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Treat Mom Right This Mother's Day With One Of These San Diego Specials!

May 2, 2015

With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, May 10, it’s high time to search for the perfect place to treat Mom this year. Whatever culinary treat Mom wants on her special day, San Diego restaurants and  hotels have all of the bases covered. Check out our round up of Mother's Day specials from all over San Diego County, and be sure to treat momma right everyday!

Back in 1912, Mother’s Day was officially trademarked. Think that apostrophe is in a funny place? It is purposeful. Anna Jarvis, trade marker for mommas all over the world, made sure that it was a singular possessive. She meant for each family to honor their mother, compared to “Mothers’ Day,” a plural possessive, which would honor all the mothers in the world. Mother’s Day was also the spelling used by President Woodrow Wilson when he wrote it into law and made it an official holiday in the United States. Now that you know the history behind the day honoring mothers, check out our suggestions on where to take your mother for brunch on Sunday, May 10.

On Sunday, May 10, between 9am and 2pm, Kitchen 4140 will offer guests a special Mother’s Day version of its popular Sunday brunch, featuring complimentary house-made truffles and a complimentary glass of Prosecco for every mom. Featured dishes will include favorites like Kitchen 4140’s ever-popular Red Velvet Waffles, Short Rib Sandwich, Duck Confit with Waffles, and Korean Style Hash. Setting the scene will be Kitchen 4140’s inviting patio adjacent to Chef Kurt Metzger’s newly expanded garden, ripe with colorful spring flowers and produce.
Up in the North County, head inland to Bellamy’s in Escondido. Award-winning French Master Chef Patrick Ponstay has created a three course prix-fixe menu to indulge Mom. Brunch will be served from 10am-2pm. For $46 per person, begin your meal with options such as Beignets with strawberry jam and crème fraiche and Melon Gazpacho with poached shrimp and a basil oil before moving on to your second course that features options such as Traditional Eggs Benedict, Seafood Crepes, and Slow Roasted King Beef New York. End brunch with Chef Patrick’s Mother’s Day Opera Berry Raspberry Sorbet.

Find your way to the fourth floor of Little Italy’s Porto Vista Hotel for Glass Door’s Mother’s Day Brunch. From 11am until 2pm, enjoy Chef Anthony Wilhelm’s specially planned prix fixe menu that features items such as a Snow Crab & Coconut Bisque, Herb Roasted Prime Rib, and a Pan Roasted Salmon Salad with a lemon pesto dressing. End brunch on a sweet note with Chef Anthony’s Mango Cheesecake or his Banana Chocolate Torte. For $39 per person brunch includes bottomless mimosas, tea, coffee, fruit juices and views of the San Diego harbor from every seat. Tax and gratuity are not included.

Mom more of a breakfast-in-bed type person? Bring Le Parfait Paris to her! The French café is offering a special Mother’s Day Tart made with an almond based Pâte sucrée (a special tart crust) and filled with pistachio cream and fresh strawberries. The seven inch round tart is $30. Or transport Mom to the streets of Paris, and head to the Gaslamp for a prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch at Le Parfait Paris. For $27 per person, brunch includes your choice of eggs benedict, Toast D’azur, or a Croque Madame and a choice of mimosa, bloody Marie, coffee, or fresh juice. Complete the morning with a personal-sized version of Le Parfait’s Mother’s Day Tart.

For the beach loving mommas, join The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach for Mother’s Day brunch from 9am to 3pm. For $30 per person, make the rounds to Duck Dive’s Prime Rib carving station, omelet station and buffet featuring breakfast favorites of this PB haunt; for an extra $10, complement brunch with bottomless mimosas.

Top of the Market is doing brunch for Mother's Day, as well as a limited lunch menu from 10:30am to 3pm. Every brunch selection includes a complimentary basket of house-made pastries, herb roasted fingerling potatoes and chilled fruit. Signature brunch items include Free Range Eggs Benedict with Blue Lump Crab Cakes, Gluten Free Seafood Quiche and Smoked Salmon Omelet.

