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On the Menu for Mother’s Day Brunch

If your mom is anything like ours, the way to her heart is through her stomach. Here are dozens of Washington restaurants that are offering special brunch menus with Mom in mind.

2941 pastry chef Anthony Chavez’s “Chocolate Hat” dessert—a whimsical treat for Mom. Photography courtesy of 2941

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Kick back on the outdoor patio at this Louisiana-inspired dining room, and order from the three-course brunch menu ($29 per person; $35 with unlimited raw bar). To start, you’ll find New Orleans-style French toast; charbroiled oysters; a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato salad; and a trio of deviled eggs. Entrées include blackened tilapia with sweet-corn pudding; crawfish étouffée; and sautéed Gulf shrimp with cheddar grits. Get your sugar fix with a bite of pecan tart; warm vanilla bread pudding; beignets; or a selection of sorbets. Plus, there are 25-cent Cajun Marys and blood-orange mimosas. All diners will receive complimentary chocolate truffles to take home. Brunch is served from 11 to 5.

An à la carte brunch menu offers appetizers such as house-cured salmon ($11); Prince Edward Island mussels ($12); and mixed greens ($11) with blue cheese, strawberries, and candied pecans. Entrées include house-cured-lamb hash ($18) with poached farm eggs and roasted sweet peppers; shrimp and grits ($16); honey-glazed fried chicken ($14); and grilled Carolina Mountain trout ($18) with creamy polenta and braised greens. A special dessert—citrus shortcake ($9) with frozen white-chocolate/ginger mouse and Valencia-orange salad—rounds out the menu. Brunch is available from 11 to 3.

Chef Wesley Morton is offering a three-course brunch menu ($35 per person) at this British-style gastropub. Start with your choice of English-pea-and-buttermilk soup with Maryland blue crab; or house-made cranberry/cornmeal scones with orange marmalade, Devonshire cream, and lemon curd. Main courses include smoked Scottish-salmon Benedict; an asparagus frittata with bacon, goat cheese, and arugula; and house-made brioche French toast with stewed berry compote and bourbon whipped cream. For dessert, try the rhubarb syllabub with Campari and crème chantilly; or the chocolate-pecan tart with Scotch whipped cream. The menu is available from 11 to 4.

This elegant Alain Ducasse dining room is putting on a three-course lunch menu ($89 per person). You’ll start with an amuse bouche, and all mothers will receive a glass of Champagne. For appetizers, choose from Maine lobster medallions with chilled cauliflower; foie gras torchon with broccoli; or spring-vegetable cocotte with balsamic/cherry vinegar. Entrées include olive-oil poached salmon with baby fennel; Milanese-style pasta with tomato marmalade; and duck breast à l’orange with turnips and radishes. On the sweet side, there’s a raspberry/rose macaroon or a Louis XV dessert with chocolate, hazelnut, and praline crunch. All mothers will also receive a white lily to take home. The menu is available from 11 to 3.

At this pretty Cleveland Park dining room, chef Alex McWilliams is offering a three-course brunch menu ($45 per person), which includes purée of spring-garlic soup with Taylor bay scallops and chive blossoms; grilled beef tenderloin with poached eggs, Japanese baby sweet potatoes, and Béarnaise sauce; peekytoe crab soufflé with sweet corn and piquillo peppers; and caramelized banana-custard toast with cream cheese, fruit salad, and maple syrup. The menu is available from 11 to 3.

Art and Soul
Celebrate Mom with a Southern-accented three-course brunch menu ($49 per person) at Art Smith’s Capitol Hill restaurant. A sampling of the spring-inspired menu includes lobster Benedict with asparagus and skillet potatoes; ravioli with spring vegetables and fresh herbs; and crab three ways—which includes fried soft shells, a Maryland crabcake, and crab-stuffed relleno with chipotle butter. A children's menu is also be available, and all mothers receive a complimentary red rose. The menu is available from 11 to 4.

