by Sarah Fenske
Forget flowers, or bath salts, or that Coach bag on deep, deep discount. What Mom really wants for Mother's Day is to spend time with you. And no, she's not just saying that.
So what's a well-meaning kid to do? Brunch, of course! Take Mom out for some eggs benedict and a mimosa or two, and she'll feel loved, while you'll feel pleasantly buzzed. Everyone wins.
Here are seven St. Louis restaurants offering specials for Mother's Day brunch. What are you waiting for? Make a reservation today before the good spots are gone.
1. Cucina Pazzo 392 East Euclid; 314-696-8400 The name of this Central West End restaurant translates to "Crazy Kitchen," but it's really nothing of the sort. We promise! The space, which includes three light-filled rooms, is stylishly rustic, with exposed brick and plenty of wood, while the food is mostly riffs on Italian classics. They'll be serving Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu remains a la carte, and options include lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes, stuffed focaccia French toast or (if Mom isn't into gorging herself) an egg white omelette with winter greens, fontina, mushroom, bell pepper, tomato and red onion. Even that dish, though, has a touch of decadence: It comes with a side of pesto home fries. Yum!
2. Bixby's 5700 Lindell Boulevard; 314-361-7313 The restaurant in the Missouri History Museum is the perfect place to take a stylish mom -- in the light, airy and classy dining room, she'll feel right at home. Bixby's has a new spring menu -- and, for Mother's Day, three seatings: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Adults can partake of brunch for $34.75 each, which includes coffee and iced tea. Booze, naturally, is extra. Online reservations aren't available for Mother's Day, so plan to pick up the phone if this is the option to make your mom smile.
3. Cielo 999 North Second Street; 314-881-5759 First things first -- Cielo, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in downtown -- isn't cheap. Hey, what do you expect when you're getting a soaring view (the restaurant is eight stories above the city) in addition to some of the best Italian food in town? Mother's Day is no exception: Brunch is $90 per adult, and $35 for kids ages 5 to 12. But what you get for that money is likely the best brunch in town if you're into both quality and quantity. Cielo offers not only the expected carving stations, but also bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, complimentary valet parking, and an arts and craft station so you can make Mom a homemade card. They think of everything, don't they?
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4. Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775 Is Mom less fancy, more fun? Why not take her to the Grove for the live-music brunch at Atomic Cowboy? From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., nosh on an a la carte menu that includes Mexican-inflected favorites like tamales, tostadas and Cajun crabcakes, which feature blue crab studded with poblano and red peppers, topped with panko breadcrumbs, and served with mango-jalapeno relish and and sriracha aioli. Mom doesn't like it hot? How about tres leches French toast? Mimosas are mango-strawberry and just $6, so prepare to indulge.
5. Jimmy's on the Park 706 Demun Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-8585 Every Sunday, Jim Manley and Mark Friedrick play the standards during Jimmy's jazz brunch, and Mother's Day will be no exception. In fact, for this special day, they've expanded their set to play from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- a full hour longer than usual. Despite the high-caliber entertainment, Jimmy's a la carte menu is no more expensive than its Clayton-area counterparts -- entrees run from $7.95 (for the buttermilk pancakes with a side of bacon) to $14.95 (for the Tenderloin benedict). On a sunny day, the music wafts outside, so request a sidewalk table when you make your rez; the street, which overlooks Concordia Seminary, is one of the prettiest in town.
6. Piccione Pastry 6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355. This pastry shop on the Delmar Loop is more than, well, a pastry shop. Piccione also has brunch served weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Mother's Day, that's amped up into a communal-style brunch with dishes served family-style. Seatings begin at 9 a.m., and $19.95 will get all you can eat from an eclectic menu including fruit and caprese salad, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, lemon ricotta pancakes, chicken alfredo, frittata, Italian potatoes and -- most importantly -- an assortment of Piccione's beloved pastries. Admit it: That's really why you're here.
7. Cantina Laredo 7710 Forsyth, Clayton; 314-725-2447. Sunday brunch at Clayton's Cantina Laredo is always from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and always comes with a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary. None of that changes for Mother's Day. Nor does the core of the menu; this is one spot that won't be pushing you to an all-inclusive all-you-can-eat deal. But there's one pretty nifty addition the restaurant is offering: a dish called "Strawberry Buñuelos." This concoction features sugar-cinnamon dusted chips topped with strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream -- all for just $6.99. Remember what we said about Mom just wanting to spend time with you? We lied; she probably wants this dessert, too.
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