On Sunday, May 10, relax in one of Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s cabanas while enjoying brunch with momma. Mom will enjoy brunch items such as the Crab & Lobster Benedict and the Nutella & Mascarpone Griddle Cakes or lunch and dinner items like Scottish Salmon and Lobster Mac & Cheese while sipping on her complimentary glass of champagne. But make sure to leave room for dessert! Backyard is planning something sweet to treat moms on Mother’s Day.

Did you know this year that Mother’s Day falls on Mexican Mother’s Day, which is celebrated every year on May 10? Celebrate this Mom Mexican-style at Uptown Tavern with Chef Lety Gonzalez’s special Mother’s Day Vanilla Pound Cake with a peanut butter cream cheese filling and served with a Pinole (a Meso-American drink made by mixing corn meal in milk) ice cream, a Dos X and bacon brittle, and a chocolate ganache. Mom can also order the Mom’s Morning Sandwich with fried eggs, smoked cheddar cheese, and strips of bacon on brioche bread if she’s wanting something a little more traditional during brunch.

Mom shouldn't cook breakfast, lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day! The women we love deserves a day to enjoy someone else’s cooking. Chef Marin Gonzalez's Acqua Al 2 in the Gaslamp and Toast Enoteca & Cucina in the East Village will both be offering a special three-course prix fixe Mother's Day menu for $40, along with it's traditional menu, to pamper mom. Acqua Al 2 is also serving a special one-course meal for children at $10.

Take mom to North Park’s West Coast Tavern for a Mother’s Day brunch with a side of old-Hollywood glamour. Located in the original lobby of Observatory North Park (formerly the North Park Theatre), mom will love admiring West Coast’s late 1920’s architecture while dining on West Coast brunch favorites such as their famous Chicken ‘n’ Waffle or the Cheddar Bratwurst Breakfast Skillet. For something just as sweet as Mom, order Chef Abe Botello’s Cinnamon Roll served with a warm bacon syrup. Brunch is available from 10am to 3pm.

Known for their amazing cakes and pastries, the Mother’s Day Brunch at Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy is a savory European delight featuring petit desserts, homemade granola, artisanal cheeses, house made pestos, smoked salmon, roasted organic turkey, rustic breads and more. Bubbly and Sangria Blanco will also be available for $8 a glass. Brunch takes place from 11am to 2pm at the cost of $24.95 per person and $14.95 for children under 12.

Chef/Owner Matt Gordon, knows that Mother’s Day is time to celebrate mom, and to wow mom he has created three different special dishes at each of his three San Diego restaurants for brunch. North Park’s Urban Solace will offer a goat cheese and asparagus quiche, a crab cake benny, and a herb crusted Alaskan salmon. Coastal favorite Solace and the Moonlight will feature a house smoked ham and pea quiche, chocolate banana pancakes and, a Mary’s duck confit hash. At Sea & Smoke the Mother’s Day special menu includes apple cinnamon pancakes, a lobster benny and, fennel pollen dusted sea scallops.

Treat mom’s with a sweet tooth to the best cookies for Mother’s Day, with six special May cookie flavors from The Cravory  known for their delicious and unexpected cookie creations. Stop by their Point Loma shop at 3960 W. Point Loma Blvd. and pick up a dozen or two. Cookies are $2 each, $20 for a dozen. Stand out flavors include the May Grey, an Earl Grey tea cookie with orange, allspice and vanilla bean and the Malahat Coconut Ginger, made with local rum from Malahat Spirits.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza will honor Mother’s Day by offering a complimentary dessert with purchase to all mothers on Sunday, May 10. Sammy’s signature desserts include The Messy Sundae, a sweet combination of vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauces, walnuts and topped with a cherry; Warm crispy mini donuts served with raspberry and chocolate sauces; Salted caramel pudding; and The yummy honey cheese pizza made with mild sheep’s milk cheese, organic oregano and orange blossom honey. The special will be available during lunch or dinner hours with the purchase of another item of equal or greater value - limit one-per-person.