Asia Nine
Enjoy a brunch bento box ($18) at this pan-Asian restaurant in DC’s Penn Quarter. Choose from eggs with bacon or sausage; an assortment of Chinese dumplings; or coconut French toast with ginger syrup. Each bento box comes with hash browns, bread, fresh fruit, salad, and is served with your choice of orange juice, coffee, or tea. Plus, there’s a special gift for mothers and grandmothers. Brunch is available from noon to 3.


A three-course brunch menu ($29 per person; $38 with an additional cheese course) will be served at this Old Town French bistro. Appetizers include pea-pod/pea-shoot salad; Gulf-shrimp beignets with dipping sauces; and chicken-liver mousse with strawberry/rhubarb gelée. Entrées are eggs Benedict with smoked salmon; duck-confit hash; and a fried-egg-topped burger. For dessert, there’s vanilla-bean crème brûlée, chocolate pôt de crème, and vanilla chiffon cake with strawberries and poached rhubarb. The menu is available from 11:30 to 3.

This chic Italian dining room is celebrating Mother’s Day with a three-course brunch menu ($45 per person). Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s offerings include a platter of affettati misti with soppressata, speck, sheep’s-milk ricotta, wild-flower honey, and grilled country bread; spaghetti with guanciale, egg, pecorino, and black pepper; and a study of spring vegetables with roasted pork sausage, poached egg, and country-style fried potatoes. For dessert, pastry chef Douglas Hernandez is serving an array of sweets, including roasted strawberries with an almond macaroon and whipped cream. The menu is available from 11 to 4.

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar
This quaint French bistro in Georgetown is putting on a four-course menu ($50 per person). Begin with your choice of yellow-corn soup garnished with Maryland crab; grilled-shrimp/baby-arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette; duck foie gras with a balsamic reduction ($5 supplement); or endive salad with Asian pears and Roquefort cheese. Main courses include sautéed soft-shell crab with spinach and lemon-butter sauce; stuffed Guinea-hen-leg confit with wild mushrooms and braised Savoy cabbage; crispy salmon and scallops with snow peas and parsley sauce; and braised beef cheeks with a ragout of Jerusalem artichokes and five-spice red-wine sauce. Assorted pastries come with French vanilla ice cream for dessert. A cheese course is $8. The menu is available from 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 9:30.

Black's Bar and Kitchen
This Bethesda spot is offering a bottomless Champagne brunch ($33 per person) from 10 to 2:45. On the buffet: roasted vegetables; truffled beets with hazelnuts; charcuterie; grilled-corn-and-summer-squash salad; tuna-belly confit with chimichurri; smoked bluefish rillette; spiced shrimp; Pacific escolar; and Chesapeake Bay oysters. A dessert station will feature a selection of sweet treats.

Black Market Bistro
Situated in a restored Victorian house, this casual bistro's Mother's Day brunch includes orange-vanilla French toast with fresh fruit, Chantilly cream, and maple-citrus syrup; eggs Benedict on a house-made biscuit with grilled asparagus; grilled skirt steak with scrambled eggs and roasted red-bliss potatoes; and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp with creamy sweet-corn grits. Prices range from $6 to $14. Brunch is available from 10 to 2:30.

Blue Duck Tavern
A three-course, buffet-style brunch menu ($90 for adults; $45 for children) offers a selection of hors d’oeuvres spread throughout the open kitchen, followed by your choice of entrée and sides, and an assortment of sweets. Main courses include a Belgian waffle with huckleberry marmalade; sunny-side eggs with cod cakes; scrambled eggs with rock shrimp; crabcakes with remoulade sauce; roast lamb with rosemary jus; seared scallops with herb buttter; roasted halibut with Zinfandel reduction; duck breast with gumbo sauce; and prime rib with horseradish. The menu is available from 10:30 to 3:30.

Bombay Club
Listen to live piano music and graze on an Indian brunch buffet ($32 per person) at this upscale curry house, located in downtown DC. The buffet features avocado-banana chaat with cilantro chutney and spices; Bombay-style sev puri (crisp puri, potatoes, mango, sprouts, onion, and chutneys); lamb palak with spinach, onion, and garam masala; and mirch baingan ka salan (baby eggplant, jalapeño, coconut, sesame seed, and peanut). Dessert includes milk dumplings served warm with cardamom and crème fraîche. For an extra $7, Champagne is unlimited. The buffet is available from 11 to 3.

