweeted on Easter, “Today is just the prelude to the ultimate #AmateurBrunch #MothersDay. ‘What do you mean I need a reservation!’” Rosebud did 585 covers for Easter, and Mother’s Day is typically 15% higher.
80 million moms will celebrate the occasion by eating out at restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. And 34% want to dine in style with a steak, seafood or barbecue dinner.
With so many specials around town, it is hard to decide where to take mom. How about somewhere that gives her a free cookbook? Or a spot that is exclusively opening for the special occasion?
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta
“We wanted to stray away from your typical Mother’s Day brunch this year and create something more intimate and less traditional for this special occasion,” said Nicolas Quinones, owner of Woodfire Grill. The restaurant is open from 3 to 9 p.m. and offers a special pre-fixe menu for $46 per person. Go for the roasted White Oak Pastures chicken roulade with Swiss chard and poppy seed soubise.
Chops Lobster Bar
70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta
The restaurant is traditionally closed for lunch, but on Mother’s Day they make an exception, opening for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Moms are guaranteed the best cuts of meat, as this is the only Atlanta restaurant serving 100 percent USDA prime-graded beef, veal and lamb.
Atlanta Food Truck Park “Surf Fest”
1850 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
Perhaps you’ve planned to serve mom breakfast in bed on Sunday, so take her out to “Surf Fest” Saturday for a convivial beach-themed party complete with surf-style music. Sure, you can’t take her to the beach, but inland, Atlanta moms are honored with leis and complimentary cocktails.
Del Frisco’s Grille
3376 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Take mom here for the energetic, well-polished scene and the addictive red velvet Belgium waffles. She will leave with a jar of fluffy, spicy pimento cheese, and a slight buzz from the “build your own Bloody Mary” bar.
1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
404-365-0410 ext. 22
Chef-owner Anne Quatrano is seen as the beacon of success for females in the restaurant industry. For this special evening, each mom will be gifted with a signed copy of her debut cookbook, “Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality.” Now mom can mimic Quatrano’s culinary prowess at home.
1087 Green Street, Roswell
Their lush garden practically overflows with greenery and flowers this time of year. The Roswell mainstay is a choice for cozy, no-frills dining. Don’t fuss about waiting for reservations; seating is first come, first serve, unless you have a party of 10 or more. They are serving some seafood specials this weekend like Maryland-style crab cakes, filleted grouper and North Georgia trout.
1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
The Olmsted is traditionally a private event space, but it opens its doors for a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The private garden and patio are nestled between Midtown high rises in a slice of humble green space. The buffet, $38 for adults and $12 for children, offers a dizzying array of selections from yogurt parfaits and peach bellinis, to smoked salmon and custom omelet stations.
129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Instead of having the kids pick flowers from your pristine garden, they can make their own flower bouquet during the restaurant’s brunch service. Approachable and inventive, the breakfast pizza is a mosaic of farm eggs, crisped prosciutto and caramelized red onions.
1910 Public House
107 Main Street, Lilburn
The humble, woefully underrated 1910 Public House is a dining destination for the Lilburn community. The “green eggs and country ham” with Coca Cola gravy is a nod to both the stories mom read you as a kid and Atlanta’s iconic soda.
45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta
You can’t take mom to Europe, but you can take her to the Belgium Bar. Fill each pillowy indention of your waffle with ladles of toppings like lemon curd, strawberry-rhubarb compote and bananas foster. And to sweeten the deal, all moms will leave with a house-made cake pop.