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10 Stellar Ideas for Mother's Day Around LA

From pizza to oysters, blowout brunches and more
May 6, 2015
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by Lesley Balla

If there was ever a holiday that should be celebrated more than one day a year, it's Mother's Day. That and National Chocolate Cake Day. But more importantly the day we celebrate those women (and men) who play the role of mom, who nurture and care for us, who teach us how to cook or make a perfect martini, and maybe criticize our clothing just a bit. Dads, you better get in on this too. Mom deserves a day out, whether it's for a boozy brunch, a nice dinner or a quick lunch. Here are 10 different options for Sunday.

For New York-state-of-mind Mom: Lucques
The Spotted Pig's April Bloomfield lands at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's West Hollywood stalwart for a special Mother's Day Sunday Supper to celebrate her new cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens. The four-course menu is inspired by recipes in the book, things like roasted carrots with carrot-top pesto, wild arugula and burrata; morels and madeira cream on toast with asparagus and sugar snap peas; Swiss chard cannelloni with parmesan; and sweet corn ice cream with butterscotch and caramel popcorn. Tickets are $65 per person and must be purchased in advance (there are still some early reservations open). Bonus mom gift: pick up a copy of the cookbook there and have Bloomfield sign it.

For pizza-loving Mom: Sotto
The sidewalk-level restaurant doesn't usually serve brunch, but this year chef Steve Samson is honoring all mom's with pizza — one topped with fontina, bechamel, asparagus and a sunny-side up egg, to boot. The special Mother's Day menu features specials like a frittata pizza; Nutella-stuffed French toast; a polenta waffle topped with fresh berries; a burger (!!) and much more. Make reservations between 11 AM-2:30 PM.

For Silk Road Mom: Hinoki & the Bird
Another Century City spot that doesn't usually serve brunch, Hinoki will be serving specials like "oyako" toast with soft scrambled eggs, crispy chicken and green garlic; citrus-marinated lobster with chilled somen noodles; chili crab eggs Benedict with milk bread and sriracha hollandaise, and other a la carte dishes. 10:30 AM-3 PM.

For country Mom: Saddle Peak Lodge
We use the word "country" loosely here, since Calabasas is really more of a far-off suburb. But nestled in the Santa Monica mountains, a lovely patio brunch here feels world's away from LA. On Sunday find a special prix fixe brunch menu that includes choices like seared ahi tuna salad, smoked salmon bagels or tomato and burrata; grilled ratatouille and salmon with buerre blanc, eggs Benedict, prime rib, quiche or buttermilk waffles; and dulce de leche flan, chocolate pot de creme or banana bread pudding with huckleberries for dessert. $55 per person for adults, and $35 for the kid's menu.

For vegan hipster Mom: Mohawk Bend
The Echo Park staple has several new menu items just for Mother's Day, including both biscuits and gravy, scrambles and Elvis French toast. The best part: you can get any of the dishes in vegan or in meat-and-dairy-loving versions. There's plenty of California wine and 72 beers on tap, plus great cocktails for toasting. And every mom gets a flower! Awww...

For casual British Mom: The Pikey
Go super casual to the West Hollywood English-style pub. New seasonal dishes just for mom include asparagus and spring garlic quiche; homemade custard-filled donuts; and avocado toast with smoked trout. They'll join chef Ralph Johnson's usual weekend offerings of brioche French toast; crumpets with clotted cream and honeycomb; and a full English breakfast with fried eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, mushrooms and tomato. For brunch, everyone gets a free Bloody Mary or mimosa, or keep 'em coming for $15 per person. If dinner's more your/her thing, the weekly Sunday roast is offered from 3 PM on for $22 per person.

For Mom who loves Tom Colicchio: Craft
Ok, chances are slim that the Top Chef judge will actually be there, but a family-style three-course menu with Colicchio's favorites is sure to please everyone. Choose from appetizers like avocado toast with English peas and sunflower seeds, fruit salad with ricotta, and frisee with bacon lardons and soft egg for the table; and then poached eggs with chickpea and pepper stew, a chorizo and queso croque madame, diver scallops with wild ramp risotto, chicken confit and morel mushrooms, or leg of lamb with chimichurri for entrees. Schmaltz hash browns and braised collard greens come for the table, as well as mascarpone semifreddo with strawberries, and assorted cookies and confections for dessert. The whole thing is $65 per person. The Century City restaurant is also open for dinner.

For Mom who brunches on Saturday: Faith & Flower
Treat mom to oysters and Champagne, or at least an omelette with caviar, at the posh downtown spot. In addition to the regular Saturday and Sunday brunch menu (kanpachi ceviche, malted waffles with rosewater gastrique, Jidori deviled eggs, etc.), chef Michael Hung is featuring specials like whole branzino and grilled ribeye with eggs. Look for special mimosas and daiquiris in addition to the full cocktail and wine list, too. 10:30 AM-2:30 PM both days.

For Santa Monica-chic Mom: Aestus
​Chef Alex Ageneau’s seasonal menu includes French toast with almonds, cream, and blackberries; scrambled egg tartine with bacon, chorizo and avocado; brisket hash; and charcuterie board with some of his own housemade sausages, terrines and hams. There are mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice, classic cocktails and dynamite wines from owner/sommelier Kevin O'Connor's list. Brunch is served from 10 AM-2 PM, leaving plenty of time to hit the sand, Promenade or movie theaters for more fun.

For museum Mom: Ammo at The Hammer and Ray's & Stark Bar
A two-in-one brunch is a great way to go. Visit the Hammer Museum galleries and stop for brunch at the Ammo Cafe. The brunch menu features dishes like olive oil-fried eggs with chickpeas, harissa, yogurt and grilled bread; carnitas tostadas; brown rice with vegetables; and fresh sticky buns. On Mother's Day, every mom gets a free mimosa (11:30 AM-5 PM). Before perusing the exhibits at LACMA, stop at Ray's & Stark Bar for things like house-cured gravlax with capers, pumpernickel croutons and hollandaise; quiche Florentine; crispy farro with Cara Cara oranges, broccoli, goat cheese and apricot mostarda; Chinese chicken salad; and French toast with cinnamon creme anglaise, pecans and cranberry compote (10 AM-3 PM).

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