Bourbon Steak
Chef David Varley's brunch menu ($65 per person) gets diners started with a choice of appetizer, including maple-bourbon smoked salmon with truffled egg salad and bagel chips; Maine-lobster bisque with bacon and fresh tarragon; chilled asparagus soup with smoked trout and Sicilian-pistachio cream; and a caviar parfait with smoked salmon and crispy-shallot potato cake ($75 supplement). For main courses, there's blue-crab Benedict; marinated Angus tenderloin salad with coconut red curry and hearts of palm; a black-truffle croque madame with braised pork belly; and lobster pot pie with brandied lobster cream, baby vegetables, and wild mushrooms ($40 supplement). The menu is available from 11 to 3.

Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier
Robert Wiedmaier’s dining room in Old Town Alexandria’s Lorien Hotel is putting on an à la carte brunch. The menu includes Belgian waffles with crème fraîche and apple butter ($14); pork belly with poached eggs and potato cakes ($16); bacon-cheddar burger on brioche ($14); and mussels with white wine and garlic ($16). For dessert, you’ll find a peanut-butter bar ($8) and crème fraîche cheesecake with honey-sage roasted pineapple ($8). Brunch is served from 10 to 2:30, and all mothers will receive a box of house-made chocolates to take home. 

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B. Smith’s
This Southern-accented restaurant is serving a brunch buffet ($45 per person) that includes made-to-order waffles and omelets, a seafood bar, a carving station with cuts of roast turkey and pineapple ham, and all the soul-food fixings: fried chicken, jambalaya, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. For dessert, there’s chocolate cake, coconut cake, cheesecake, and a chocolate fountain. The buffet is available from 11 to 8.

Buzz Bakery

On Mother’s Day weekend, take Mom to this Slaters Lane bakery for Belgian waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream ($7)—available from 7 to noon. Also, from May 1 through May 9, pastry chef Josh Short will offer an eight-inch Mother’s Day cake ($37) for special order; the vanilla-chiffon cake is covered with lemon cream and decorated with spring posies. For orders, call 703-600-2899.

Café Promenade
Set inside the Renaissance Mayflower hotel, this upscale Mediterranean dining room will host a brunch buffet ($75 for adults; $35 for children) featuring made-to-order omelets; Belgian waffles; salads and antipasto; a seafood table with mussels, cocktail shrimp, oysters, and Peruvian ceviche; and a carving station with cuts of aged New York strip, free-range chicken, and roasted veal loin. For dessert, there are assorted pastries and a chocolate fountain. The menu is available from 11 to 3.

When you purchase an entrée at this Nuevo Latino eatery, you’ll get a complimentary mocktail of your choice. There’s the “Batista,” a mojito-like drink with muddled lime, mint, Guarapo, and splash of soda; and the “Ceiba Breeze,” made with cranberry juice, freshly blended pineapple juice, orange juice, and gingerale. Chef Jeff Tunks’s special entrées include the surf-and-turf with lobster and filet mignon ($28). For dessert, there’s strawberry shortcake ($8). All diners will receive complimentary Mexican wedding cookies to take home. The special items are available from 3 to 9.

Co Co. Sala
At this Penn Quarter chocolate lounge, chef Santosh Tiptur is offering a three-course brunch menu ($50 for adults; $30 for children). It starts with an amuse bouche of warm chocolate fritters with brown-butter/caramel sauce. Entrées include citrus-ricotta pancakes; twice-baked cheese soufflé; s’more-stuffed French-toast; breakfast flatbread with cheddar hash browns, sausage, and eggs; creamy artichoke hearts with tomato confit; and crabcakes with mango salsa. There’ll be a selection of sweets for dessert. The menu is available from 11 to 4.

The Colonnade at the Fairmont
Some of the fixings at this Champagne brunch ($85 per person) include an Atlantic-seafood display (jumbo prawns, crab claws, and oysters); salt-cured Virginia pork leg; Maine lobster with green-pea risotto; spring lamb chops with warm mushroom/fava-bean salad; made-to-order omelets and crêpes; artisan cheeses and charcuterie; an array of seasonal salads; and a selection of decadent desserts. Plus, there are unlimited mimosas and sparkling wines. The brunch is available from 11 to 2.

