Mother’s Day Dining

I’ve been getting tons of requests for Mother’s Day dining suggestions, so below is a compiled list of great brunch/dinner options at some of my favorite restaurants around town.  The menus provided are directly from the restaurants themselves because, well, nothing’s worse than getting surprised with an exorbitant prix-fixe price when you sit down and expect an a la carte meal.  I speak from experience when I got slammed with a $30 plate of eggs in New York at brunch on Easter because I was unaware of the “special” holiday pricing. Take a gander at the delish menus some of Miami’s best chefs have created in recognition that Mother’s Day should be one of relaxation, unlimited mimosas, and, best of all, no dishes. dolce
Miami’s most buzzed about eatery at the newly renovated Gale South Beach, Dolce Italian, is celebrating moms with a classic, four-course Italian Mother’s Day menu on Sunday.  Start off with delectable appetizer options including Prosciutto Melone or traditional Pea Soup served with croutons and ricotta. Next enjoy house made pastas in honor of mom like Ravioli della Mamma – spinach, ricotta, butter and sage or Lasagna alla Bolognese. Mainplate offerings include Orata al Forno – roasted dorade served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables or Veal Scaloppini Principessa – potato puree, asparagus gratin and lemon sauce. End the night with the your choice of a signature Italian dolce including Tiramisu – mascarpone, lady fingers and cocoa powder or Torta della Nona – Italian cheesecake, raisin almond crust and honey.

The Dutch at W South Beach wants to spoil your mom with a special Mother’s Day Brunch for the whole family. Chef de cuisine Conor Hanlon’s roots-inspired American prix-fix brunch offers diners a delicious three-course menu, and an endless amount of celebratory champagne and bloody Mary’s to sip on. The brunch menu will be served on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., $80 per adult and $45 per child. First course offerings include a choice of Warm Potato Latke with smoked salmon, dill, red onion, lemon crème fraiche; Heirloom Tomato Salad – local burrata, watercress, aged balsamic; classic corvina ceviche with celery and Fresno chile; Homemade Granola Parfait with seasonal berries and yogurt; Poached White Asparagus on brioche toast with bruleed blue cheese and soft herbs or Field Greens Salad – shaved garden vegetables and lemon vin. Next, diners can select their entrée of choice among mouthwatering options such as The Dutch Burger with secret sauce and crispy fries; Soft Scramble with paddlefish caviar, tobiko, furikaki and scallion; soft poached eggs with homemade biscuit, blue crab, chipotle hollandaise and cilantro; Formaggi Ravioli with artichoke, olive and zucchini in a spicy tomato sauce; seared sea scallops with basil polenta, pepperonata and pine nuts or roast chicken with wild rice and quinoa and dill yogurt dressing. A decadent dessert table prepared by acclaimed pastry chef, Joshua Gripper, will be available at the end of the meal for diners to indulge in.
For a relaxing and delicious brunch, bring mom to one of my favorite new brunch spots: Oak Tavern.  The innovative small plate, neighborhood tavern in the Miami Design District invites moms to enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or bubbling mimosa this Mother’s Day paired with brunch. On Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. diners can relax and enjoy the restaurant’s newly launched brunch menu that has garnered rave reviews from foodies and writers alike. Enjoy menu favorites such as shrimp & grits served with slab maple bacon, poached egg and tomato-chile gravy; coconut-crusted French toast topped with maple butter and mixed berries; blueberry pancakes served with vanilla-orange butter and maple whipped cream. Egg dishes range from The Basic (two eggs & toast); jumbo lump Blue crab served with fingerling potato hash and topped with two fried eggs, spinach and beet relish; and “Shakshuka” a Middle eastern dish featuring wood oven baked eggs, tomato stew, and sheep’s milk feta, with grilled bread to mop it all up.
Toro Toro
Toro Toro is celebrating Mother’s Day with a memorable Sunday Brunch. Renowned Chef Richard Sandoval will be offering unlimited, signature cocktails including pisco sour, margarita, caipirinha, mojito, mimosa or michelada; Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut and Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial Champagne by the glass; and an endless array of small plates, along with a selection of grilled meats cooked to perfection. DJ Tavin will be on-site spinning and mixing tracks for guests to enjoy. The Mother’s Day Brunch menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and priced at $49 per person including unlimited cocktails and champagne. On the menu, cold small plates include Toro Toro’s innovative caramelized bacon guacamole; smoked swordfish dip; lobster tiradito; jumbo lump crab ceviche, and more. A selection of hot small plates will also be offered such as pulled pork enchiladas and fried egg; chorizo arepa benedict; smoked salmon media noche and fried egg; pan dulce con cajeta and ancho chocolate sauce, among others. From the rodizio, a sizzling array of churrasco will be offered family-style for the entire table to indulge in.
BLT Steak, Miami’s chic, modern American steakhouse located inside the iconic Betsy Hotel, is offering diners a delicious prix-fixe blackboard dinner menu to celebrate Mother’s Day. This special three-course feast is available on Sunday, May 12, 2013 and will be priced at $60 per person; tax and gratuity not included. Menu items will be available for purchase a la carte as well. Appetizer selections include Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Salad – avocado, cucumber, micro watercress and yuzu dijonnaise ($16); zucchini blossoms – squash, eggplant, house made ricotta and parmesan emulsion ($14).  Entrée offerings available include spiny lobster served with oyster mushroom tortellini and cherry tomato romesco ($38); orp Prime filet served with foie gras butter and truffle maderia sauce ($56) (prix-fixe supplement $10); paired with mouthwatering side selections like mac and cheese – white cheddar, black truffle and bacon crust ($10) or Paradise Farms malabar spinach served with kale, spring garlic and Meyer lemon zest ($12). To end the evening with a sweet treat, enjoy either a Ginger Berry Float – ginger ale, raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry sorbet ($10) or dark chocolate bon bons with nougat, salted caramel and ganache ($10).
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Kick back and relax this Mother’s Day at SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Midtown’s favorite neighborhood hot spot. On Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the talented executive chef, Timon Balloo, and regional pastry chef, Jill Montinola, are offering diners an array of sweet and savory Mother’s Day brunch dishes, along with their regular, inventive menu of artisanal cocktails and eclectic small plates. To celebrate mom, guests can indulge in a selection of specials including crispy oyster served with greens salad and citrus vinaigrette, poached Maine lobster offered with celery root slaw and brioche; stewed shrimp eggs benedict – sun dried tomato hollandaise sauce; farro hash served with farm egg and pancetta; and white chocolate raspberry bundt cake accompanied by lavender crème fraîche.
On Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Miami’s culinary, cultural phenomenon, SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach, invites guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a special a-la-carte Mother’s Day Brunch menu packed with exotic, flavorful cuisine. One of Miami’s top Brazilian bossa nova bands will be on-site playing classic Samba tunes for all to enjoy.
Start off the celebration by treating the guest of honor to a drink in her name – Mom’s Sambatini – plum sake, vodka, guava, lime, blackberry, topped off with Zonin prosecco ($12). Savory selections include Churrasco and Eggs – grilled hanger steak, red chimichurri, organic eggs any style, potato and mizuna salad ($18); Lobster Eggs Benedict – miso-yuzu hollandaise ($18); King Crab Cake Benedict – Sriracha hollandaise and ikura ($18); South American Frittata – lingüiça, asparagus, heart of palm, manchego cheese ($14); Shrimp and Polenta – organic poached egg , manchego ($16); Samba Cobb Salad – slow-cooked chicken, organic egg, apple smoked bacon, avocado, wasabi ranch
dressing ($14); Wagyu Sliders – aji panca ketchup, shredded lettuce, tomato atop a sesame brioche ($16); Smoked Fish Plate – white fish, salmon, trout, homemade bagel chip ($15); and King Crab and Palmito Salad – papaya, passionfruit vinaigrette, candied cashew ($22). For those with a sweet tooth, this dessert menu can’t be topped.  Specialty pastry dishes include doce de leite French toast served with fresh berries and sesame whipped cream; housemade quinoa waffles – kuromitsu and vanilla-cinnamon butter; warm Churros served with spiced caramel and Peruvian chocolate dipping sauce; yuzu yogurt parfait – blueberry-mochi granola, sake gelée, blueberry foam and kuromitsu biscuits.

