Last Minute Mother's Day Top Five Brunch List

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Last Minute Mother's Day Top Five Brunch List

It's almost here...Mother's Day--one of the busiest Sunday's of the year. And just in case you've yet to discover the perfect plan, here are a few great last minute options in Atlanta.

1. The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Consistentky ranking at the top of the list, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead's award winning, chef driven, exceptionally special Mother's Day Brunch seatings begin at 10, with the final seating at 5pm. For $99 per adult, $45 per child over four years of age, the decadent menu of offerings seems endless. Of the long list of offerings, here are some highlights of just a few...

  • Artisan style breads and pastries with a regional selection of cheeses (including locals) paired with “Fairywood Thicket” marmalades. An international and domestic charcuterie selection with pates, seafood sausage and truffle galantines.
  • Chef Phillip Head's seafood selection including jumbo shrimp, king crab legs and oysters on the half shell;
  • Caviar and seafood selection
  • A hand made sushi and sashimi station 
  • Antipasta slecetions to include braised fennel, curry roasted baby eggplants, baby red and yellow beets, honey roasted baby carrots
  • Individual presentations such as Crab Salad with mango salsa and a smoke scallop cream sauce, Grouper Tartar with black bean cumin, avocado mousse, banana and hyellow pepper coulis, Roasted duck breast with curry eggplant, pineapple salad with goat cheese and a basil-mint dressing and Marinated Mozzarella, Strawberry Rose Flavor Jus and Micro Basil Salad
  • Leafs and all the fixins to create a salad of your liking as well as the choice of a chef's favorite including Salad Nicoise; Green And White Asparagus Salad; Seafood Salad; Quinoa Tabbouleh with orange, mint dressing
  • Chef Travis Robinson's special selections of Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin, baby potato salad, American caviar; Braised Veal Cheeks with parmesan polenta, gremolata
  • Chef Franck Steigerwald's hand-rolled, hand-cut pasta including potato gnocchi with smoked bacon, lemon and parmesan broth; Homemade gemelli with smoked tomato sauce, espellete pepper and fried garlic
  • Chef Carving Stations with roasted veal loin, sea salt crusted prime rib, whole roasted pork belly, banana roasted halibut and candy black olive crusted salmon 

Breakfast items will also be served chaffing dish style, with additional late afternoon offerings to include Lamb Loin with Sun chokes Puree and Lamb jus, Smoked Shrimp with orange puree and micro arugula salad. Throughout the entire day at a Ritz-Carlton brunch are house-made (from flour eggs, butter and sugar) desserts, as well as the fun and chic "Bubble Bar" of champagnes with accompanying butler to help you choose from a slection of belinis, mimosa and more. 

Any Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead's brunch is special, thanks to the service, which can't be beat. But for Mother's Day, it's no holds barred.

2. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

Beyond Southern Art's decadent, southern style, Mother's Day brunch buffet that promises to include the award winning fried chicken and biscuits of celebrity chef Art Smith--former chef to Oprah Winfrey, mother may appreciate   one of the amazingly flavorful spirited concoctions created by celebrated master mixologist, Clay Livingston--the pack at Bourbon Bar.

She may choose to consier a Sparkling Saphire ($14), made of Bomby Saphire Gin, Soho Lychee Liqueur with cucumber, house made ginger syrup, topped with champage and a drop of candied ginger---a refreshingly perfect  adult beverage on a beautiful sunny day while dining al fresco, poolside or anywhere you can see the sun. As an option consider the $11 Kettled Pear, featuring Kettle One Vodka, Merlet Pear Liqueur (infused with vanilla bean), pomegranate juice and fresh pear, all of which tastes like a glass of fresh pomegranate juice, which is loaded with antioxidents. If she's one for tradition, offer her a House Old Fashioned ($14) of  spirits, bitters sugar and water. "It's the oldest cocktail in world, to which we add orange bitters and whiskey barrel aged bitters with a hint of cinnamon," explains Clay, who swears by the Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon used.

The new spring menu includes Clay's version of a Mai Tai daquiri #1 (not to be confused with a frozen daquiri), Rum for the Black Roses (Woodford Reserve, blackbery mint shrub and sparkling rosewater) and four additional selections created by various other bartenders on stadd including the Bonita Applebaum with Sauza tequila, apple liquor (Berentzen--which tastes like apples), grapefruit juice, agave and a dash of apple bitter----shaken over ice and servved in a high ball with a splash of soda.

From January through October, Bourbon Bar offers one mixology class a month--typically on the last Thursdy of the month. But especially for this Sunday, Mother's Day, Art Smith will be on hand signing copies of his new book, Healthy Comfort.

3. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Atlanta

Atlanta newcommer Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is combining brunch decadence with spa rejuvenation.

To coincide with meal seatings from 11:30am to 2:30pm, at $80 per person ($40 for children ages 6 to 12), a selection of Mother’s Day themed programs, includes the chance for mothers and daughters to share spa time together. 

Treatments include...

  • Mother& Daughter Experience of an Oriental Essence Massage at 50-minutes for $260 or 80-minutes at $350 for mother and daughter in the couples treatment room
  • Mother’s Day Escape with a solo massage and facial at $250 for 50 minutes, or $335 for 80 minutes
  • World’s Best Mom's stress relieving journey of  absolute bliss of a signature Peaches and Cream Journey (1 hour and 50 minutes) and Customized Holistic Facial (80 minutes), all for $425.

For more information on the Mother’s Day packages or to make a spa reservation, please contact The Spa directly at +1 (404) 995 7526 or email

4. Chateau Elan

An escape to Chateau Elan--either overnight or just for the day, is always a pleasant surprise. Mother's Day Buffet & Overnight Package at Chateau Elan (either arriving on Saturday, May 11th or Sunday, May 12th) are from $239 to $314 plus tax, including Mother's Day Buffet for two in Versailles on Sunday. As a daytime getaway only, enjoy the Mother's Day buffet at $59 per adult, $25 Children 6-11.

5. The Farmhouse at Serenbe

Most mother's would choose to "be serene," which is not always the case for a person whose work never seems to be done due the constant nurturing she so freely gives. But in the greater Atlanta area, there are few places where serenity is everywhere, like it is at Serenbe. 


"Each week I take recipes I learned from Mom and have tweaked to bring them up-to-date and to reflect what is coming straight from the farm and garden." explains Marie Nygren, proprietress at The Farmhouse at Serenbe and mother of 3 beautiful daughters.

Southern classics made with locally grown, organic ingredients from the restaurant's own garden and Serenbe Farms is the breakdown of any meal at The Farmhouse at Serenbe, which for all Mother's Day guests, served 11:30am through 7pm, at $28.95, will be as follows...

I. Mixed Lettuces with Pickled Red Onion, Radish, Feta Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette

II. Entrée choice: Fried chicken or seared trout, with grits souffle, garlic green beans and black eyed pea salad

III. Dessert: Lemon pound cake with minted strawberries and whipped cream

Whatever you do, wherever you go, remember that Mother's Day is mother's day. That means no texting in her presence, as the focus is all about mom!

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