Dining Options for Mother's Day 2011


My dear friend Lisa and the cupcake!

As always, you’ll have plenty of special Mother’s Day dining options in SF, whether you want to celebrate with brunch or dinner. Remember to make reservations, ‘kay?

To celebrate alongside a beautiful view, consider the Mother’s Day brunch at ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~ or ~ONE MARKET~. From 11am-2pm, EPIC which will feature a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($40, $20 children 12 and under; exclusive of tax and gratuity). Some eye-catching menu choices are the lobster-cucumber salad with avocado buttermilk dressing, rosemary rotisserie lamb sandwich on crusty onion bread with chilled artichokes barigoule, and bananas Foster bread pudding. They’re also featuring a special cocktail dubbed ‘Hugs & Kisses’—Aperol, blood orange juice, and cava ($8).

One Market chef Mark Dommen will offer special à la carte dishes for Mother’s Day, including rock shrimp tacos with jalapeño aioli, shiso; savory cheese doughnuts with bacon aioli; Dungeness crab cakes with saffron aioli, mizuna; house-cured Mangalitsa pork with asparagus, petite greens; Petaluma three-egg open-face omelet with squash blossoms, fresh ricotta cheese; and ahi tuna burger with mizuna and shaved fennel salad, saffron aioli. There will also be a three-course, prix-fixe “Mom’s Market Menu” ($39.50): first course: spring vegetable salad or golden beet soup; main course: Alaskan halibut “sous vide” or spit-roasted prime rib; plus your choice of dessert. For reservations, call 415-777-5577.

Dine alfresco at ~FOREIGN CINEMA~, where chef-owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark are offering a market fresh three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu with a selection of options for each course. Seatings from 10:30am-2:30pm. Adults $45; children $15 (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended: 415-648-7600.

Another three-course brunch option is ~SPRUCE~ from 10:30am-2:30pm. For each course, choose from items like fava bean ravioli, citrus confit, truffle emulsion; farm egg omelet, spring garlic, red ribbon sorrel, soft Crescenza cheese; and poached Alaskan halibut, stuffed baby artichokes, Swiss chard, baby beets, Bordelaise. Add half ounce wild Steelhead caviar for $25; half ounce American Osetra caviar, $50. Dessert will be croissant pudding, first of the season cherries, pistachios, and vanilla malt ice cream. Full menu here. $65, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 415-931-5100.

For the vegetarian mom, ~GREENS~ will serve chef Annie Somerville’s regular Sunday brunch of fresh, seasonal, and local cuisine. This is another one with stunning views. Reservations, call 415-771-6222. Another all-vegetarian option is ~MILLENNIUM~, where you’ll start with a complimentary Bellini for all moms, followed by a three-course brunch with sweet and savory options. (Last year’s included housemade blackberry-chocolate chip banana bread, strawberry cornbread, cinnamon and sugar beignets, spring strawberry salad, a Benedict with rosemary-pimenton potatoes, and blueberry cinnamon bread pudding with coffee ice cream.) 11am-2pm. $42; $22 children under 12; tax and gratuity not included. Call for a reservation: 415-345-3900 ext. 10.

This one happens only once a year: ~GARY DANKO~ will begin service early at 3pm, offering their regular three-, four-, and five-course prix-fixe menu format with many choices. Female guests will receive a complimentary long-stemmed rose, and every table will receive a chocolate memento and take-away breakfast cake. Walk-in guest seating will be available at the bar.

For an early dinner, try ~A16~ (4pm-9pm), where they will be honoring all mothers in attendance with a flower upon arrival and a gift box of beautiful, assorted cookies and biscotti. The light-filled dining room and excellent selection of wines won’t hurt either. Reservations online.

Here’s a fun, non-restaurant option: Edible Excursions’s ~GOURMET GHETTO MOTHER’S DAY EXCURSION~. Starting at 11:30am, take mom on a culinary stroll through the Gourmet Ghetto, North Berkeley’s home of California Cuisine, stopping for nibbles at local favorites like SOOP, Alegio Chocolate, Saul’s Delicatessen, Vintage Berkeley, Lush Gelato, Gregoire’s, and Love at First Bite Cupcakery & Bakery. (Note: stops are subject to change depending upon availability.) Then from 1:30pm-3pm, visit the charming Imperial Tea Court to experience a Jasmine Pearl Tea Presentation, two delectable dim sum appetizers, and a spicy pork or vegetarian main course made with authentic, hand-pulled noodles. More info and reservations: 415-806-5970 or email. $95, tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged or rescheduled. (More fine print here.)

And for a hands-on option, the ~CAVALLO POINT COOKING SCHOOL~ is offering two classes. On Saturday May 7th, the Cooking from the Farmers’ Market: Mother’s Day Dinner class (5pm-9pm, $125/person plus tax) features seasonal produce grown within miles of Cavallo Point. During class, you’ll learn about Bay Area ocean-fresh fish and sustainably raised meats while you prepare dishes like shaved asparagus salad with harissa grilled shrimp, pan-seared halibut, braised beef sugo, and sautéed wild mushrooms. When you’re done cooking, you get to enjoy the dinner you made with wines to match. On Sunday May 8th, the hands-on Mother’s Day Brunch class will have you cooking up spring onion tart, handmade pasta, chocolate lavender hazelnut scones, and other brunch-y items (11am-3pm, $95/person plus tax, includes wine). See the full menus here.

Event Info

Sunday May 8, 2011