Where to Dine in Boston for Mother's Day

Plenty of Boston chefs have put together wonderful meals for wonderful mothers
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A whole day of activities out on Towne's patio is just one of the amazing options on tap for the weekend.

It happens once a year: one day to thank and honor your mother’s for everything they have done and continue to do for you. Certainly, it should happen more, but don’t let that take away your opportunity to shower your mother with any of the following delectable and thoughtful options. And the best part? You get to indulge as well! Here's a look at some of Boston's best Mother's Day options.

Nothing says ‘appreciation’ more than a trip to Clio to indulge in what Pastry Chef Monica Glass has created for the 9th and 10th of May. Mother’s Day is especially close to Chef Glass’ heart, and to honor her mother, while allowing others to celebrate theirs, she has prepared three elegant and beautiful desserts. Options include: a passion fruit mousse with hibiscus, coconut ash, linden blossom, and sour cream, and Chocolat à la Menthe, which features frozen mint tea and chocolate. You can enjoy these treats after a lovely dinner, as snacks at the bar, or just by themselves. Thirty percent of proceeds will go towards The Women’s Lunch Place – a nonprofit supporting local women.

Chef Josh Lewin honors moms around town like no other with his Mother’s Day brunch at Beacon Hill Bistro. For $39 a person, you can indulge in options like roasted asparagus salad, Faroe Island salmon, and brioche French toast. Finish the meal off with a tasty dessert from their dessert cart and you will all be ready to seize the day – or spend the rest of it perusing the antique and boutique stores along Charles Street or strolling through the Commons. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As per usual, Beat Hotel has something up their sleeve for both brunch and dinner for Mother's Day and it involves more than just food and drink. In addition to their wonderful menus, live jazz tunes will fill this this Harvard Square spot. From 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. this Mother's Day. A la carte brunch will also be offered and include some great dishes like wild flower honey and lemon pancakes. Specially crafted cocktails will be featured in addition to Best's roster of 24 American wines. It’s a win-win-win for you, mom, and your tummies!

So maybe you can’t go to Paris for Mother's Day, but the next best thing is a full-blown brunch overlooking the Boston Public Gardens at Bistro du Midi. Chef Robert Sisca offers a selection of starters such as a classic Caesar with anchovies, tuna tartare, and smoked white asparagus soup. Main dishes include poached egg with cured salmon and American caviar, heirloom beet gnocchi, pan-roasted hake, or a grilled Colorado rack of lamb Dessert features options like espresso ice cream and lemon pistachio tart. Enjoy all this and an exquisite view for $50 a person.

Chef Chris Coombs plans to shake things up at Boston Chops for the mom’s in town with a three-course prix fixe menu. Start with a few items perfect for sharing, including: a basket of freshly baked croissants, sticky buns and scones, or fresh fruit plate. Move on to a choice between a duck confit omelette, huevos rancheros, or blue crab grits. You can finish off with signature desserts like apple cobbler or chocolate pistachio cake. The prix fixe menu is $49 a person and will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.

Perhaps you want to pull out all the stops for your mother this year. How about breakfast in bed, with a meal made especially for your mother, in your very own home, at your very own table. Kitchensurfing has just what you need for the 11th of May. Choose between a collection of incredibly talented chefs from around greater Boston, choose your desired food style, and create the menu of your dreams. Ahem, mom’s dreams. Oh! And did we mention clean up is included too?

This year, The Sinclair in Harvard square will be hosting special Mother’s Day brunch. Start with some oysters (and some bubbly, naturally), order some donuts for the table, share spicy eggs benedict with jalapeno corn cakes, and go big with their waffle burger. Breakfast hash, brunch tacos, and tater tots will be available as well.

Shojo, located in Chinatown, is another great Mother’s Day option. On the 11th, this asian bar and bistro will hold its first ever brunch event. From 12 to 7:30 p.m., you can saunter in for whatever meets your fancy anytime of the day. On top of the diverse and interesting menu, mothers will receive flowers and dessert on the house

Chef Mark Allen knows just what his mother would like for Mother's Day and you can forget a one-day celebration. At Towne Stove and Spirits this year, Mother's Day will be made into a weekend of activities and pampering. On May 10th, get your mother over to Towne to enjoy their outdoor patio. Think hairstyling, massages and makeup, as well as wine and appetizers served indoors throughout the day. There will also be a card station for kids (and the kid in all of us). On the 11th, Towne will be serving a traditional a la carte brunch as well as a special 3-course prix fix.

If you live out in Medfield, or are looking to plan a nice day trip, keep Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in mind. Chef Brendan Pelley will be concocting meals any mother could love. A simple but inspired two-course brunch menu awaits with options like steel cut oatmeal with apple sauce and bourbon caramel (no ordinary gruel) and smoked salmon with pickled red onion and crème fraiche for starters. Second courses include options like their spaghetti carbonara, house corned beef hash and Challah French toast. The cost is $28 a person.

If mom is in the mood to sleep in, treat her to a three-course dinner instead! For $45 a person, choose from skillet roasted Bar Harbor mussels, Pan-Seared Atlantic Pollock and carrot cake or vanilla bean panna cotta.  With a menu like that, who doesn’t want to celebrate mother’s day at the hands of a Chef fresh from the James Beard House dinner series?

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