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Celebrate Mother’s Day With These Brunches and Boat Rides

Give mom a break this holiday and head to one of these local restaurants.

By Ellina Buettner | April 26, 2018, 3:44 pm

-Courtesy of Gunther & Co.
In Good Taste

Celebrate Mother’s Day With These Brunches and Boat Rides

Give mom a break this holiday and head to one of these local restaurants.

By Ellina Buettner | April 26, 2018, 3:44 pm

-Courtesy of Gunther & Co.

Everyone knows moms deserve to be recognized more than one day out of the year, but if that one day includes enough hugs, fresh flowers, coffee in bed, a sink without dirty dishes, and her family gathered around the table, it may just be enough. So, give her hands (and oven mitts) a little break and take her out to one of the many kitchens in Baltimore celebrating May 13 in style.

Head over to this Harbor East spot and spoil mom with an upscale four-course dining experience prepared by Chef Cindy Wolf that will include menu items like English pea soup, fried green tomatoes, braised beef short rib, and lemon cheesecake. Also, there’s complimentary valet and a specialty cheese tray for those who want to go all out. 1000 Lancaster St., 12-7 p.m., $79, 410-332-7373

Since we’re talking about Harbor East eats, this Italian osteria is also hosting a commemorative brunch and dinner that will include the restaurant’s full a la carte menu in addition to specials like poached eggs “Cacio e Pepe,” toasted orange brioche with honey-orange ricotta, and braised guinea fowl with a potato hash. Plus, patio seating will be available weather permitting. 822 Lancaster St., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 410-547-8282

Bar Vasquez
Celebrate Mother’s Day Argentinean style with Chef Mario Cano Catalán, who will be featuring specialty breakfast and dinner dishes like wood-grilled filet mignon, butter-poached lobster, ham and strawberry savory crepes, and an “Omelet Gramajo” with papas fritas. 1425 Aliceanna St., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 410-534-7269

Indulge in an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet that will feature pastries, French toast, grilled salmon, mini crab cakes, and both an omelette and ribeye carving station for a more casual dining approach to celebrating mom. 4800 Roland Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $18-$29, 410-733-0777

Join the new Roman trattoria—which is now open on Mondays and just introduced a new happy hour— in Columbia for authentic eats by the lake including pizza with asparagus and duck bacon, spaghetti carbonara, and a speciality frittata (the Italian equivalent to quiche). 10215 Wincopin Cir., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., 410-964-9999

Gunther & Co.
Come out to this Brewers Hill joint and pamper mom with a dual-course meal that will feature fine-dining options like lamb carpaccio, saffron shrimp risotto, a Maryland cheese duo, and house-made brioche French toast. 3650 Toone St., $28, 443-869-6874

BRIO Tuscan Grille
A specialty Tuscan-inspired brunch menu consisting of frittata al forno (again, the Italian equivalent to quiche), berries and cream French toast, shrimp and grits, and gorgonzola crusted lamb chops will be featured on both Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day Eve at this Inner Harbor kitchen. And if you live closer to Anne Arundel County, head over to the restaurant’s Annapolis location for the same specials. 100 E. Pratt St., until 3 p.m., 410-637-3440

Mt. Washington Tavern
Take mom out to this neighborhood tavern to enjoy American classics like buttermilk chicken tenders, honey-glazed ham, Belgian waffles, thick-cut bacon, turkey sausage patties, imported cheese, and a charcuterie board. Plus, all moms will get a free herbal scrub gift. 5700 Newbury St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $16-$28, 410-367-6903

Wit & Wisdom
Indulge in an endless buffet at the Four Seasons Hotel that will feature farmer’s market salads, artisan cheeses and marinated olives, omelettes made to order, tavern macaroni and cheese, fresh-shucked Chesapeake oysters, and housemade gelato. Also, there’s a build-your-own crepes and s’mores station. 200 International Dr., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 410-223-1456

Old Westminster Winery
Bring mom out to for the ultimate lawn party where she can enjoy live music by Oceanline Duo along with wood-fired pizzas by Dizzy Cow Pizzeria, homemade ice cream sandwiches by Cream Cruiser, and of course, delectable wines. 1550 Old Westminster Road, 12-5 p.m., 410-881-4656

Hop aboard the Lady Maryland for a fancy evening cruise around the harbor that will feature sparkling wine, oysters, a specialty four-course seasonal dinner all while sailing with skyline views. 1417 Thames St., 6-9 p.m., $125, 443-681-5310

Next Phaze Cafe
Celebrate a soulful kind of Mother’s Day with live jazz music and a brunch that will include eats like BBQ bourbon salmon, South Carolina shrimp and grits, braised collard greens, and cornbread. 112 E. Lexington St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 410-449-3232

Ruth Chris Steak House
The menu may start with a good steak (and eggs), but it certainly doesn’t end there. Expect fare like crab cake benedict and barbecued shrimp and grits, along with a wide selection of hand-crafted cocktails and wines. Plus, each mom will get a free $25 gift card for future dining. 711 Eastern Ave., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 410-230-0033

This South Baltimore seafood joint is offering a three-course brunch that will include items like pastrami cured salmon, fried egg on crispy bacon-fat toast, fresh fennel sausage, mussels, shrimp brochette, and a chocolate-espresso layered cake. 2 E. Wells St., $39, 443-759-6537

La Cuchara
Head over to this Spanish kitchen for another three-courser that will offer delectable Basque-inspired dishes like lamb albondigas, bone-in grilled short rib with butternut squash puree, rainbow trout, Brioche French toast with huckleberries, scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms, and churros y chocolate. 3600 Clipper Mill Road, $39, 443-708-3838

The French Kitchen
This restaurant inside the Lord Baltimore Hotel downtown is hosting a southern soul themed-brunch featuring live music by the Rodney Kelley Jazz Experience. Indulge in a Lowcountry brunch buffet featuring gumbo, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, and more. Plus, the spot will be offering a complimentary glass of champagne for all moms. 20 W. Baltimore St., Seatings at 12:30 and 3 p.m., $15-38, 410-539-8400

Treat mom to a meal on the picturesque patio at this Southern Italian spot. The brunch menu highlights wood-fired breakfast pizzas, corn pancakes with whipped lemon mascarpone, stone ground polenta topped with a poached egg, and a traditional Italian omelet. Moms can also indulge in a special Mother's Day cocktail called the Mariarosa, which combines dark and light rums, muddled strawberries, amaro, spicy honey, and lime. 3000 Falls Road, 443-708-7352

She's Not Kidding: Mother's Day Comedy Showcase
If you’re looking for a fun after-brunch activity, Creative Alliance is hosting a kid-friendly comedy show to celebrate moms with a sense of humor. It will feature Meshelle, the "Indie-Mom of Comedy” who has been aired on Nickelodeon, STARz, and NBC. The show is part of a larger work called The Freeze Peach Series, which consists of performances, screenings, and discussions about censorship and the culture of silence in comedy. Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., 7-9 p.m., $12-$15, 410-276-1651

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