Dept. of Quiches and Frittatas

Where to Eat on Mother’s Day

Spoil the old gal AND support your struggling local restaurant

By Kathryn Robinson May 7, 2009

Not for nothing is this Sunday the biggest day in the restaurant year. Mom shouldn’t have to cook and you sure as shootin’ aren’t going to.

So go ahead, son, crank open that wallet. There you go. Now grasp hold of that sparkly platinum thing inside. That’s the one. Say it with me: c-r-e-d-i-t c-a-r-d. Remember your credit card? Remember spending?

We thought you did.

A few places for you to practice your new skill this weekend:

Andaluca will serve breakfast (7am to noon) and lunch/dinner (3pm-9pm) off its Mediterranean menu, which includes pintxos, tapas, and paella. Or choose the pris-fixe special: pintxos, entree, and dessert for $30.

Got a cultural mom? Take her to the Seattle Art Museum and enjoy a meal in its terrific cafe, Taste. Either pay $35 per person (includes a three-course lunch, admission for one to the museum, and a gift from the SAM shop) or $100 per person (all of the above plus a SAM family membership). Remember: kids 12 and under get into the museum free, every day of the year.

Eastsiders, take note: At Redmond’s Pomegranate Bistro from 9am to 2pm, Mother’s Day brunch will start with Mama Royals (Pama Liquor & French Sparkling Cremant) plus donut holes with strawberries and cream…and just get better from there, with entrees from cardamom French toast to smoked salmon Bennies. $28 per grownup; $10 per kid.

At the lovely Campagne, Sunday’s menu will include sparkling wine cocktails, Dungeness and leek quiche, black truffle omelettes with housemade sausage, and pan-roasted beef with fried eggs and smoky harissa rouille. Yum.

Or, for a little hobnobbing with the celeb chefs, bring Mom to Palace Kitchen’s Ballroom where you can brunch with owner Tom Douglas at his “Mom and Tom” brunch. Douglas will conduct a cooking demo of the dishes on offer (plus give away the recipes), and award prizes for the top ten hats worn to the occasion. Should be a hoot. Starts at 11am; tickets are $60 a pop.

For a Tuscan feast, bring Mom to Ballard’s Volterra for chestnut pancakes and wild mushroom and truffle cheese scrambles, to wash down with a peach thyme Bellini or five. Brunch happens from 9am to 2pm that day…with dinner starting just three hours later.

On North Capitol Hill, neighb favorite Tidbit Bistro will be peddling its brunch menu items, including frittatas and crepes…while across town at Elliott’s Oyster House the order of the day will be smoked salmon scrambles, Tenderloin Bennies…and stiff Bloody Marys.

Finally, for those who are up for nine courses and $189 per person—what better day than Mother’s Day to get out to the famous Herbfarm? It’s dinner, starting at 4:30, preceeded by a tour of the lovely gardens. And this year, to sweeten the deal, a chauffeur-driven town car from anywhere around Seattle is included in the cost.

So you, dear child, can get a little soppy right along with Mumsie.

Find them all.

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