Food & Drink

Where to Take Your Special Lady for Mother’s Day Brunch

Whether mom wants to go on a cozy coffee date or pop bottles at a lively drag brunch, here are a few spots to plan a memorable meal.

Arguably, there’s no better token of gratitude for the special woman in your life than brunch, so we’ve rounded up a few spots around town for you to have great food and a time to remember with mom. From showtunes and soul food to DJs and drag shows, there’s no shortage of fun options for Mother’s Day meal time on May 12.

Brunch and a Show

Taste and Turntables: My Mother’s Recipe: Celebrating culture and heritage, this Mother’s Day bash at Harborplace hotspot Crust by Mack will fuse live beats and soul-warming food. Presented by Crust by Mack chef/owner Amanda Mack and the female-run Alpha Female Fest, the event features a three-course meal prepared by three different local chefs, who will all share family recipes that have been passed down to them. Music spun by DJ Sun and DJ Huxtable will set the soundtrack, and guests can also enjoy a cash bar with brunch cocktails and nonalcoholic sips. 201 E Pratt St. 5:30 p.m. $50

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Drag Brunch: Fan-favorite performers Kayden Chloe, Katie D. Lite, Sapphire Dupree, and Pariah Sinclair are back with yet another energetic show planned for you and mom at Guilford Hall Brewery near Penn Station. Hit the ATM for dollar bills and settle in to enjoy the festivities while digging into the brunch spread ($30-40)—which will include eats like crispy bacon, waffles with fruit and whipped cream, and veggie panini bites. You can also spring for bottomless mimosas ($25) to get the full experience. 1611 Guilford Ave.10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Gospel Brunch at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore: For the grand finale of Rec Pier Chop House’s Gospel Brunch season, the restaurant inside the Fells Point hotel is focusing on the mamas. Enjoy all of the soul-soothing tunes paired with Southern staples and bottomless mimosas for a special Sunday experience. 1715 Thames St. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $95

The Collective Encore: This Maryland Theater Collective performance in Columbia is perfect for music-loving moms. Snag seats to tap your feet to familiar Broadway hits while indulging in a brunch buffet that includes a draft beer or glass of wine. A cash bar will also offer bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary specials throughout the jazzy event. 10221 Wincopin Cir, Columbia. 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. $50

Classic Eats

Ananda: Grab mom and head to this Maple Lawn gem for an endless spread of brunch classics and Indian favorites. The special menu will include roasted banana French toast casserole, an omelet station, gravlax, and crab cakes, as well as lamb vindaloo, samosa chaat, palak paneer, and sweet galub jamun.  7421 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton. 10:30-2:30 p.m. $39-69

Docks on the Harbor: Treat mom to boozy brunch bash at this Inner Harbor spot. On Mother’s Day, Docks is offering a 90-minute deal on bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys ($30) with the purchase of an entree. The bottomless menu also includes wine, beer, margaritas, and frozen drinks. 621 E. Pratt St Ste 100. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ellie’s Tavern: On Mother’s Day, bring your special lady to the Canton tavern to fill up on eats like crab mac, breakfast burritos, Dutch Babies, or the house griddle sandwich that stacks meat and eggs between two pancakes with syrup. Drink specials will include espresso martinis, peach or passionfruit Bellinis, or a mimosa bucket. 901 S Clinton St. 11:00 a.m.-12 a.m.

The Four Seasons Baltimore: Go all out for mom by reserving a table at the swanky Harbor East hotel, which is once again offering its Mother’s Day Tea and Tulips brunch buffet. Executive chef Tristian Baker’s menu includes options such as an array of tea sandwiches, charcuterie grazing boards, lox-topped bagels, watermelon and goat cheese salad, wild mushroom risotto, grilled portobello steak with a citrus gremolata, and a chocolate fountain for good measure. Don’t forget to stop by the pop-up retail spa for some mother-child self care. 200 International Drive. 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. $65-155.

Glyndon Grill: The Reisterstown go-to is serving up a lineup of a la carte specials in honor of the special day. Moms can look forward to eats like a challah French toast platter, spinach-mushroom omelet, breakfast skillet, and crab cake omelet. 4844 Butler Rd., Glyndon. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Kneads Bakeshop: The team at this Harbor East cafe is throwing a pre-Mother’s Day tea party on Saturday, May 11. The spring-inspired service includes full pots of tea and tiered towers filled with the bakery’s scratch made pastries and treats. 506 S. Central Ave. 2-4 p.m. $60-110 

OctoBar: The Federal Hill tapas spot with worldly flair will help moms feel the love with a special four-course prix-fixe for $49. Start off with a salad or dip trio before moving on to apps like spinach pie, scallop ceviche, and meatball shakshuka. For the main event, choose from grilled salmon over rice, baby lamb chops with garlic mash, or classic chicken piccata in a lemon caper sauce. If you happen to save room, churros, tres leches cake, and chocolate fudge slices are on deck for dessert. 1400 Light St. 

Rusty Scupper: Take in Inner Harbor views while chowing down at this seafood staple, well known for its special occasion spreads. Eats on deck include spiced salmon with lobster creme, mussels alla puttanesca, chicken and waffles, carved prime rib, French toast, and peel-and-eat shrimp. Don’t forget to pick up a cupcake or a scoop of banana pudding from the dessert bar. 402 Key Hwy.10 a.m.-6 p.m. $38-79

VerdeGrab an al fresco table at this Canton favorite to enjoy a special three-course brunch menu on Mother’s Day, which includes a complimentary mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee, or tea. Mid-morning dishes include brunch versions of the famous Neapolitan pizzas, plus frittatas, paninis, scrambles, and French toast. To end the meal on sweet note, order a Nutella pizza for the table. 641 S Montford Ave. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. $35