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8 Best Bets for Mother’s Day Dining in Philadelphia

By Danya Henninger
May 1, 2014

Mother’s Day is a great excuse to introduce your mom to one of your favorite spots, but how can you be sure she’ll enjoy herself as much as you do? Here are eight great options, where both mothers and their loved ones can splurge on a fun brunch or dinner. Cheers to all the moms out there, we wouldn’t be here without you!

R2L
Why She’ll Love It: Gorgeous cityscapes meet the eyes in all directions at Daniel Stern’s restaurant on the 37th floor of Liberty Two.
Must-Try Dish: Three-course prix fixe brunch starts with a buffet and continues with your own entree like bananas foster French toast (11 AM-2 PM; $65/$25 for kids). Dinner brings three courses that can include a petite filet and short rib duo (4-9 PM; $75/$25 for kids).

50 S. 16th St.; 215-564-5337

Earth Bread + Brewery
Why She’ll Love It: A free mimosa or poinsettia cocktail for mom will sweeten the experience at this Mt. Airy brewpub with hearth-baked flatbreads.
Must-Try Dish: Put a brunch twist on pizza with the salmon flatbread, made with house-cured salmon, red onion, capers and cream cheese (noon-4 PM).

7136 Germantown Ave.; 215-242-6666

Cantina Feliz
Why She’ll Love It: The colorful walls and murals at this Fort Washington Mexican from Brian Sirhal and Tim Spinner will make sure your family gathering is a cheerful affair.
Must-Try Dish: The restaurant doesn’t usually serve brunch, so look for some one-time-only dishes like huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. If you want to feast, order the $45 whole roasted suckling pig dinner at least three days in advance (11:30 AM-8:30 PM).

424 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington; 215-646-1320

M Restaurant at the Morris House
Why She’ll Love It: Flowers and ferns surround the tables in the hidden outdoor patio at this historic boutique hotel in the middle of Center City.
Must-Try Dish: Brunch will be served from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, or you can go for the special $55 four-course chef’s tasting at dinner, featuring seared scallop with ramp butter and halibut with morels (4:30-9 PM).

231 S. 8th St.; 215-625-6666

Bar Ferdinand
Why She’ll Love It: Combine chef David Ansill’s nuanced food with the dining room full of lace and tiled bullfighter murals and mom will feel like you’ve taken her across the ocean to Spain for her special day.
Must-Try Dish: A special four-course brunch prix fixe will be offered from 11 AM-3 PM for $30 per person, featuring crab salad with asparagus flan and Spanish toast with berries and whipped cream.

1030 N. 2nd St.; 215-923-1313

Hotel Monaco
Why She’ll Love It: For the first time, this boutique hotel across from Independence Hall is hosting a huge brunch in the Lafayette Ballroom, and a portion of all revenue will be donated to nonprofit Dress for Success.
Must-Try Dish: Red Owl Tavern chef Jorge Chicas is putting out a roasted Lancaster turkey, housemade apple cider donuts and a make-your-own club sandwich station. Don’t miss his yucca fries on the side (11 AM-2 PM; $50/$25 for kids).

433 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2111

City Tap House
Why She’ll Love It: If mom knows what’s up and loves craft beer as much as you do, the 60 taps at this West Philly lodge will make her day, especially if you snag a table out on the patio.
Must-Try Dish: A brunch buffet with omelets, hand-carved meats and more is just $25 per person (11 AM-3 PM).

3925 Walnut St.; 215-662-0105

The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market
Why She’ll Love It: It’s worth a trip over the bridge to hook into the farm-fresh, scratch-made fare at Josh Lawler’s Cherry Hill dining room, plus there’s a complimentary glass of bubbly for mom and plenty of games to keep the kids busy.
Must-Try Dish: Brunch will be offered all day long (11 AM-8 PM), which means you could ostensibly get away with eating whole grain pancakes or bread pudding French toast for dinner. Hand-carved turkey or a triple-stacked BLT await if you’re looking for something heartier.

1442 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill; 856-356-2282

Places Mentioned

Red Owl Tavern

NoneOld City

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
City Tap House

American • Spruce Hill

Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$25
 
 
 
M Restaurant

American • Washington Square West

Food23 Decor24 Service23 Cost$52
 
 
 
R2L Restaurant

NoneRittenhouse Square

Atmo.25 Decor24 Service22 Cost$62
 
 
 
Bar Ferdinand

Spanish • Northern Liberties

Food24 Decor23 Service22 Cost$38
 
 
 
Earth Bread + Brewery

NoneMount Airy

Food25 Decor21 Service22 Cost$22
 
 
 
 
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