Scarpetta will host an Italian-inspired buffet style brunch priced at $79 per person, including unlimited Bloody Marys, bellinis and mimosas; $37.50 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children under 4. Menu highlights include appetizer, carving, pasta and dessert stations featuring: assorted antipasti, Selection of Italian meats and cheeses, sirloin of beef, spaghetti and duck & foie gras ravioli.

The grateful palate
If you are spending Mother’s Day in Broward, The Grateful Palate, is opening its doors from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a specialty a la carte brunch menu filled with flavorful sweet and savory dishes that the whole family will enjoy.
Start off with a selection of global appetizers including blinis with honey truffle butter and maple syrup; mini ham and cheese empanada with roasted tomatillo salsa; charred wedge salad – baby iceberg, crispy figs, crumbled blue cheese and mandarin vinaigrette; Heirloom tomato & fresh mozzarella stack; and shrimp cocktail martini with a spicy cocktail sauce.
Mouthwatering mainplate offerings include Crab Cake Eggs Benedict ($16); grilled hanger steak with truffle poached eggs and frites; goat cheese and spinach frittata with mesclun salad; Belgium pancake stack with fresh berries, dulce de leche and whipped cream; salmon tartare with alfalfa sprouts; Poor Man’s Wagyu Burger – two fried eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and served with onion rings and Grateful Palate Signature Cobb salad – grilled chicken, eggs, golden beets, bacon, avocado and cherry tomato. A special children’s menu will also be available including Grilled Cheese served with fries ($8); chicken fingers served with yuca fries ($8); and Pancakes with sausage, eggs and potato hash ($8). Decadent dessert options available include the signature Grateful Sundae Indulgence ($8); milk chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate ice cream ($10); and deconstructed key lime pie ($7).

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