DC Coast
With the purchase an entrée at this downtown DC dining room, you can have access to an all-you-can-eat raw bar—stocked with oysters on the half shell, Louisiana-shrimp cocktail, and razor clams—for $14. All diners will receive homemade cashew brittle to take home. The special is available from 4:30 to 9.

Order from an à la carte brunch menu at this Italian dining room in Cleveland Park. There’ll be asparagus wrapped in grilled prosciutto ($12), fresh fruit with bufala-ricotta mousse ($9), a meatball-and-mozarella panino with mixed greens ($10), French toast with sour-cherry maple syrup ($12), house-made lamb sausage with stewed lentils ($15), and for dessert, a selection of sweets and cheeses. The menu is available from 11 to 3:30.

The Grille at Morrison House

A three-course prix-fixe brunch ($49 per person) is on offer at this elegant Old Town hotel restaurant. For the first course, choose among crabcakes with cherry tomatoes; Vidalia-onion pie with honey mustard; Waldorf salad; and bay scallops with Parmesan gratin and grilled bread. Entrées include braised-lamb crépinette with sunnyside-up eggs and rosemary-lamb sauce; and a croque madame on brioche with sliced ham, Gruyère, béchamel, and a fried egg. Treat your sweet tooth with chocolate pot de crème, profiteroles, or assorted sorbets. The menu is available from 11 to 3.

Hudson Restaurant & Lounge
Head to DC’s West End for chef Ryan Arnold’s three-course menu ($30). The prix-fixe menu starts off with your choice of lobster bisque with brandy and chives; white asparagus with Meyer lemon and chopped egg; or house-cured Irish salmon with a cream-cheese bagel. For your entrée, choose from cedar-roasted organic salmon with apple-onion confit; grilled hanger steak with French fries and mushroom sauté; or truffle-roasted chicken with whipped Yukon Gold potatoes. For dessert, there’s pistachio custard, chocolate pot de crème, and gâteau de crêpes with mascarpone mousse. The menu is available from 10 to 3 and 5 to 9.

ICi Urban Bistro

An à la carte brunch menu includes spicy gazpacho ($8); grouper carpaccio ($13); chicken-and-mushroom crêpes ($11); duck-confit risotto with asparagus ($24); wild sea bass with little-neck clams ($26); and roasted rack of lamb with garlic confit ($28). There’s also a selection of miniature desserts. The menu is available from 11:30 to 3. 

Jackson 20
Chef Dennis Marron will serve a buffet brunch ($50 for adults; $25 for children) at this comfort-food spot in Old Town’s Hotel Monaco. There’ll be made-to-order omelets and pancakes; Southern-style home fries; biscuits and gravy; and fresh fruit. Carving stations include roasted leg of lamb and roasted country pig. For dessert, there’ll be bread pudding, chocolates, and petit fours. The buffet is available from 11 to 3. An additional $20 buys access to an all-you-can-drink bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

Kemble Park Tavern
Start the day with a complimentary blood-orange mimosa. Then, order from chef de cuisine Brandon Ingenito’s à la carte brunch menu, which offers four kinds of deviled eggs (classic chive, jumbo-lump crab, spicy Southwestern, and bacon/cheddar) ($9); tempura soft-shell crab with watermelon salad and apricot coulis ($13); grilled Meyer-lemon shrimp with celery-root/apple slaw and red-bliss potato ($20); and gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon served with spring pea purée and grilled artichokes ($27). For dessert, there’s sangría shaved ice with fruit salsa and cinnamon-tortilla shell ($9). The brunch menu is served from 10:30 to 4, and all mothers will receive a long-stem red rose to take home.

The Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace Restaurant
Enjoy the skyline views of DC while delighting in a special brunch ($40 for adults; $20 for children) that includes cuts of prime rib at a carving station, fresh-shucked oysters at a raw bar, a variety of gourmet salads, and freshly baked breads and pastries. Plus, there are pancakes, French toast, and made-to-order omelets. A children's menu is available, and all mothers (and fathers, too!) receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of sparkling wine. Brunch is available from 11 to 2.

