Chances are, if you have a mom in your life, she’s provided you with many, many meals. Her own body sustained you through gestation and nursing. She spoon fed you baby food and dealt with your spit up, let you faceplant in a cake on your first birthday, packed you snacks and lunches for school, and maybe even managed to put dinner on the table from time to time between the millions of other things she was handling.
So, this Mother’s Day, why don’t you do your mom a solid and be the one to give her a relaxing, memorable meal - one that she doesn’t have to plan, shop for, cook, or clean up after? In fact, just leave the cooking to the experts: we’ve rounded up some of the best Mother’s Day brunch specials in Philly. That way, you can skip the last minute grocery run and apartment clean-up, save your energy for quality mom-time, and still show her how special you think she is.
London Grill: This cozy Fairmount favorite is offering a $25 per person, three course brunch from 10am-3pm. Grapefruit brulee, French toast bread pudding, bacon quiche, and vegetarian lasagna are just a few selections from this nicely varied menu. If your mom’s into cocktails, she’ll love their make-your-own bloody mary bar with house infused vodkas in exciting flavors like four pepper, celery, and smoked tomato.
Bar Ferdinand: Celebrate “El Dia de la Madre” Spanish-style with Chef David Ansill’s four course brunch at one of Northern Liberties’ trendiest spots. For $30 per person, you can choose from delicious, artful options like crab and asparagus tart, deviled eggs with capers and boquerones, salmon a la plancha with cucumber, dates and walnuts, and steak and eggs with spinach and truffles. Of course, dessert is also on the menu - we’ve got our eye on the brandy-marinated berries. Brunch is served from 11am-3pm, and reservations are suggested.
Historic Philadelphia Brunch in Franklin Square (200 N 6th Street): From 11am-2pm, dine al fresco in this quaint park at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Part of Philadelphia Park & Recreation’s annual Love Your Park Week, this special $20 per person brunch will be catered by Cooperage, and includes a carousel ride and miniature golf with the ticket price.
Set up in a gazebo in the northwest corner of the park, the brunch buffet will include an assortment of pastries, (scones, muffins, cookies), scrambled eggs, french toast bites stuffed with fruit and cream cheese, mac and cheese, and hash brown casserole with bacon and cheese. A number of breakfast beverages will be available as well.
Chez Colette at the Sofitel (pictured): For a swanky, French vibe, whisk votre mère to the heart of Center City for a traditional Mother’s Day brunch at Chez Colette, the restaurant in the Sofitel Hotel. Executive Chef Jim Coleman has a luxurious, four course menu in the works, which includes elegant appetizer choices (grilled asparagus and proscuitto, catskill smoked salmon), a raw bar with oysters, clams, and shrimp and mango shooters, seasonally-minded entrees (goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with fresh peaches), a selection of egg crepes, a carving station with beef tenderloin and roasted leg of lamb, and a selection of homemade desserts. A glass of champagne is on the house! The price is $55 for adults, and children are half price. The brunch runs from 12-5pm.
ELA: Is mom an adventurous eater? On Sunday, this celebrated contemporary American spot in Queen Village will be featuring a three course prix fixe brunch menu for $30 from 10:30am-3:00pm. It's guaranteed that there are dishes here that you won’t find anywhere else: krenshaw melon soup with house cured ham, cardamom and yogurt, short rib benedict on english muffins with cippolini onions and horseradish hollandaise, chocolate chip cookie french toast, and more!
Perch Pub: If a more casual spot suits you, check out the easy brunch at Perch Pub on Broad Street. Unpretentious options like breakfast tostadas, breakfast pizza, biscuits & gravy and omelettes are rounded out with cheap cocktails: pear bellini, bloodies, and mimosas. While other restaurants may give out little flowers, gifts or freebies to mom for her special day, the creativity at Perch can’t be overlooked: all Mothers will receive a free lottery ticket. Maybe mom will win the jackpot!