Did you know the way to a mama’s heart is through her stomach? Treat the mom in your life to a decadent dinner or brunch this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11). Here are 35-plus Valley restaurants to check out. (Be sure to make reservations, and check Web sites for the most up-to-date pricing.)
The Arrogant Butcher, normally closed Sundays, will open its doors for Mom’s special day and will offer brunch specials like the kale and sweet corn frittata and brioche French toast with strawberry compote, almonds and whipped mascarpone. The Phoenix eatery will serve these special dishes along with its regular lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and serve dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. www.foxrc.com.
The Greene House at Kierland Commons is offering California-inspired brunch specials including items like brioche French toast with bananas foster caramel and toasted walnuts, and a spring vegetable frittata, in addition to the regular lunch menu for Mother’s Day. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.foxrc.com.
North, on Mother’s Day, is dishing up a brunch menu the whole family can enjoy. Order the decadent baked French toast with vanilla maple syrup for the kids while the grownups nibble on savory items like nonna fried eggs and short rib hash with fried eggs and grilled bread. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Phoenix (pictured) and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Scottsdale. www.foxrc.com.
Mom deserves a day of relaxation in a beautiful setting at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Enhance her day with a special brunch created by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan. The tempting menu features entrées like filet steak benedict, vanilla bean French toast, miso-glazed sea bass salad, huevos rancheros with avocado salsa, and more. Choose your favorite, and add to it with a “before and after” buffet of fresh fruit and berries, artisan breads, salads, chilled shrimp cocktail, imported and domestic cheeses, and a lavish selection of Mother’s Day desserts. Adding to the fun are seasonal cocktails by jade bar, along with extra specialties like the Sanctuary Bellini, Mimosa or Bloody Mary bar. Relax at elements or Praying Monk, with slide-away glass walls overlooking Paradise Valley, and enjoy brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.sanctuaryaz.com/food/events/holidays.html.
Show mom how much you appreciate her this Mother’s Day with an elegant brunch in Talavera, or down-home cooking in Proof, an American Canteen, at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North on Sunday, May 11. Plus, families will delight in the complimentary Mother’s Day carnival from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the outdoor lawn. Featured activities include a bounce house, hula hoops, ball games and cookie decorating. This event is open to guests of the Resort as well as visitors attending the brunch in Talavera. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.
Roaring Fork honors Valley moms on Sunday, May 11 with a specialty Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet-style menu features a selection of breakfast items, a carving station, salads, eggs, signature side dishes, entrees and tasty desserts. www.roaringfork.com.
Visit Spoke and Wheel in Phoenix for a Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eats include a pasta station, carved prime rib, pancakes made to order and much more. www.spokeandwheeltavern.com.
Celebrate Mom by treating the whole family to brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. Mother’s Day brunch will feature a variety of exciting selections ranging from traditional brunch favorites, including eggs benedict, omelets to order and French toast, to delicious alternatives including a selection of sushi rolls and handmade tacos. All moms will be gifted a bag of Camelback Inn’s famous Oaxacan cookies to take home, complete with the recipe. www.marriott.com.
Thank your mother for the years of delicious breakfasts before school with one of Arizona’s most popular brunch events of the year, Mother’s Day brunch at The Farm at South Mountain. This lavish brunch of seasonal, fresh and local fare will fulfill any appetite. The Farm’s famous pecan French toast, sweet potato salad, braised beef short ribs and homemade pastries are just some of the delightful items that will make a memorable day for your mother and family. www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/mothers-day-brunch-2014.
Starting at 5 p.m., Brugos Pizza Company at el Pedregal celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th with a specialty dinner featuring pizza, wine and cake. www.elpedregal.com.
The Boulders’ signature Latilla restaurant invites guests to indulge in a Mother’s Day brunch featuring a carving station, omelet station, cold and hot items, bread and bakery, desserts and a children’s station on Sunday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.theboulders.com.
Enjoy a relaxing lunch and music on the Mighty Wurlitzer at Organ Stop Pizza with your family and celebrate Mom. This is the first year the restaurant has opened their doors to the public for a luncheon event on Mother’s Day. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet and salad, plus cake, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.organstoppizza.com.
Celebrate Mom’s special day at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa with a fabulous four-course brunch at Ko’Sin restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.wildhorsepassresort.com.
Village Tavern at The SHOPS at Gainey Village honors Valley moms on Sunday, May 11 with a specialty Mother’s Day brunch featuring a carving station, omelets and breakfast entrees, breakfast classics, fresh salads and soup, bakery items, Village Tavern menu classics, desserts, mimosas, Bloody Marys and more. www.villagetavern.com.
Taggia at FireSky Resort and Spa presents Festa Della Mama (Mother’s Day Sunday brunch buffet) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eats include cinnamon brioche with maple syrup and berries, mushroom-filled ravioli with mushroom-leek ragu and parmesan-garlic cream and much more. www.taggiascottsdale.com.
Perk Eatery in Scottsdale is offering a fixed menu for Mother’s Day–all in the comfort of its newly expanded eatery and patio. Try the Fancy Pants scramble or any of the restaurant’s new breakfast cocktails. www.perkeatery.com.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix are each hosting a variety of Mother’s Day brunches, including a highly decadent spread at Tapatio Cliffs’ Different Pointe of View. www.pointehilton.com.