The Key Bridge Marriott Hotel
Take in the panoramic views of Washington while feasting on a special brunch buffet ($55 for adults; $25 for children) that includes traditional breakfast favorites (French toast, scrambled eggs, spinach-potato hash, bacon, and pork sausage) as well as lunch fare (lobster ravioli, chicken puttanesca, clams steeped in Chardonnay, and red-bliss mashed potatoes). There's also a raw bar, a carving station—with cuts of lamb, prime rib, and bone-in ham—and a dessert table. Also included is a glass of Champagne, mimosa, or bloody Mary. Seatings are available at 11 and 1.

La Sandía
Head  to this Mexican restaurant and tequila bar in Tysons Corner for a south-of-the-border brunch menu that includes huevos rancheros ($6); breakfast tacos ($9); chilaquiles ($9) with your choice of red or green sauce; carne asada ($16); barbacoa-beef enchiladas; banana crêpes ($6); and an assortment of seasonal fresh fruit ($6). Brunch is available from 11 to 4.

Legal Sea Foods
This seafood house is offering a bubbly libation ($10) called the “Strawberry Sparkler.” It combines strawberry purée with Spanish cava, St. Germain liqueur, and a touch of fresh-squeezed lemon juice. It’s available all day at the four Washington locations (Bethesda, Crystal City, Penn Quarter, Tysons Galleria).

The Majestic
At this Old Town bistro, chef/owner Cathal Armstrong is serving a family-style dinner ($22 per person), complete with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, creamy coleslaw, sautéed spinach, buttermilk biscuits, and for dessert, strawberry shortcake. Dinner is available from 1 to 9.

McGinty's Public House
The Silver Spring location of this Irish house is putting on a brunch buffet ($20 per person) that includes smoked salmon, bangers (sausage), chipped beef, assorted cheeses, and a selection of miniature desserts. You'll also have your choice of a chilled mimosa or bloody Mary. The brunch is available from 11 to 4.

Morton’s the Steakhouse
The Arlington, Bethesda, downtown DC, and Georgetown locations of this high-end steakhouse will offer a special prix-fixe dinner menu ($59). Start with your choice of house or Caesar salad. Main courses include a single-cut filet mignon; broiled salmon; colossal-shrimp Alexander; chicken Christopher; and filet Oskar with asparagus and jumbo-lump crab. Plus, you get your choice of vegetable or potato, and dessert (crème brûlée or double-chocolate mousse). The menu is available from 3 to 9.

Notti Bianche
At this Foggy Bottom trattoria, a selection of à la carte specials are on the dinner menu: black-olive gnocchi ($16), stuffed with goat cheese, over roasted golden-tomato sauce; an open-face lamb sandwich ($22) with roasted-pepper salad, chick-pea salad, and saffron rouille; a grilled eight-ounce swordfish steak ($24) with pepper-orange glaze, French fries, and sorrel Caesar salad; and for dessert, a hot white-chocolate/banana risotto ($9) with toasted walnuts. Dinner is served from 5 to 10.

The Oval Room
Set near the White House, chef Tony Conte is offering a three-course menu ($55 per person), which includes options such as white-asparagus soup with Meyer-lemon ravioli and pickled shallots; vanilla/foie gras brûlée with strawberries and rhubarb; spinach-ricotta dumplings with baby beets and poppy-seed butter; and steamed Atlantic skate with artichokes, blood orange, and chorizo crumbs. For dessert, there’s chocolate-beet cake with huckleberries and pistachio ice cream; and sugar-coated doughnuts with yuzu cream. The menu is available from 11 to 3.

The Palm Court at Westfields Marriott
This contemporary American restaurant, situated near Washington Dulles airport, is putting on a Mother's Day brunch ($70 for adults; $24 for children), replete with a smoked-seafood display, a selection of cheeses, specialty salads, and all the traditional breakfast favorites: made-to-order Belgian waffles, peppered bacon and sausage, and poached eggs with grilled tomatoes and crispy pancetta. There'll also be wild Alaskan halibut, coriander-crusted tenderloin medallions, grilled chicken breast, and a carving station with ham, lamb, beef, and turkey. End on a sweet note with an assortment of cakes, pies, tarts, and more. The menu is available from 11 to 2.


