Atlanta moms know a thing or two about food, and chefs have risen to the occasion to court them this Sunday. Check out these 10 spots offering delicious food and stylish dining rooms for the mother who’s just a bit more discerning than the rest.
Take mom on a (mini) trip to Europe with high tea at Corso Coffee at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The Italian coffee shop makes their British-style tea service extra special with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne (for a French twist, naturally), served alongside their selection of loose leaf teas, chicken salad on toasted crostini, del Corso sandwich, Italian toast, an assortment of macarons by Atlanta’s Macaron Queen, and the chef’s selection of assorted tea pastries ($95 for two). Just for the occasion, mom will take home a $20 LDV Hospitality gift card to use at Corso or sister restaurant Dolce. It’s a fun way to give madre her la dolce vita, if only for a day.
Former Top Chef “Fan Favorite” Chef Kevin Gillespie knows Southern food, and his culinary skill and respect for regional dishes will be on full display at his Southern buffet at Revival, his newest restaurant in Decatur. Just like the joyful, family-style meals of his childhood, guests will enjoy fried chicken, skillet cornbread, decadent mac n’ cheese, lamb, ham and a dessert table to satisfy even the most discriminating sweet tooth. $39 for adults, $12 for children, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Cypress Street Pint and Plate
If mom knows her brews, then a trip to Midtown’s Cypress Street Pint and Plate is in order this Mother’s Day. Chef Duane Styka’s new menu includes IPA-cured salmon Benedict, fluffy chocolate pecan flapjacks or his signature Cypress frittata. Sidle up to the bar to pair her selection with any one of 14 drafts or 40 bottles or sit outside in Atlanta’s famously balmy weather to enjoy the day. Purchase one entrée during brunch on Mother’s Day (from 10 a.m .to 2 p.m.) and receive half off of mom’s meal.
One of Midtown’s newest eateries, Tavernpointe, will host Mother’s Day Brunch with a buffet of epic proportions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The offerings will range from sweet (sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, baked blueberry French toast) to savory (poached salmon, sausage and gravy biscuits, fried chicken). For $20 per person, opt for the “Build Your Own Mimosa” option and you’ll receive a bottle of champagne and the mixer of your choice to become the master of your own imbibing. Teetotalers (or the under-21 set) can enjoy house-made sodas with fun flavors like lime basil, grapefruit honey and strawberry bell pepper lime. $25 per adult, $15 for children 12 and under.
Livingston Restaurant + Bar
If the mom in your life appreciates a touch of elegance, treat her to a lavish brunch at Livingston Restaurant + Bar, located on the first floor of the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel (the site of the Gone With The Wind movie premiere in 1940). The graciously appointed marble dining room will feature hot and cold buffets, with favorites like slow-roasted NY strip with horseradish cream, braised collard greens, ginger BBQ beef short ribs, and Low Country shrimp and grits, as well pastries, desserts and a special kid-friendly buffet, just for pint-sized guests. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m until 5 p.m. $38 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 – 12, and children under 5 are complimentary.
If you find yourself in the northern suburbs this Mom’s Day, a visit to Colletta in Alpharetta’s Avalon shopping mecca is a must. Chef Michael Perez will present his first-ever (and only, as of now) brunch, beginning at 11 a.m., with brunch specials alongside his lunch favorites including burrata with marinated olives, prosciutto with parmesan, honeycomb and peaches, and black pepper tagliatelle carbonara. The airy dining room, with its soaring ceilings, black and white art and blonde wood just might be the break mom needs. After your meal, grab a glass of crisp Italian Vermentino and play a lawn game. After all, they say the family that plays together, stays together.
Say Joyeuse Fête des mères (“Happy Mother’s Day!” for all of you non-Francophiles) in style at Le Bilboquet, in the heart of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Special three-course menus will be available all day, with choices for each course including salmon carpaccio with citrus salad, foie gras terrine with toasted brioche, grilled lobster with beurre blanc, hearty NY strip with fingerling potatoes and decadent crème brûlée. If the sun is shining, request a café table outside, pop the cork on a good bottle of rosé and watch the fashionable Buckhead set stroll by. Brunch and lunch are $75 per person, and dinner is $85 per person.
Eclipse di Luna
Tell mom how much you appreciate her with tapas at Eclipse di Luna, Buckhead. Starting at noon, the eatery (tucked clandestinely at the end of Miami Circle) will offer brunch specials for the occasion, as well as signature dishes like patatas bravas, smoked bacon-wrapped dates, Spanish-style ribs with aged balsamic, seared octopus and much more. Each mother in attendance will receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of sangria and a rose upon arrival.
South City Kitchen Midtown
There’s a reason South City Kitchen attracts big-name visiting celebrities (Usher, Jennifer Garner, Bethenny Frankel, Charles Barkley, and Cameron Diaz among them) – its kitchen has been turning out solid, delicious Southern food for more than 20 years. This Mother’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant will present a Southern-style prix fixe menu with offerings including fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and red pepper coulis, smoked brisket benedict with creole mustard hollandaise, pickled jalapenos and red mule grits and jumbo lump crab cake hash with tasso ham-artichoke hash, over-easy egg, hollandaise and tomato relish. Get it while you can – the restaurant converts to regular dinner service at 5 p.m. Brunch is $35 per person and $17.50 for children under 12.
Leave it to celebrity chef Art Smith (who has four adopted children with his artist husband) to think of everything to make mom feel special. Southern Art at Buckhead’s Intercontinental Hotel will offer a hands-on floral station for the kiddos, where they can learn how to create a bouquet of seasonal flowers for mom. Then, the whole family can enjoy brunch together, with Southern Art’s noteworthy selection of artisanal ham and charcuterie, roasted prime rib with rosemary demi-glace, and smoked salmon quiche with cheese, spinach and Vidalia onions. Little ones will find something to delight their little palates at the “Kid’s Corner” with grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken tenders with honey mustard and BBQ sauce, and beef sliders. $75 per adult and $35 per child.