This Old Town restaurant is pairing Mother’s Day with the opening of its patio. To celebrate, chef Christophe Poteaux has designed two prix-fixe brunch menus. For $29, adults can enjoy a three-course menu that includes a choice of soup or salad, entrées such as eggs Benedict and seared scallops, and crème brûlée or chocolate pot de crème for dessert; add a cheese course for an additional $9. For $16, the three-course, kid-friendly menu includes house salad, organic chicken fingers, and a choice of dessert. Bastille will serve brunch from 11:30 to 2:30. Call 703-519-3776 for reservations.
Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier
Chef/owner Robert Wiedmaier’s new Belgian-inspired restaurant in Old Town will serve an à la carte menu that includes both breakfast options—such as a Belgian waffle with crème fraîche, lemon zest, and apple butter—and lunch items including steamed mussels with frites and roasted Scottish salmon. There will also be a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar and mimosas with several fruit-juice mixes. For reservations, call 703-894-3440.
Capital View Ballroom at the Key Bridge Marriott
Take in a lovely view of Washington from across the Potomac while you dine on an all-you-can-eat brunch with roast turkey, grilled pork tenderloin, omelets, waffles, and lots of desserts. One glass of Champagne is complimentary. Brunch is $49 for adults, $24.50 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for kids under 5. Seating times are 11, 1, and 3. To make a reservation, call 703-524-6400.
If a day trip with mom is more your bag, head to quaint Charlottesville, a 2½-hour drive from Washington, where the Clifton Inn will serve brunch ($48 for adults and $18 for kids). Chef Dean Maupin is designing a to-be-announced three-course menu for the occasion. Seating will be offered every half hour from 1 to 4:30. Call 434-971-1800 to make reservations.
Evening Star Cafe
Chef Will Artley is dishing up some of his favorite childhood foods in honor of his mom. During brunch (10 to 3), the chef will serve a three-cheese chicken enchilada with green chilies, scrambled eggs, and smoked-tomato sauce ($10) as well as a chorizo hash with roasted potatoes, peppers, and onions ($7.50). Make reservations by calling 703-549-5051.
The Grille at Morrison House
This quaint hotel restaurant in Old Town has three-course menus for adults and kids. The adult menu ($50 a person) includes a choice of appetizers such as scallops or crabcakes; entrées including steak and eggs, grilled wild salmon, and eggs Benedict; and sorbet, pot de crème, or a trio of ice cream for dessert. Adults also have a choice of mimosas or juice. The $20 kids menu includes a fruit cup for an appetizer; a choice of banana pancakes, cheese-and-egg scramble, or grilled cheese for the main course; and two scoops of ice cream for dessert. Brunch is served from 11 to 3. Call 703-838-8000 for reservations.
From 11 to 7, this McLean restaurant will serve a four-course, prix-fixe menu for $77 per person. Items include pan-seared soft-shell crab, sautéed diver scallop, red snapper, and dark-chocolate bread pudding. For children under 13, the restaurant has a three-course menu ($22) that includes potato-chip-crusted chicken with French fries and a mint-chocolate-chip ice-cream sandwich. Call 703-790-4669 to make reservations.
This all-American dining room in Old Town—named for President Andrew Jackson—is serving comfort-food favorites for Mother’s Day. The buffet-style meal includes a pancake station with berries, fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate chips; biscuits with sausage and gravy; carving stations with roasted leg of lamb and country pig leg; and cranberry bread pudding for dessert. The meal is $50 for adults, $25 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. Add access to the Bloody Mary and mimosa bar for an extra $20. Brunch will be served from 8 to 2:30. Call 703-842-2790 for reservations.
This Clarendon dining room will feature a brunch buffet from 10 to 3 with morning options including cinnamon/brown-sugar French toast; smoked fish; artisanal cheeses; and made-to-order omelets. Lunch choices include honey-glazed ham; maple-glazed salmon; and slow-roasted prime rib. The buffet costs $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12. For reservations, call 703-524-4440.
The bottomless buffet at this restaurant in the Sheraton Reston Hotel includes a spread of breads and Danishes; omelet, waffle, and carving stations; and a dessert display to satisfy Mom's sweet tooth. The price is $36 for adults and $15 for kids under 13. Brunch will be served from 11 to 3. Call 703-332-3800 for reservations.
Brunch in this creative American dining room means suckling pig with grits ($14), fried duck egg with asparagus and hollandaise ($10), and French toast with fig syrup ($9). Brunch will be served from 11 to 2:30. To make reservations, call 703-778-5051.
From 11 to 9, this soaring Falls Church dining room will serve a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($68) and a six-course tasting menu ($95). Both menus feature 2941’s speciality dessert, the Chocolate Hat—chocolate mousse, strawberries, and vanilla crème. Wine pairings can be added to the tasting menu for $60. For reservations, call 703-270-1500.
Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro at the Westin Reston Heights
The à la carte Mother's Day brunch includes items such as crab cake benedict and French toast with berries, whipped cream, and maple syrup. Entrees run from $9 to $24. The restaurant will give moms a long-stem rose to celebrate the occasion. For reservations, call 703-234-3550.
Mrs. K’s Toll House
The four-course, prix-fixe menu at this Silver Spring restaurant is served in a manicured two-acre garden. From 11 to 9, diners can choose from spring dishes such as cream-of-asparagus soup with crab; basil-crusted salmon; and artichoke-and-goat-cheese ravioli. This menu is also available for takeout with a 20-percent discount from the in-house $55 price tag (orders must be placed by Saturday). Mothers get a complimentary pot of herbs to take home. For reservations, call 301-589-3500.
Pienza Italian Market at Gaylord National
This National Harbor restaurant will serve a buffet-style meal from 11:30 to 8. Priced at $42 for adults and $16 for children under 13, the selection includes five stations featuring fresh bread, cheese, pasta, slow-cooked meat, and more. Strolling musicians will be on hand to serenade Mom upon request. Call 301-965-2000 to make reservations.
The four-course prix fixe brunch menu at this sleek Bethesda wine bar includes made-to-order apple sugar doughnut holes, blueberry-and-banana pancakes, smoked salmon, and rotisserie prime rib. For dessert, the restaurant has partnered with Cacao Fine Chocolates to create a gourmet chocolate buffet. The brunch is $42 a person. Call 301-656-5515 for reservations.
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
For an at-home meal that doesn’t require any chopping or sautéeing, get takeout from one of these wood-only barbecue joints. They’re all offering miniature crabcakes, grilled pork tenderloins, grilled salmon, and sides such as spinach salad, goat cheese and mushrooms, and wild rice. Desserts include pecan bars, lemon squares, and double-fudge cheesecake brownies. Other participating locations: DC, Arlington, and Alexandria.
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