Searsucker locations are well-known for their playful menus featuring unique twists on New American classics. The San Diego location is a bustling favorite, located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, while the Del Mar outpost matches its’ North County location with a more laid-back vibe and gorgeous outdoor patio, fire pit and a koi pond. This Mother’s Day, guests can brunch from the $35 three-course prix fixe menu while toasting to mom. To kick off the brunch, Searsucker guests can choose from fresh salads like the strawberry field greens salad or a classic caesar amongst other delicious starters. Next, the second course features favorites such as the crab and avocado benedict, chilaquiles, or the drunken chicken sandwich. Finish off the meal with a decadent dessert, either the lemon cheesecake with raspberries or the banoffe blondie cake. For Mother’s Day brunch only, kinds under 10 eat free! With silver dollar pancakes and either bacon or sausage, the whole family will be grinning ear to ear.

Whether you are looking to treat mom to breakfast, brunch or dinner, Manchester Grand Hyatt has three amazing options. Early birds can indulge in breakfast on the Bay at Sally's Seafood on the Water as they host a Grand Breakfast Buffet, on Sunday May 10th. Beginning at 6:30am until 11:30am, this bountiful buffet includes juice and coffee, omelets prepared to order, crisp bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, muffins and freshly baked pastries. The restaurant will be closed for lunch, but will re-open for dinner at 5:30pm until 9:30pm. Mother's Day Champagne Brunch will be hosted by Seaview Restaurant, on Sunday May 10, beginning at 10am until 3pm. The brunch will feature champagne, an omelet bar, breakfast pastries, seafood display, sushi, butcher station, delectable desserts, and a colorful fruit display. Ranging from a seafood display with Jumbo Baja Shrimp, Alaskan King Crab Legs to a butcher station with Shallot Thyme Au Jus to hot entrees including Pan Seared Barramundi, Artichoke Tarragon Ragout, and a choice of delicious pastries including Short Bread, Vanilla, Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Pot de Créme. Adults will be $69.95, children ages 6 to 12 will be $32 and children 5 years and younger are complimentary.

THE US GRANT is celebrating Mother's Day with two exceptional experiences to treat moms who deserve the best including a special Mother's Day Brunch and Mother's Day Tea. THE US GRANT Mother's Day Brunch is on Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will encompass both traditional selections and unique menu additions of "mom's favorites" inspired by moms around the globe. The menu highlights include a traditional buffet of breakfast items, fresh salads, Chicken and Waffle station, seafood specialties and "mom's favorites" including a gourmet Quiche station and a Chicken "Noodle, Ramen, Pho" station. The delectable festive brunch, accompanied by live music includes a complimentary gift for mom at the cost of $78 for adults, $69 for seniors and $35 for children ages 4-12, plus tax and gratuity.

In addition, THE US GRANT will be offering its delectable Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 9 with seatings from 1-3pm, which continues a timeless tradition within San Diego with exquisite pastries, petit tea sandwiches and loose leaf tea pairings. Standout menu items include fresh strawberries with Devonshire Cream and sugars, house made scones, petit tea sandwiches including Dried Strawberry, Crème Fraiche, Sage and Balsamic Strawberry Glaze and Sea Scallop, Fennel, Strawberry and Tarragon, complete with Strawberry Citrus Tangerine Shortcake with Strawberry Hazelnut Linzer Cookie. There is also a special Children's menu offered with kid-friendly options available. The Tea costs $46 for adults, $39 for seniors, and $24 for children ages 12 and under - prices exclude tax and gratuity.

In honor of Mother's Day, The Patio on Goldfinch will be offering a special complementary dessert for every mother who dines in to celebrate their special day. The dessert will be a Chocolate Decadence Cake with Raspberry Coulis, fresh Raspberries and Gold, shimmering Sugar gGass. The Patio on Goldfinch is an open air, cozy and fun place to celebrate someone special, with an extensive wine and craft beer selection thoughtfully paired with an eclectic menu based on local produce and farm-to-table ethics.

