By: Dana Rozansky
Mom is the first person who introduced me to my one true love – food – and for that I am forever grateful. So when Mother’s Day rolls around I have the opportunity to show her how far I’ve come since breast milk. How? By organizing a fun-filled, food-filled day she won’t soon forget – starting with my favorite meal: BRUNCH. Mother’s Day is my one time to shine and make mom proud of the food snob I’ve become – but hey, at least she gets to reap the benefits, right?!
While there are so many ways to say ‘I love you’ to mom this Mother’s Day (i.e. sappy cards and overpriced gifts), I prefer to rely on the universal love language: FOOD.
So follow my lead – if you impress Mom on this 1 day out of the year, she will continue to pamper you for the remaining 364. Just watch and learn.
THE DEETS: Located in the East Hotel in the heart of Brickell, Quinto la Huella is one solid option for Mother’s Day brunch. Not only can you pop into Brickell City Centre pre-brunch for a last-minute gift (not judging), but Quinto has a brunch that will put mom in a serious food coma that will get you off the hook for dinner. Meat lovers will swoon at the variety of options you can order to your liking straight from the parrilla- including steak, chicken and sausage. Non-meat eaters can indulge in a variety of grilled veggies, pastas, salads and decadent desserts. Add in live entertainment and bottomless rose and voila- you’ve got your Mother’s Day brunch in the bag.
THE DAMAGE: $55 per person and $27.50 for kids under 12. Bottomless rose or mimosas will run you another $25. The good news is mom drinks bottomless rose for free!
THE DEETS: BLT Prime will make it easy for you to impress Mom thanks to their sprawling brunch buffet that covers all the bases. You can indulge in Nutella French toast and waffles or keep it light with specials such as swordfish with papaya salsa. The buffet will keep you coming back for more, with enticing options such as a raw bar, charcuterie selections, a paella station, omelets and pastries galore.
THE DAMAGE: $85 per person and $30 for children under 12. If Mom’s looking to get her drink on, you can add unlimited bloody marys and mimosas for an additional $15.
THE DEETS: If mom loves to dine al fresco and steers clear of overwhelming brunch buffets, Glass and Vine could be the answer. Set in the heart of Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, Glass and Vine provides an ideal ambiance for families who want to enjoy good food, some sunshine and a little bubbly. Here you can feast on traditional brunch items such as steak & eggs, avocado toast or crab cake benedicts. Plus, they offer pitchers of mimosas and sangria in case you need a little booze to get you through all that family time.
THE DAMAGE: Brunch is a la carte with items ranging from $7-$16. Pitchers go for $35.
THE DEETS: If mom loves seafood, my work here is done. Stiltsville Fish Bar is offering up a whopping NINE-COURSE brunch because if she’s put up with you for all these years, she likely deserves it! Some of the highlights include Green Eggs & Ham, Sweet Corn Spoon Bread (my personal fave), Eggs Benedict and Shrimp and Grits. I recommend you start fasting now in preparation…
THE DAMAGE: Prix-fixe menu is $68 per adult and $34 per child.
THE DEETS: Located inside the 1 Hotel South Beach, Habitat is Jose Mendin’s latest venture…and if the name Jose Mendin doesn’t ring a bill, maybe Pubbelly will. Ahh, now I’ve got your attention. Habitat offers up an over-the-top brunch buffet that is sure to please even the pickiest moms. You can warm up at the raw bar with fresh oysters, shrimp and ceviche, and then move on to some of Pubbelly’s infamous sushi rolls. From there, check out the made-to-order omelets and other breakfast classics such as pancakes, waffles and chilaquiles. SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. I repeat: SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. I’ll leave you with that.
THE DAMAGE: $80 per person for buffet and $15 for bottomless mimosas, bellinis, micheladas and bloody marys.
THE DEETS: For those who live a bit further north or are simply willing to travel for a BOMB MEAL, Etaru is the move. This oceanfront restaurant offers some incredible, authentic Japanese fare that is well worth the drive. To make mom feel extra special, she will receive a welcome drink upon approval from the ‘Mom-osa stand’ plus a gift bag with treats from the wellness center. Now on to the important stuff. Etaru’s spread includes a robata counter with hot and cold Japanese starters, one main course and a decadent dessert to finish the meal off right. Not to mention bottomless pours of Whispering Angel Rose because what’s brunch without some booze?
THE DAMAGE: $65 per person for the Seasonal menu or $95 per person for the Premium menu (which includes a sashimi platter, prime beef fillet and more)
THE DEETS: Give Mom a taste of the Mediterranean this Mother’s Day with a three-course prix fixe menu at Boulud Sud. From signature dishes such as octopus a la plancha and chicken tagine to brunchy items such as steak and eggs, lobster omelets and pistachio French toast, it’s safe to say you’ll be in for a treat. Wash it all down with ‘mix & match’ brunch cocktails because the hard stuff makes family functions all the more bearable, am I right?!
THE DAMAGE: $65 for three-course prix fixe menu and $35 for bottomless drinks.
THE DEETS: If buffets aren’t your speed, another awesome a la carte option for Mother’s Day brunch is Upland. This Stephen Starr hotspot has been a South Beach staple since it opened, and with good reason. Brunch at Upland offers a little something for everyone- from chilaquiles with skirt steak to pistachio pizza to avocado omelets and more. Add bottomless bloody marys, mimosas or rose to the equation and you’ve got a recipe for success.
THE DAMAGE: A la carte items ranging from $10 to $35. You can enjoy bottomless drinks for another $26.
THE DEETS: For my foodies in Fort Laudy, if you haven’t checked out Steak 954 yet, now’s the time! This 305 girl even trekked her way up there for brunch and I’m here to tell you it lives up to the hype. First, you’ll dazzle mom with sweeping ocean views then you’ll continue to impress her with the food. Steak 954 offers a lavish raw bar, house-made pop tarts (a must), vanilla French toast with dulce de leche and a short rib potato pancake benedict- AND. THEN. SOME! Needless to say, this brunch has my vote.
THE DAMAGE: Brunch items range from $13- $29.
So there you have it! Mother’s Day brunch plans made easy…and I’ll even let you take the credit 😉