Moms can stop by 24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery on Mother’s Day for a variety of special breakfast dishes (like berries and hazelnut-chocolate French toast) and a complimentary non-alcoholic mimosa. www.24carrotsjuice.com.
Treat Mom to a memorable and delicious Mother’s Day brunch at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 11. The menu features endless Champagne along with traditional favorites inspired by mom’s homemade recipes that includes local ingredients and herbs from the restaurant’s garden. www.districtrestaurant.com.
Commemorate your special day with Mom with a complimentary photograph and Mother’s Day frame this year. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill will have photographers on hand, and the photo will then be placed in a special frame. Z’Tejas is also treating moms to a free dessert—chef’s choice. www.ztejas.com.
On Mother’s Day, the fast casual eatery, Fired Pie, is offering all moms a free meal with the purchase of another entrée. www.firedpie.com.
Celebrate with something sweet. Adorned with MOM and red daisy decorations, Sprinkles MOM box features her favorites: lemon, dark chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cupcakes. The MOM box will be available at Scottsdale’s Sprinkles from May 9 to 11. www.sprinkles.com.
Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse is celebrating this Mother’s Day in Scottsdale by offering a special menu–ending with a delicious dessert platter. www.benandjackssteakhouse.com.
Served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mother’s Day brunch at LON’s at the Hermosa Inn will include four delicious courses. On the menu: prosciutto-wrapped veal loin, roasted Alaskan halibut and much more. www.hermosainn.com.
From a regal afternoon tea to tasty brunches at Frank & Albert’s and Wright’s at the Biltmore, The Arizona Biltmore is dishing up a variety of ways to celebrate the mom in your life this weekend. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Treat Mom to one of The Stockyards’ delicious entrees, and the restaurant will treat her to a complimentary $25 gift certificate to be used at a later date. Serving 4 to 8 p.m. on Mother’s Day, the steakhouse’s full dinner menu is being offered. www.stockyardssteakhouse.com.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a three-course celebration at Crudo that includes your choice of grilled brisket with beet hash and poached eggs; ricotta with lemon curd, olive oil and grilled bread; carrot cake with mascarpone; and more. www.crudoaz.com.
BLT Steak honors the holiday with a special Mother’s Day Blackboard Menu featuring eats like crispy soft shell crab; seared diver scallops; and white chocolate souffle. www.marriott.com.
Celebrate Mom in gourmet style with a European-style Mother’s Day brunch at Central Bistro. Guests can choose from one of 12 entrees, enjoy a basket of fresh-baked pastries, and bottomless coffee, OJ or iced tea. www.centralbistroaz.com.
For Mother’s Day, May 11, The Shout House dueling piano bar in Glendale is hosting a special all-ages Family Night. For the occasion, from 5 to 9 p.m., the musicians will play a family-friendly line-up of music, and Mom will get a complimentary mimosa and the whole family can enjoy a dinner special of a large pizza and pitcher of soda. www.theshouthouse/az.
The Cove Trattoria in Scottsdale is planning a special menu for Mother’s Day, and Mom will get a free $20 gift card to use on her next visit. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and plan to offer a full dinner menu and delicious a la carte specials. www.thecovescottsdale.com.
Phoenix Public Market Café in Downtown Phoenix is hosting Mother’s Week (May 5 – 11), featuring seven full days of Mom-tastic fun like a wine tasting and cooking class with Chef Aaron Chamberlin. All week long, enjoy specially priced food and drinks at the Café, as well as exciting events at both the Café and the adjacent Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market. Join the fun on social media by tagging your event pictures with #MomsAtTheMarket. www.phxpublicmarket.com.
On Sunday, May 11, The Refuge in Central Phoenix will treat Mom to a few breakfast specials: Cheddar Drop Biscuits and Sausage Gravy and Belgium Waffles. Bring Mom in for breakfast, lunch or wine in the evening and she’ll receive a $5 gift card, good for her next trip to The Refuge. www.therefugeaz.com.
Savor an amazing meal while helping others this holiday. Dominick’s at Scottsdale Quarter is partnering with MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), and Arcadia’s Steak 44 is partnering with notMYkid to support both causes with every meal ordered. Reserve a table and indulge in the traditional steakhouse menu, or revel in the Mother’s Day prix fixe pairing menu to benefit the charities. On Mother’s Day, $50 for every $150, or $75 for every $225, served will be donated from Dominick’s Steakhouse to MASK and from Steak 44 to notMYkid. www.dominickssteakhouse.com; www.steak44.com.
Ciao Grazie Pizzeria & Wine Bar, a charming Italian eatery in DC Ranch and Verrado, is offering a Surf & Turf Special this Sunday, May 11 only from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Treat Mom to a mouthwatering steak filet and shrimp skewer with a bed of mashed potatoes and a bubbly mimosa. www.ciaograzie.us.
Enjoy an a la carte brunch or dinner, featuring several specials along with the regular menus, this Mother’s Day at ZuZu inside the restored Hotel Valley Ho. Specials include Asparagus, Shiitake Mushroom & Smoked Salmon Quiche; Nectarine Blueberry Crisp; Chocolate Pot de Crème; and Pan-Seared Pacific Halibut. Dine inside or under the palms on the shaded courtyard patio. Don’t forget about the famous Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar with $5 build-your-own drinks. www.eatatzuzu.com.