Boasting a quintessential Southern California vibe and featuring a creative 'fish meats field' cuisine with ocean specialties from around the world, Herringbone La Jolla is, understandably, a local favorite. This Mother’s Day, enjoy family dining under 100-year-old olive trees, just blocks from the ocean. The $35 prix fixe, three-course menu is designed to please all parties, featuring elevated cuisine for the adults and offering free brunch for children 10 and under. The menu includes everything from ocean-fresh dishes like shrimp cocktail or Hamachi crudo to field and turf inspired B.L.A.T., spring vegetable hash or Herringbone’s take on a burger - the Royal with cheese. End the meal with a delightful dessert and don’t forget to take a peek at Herringbone’s tempting cocktail menu.

Rancho Bernardo Inn, located in North County San Diego boasts a 265-acre property, featuring 287 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, three swimming pools, an award-winning full-service spa and fitness center, two restaurants, tennis courts, biking trails and more. This Mother's Day, treat mom to a weekend getaway and enjoy a special holiday spa and dining offerings. Rancho Bernardo Inn will provide two dining options both overlooking the stunning, award-winning golf course at AVANT, or on the outdoor garden patio at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant. AVANT will be offering a special Mother's Day three-course menu from 11am to 3pm, featuring Chef selections including a Gruyere and Vidalia Tart, Foraged Mushroom Stuffed Chicken, Seared Dayboat Scallops, Petite Filet and more, followed by delectable dessert options! Pricing for the three-course menu is $65 for adults, $25 for children.Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant, is also featuring Mother's Day lunch and dinner menu additions, including a Spring Salad, Cherry Syrah Lamb, and White Chocolate Mousse, plus a la carte dining, for a more casual dining scene.

On Mother's Day, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa's signature restaurant, Veladora, will be offering a special brunch for Mom from 10:30am-3pm, featuring a variety of field-to-fork brunch delights such as delicious Lemon Soufflé Pancakes. In addition, families can make a day of it and enjoy the array of family-friendly activities on-property including special crafts to make for Mom such as floral crowns and jewelry, a jump house, frozen treat stand, lemonade stand, giant games, live music and Stonefruit Sangria Bar and Cabana Lounges for the adults. The special day is $115 for adults, $55 for children 11 and under, and complimentary for children under 3. I

It’s time for mom to to wind down and loosen up with Craft & Commerce’s ‘All Moms Get Lay’d’ special from 10am-3pm. The Little Italy haven is offering their popular framboise champagne cocktail, “Lay Lady Lay,” to all moms for free during brunch!

It’s dad’s turn to watch the kids! North Park’s favorite family-friendly neighborhood bar, Waypoint Public, is treating all moms to free bottomless mimosas which will be served from 10am until 3pm alongside their mouthwatering brunch menu.

Treat mom to a morning of alfresco dining and bottomless mimosas complete panoramic views of the bay at Oceana Coastal Kitchen inside the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. The brunch special takes place from 10am to 2pm at the cost of $58 for adults, $26 for children 5-11 years old and free for kids under 5, and includes a choice of one of eight delectable main dishes, as well as a variety of elegantly displayed food stations including a cold bar and sushi buffet, fruits and grains, fresh salads and mouthwatering desserts.

Spend a day in San Diego’s most scenic park while joining The Prado for their charming champagne brunch from 10am to 2:30pm at the cost of $59.95 adults, $16.95 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6. The Prado offers a bountiful selection of cuisines ranging from savory benedicts, indulgent flapjacks, chilled oysters and seafood, or a carving station for fresh cut prime rib.

Indigo Grill is celebrating Mother’s Day all day long! From 11am until 2pm, morning diners can enjoy a 3-course brunch menu with champagne with options like a Pineapple Upside Down French Toast, or from 11am until 7pm you may choose from a different 3-course menu with champagne and offerings such as Hickory & Apple Smoked Pork Ribs.

Elegantly themed “Brunch Fit For Your Queen," Stake Chophouse & Bar will be offering a luxurious specialty 3-course champagne brunch where mothers will be greeted with a flower upon dining. From 10am until 2pm, for $49 mothers and families can order dishes such as a lobster frittata or New York steak and eggs, which will be followed by a beautiful display of self-serve desserts and pastries.