In Good Taste

Mother’s Day Brunches to Celebrate the Queen in Your Life

From multi-course meals to proper high teas, here are the best ways to honor mom.

Mother’s Day is more than just cleaning the house and buying flowers (though we’re sure she won’t object to it). It’s a way to celebrate the love moms give us, and to give that love right back. “Mother’s Day is a day of nurturing,” says Lashauna Jones, who runs The Sporty Dog along with her daughter, Daejonne Bennett. For Jones and her family, it’s fitting the holiday has always revolved around food. “People nurture their children through different things,” she said. “For me, it’s always been through food.”

This year, Jones and Bennett will be at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market on Mother’s Day offering Sporty Dog’s savory roasted tomato dog with basil. Here are some other Baltimore favorites that are serving up delicious morning deals for mom.

B&O American Brasserie: Head to this eatery inside the Hotel Monaco to treat mom to a buffet spread with a raw bar, carving station, customizable omelets, and a DIY crab cake slider bar with tons of toppings. Bottomless dishes will include turkey sausage, breakfast potatoes, Belgian waffles, and yogurt with house granola. 2 N. Charles St. $15-50

Blue Hill Tavern: This upscale Brewers Hill spot is offering beet-cured salmon, chicken saltimbocca, and blood orange sorbet as part of its Mother’s Day brunch menu. 938 S. Conkling St., $29.99, 443-388-9363

Cinghiale: This trendy Harbor East eatery is serving Italian-inspired items during their holiday brunch, including poached eggs on toasted brioche, pan-roasted orata, and strawberry semifreddo. 822 Lancaster St., $10-29, 410-547-8282

Citron: With its beautiful view of Quarry Lake and subtle sophistication, brunch at Citron will definitely be one for mom to remember, especially with sweet and savory dishes like caramelized banana and pecan French toast, Baltimore chicken and waffles, and pan-seared Norwegian salmon with spaghetti squash. 2605 Quarry Lake Dr., $6-46, 410-363-0900

Cosima: This swanky restaurant is offering tasty Italian eats like grilled asparagus with duck, Sicilian doughnuts, and a variety of pizzas made in a wood-fired oven for a unique and filling mid-morning meal. 3000 Falls Rd., $5-26, 443-708-7352

Emma’s Tea Spot: For the entire holiday weekend, the charming Emma’s Tea Spot in Hamilton is hosting a Mother’s Day High Tea. Take mom for a “proper British experience” close to home (no passport required) where she’ll be served delicious teas and chooses from three tiers of delicacies like boiled quail eggs, sweet and savory scones, chicken and mushroom vol-au-vents, and homemade truffles. 5500 Harford Rd., $38-42.50, 410-444-1718

Flamant: Head down to this intimate Annapolis spot for fresh takes on brunch classics like banana French toast terrine with blueberry salad, tarragon fried chicken, and omelettes with spring mushrooms and scallion tempura. 17 Annapolis St., Annapolis, $9-25, 410-267-0274

Gunther & Co.: This Brewers Hill favorite is offering fried Chesapeake oyster lettuce wraps, Gulf shrimp and cheddar grits, glazed citrus pound cake with passionfruit cream, and dishes with eggs from their family farm. 3650 Toone St., $28, 443-869-6874

Johnny’s: For the Maryland-loving mom, this Roland Park restaurant will feature a buffet of mini crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, and a customizable omelette station. 4800 Roland Ave., $19-33, 410-773-0777

La Cuchara: Take mom on a three-course, Basque-influenced journey at this Woodberry restaurant that will be serving dishes like grilled corn talos, patatas bravas, house-smoked salmon, and berry shortcake. 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., $39, 443-708-3838

Minnow: For a more savory start to your day, take the family down to Minnow for a three-course brunch featuring items like avocado toast with tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini, fried duck egg with chorizo and corn polenta, and spinach omelettes with piperade and raclette. 2 E. Wells St., $38, 443-759-6537

Orto: This Station North newbie is launching its first-ever Sunday brunch service on Mother’s Day. Start things off with a house Bloody Mary or bellini before digging in to dishes like charred sourdough avocado toast, grilled flatbread with prosciutto, and an Italian meat-and-cheese breakfast plate. 1709 N. Charles St. 443-759-7200

Red Star: In addition to their tasty s’mores pancakes, house made chilaquiles, and feta omelettes, this Charles Village hangout is hosting an exclusive champagne brunch featuring bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and screwdrivers (and a whole lot of bubbles). 3224 St. Paul St., $1.50-18, 443-948-5539

Rusty Scupper: Take advantage of this deal and the views of this Inner Harbor staple for an all-you-can-eat brunch with items like ham with rum raisin glaze, blackened chicken Florentine with lump crab meat, an assortment of desserts, and complimentary champagne and mimosas. 402 Key Hwy., $28.95-56.95, 410-727-3678

The Turn House: This golf course go-to is hosting an entire family-friendly weekend with half-price dinner entrées for mom on Friday and Saturday nights and a buffet brunch on Sunday. The morning menu will consist of a granola and yogurt bar, a ham and tenderloin carving station, and (the best part) complimentary mimosas. 11130 Willow Bottom Dr., Columbia, Free-$50, 410-740-2096