Mother, madre, mama, mommy, mum, ma, momishka, Mooooooommmmm! She goes by many names, conquers many challenges, often endures an echelon of emotions, many of which are triggered by…us…and loves her children like crazy. And, because we love our matriarch figures equally fiercely, why not show them how much by delighting them with a dining experience they’re sure to remember this Mother’s Day?! As you prepare to make this May 8th memorable for the mother figure in your life, take a look at what Metro Phoenix restaurateurs have arranged for this special Mother’s Day.
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Mummy won’t be grumpy once you take her to Angry Crab Shack for $3 citrusy Mom-osas, served in kitschy mason jars, topped off with refreshing orange juice, and paired perfectly with brunch favorites like the succulent Lobster Rolls and creamy Shrimp and Grits. Available for only one day (May 8) at the Scottsdale location.
Head on over to The Arrogant Butcher on Mother’s Day between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for a taste of surf and turf with menu specials like the Crab Cake Benedict ($18), with poached eggs, vine-ripened tomato, mizuna and green chili hollandaise or the Slow Roasted Petite Prime Rib ($27), 10-ounce petite cut with horseradish cream, au jus and guest’s choice of side. Reservations are highly encouraged. To book, call 602-324-8502 or visit thearrogantbutcher.com.
How about a hearty cheers to mom this Mother’s Day at the Blue Clover Distillery in Old Town Scottsdale? As the city’s first microdistillery, tasting room and bar, you and mom can select from a $10 brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Indulge in options like the Smothered Green Chile Breakfast Burrito and the Farm Eggs and Bacon Grilled Cheese with a side of tater tots. Call 480-946-1062 or visit bluecloverdistillery.com for more information.
Looking for a luxurious Mother’s Day setting? Look no further. Sunday, May 8 from 9 a.m – 3 p.m., Chateau Luxe is hosting a lavish Mother’s Day Brunch, filled with exclusive food and beverage creations (including omelet and waffle bars!). Open to the public for the first time, mom and family can dine to their heart’s content with these options: $85 per adult, $39 per child 10 and under and free for children under 1-year-old. VIP tickets are $99 and include brunch and mimosa + bloody mary bar.
A little birdie told us that if you and mom land at Doughbird on Mother’s day from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can relish in special menu offerings like the Rotisserie Petite Prime Rib ($27), 10-ounce petite cut with guest’s choice of a side and sauce, and the Chicken Pot Roast ($20), with heirloom carrots, green onion, roasted mushroom, sweet corn and potato puree. Reservations are highly encouraged. To book, call 602-345-9161 or visit eatdoughbird.com.
Make all the other mothers green with envy by taking yours to The Greene House this Mother’s Day. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can choose from special selections such as Stuffed French Toast ($15), with mascarpone, berry compote and Marcona almonds and the Spring Vegetable Scramble ($15), with zucchini, sweet peppers, grilled asparagus, Havarti cheese and arugula. Reservations are highly encouraged. To book, call 480-889-9494 or visit thegreenehouseaz.com.
A favorite in the Thorburn household, I can personally attest to Grimaldi’s being the perfect large-family gathering spot to celebrate Mother’s Day. Plus, this year, they’re running a special Mother’s Day Celebration Meal Deal from May 2 – 8. For $40 enjoy a Large House or Caesar Salad, a bottle of La Marca Prosecco and an 18-inch Traditional Cheese Pizza (available for dine-in only). For more information, visit grimaldispizzeria.com.
Calling all “cool moms!” Hash Kitchen is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch starting for early risers at 7 a.m., ending at 2 p.m. Choose from menu selections such as decorative pancakes, french toasts and signature hashes, and be sure to visit the build-your-own bloody mary bar ($14) with over 50 craft toppings. For the main course, try one of Hash’s specialty brunch items: Maso’s Breakfast Potato Tacos ($15) made with four potato tacos filled with lettuce, avocado, tomato, queso fresco, fried egg, green chili, cream, cilantro and the option to add chicken tinga, pork carnitas or birria for an extra $3.
Did someone say giant cinnamon rolls and Maryland Crab Cakes (with tarragon remoulade and roasted corn salad)? Yes! Satiate your appetite with these delights and others at The Henry from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., May 8. Plenty of additional sweet and savory offerings will be available on the regular menu. To book, call 602-429-8020 or visit thehenryrestaurant.com/.
Experience culinary mastery this Mother’s Day at Humble Bisto with Frutti Di Mare Ravioli with lobster, scallops and shrimp in a lobster brandy sauce. Brunch guests can also indulge in carne, salmon and veggie benedicts with French scramble on homemade sourdough English muffins. For more information, visit humblebistro.com or call the restaurant at 480-502-2121.
Mom nor daughter need to be Italian to delight in the Mother’s Day brunch hosted by The Italian Daughter. This year, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., families can feast on mouth-watering dishes which include the Lobster Crab Cake Benedict ($22) made with grilled ciabatta and topped with a lobster cake, poached egg, lobster bisque hollandaise and crab meat. To learn more, visit theitaliandaughter.com or call 480-404-6085.
JW Marriott is rolling out the red carpet for Mother’s Day this year (9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Festivities include Rita’s Cantina & Bar Brunch featuring made-to-order omelets and eggs and carne asada and chicken tacos; a fresh guacamole and salsa bar; trout with Veracruz sauce; chimichurri lamb chops; assorted pastries and desserts and more. In addition to brunch, families can enjoy live music, face painting, a caricature artist and the opportunity to have professional family photos $130 per adult (including bottomless bubbles and mimosas), $39 per child ages 4-12 (children ages three and under eat free with the purchase of an adult brunch).
