Mark your calendars! Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9. This year, do something special for the woman who raised you and take her out to brunch (flowers and chocolates are also a nice touch).
Boston Brunches for Mom
Boston's food scene is rife with brunch options that are perfect for a celebratory meal.
Myers + Chang
Starting April 1, Myers + Chang will open up patio seating. Just in time for Mother's Day! Instead of the usual pancakes and waffles, enjoy a first-class dim sum meal with Mom. Chef/Co-Owner Joanne Chang has used her clever takes on dim sum classics to elevate Asian cuisine. Start brunch off right with fried egg banh mi with soy-glazed bacon or the braised pork belly buns with brandy hoison. For a sweet treat order the coconut cream pie with lime whipped cream. A fresher, crisp meal option for spring is the Taiwanese cool dan dan noodles in a spicy peanut sauce with cilantro and cucumber. Vietnamese iced coffee, Thai iced tea, or the canned nitro cold brew are great for perking up the morning meal. Of course, the grapefruit wine spritz could perk you up too with its zesty aromas and fizz.
The Seaport District has a unique brunch spot. Committee specializes in Greek cuisine and the menu goes far beyond the typical benedict. Start with bougatsa, phyllo dough stuffed with vanilla custard and dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar. The trio of dips is a great sharing item for the table and features pumpkin tzatziki, tyrokafteri (feta spread), and miso melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) all served with pita. The breakfast gyro is a fan favorite and made with scrambled egg, grilled halloumi cheese, Greek sausage, and pepper coulis all wrapped up in a soft pita. The beverage menu has a clever list of creative cocktails including "The Floor is Guava" with tequila, guava, coconut, Makrut, ruby port, and lemon. There are also two large format cocktails to serve the whole table. Committee offers it's guests an opportunity to try Greek spirits. It has four kinds of ouzo, six kinds of tsipouro (a pomace distillate), and two mastihas (a mastic distillate).
The Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery
What better way to celebrate family than at a family-owned restaurant that's been in business since the early 1980s? The Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery serves up Portuguese takes on classic breakfast staples. The place is great for early birds because it opens at 7 a.m. The cream of wheat is a neighborhood favorite (no, really!) and comes with fresh fruit, sweet toast, and homemade jam. Heartier options include three different kinds of French toast, six kinds of regular and wheat pancakes, and a whopping nine varieties of omelette. Try the linguica omelette to savor delicious Portuguese sausage. The whole menu is incredibly affordable and portions are generous.
Alden & Harlow
Chef Michael Scelfo plates up some of the most creative brunch dishes in Boston. The American fare at Alden & Harlow is sure to please a crowd, especially Mom at Sunday brunch. The sweet corn pancakes with spiced pear, ricotta, ginger, and honey are perfect for those with a sweet tooth. On the savory side, the focaccia sandwich with an over easy egg, pickled green tomato, bacon, Tillamook cheddar sauce is positively addictive. There are plenty of veggie options as well including a "ubiquitous" kale salad, fried Brussels sprouts, and grilled broccoli. If you're in need of a little hair-of-the-dog, the house mimosa is made with blood orange and cava and, of course, there's always the house bloody Mary.
If you really want to spoil Mom, take her to Harvest in Cambridge. Under Chef Nick Deutmeyer, Harvest celebrates the very best of classical New England cuisine and gives it a contemporary twist. The garden terrace sits in the shade of stunning Linden trees and the indoor space has recently been redone to include an open kitchen and spacious bar. The opulence extends to the menu which includes decadent items like the fried chicken and foie gras waffles with apple, burnt honey, and foie gras butter. The chilled Jonah crab starter showcases the brilliance of seafood in New England and is served with avocado, winter citrus, and herb salad. Finish off with the Vermont cheese selection (Middlebury Blue, Ashbrook, and Invierno) served with apple, pecan brittle, and sourdough toast. Wash it all down with the house Mary or mimosa.
Another spot that's celebrating everything New England is nestled in the heart of Cambridge. Loyal Nine focuses on maintaining direct relationships with farmers and artisans to help ensure everything served is sourced sustainably. The Boston Globe has called it "one of the most interesting restaurants in the city." The Jonah crab and potato hashbrown plate includes two gently poached eggs, sauteed escarole and hollandaise. A great expression of fresh Boston seafood. The breakfast sandwich gets stacked high with succulent pork belly, hashbrowns, a sunny egg, aged cheddar, and herby aioli on a house-made sweet bun. It's the best combination of sweet and salty. Welcome warmer weather with a "King Cure for Pain" cocktail made with rum, orange and pineapple juice, coconut cream, and nutmeg. It will bring fun tropical vibes to your brunch with Mom.