Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Make Plans for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 11

She's rounded up your toys, your socks and much more over the years. While we feel mom deserves hugs daily, a momentous meal out can do wonders for her love tank in lieu of planning-shopping-cooking away the day. Spend those extra hours doing something healthy together, such as walking or running with mom in Race for the Cure at Lenox or the Congenital Heart Walk at Stone Mountain Park, both on Saturday, May 10. Work up an appetite? Keep the “mom”entum going with a special meal at one of Atlanta’s beloved restaurants.

A Sunday drive or walk in Midtown leads to the Mom’s Day brunch buffets at 10th & Piedmont and G’s Midtown on May 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Brunch is $22.95 per person. Reservations: 10th & Piedmont, 404-602-5510; G’s Midtown, 404-872-8012. 

Diners in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood can take mom to Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start with deviled eggs and shaved prosciutto or go all out with bacon-wrapped dates and blue cheese. Deciding among brunch mains is difficult with the likes of pork belly Benedict with mustard hollandaise and Grand Marnier French toast with applewood smoked bacon. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-876-7249. atkinspark.com 

Aqua blue in Roswell knows that a mother’s love is limitless, so they’re breaking out the buffet on Sunday, May 11 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30p.m. Begin with $15 bottomless mimosas and you’re on your way to the starting lineup of sushi, made-to-order omelets and so much more. Indulge in delectable desserts and a chocolate fountain. The buffet is $29.95 per adult and $9.95 for children ages 4-12. Children under four eat free. Reservations: 770-643-8886.

Both Bantam + Biddy locations are serving mom-worthy feasts from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.  A special menu offers honey-glazed ham, stewed black-eyed peas, braised collard greens, fresh cornbread and a choice of sweet potato pie or carrot cake, all for $20. Her favorites on the regular menu also are available. Ansley Mall extracurriculars include a spring festival with a make-mom-a-card table and farmers market in the mall from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 404-907-3469 for the Ansley Mall location and 404-835-6450 for the Crescent Avenue location.  

Mom rules the roost at home and at Chick-a-Biddy in Atlantic Station this Mother’s Day. Enjoy a Southern-inspired brunch from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. including a build-your-own-biscuit option with fluffy cheddar biscuits ($6) as well as a delicious mountain of fried chicken and waffles with honey butter and maple syrup ($12). Information: 404-588-1888. 

Bring mom a taste of Atlanta with hand-crafted treats from Chocolate South. Choose from tea-infused chocolates ($3), such as mint, Earl Grey cream, lemon verbena and peach tea flavors, solid chocolate hearts ($1) and filled chocolate hearts with Kona Coffee and Grand Marnier ganache ($3). Go for liquid gold and buy mom a five-piece bag of candied orange peel ($5). The experts at Chocolate South are skilled at customizing the perfect box of chocolates. For more information on the Atlanta-made confections, call 404-815-8859. chocolatesouth.com

A HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern Mother’s Day includes bottomless mimosas for $16.95, live music on the patio from 1-4 p.m. and a brunch menu that indulges with apple cinnamon pancakes topped with candied pecans or hits a lighter note with a healthy frittata. Reservations: 404-968-2288.

Treat mom to a fancy meat and three at JCT. Kitchen & Bar this Mother's Day. From 5-9 p.m., the whole family can enjoy gourmet comfort food for $24 per person. Each diner chooses one fancy meat, such as black skillet fried chicken, and the table agrees on three side dishes to share family style. Every table receives deviled eggs and warm biscuits with apple butter to begin, as well as a helping of farm stand salad. Round out the meal with the dessert of the day and don't forget to tell mom how sweet she is. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-355-2252. jctkitchen.com

She’ll dine like a queen at King + Duke in Buckhead as she orders from their brunch menu on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Dine inside or on the patio. Definitely make reservations: 404-477-3500.

Just north of the city in beautiful Crabapple, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails’ chef Derek Dollar presents a prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch menu. $32 per person for adults and $16 per person for children 12 and younger. Rather do dinner? Reserve a seat for Milton’s prix fixe dinner menu, $35 per person. Email heather@miltonscuisine.com to reserve a table. Information: 770-817-0161.

In Decatur, No. 246 adds flower power to their brunch service with a kids’ build-your-own-bouquet flower station. Impress mom with sweet ordering skills and choose brioche zeppoles, a deep-fried dough ball with syrupy pecan praline ($6) or the favorite breakfast pizza topped with farm eggs, crispy prosciutto, caramelized red onion and herbs ($16). Information and reservations: 678-399-8246.

Historic Old Vinings Inn offers a bountiful Mother’s Day buffet from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. The hot buffet displays chicken breast with spring pea risotto and eggs Benedict, as well as various vegetables and sides. Sweet as mom, the dessert table pleases with assorted truffles, miniature fudge cakes and seasonal fruit cobbler. $30 for adults and $15 for children. Information and reservations: 770-438-2282.

Midtown event spot Olmsted opens its doors for a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., priced at $38 per adult, $12 for children age 12 and under.  Sip fresh-squeezed lemonade and juices and complimentary white peach Bellinis while forming a buffet strategy. Save room for the dessert buffet, featuring Meyer lemon meringue tarts and strawberry rhubarb cobbler. Reservations:  404-443-8431.

Ray’s Restaurants loves mom. On Mother’s Day, Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs is offering their award-winning buffet from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with brunch, lunch or dinner options as the day progresses. $42.95 for adults; $21.95 for children ages five to 10. For preferred seating, call 770-955-1187. In Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek is serving a buffet from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $34.95 for adults; $17.95 for children ages five to 10. Regular dinner menu available from 5-9 p.m. For preferred seating, call 770-649-0064. Take mom downtown to Ray’s in the City for a Mother’s Day buffet from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or regular menu service from 5- 9 p.m. The buffet is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children ages five to 10. For preferred seating, call 404-524-9224.

St. Cecilia in Buckhead hosts a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mom has lots of savory and sweet à la carte options, such as the crowd-favorite agnolotti with red wine-braised beef short rib; Block Island swordfish; savory fontina “melt” with mushrooms, frisée, prosciutto and a fried egg; and ricotta pancakes with fresh strawberries and orange blossom. Grace the table with a flower arrangement she can take home; pre-select one for an additional fee. Reservations and information: 404-554-9995.

Mom means a whole lot to you. Naturally, you’ll want to put some thought into how to show your love and appreciation. Whole Foods Market comes right alongside you with marvelous-for-mom recipes and ingredients, prepared items for an easy meal or picnic, and DIY or grab-and-go giftables. Wake her with something scrumptious found in Whole Foods’ Brunch Basics recipe roundup. Try the bear hug and hand-off maneuver after filling a colorful and reusable WFM bag with coffees, chocolates, wines, yums and gifts she’ll love to use. No dust-collecting tchotchkes here, only pampering goodies such as Good Soap by Alaffia, Pacifica Persian Rose candle, Mineral Fusion sheer moisture lip tints or Whole Foods Market lavender sink caddy hand soap and lotion duo ($2.49-$14.99). Your globally conscious mom will be glad to know the Whole Trade products she’s enjoying also help others. So many ways to love on mom…and that’s the “whole” idea.

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