Tantalize mama’s taste buds at Olive & Ivy’s Mother’s Day Brunch. From 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., guests of the Scottsdale eatery can take advantage of specials such as Maple Glazed Short Rib ($20), with potatoes, onions, peppers and sunny-side-up eggs; Stuffed French Toast ($16) with mascarpone, berry compote and Marcona almonds and Sea Scallops ($31), with wild mushroom, black truffle polenta, pumpkin seed granola and bacon gastrique. Reservations are highly encouraged. To book, call 480-751-2200 or visit oliveandivyrestaurant.com.
T Cook’s at Royal Palms is ready to give moms, grandmas, aunties and other female role models the royal treatment with a decadent plated brunch. Guests have a choice of an appetizer, including standouts like a Baby Kale Caesar Salad or Mustard Glazed Pork Belly, a choice of main brunch plate, with entrees ranging from savory picks like the Braised Short Rib or sweeter options like Lemon Poppy French Toast and access to a delicious dessert buffet. The resort is also hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m on Sunday, with menu highlights including omelets and eggs to order, a carving station, charcuterie and cheese, a selection of seafood and more. The brunch buffet also includes a complimentary Royal Palms Mimosa (or sparkling apple cider). Both experiences are priced at $150 per adult, $75 for children ages 6-12 and complimentary for children under the age of five. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-283-1234 or by booking on OpenTable.
One of my personal favorites, Elements restaurant always delivers on dining, ambiance and elevated experiences. This year, Chef Samantha Sanz has created an entire menu dedicated to moms, starting with delicacies like Gin cured salmon on Pumpernickel toast and Fritto Misto with Calamari, to main dishes such as Lobster Benedict with poached eggs, English muffin, avocado, spinach and saffron hollandaise and Branzino stuffed with orange and fennel, fregola, broccolini, green olives and harissa. Mother’s Day Brunch is priced at $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required via pre-payment of full menu price plus tax and service and can be made by calling 855-230-3525.
I dare you to find a mother who isn’t crazy for charcuterie-inspired concepts, which is exactly what The Sicilian Butcher is all about (meatballs too!). And Mother’s Day is no exception. May 8, all three locations (Phoenix, Chandler and Peoria) will feature a 5-foot-long charcuterie board — Sicilian in Strada ($16 per person) — decorated with Panelli fritters, potato croquette, arancini, craft meatballs with creamy polenta; artisanal meats and cheeses; pickled condiments and freshly baked bruschetta.
Celebrate Mother’s Day fiesta-style with Someburros and its generational family recipes of authentic, Sonoran-style Mexican food. Their platters and plates are perfect for a family gathering, including The Fiesta Platter ($49) comprised of 40 Mexican miniatures: 10 red chili beef burros, 10 green chili beef burros, 10 bean mini chimis and five beef and five chicken taquitos. The platter also comes with a large bag of chips, a pint of Someburros’ signature hot sauce and a half-pint of guacamole (serves 10-12 people). For a list of locations and more information, visit someburros.com
Want to honor the special women in your life with an upscale dinner or brunch? How about the addition of roses and bubbly? Head over to STK Steakhouse where a Mother’s Day Roses & Rosé brunch and dinner awaits. Choose from rosé specials and roses for mom, including Justin Rosé and Chandon Brut Rosé by the glass ($9.99), Dungeness Crab Summer Roll ($39), Australian Wagyu Picanha ($81), Maine Lobster Ravioli ($65) and Molten Chocolate Cake ($13). The full menu will be offered in addition to the specials menu and roses will be handed to each table. Reservations are recommended, for more information visit stksteakhouse.com.
Steep mom and the gang in rich Southern cuisine this Mother’s Day at SugarJam. Exclusively offered on May 8, families can indulge in the restaurant’s specialty Peach Cobbler French Toast as well as their regular menu of Southern-themed brunch options, craft cocktails, mimosa flights and scratch-baked goods. And, for added ambiance, SugarJam will be jamming to tunes curated by their resident DJ. For more information, visit sjsouthernkitchen.com.
In an effort to deliver the best of The Big Apple to mom this year, Streets of New York is offering their 10-inch cheese pizza and small antipasto salad for $16 for dine-in, takeout or delivery ($6 in savings). Their award-winning pizza is made with specially chosen ingredients that are always handcrafted and hand-tossed for the perfect New York-style pie. From gluten-free options and pizza by the slice, they have something for everyone, but most importantly, mom! For more information streetsofnewyork.com.
With six Valley locations, Mom doesn’t have to search for hidden eggs. In fact, in addition to their extensive offering of eggy breakfast options, U.S. Egg is offering moms three different flavors of Mimosas from their menu of six (Mama-Mosa Flights for $16.95, May 7 – 8): Traditional with Orange Juice and Champagne; Pink Cadillac with Pink Lemonade and Champagne; Cram-Mimosa with Cranberry Juice and Champagne; Sunrise with Orange Juice; Strawberry Puree and Champagne; Tropical with Pineapple Juice and Champagne or Triple P with Pineapple, Prosecco and Pink Lemonade. For more information, visit useggrestaurant.com.
Treating mom to a Fashion Square shopping spree? If so, Zinqué is the perfect place to pop in for posh French-inspired fare, refined aperitifs and carefully-selected wines. This Mother’s Day brunch menu (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.) includes fresh-baked pastries such as banana bread ($5) and warm croissants ($4.50 – $5), appetizing sandwiches like the Caprese ($13), healthy breakfast options like the Quinoa Breakfast Burrito ($12) and so much more. To learn more, call 623-745-9616 or visit lezinque.com.