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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. By Kyle Jameson
Comments () | Published April 20, 2010
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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