Celebrate any mother figures in your life with a bountiful morning feast this coming Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9.
Unlike 2020 amid the pandemic and shutdown, this year many restaurants have opened their doors and patios to guests and are offering an array of specials, low-contact buffets, seafood towers, brunch cocktails and more goodies all with the idea of paying homage to mom.
Many of these places also have to-go options, so the feast can come home as well, allowing the person of honor to stay in bed as long as possible.
Italian brunch at Il Posto
Jet off to Italy by way of brunch this Mother’s Day at RiNo’s Il Posto. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., order classics such as the pane Italiano, a challah bread-based dish served with maple syrup, strawberries and espresso-cocoa-infused whipped cream. Or benedict con salmone, which comes with house-cured salmon, spiced hollandaise, challah, arugula and a blood orange vinaigrette. More brunch items also will be available, as well and plenty of spritzes and creative mimosas to toast mom with. Reservations recommended. 2601 Larimer St.; 303-394-0100; ilpostodenver.com
Brunch buffet at Citizen Rail
Head downtown and treat that mom in your life to an epic meal at Citizen Rail featuring River Bear American Meats sausage, bacon, a prime rib carving station, sourdough French toast, parfaits, fresh fruits and cheeses. There’s also a seafood platter with snow crab, shrimp, mussels, clams and oysters. Don’t pass up the omelet station, either, where mom can get made-to-order eggs stuffed with any combination of various cheeses, sausage, ham, onions, peppers, avocado, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. Chef Christian Graves will be cooking in the open kitchen for guests to see, or book a table on the sunny patio. Add on a build-your-own mimosa for the table for $40, which features a bottle of Arte Latino Cava and choice of juices. Reservations can be made between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; the buffet is $65 per person, and $35 for kids 12 and under. 1899 16th St. Mall; 303-323-0017; citizenrail.com
Elegant brunch at Le French Bakery & Cafe
Enjoy a simple but elegant brunch this Mother’s Day thanks to sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia, who own this darling spot by Belleview Station. Start the meal toasting mom, with the Mother’s Day mimosa (sparkling wine, Chambord and strawberry-vodka pearls) or the La Fleur (sparkling wine, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and lemon). Then enjoy short rib poutine; local and French charcuterie; cheddar and bacon quiche; a smoked turkey sandwich on a croissant with béchamel sauce; mixed berry French toast; sweet and savory crepes and more. Add on a to-go gift box of macarons or buttery pastries to make the day even more special. Right now the cafe is only taking credit cards (no cash). Reservations are recommended, and Le French is open 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4901 S Newport St.; 720-710-8963; lefrenchdenver.com
Brunch outside at American Elm
The patio at this Highlands restaurant it’s the perfect spot for enjoying chef Brent Turnipseede’s extravagant brunch. The menu features banana pancakes, shrimp and grits, burgers, snap pea salad, a french dip sandwich and more. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. For those who don’t want to eat out or can’t get a reservation, pick up a four-person feast for $85 between 7 and 9:30 a.m. and take it home. The kit features a whole quiche made with spinach, artichoke and heirloom tomato; breakfast potatoes; bacon or sausage links; and freshly made biscuits with brown butter whipped cream and berries. Add on a mimosa kit for $25 and consider brunch handled this Mother’s Day. 4132 W. 38th Ave.; amelm.com
Momgaritas at Kachina Cantina
What says Happy Mother’s Day more than a “Momgarita,” the whimsically coined special tequila, agua fresca and agave drink that this downtown eatery created for the holiday. Or course there are more good things to celebrate mom with, including spicy candied bacon; breakfast burritos with pork green chili; enfrijoladas with beans, tortilla chips, cotija and eggs; and churro waffles, to which you can add on fried chicken and chorizo gravy. For another sweet treat, order a Mexican Coke float topped with lemon sorbet, or a tres leches cake with dehydrated strawberries and oatmeal streusel. Make a reservation to dine at Kachina Cantina between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or take the brunch feast to go. 1890 Wazee St.; 720-460-2728; kachinadenver.com
Mother’s Day brunch at Stoic & Genuine
Stoic & Genuine’s executive chef Justin Margheim has put together a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day that he’s serving alongside the regular menu. This means fresh-made biscuits and scones with marmalade and apple butter; avocado toast with smoked Arctic char, cucumber, arugula and aioli; and a cured salmon hash with roasted vegetables and caper remoulade. The Union Station restaurant serves the brunch menu starting at 10 a.m. Reservations are recommended, especially if you want to grab a table on the sunny patio. Takeout and delivery options are also available. 1701 Wynkoop St.; 303-640-3474; stoicandgenuine.com
Bring brunch home from Olivia