The three-course brunch ($29 per person; $35 with unlimited raw bar) at this soaring Reston seafood dining room begins with crispy fried oysters; New Orleans-style French toast; and seafood-crêpe gratin. Choose among entrées such as smoked-whitefish hash; tuna niçoise salad; miso-glazed Scottish salmon; and country-fried steak or chicken with mashed potatoes. For dessert, there’s Key-lime meringue tart; warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream; and chocolate mousse with a praline crunch. The menu is available from 10:30 to 4.

An à la carte brunch menu is available at this downtown Italian trattoria. Some of the fare on chef Bryan Moscatello’s menu includes lemon-ricotta pancakes with cherry-maple syrup and chicken sausage; porcini-mushroom hash with poached eggs; and lobster-tomato fusilli with sweet onions, peas, ramps, and sunchokes. Prices range from $9 to $18. The menu is available from 10 to 3.

At one of Penn Quarter’s premier power-dining rooms, moms can order from chef Vikram Sunderam’s three-course brunch menu ($40 per person). Start off with a taste of a chicken-tikka omelet stuffed with onion, tomato, green chili, and masala; or palak chaat (crispy baby spinach topped with sweet yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney). Entrée choices include a mixed-seafood grill, comprised of Scottish salmon, mango shrimp, and crab seekh; and Rasika Thali, a selection of paneer in tomato sauce, stuffed eggplants, creamy spinach, lentils, and vegetable biryani. For dessert, there’s a coconut pancake with cardamom ice cream and apple-mango kheer. The menu is available from 11:30 to 2:30.

Head to this California-mod restaurant in Bethesda Row for a traditional brunch buffet ($35 for adults; $15 for children). It includes carving, omelet, and dessert stations, which are displayed throughout the lounge and bar. For an extra $15, you can sip bottomless mimosas while listening to live jazz music (courtesy of the George Oakley Jazz Trio). The buffet is available from 10 to 3:30.

At her West End dining room, chef/owner Ris Lacoste is offering a three-course menu ($50 per person). Begin with your choice of chilled spring-pea soup; a salmon cocktail with cucumber, dill potatoes, and caviar; or spinach salad with pancetta/smokey-blue-cheese dressing. Main courses include grilled leg of lamb with garlic spinach; black bass in basil broth with artichokes and eggplant; and beet/ricotta ravioli in a celery-walnut cream. For dessert, choose from strawberry shortcake; a special chocolate dessert; and house-made ice creams and sorbets with cookies. The menu is available from 11 to 3 and 4:30 to 8.

At this modern American spot, chef Adam Longworth is offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($48 per person). Sit inside and listen to live jazz, or sit outside on the patio overlooking the Navy Memorial fountain. A sampling of appetizers includes a chilled spring-pea soup with lobster and lemon confit; mango-and-pineapple salad with hearts of palm; and house-cured salmon with green-olive cream cheese. For entrées, there’s fried chicken and waffles with orange-blossom honey; scrambled eggs with king crab and asparagus; and seared halibut with jasmine rice. Desserts include rhubarb pie with caramelized white-chocolate ice cream; lemon/poppy-seed pound cake with frozen yogurt; and German chocolate cake with bergamot ice cream. The menu is available from 11 to 4.

This elegant Georgetown institution is putting out a brunch menu ($28 to $36 per person, depending on choice of entrée).  You'll start off with complimentary canapés and have a choice of appetizer and entrée. Main courses include challah French toast with house-made maple sausage and rhubarb compote; roast halibut with sweet-onion purée, morel mushrooms, young chard, and spring-herb butter; and rack of lamb with rosemary fingerling potatoes and lamb jus. Both the first and second courses are included in the price of the entrée. A selection of desserts ($9) is also be available. Brunch runs from 10 to 2.

