By Amy Carney Bevins
Mother’s Day Heaven: delicious food available just for the asking, sparkling glassware, linen napkins, soft music. Aah! Nirvana! No menus to plan, vegetables to chop, or dishes to wash. Treat Mom to a relaxing Mother’s Day feast. Whether she prefers omelets made to order or strawberries swirled in chocolate, the DC area, with its amazing array of cuisine choices will have something just right for her. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Remember, reservations are highly recommended or required, so be sure to call well in advance. (Please be advised some menus were still in development at the time of publication.)
The Ritz Carlton at Tyson’s Corner offers a truly memorable Mother’s Day experience. Champagne and live Jazz music will soothe Mom’s soul, while the face painter and balloonist delight the children. Fare: Champagne brunch buffet Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Price: $75 adults (tax and gratuity incl.), $25 under 10 years Address: 1700 Tyson’s Blvd., McLean, VA Phone: 703-917-5498 Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/tysons¬_corner/ .
The Black Market Bistro offers Modern American Cuisine in a charming Victorian Post office. For Mother’s Day, this delightful restaurant will be accepting reservations. Fare: A delicious variety of a la carte brunch entrees as well as extensive daily specials. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Price: Entrees range from $10-$14, children’s menu (12 and under) $8 Address: 4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park, MD Phone: 301-933-3000 Website: www.blackmarketrestaurant.com
The Westfield Marriott, located in Chantilly, VA will be offering a lavish brunch buffet with numerous “made-to-order” stations. As a special treat, flowers will be presented to the mothers. Fare: A wide variety of breakfast and carving stations, salads, desserts, Champagne, Mimosa, or Bloody Mary included. Time: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Price: $57 adults, $27 children ages 5-12, under 5 free, senior discount Address: 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly, VA Phone: 703-818-3520 Website: www.westfieldspalmcourt.com
Try Rosa Mexicano for brunch with a Latin flare. This stylish DC restaurant serves contemporary Mexican dishes and will feature a tableside fruit and juice cart, as well as recipe books for the moms. Fare: A la Carte brunch appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as a children’s menu Time: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Price: Entrees range from $10-$17, children’s menu $5.50 Address: 575 7th St. at F St. NW, D.C. Phone: 202-783-5522 Website: www.rosamexicano.info/
Heart in Hand Restaurant in historic Clifton, VA, serves expertly prepared dishes in a quaint atmosphere. The perfect combination for a Mother’s Day treat. Fare: 3 course brunch offering a choice of appetizer and dessert and an extensive main course buffet. Time: 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Price: $30 adults; $12.95 children under 10 Address: 7145 Main St., Clifton, VA Phone: 703-830-4111 Website: www.heartinhandrestaurant.com
At The Melting Pot, the whole family will enjoy “dipping” into a scrumptious fondue-style meal. Go for the special 4-course feast or just savor dipping strawberries and cheesecake into the rich melted chocolate. What mom could resist? Fare: Fondue courses of cheese, entrée, and chocolate, as well as salad Time: 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Price: approx. $30-$35 per adult, children’s portions available. Address: locations in Reston, Arlington, Rockville, and Dupont Circle Website: www.meltingpot.com
Mrs. K’s Toll House Restaurant combines fine dining with a little bit of history. Enjoy a delicious 4-course meal while enjoying the ambiance of an original 1800’s tollhouse, where each unique room has a fireplace and china decorates many of the walls. Fare: a four-course price –fix brunch feast Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Price: $42 adults, $19.95 children 5-10 years, $10.95 children under 5 Address: 9201 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD Phone: 301-589-3500 Website: www.mrsks.com
The View Restaurant at the Key Bridge Marriott offers unsurpassed panoramic views of the DC monuments, Georgetown, and the Potomac. Moms will delight in the sumptuous buffet and unlimited Champagne. Fare: Champagne brunch buffet Time: Seatings at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Price: $48 adults, children 6-10 half price, children under 5 free Address: 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA Phone: 703-524-6400
The Irish Inn at Glenn Echo exudes Irish cheer and hospitality while serving a changing seasonal menu. Designed like a traditional Irish Inn and Pub, The Irish Inn is a charming and inviting setting to enjoy Mother’s Day. Fare: 2-course price-fix brunch menu offering extensive choices, as well as a children’s menu Time: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Price: $30-35 adults, $5-8 children Address: 6119 Tulane Ave., Glenn Echo, MD Phone: 301-229-6600 Website: www.irishinnusa.com/irishinn/
Amy Carney Bevins is a freelance writer and mother of two. You can contact her at [email protected].