Don’t hesitate to admit that going out to brunch with little kids is hard, which is where Restaurant Olivia in Washington Park comes in. Chef Ty Leon has whipped up one of his famous pies, and this time, he’s stuffed it with braised chicken and roasted heirloom vegetables. The four-to-six person spread also includes strawberry white chocolate blondies; truffled spiced nuts; chopped salad; a liter of rosé; flowers for the table; and handmade candles. The whole “set-the-table” takeout feast is $195, or the aforementioned items can be bought a la carte. Of course, dining in is also a great option, and guests can book a table from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and let mom indulge in hand-crafted pasta, fresh focaccia, steak frites, a foie gras waffle, cinnamon rolls and more. 290 S Downing St.; 303-999-0395; oliviadenver.com
Steuben’s Uptown welcomes moms for brunch
Head to the Uptown location of Steuben’s and join the Mom’s Mimosa Crew for $25. With this special, the table can enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine with your choice of juices, all while waiting for that lobster roll, breakfast sandwich or Belgian waffle to be delivered to the table. Want to take brunch to go? For Mother’s Day only the restaurant is offering a six-piece, mixed-berry cinnamon roll dish with cream cheese frosting for $28, and a garden basket quiche with roasted peppers, spinach, roasted tomatoes, thyme, onions and gruyere cheese for $26, all ready to reheat at home. Make a reservation to eat in-house between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., or plan on picking up the aforementioned goodies on Saturday, May 8, at either the Uptown location between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or the Arvada spot from 12 to 3 p.m. 523 E 17th Ave., 303-830-1001; or 7355 Ralston Road, Arvada, 303-830-0096; steubens.com
The Empire Lounge & Restaurant does brunch
Head to Louisville to treat mom to a complete comfort food feast of mixed-berry crepes, quiche, breakfast potatoes, lemon-honey yogurt with fresh fruit and homemade cinnamon rolls. This four-person spread is $65 and can be eaten inside the restaurant, on the patio, or taken to-go. It also comes with a strawberry crisp topped with sweet cream for dessert. Add on a build-your-own bloody Mary or mimosa kit featuring Ah-So sparkling wine mixed with peach, blackberry or strawberry-limoncello juices. Call to make a reservation or order online to get this Mother’s Day spread. 816 Main St., Louisville; 303-665-2521; theempirerestaurant.com
Bookcliff Vineyards’ Mother’s Day dinner
Though this isn’t a brunch, we just can’t skip this annual feast at Bookcliff Vineyards. This year, the winery has two options: dine there or take chef Willem deFroy’s elegant four-course dinner home. The menu lineup includes an assortment of appetizers; a puff pastry boat stuffed with lobster, scallops and shrimp with a mousseline sauce; beef shoulder drizzled with tarragon jus and sides; and chocolate mousse. All paired with wine made by the venue, of course. Each spread is $75 per person, and reservations for both in-house dining and to-go can be made online. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and guests can pick up their food to take home from the venue between 5 and 6 p.m. 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Boulder; 303-449-9463; bookcliffvineyards.com
Pastries at The Bindery
Sweets for the sweetest mother figure in your life can be found at chef Linda Hampsten Fox’s The Bindery in LoHi. Order goodies straight from the bakery, including strawberry rhubarb pie; pithiviers; triple-berry cheesecake; and petite pastries like mini chocolate-coffee eclairs, berry tartlets and lemon-raspberry profiteroles. There’s a savory side, too, including pastrami-cured salmon, carrot-ginger waffles with bacon and duck confit hash, to name a few. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reservations are highly recommended for indoor dining. You can also get the meal to-go by pre-ordering from the restaurant no later than Wednesday, May 5. 1817 Central St.; 303-993-2364; thebinderydenver.com
Bottomless mimosas at Jill’s Restaurant
Guests who visit the St. Julian Hotel & Spa in Boulder for brunch can toast to mom again and again with Jill’s bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. Food is a big part of this brunch program, too, and Jill’s is serving up a modified buffet with huevos rancheros cups; Belgian waffles; salmon en croute; vegan crab cakes; non-vegan king crab legs; avocado toast benedicts and so much more. Each guest gets as much food and drink as they desire for $88.95 per person. Reservations can be made to dine between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 900 Walnut St., Boulder; 720-406-7385; stjulien.com/eat-drink/jill’s-restaurant-and-bistro
Peking Duck at Ace Eat Serve
There is no rule that Mother’s Day has to be only about brunch, especially when chef Thach Tran’s Peking duck is involved. For $61, this feast includes a whole duck, mu-shu crepes with scallions, cucumber, apricot chili sauce and hoisin. Order it to be pick up from Ace Eat Serve on Saturday, May 8, from 12 to 3 p.m. (and serve for Mother’s Day brunch if you want). Or, make a reservation as soon as possible to score one of the 12 Peking duck feasts the restaurant offers guests who are dining there. Make sure to place orders by Saturday, May 1. The meal serves four to six people. 501 E 17th Ave.; 303-800-7705; aceeatserve.com
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