The Source
This three-level Wolfgang Puck restaurant is celebrating mothers with a family-style tasting menu ($65 per person). You'll start with an amuse bouche of spicy-tuna tartare in sesame-miso cones. Appetizers include pork-belly dumplings; crystal-chive dumplings with Gulf shrimp; shrimp/lobster springrolls; and Chinoise-style chicken salad. Main courses include whole-fried wild striped bass; Singapore-style street noodles with Kobe-beef short ribs; Penang-style roasted duck curry; and lobster XO fried rice. For something sweet, choose from turtle cheesecakes or a selection of ice cream and sorbets. The dinner menu is available from 5:30 to 10.

At this Southern-style eatery, chef Eric Ziebold is putting on a leisurely brunch ($60 for adults; $30 for children) that's inspired by some of his (and his kitchen staff's) favorite childhood recipes. Chefs Rachael Harriman and Johnnie Thomas pay tribute to their mothers with their Spanish tortilla and slow-baked salmon, respectively, and  Ziebold is making a rendition of his mother’s buttermilk bavarois with graham-cracker crust. The meal also includes scrambled eggs, French toast, applewood-smoked bacon, biscuits and gravy, gourmet salads, and toasted bagels with smoked salmon. For dessert, choose among a variety of fruit, yogurt, cookies, and pastries. Guests will receive recipe cards for their favorite dishes. The brunch is available from 11 to 3:30.

In honor of mothers, chef Barry Koslow is offering a Jonah crabcake ($14) with asparagus, a poached egg, and Béarnaise sauce. And for dessert, there’ll be special mom-dedicated cupcakes ($3).

Chef Bertrand Chemel is offering a three-course menu ($68 per person). Start with roasted white asparagus; vegetable-medley salad with balsamic vinaigrette; poached Alaskan King salmon; gazpacho with little-neck clams; or a sweet-crab salad. Entrées include steamed East Coast halibut; black sea bass; spring-pea ravioli; roasted duck breast; roasted veal tenderloin with fingerling potatoes; and côte de boeuf with bacon-wrapped asparagus (made for two; $30 supplement). For dessert, look for pastry chef Anthony Chavez's "chocolate hat," made with chocolate mousse, vanilla cream, and strawberry jelly. There's also a lemon soufflé ($5 supplement); chocolate/pistachio entremet; a strawberry cannoli with sweet ricotta cream; and brioche bread pudding. There's also a three-course children’s meal ($25). The menu is available from 11 to 7.

Westend Bistro
At the Champagne buffet ($75 for adults; $40 for children) served at Eric Ripert’s bistro, carving stations will include slices of roasted beef loin and honey-glazed duck breast. The traditional breakfast favorites will be on display, and there’ll be made-to-order omelets, pancakes, waffles, assorted breads and pastries, and seasonal fruit. There’ll also be specialty salads, gourmet cheese and charcuterie, sushi and caviar, and an array of seafood, both raw (Gulf shrimp, snow crab claws) and smoked (salmon, trout, tuna, mussels, and scallops). The meal includes a wide selection of desserts, with everything from chocolate cake to coconut tapioca to a cherry-pistachio tart. The buffet is available from 10 to 3.

For a taste of Latin/Asian fusion, consider taking Mom to Richard Sandoval's Penn Quarter restaurant. There are three dinner specials on the menu: butter-poached-lobster tacos ($16); Akaushi strip steak ($28) with a hash of fingerling potatoes, blue crab, and corn; and for dessert, white-chocolate cake ($8) with mint ice cream. The specials are available from 5 to 10.

Chef Bryan Moscatello is putting on a three-course menu ($35 per person) at this swank Penn Quarter dining room. Start with your choice of fresh melon and berries with toasted almonds and fresh mint; or chilled pea soup with mint yogurt. Entrées include lemon-soufflé pancakes with raspberry syrup; eggs Benedict over sautéed crabcakes; and butter-poached lobster risotto. For dessert, finish with a glass of Champagne and fresh strawberries. The menu is available from noon to 8. 

Phew! That's a lot of brunch options. Even still, if you know of one we missed, e-mail the writer at to get it added.

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