Your mom deserves the best. So show her how much you care and treat her to a decadent brunch filled with champagne, caviar, crepes and carving stations. To make your Mother’s Day memorable, here are a few of the best upscale brunches across the country.
Sophisticated East Coast brunches
The Waldorf Astoria New York’s famed Sunday Brunch is known as one of the nation’s finest. Food lovers flock to this well-heeled brunch at Peacock Alley, located in the hotel’s grand lobby, for dishes that focus on seasonal products and specialties, and pay homage to the Waldorf’s culinary history as the birthplace of American brunch staples, such as eggs Benedict and Waldorf salad, and reportedly the original recipe for red velvet cake. New dishes also incorporate honey harvested from the hotel’s rooftop beehives. Other brunch highlights include omelet and crepe stations and plenty of decadent deserts, including a chocolate fountain. For details on seating times and pricing for the Mother’s Day brunch, visit www.waldorfnewyork.com.
Located in the historic Rittenhouse Hotel, Sunday brunch at Lacroix is always an elegant affair. With a tempting selection of more than 40 appetizers and raw-bar specialties including sushi, assorted American caviar, jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce and chef’s selected oysters at three distinct stations, it’s not surprising the brunch was voted “Best of Philly” in 2008. As if that weren’t enough incentive to visit the City of Brotherly Love, patrons get to step into the kitchen to sample delectable dishes from the Chef’s Table meat and fish carving stations. For pricing and details, visit www.lacroixrestaurant.com.
Lavish Las Vegas brunches
Overlooking the Bellagio’s iconic dancing fountain, Jasmine restaurant hosts Fountains Brunch every Sunday. The opulent atmosphere coupled with the Bellagio’s world-renowned cuisine make this the perfect setting for a festive Mother’s Day. The brunch features an array of live-action cooking stations, food from several of the luxe hotel’s award-winning restaurants including Michael Mina’s famed Maine lobster pot pie, and a whole room of desserts from the Bellagio’s extraordinary pastry shop including chocolate truffles and chocolate fountains. For pricing and details, visit www.bellagio.com.
Caesars Palace (right)
For a modern Mother’s Day, Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace offers a purse-and-wallet-friendly specialty Sunday brunch menu. At the spacious, contemporary eatery, guests will be tantalized with a two-course meal that begins with a choice of fresh seasonal fruit salad, a fruit parfait with house granola or salmon lox served with a brioche bun and crème fraiche. For the second course, guests will have the option of lobster or crab eggs Benedict with asparagus or Caribbean French toast made with piña colada mix, fresh shaved coconut and fresh berries. To make the occasion even more special, all mothers will receive a complimentary mimosa and raspberry macaroons with their entrée. For pricing and details, visit www.centrallv.com.
Southern belle brunch
Step back in time at Arnaud’s, a 95-year-old restaurant located just off Bourbon Street in New Orleans’s famed French Quarter. The regal restaurant is famous for its Sunday brunch that features a jazz trio and classic Creole fare like the signature Shrimp Arnaud (Gulf shrimp marinated in tangy Remoulade sauce), crispy fried fresh Louisiana oysters, red bean omelet, bread pudding with bourbon sauce and bananas foster for two. For pricing and details, visit www.arnaudsrestaurant.com.