Mother’s Day is just over two weeks away. What better way to show Mom your appreciation than by treating her to brunch? To help you select the perfect place to take Mom, I’ve put together a short list of some fabulous brunch spots. Here are five local restaurants that are rolling out the red carpet and making Mother’s Day a grand affair.
Mother’s Day Brunch at The Grand Marlin
Brunch on the beach. For the Mom who loves a waterfront view and superb seafood, treat her to The Grand Marlin. With elegant dining accommodations and tranquil views of the bay, this is the spot to pamper Mom.
The Grand Marlin is featuring a special brunch menu which includes: Pan Roasted Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, Cedar Roasted Salmon and Main Lobster with Brie Quiche. In addition to the Mother’s Day Menu, they will offer their a la carte Sunday brunch from 9 am – 2 pm as well as a limited regular brunch menu. Reservations are limited and filling quickly. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this brunch! Make reservations today to ensure you have a table.
If your Mother’s Day plans don’t permit you to make it in time for brunch, the Grand Marlin will re-open for dinner at 4 pm with their regular menu and Mom can enjoy a sunset view overlooking the water. The Sunday Prime Rib Promotion will NOT be available on Mother’s Day as it is not available on holidays. Make your reservations by calling 850.677.9153 or by visiting www.thegrandmarlin.com.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Polonza Bistro
Located off of Palafox and Wright Street, Polonza Bistro is a locally owned and operated restaurant and coffee shop that prepares their meals in-house. From their freshly baked breads and homemade salad dressings, Polonza focuses on quality ingredients including locally sourcing when possible. Originally serving only breakfast and lunch, Polonza has recently added a dinner menu and is now open Thursday through Saturday from 5 pm until 9 pm.
For Mother’s Day, Polonza Bistro will open from 9 am until 3 pm. Their brunch menu features Gulf Coast Benedict (crab cakes on homemade English muffins), Grilled Salmon Hash, Stuffed French Toast (homemade brioche bread filled with whipped cream cheese and berry compote), and Chicken and Waffles among many other culinary delights. Be sure to treat yourself to a coffee or tea beverage while you’re there. Polonza boasts a full-service espresso bar that brews robust coffees and espresso-based drinks and offers a pleasing selection of teas.
Polonza Bistro does NOT take reservations on the weekend and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Outdoor seating is also available. My recommendation would be to arrive early and opt for sitting outside – how lovely are these beautiful blue accented chairs?!? They even look like a holiday. Bring Mom to Polonza Bistro, treat her to a delicious brunch, and Polonza will have a little something special for all Moms this Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Pot Roast and Pinot
Here is a rare occasion that you don’t want to let slip by you. For Mother’s Day only, Pot Roast and Pinot will be serving brunch from 11 am until 5 pm. I have certainly missed Pot Roast and Pinot’s brunch! When Pot Roast and Pinot first opened they served breakfast and brunch in addition to their dinner menu. Recently they changed their menu and hours and now open daily at 5 pm.
In addition to Pot Roast and Pinot’s Regular menu, they will be featuring the following brunch menu:
corned beef hash, hollandaise
chorizo, caramelized onion
gulf shrimp, spinach, feta
Cashew Belgian Waffle
local fruit compote
lettuce, hearts of palm, arugula, bacon, lemon basil vinaigrette,
shaved fennel, fried onion straws
The menu will certainly tease and tempt your palate. Pot Roast and Pinot even brought back their Cashew Belgian Waffles for Mother’s Day. Take advantage of this limited menu while it’s available. To ensure you have a table, you can make reservations by phone (850-607-7336 ) or through Yelp.
Mother’s Day Brunch at George Artisan Bakery and Bistro
Ah, George – a tried and true favorite brunch spot! Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy omelette (check out the post on George’s Coastal Omelette), a lush salad lavished with vibrant, seasonal vegetables, something between the buns, a brunch classic, or a decadent pastry; you will find it at George.
If you’re planning on brunching at George this Mother’s Day take note – George will be seating by reservation only. Don’t let Mother’s Day find you unprepared. Make your reservation as soon as possible to guarantee you have a seat. George will be premiering a unique Mother’s Day Menu and you don’t want this occasion to slip by you. For reservations and more information you can reach George at: (850) 912-4655.
Mother’s Day Brunch at O’Brien’s Bistro
Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you. This charming bistro is a longtime local favorite – and for good reason! O’Brien’s Bistro presents an impressive array of appealing appetizers and enticing entrées. From salads, soups and sandwiches, to seafood, steak and pasta; O’Brien’s menu embraces it all with expertly constructed dishes. This Red Snapper Pontchartrain was a daily special I had the pleasure of enjoying and is representative of many of the elegant main courses you will find on the menu.
For Mother’s Day, O’Brien’s will be open from 11 am until 2 pm. For this celebratory occasion they will be offering their dinner menu, which means you have the delight of choosing between tantalizing options such as Veal with Peppered Vodka Sauce, Lobster Stuffed Grouper, Blackberry Duck, Mint Rack of Lamb, or Steak O’Brien.
With these exceptional local dining options, Mother’s Day is certain to be a hit and an enjoyable outing for the entire family. For most of her life Mom has happily taken on the responsibility of putting food on the table. This Mother’s Day, alleviate her of that responsibility and treat her to a right and proper brunch where she is the guest of honor.