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May 8, 2008

Where I'm not going for Mother's Day

BrightonsHarborCourt.jpg

 

My daughter, Gailor, asked me what I was doing Sunday morning, and I told her I already had an event scheduled.

It's my own fault; I forgot it was Mother's Day. Somehow it's not a holiday I can take seriously.

Also I don't see how it morphed into a holiday where you take your mother out to brunch; this is a later development. I gave my mother cards and flowers, and little gifts, but food was never part of the equation.

Anyway, Gailor had decided that the place to take me on Mother's Day was Brightons, the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel's pretty dining room. ...

 

So she called and found out that there were still brunch reservations available at both seatings, but she got the person to admit it would be a madhouse. Gailor is good at weaseling information out of people (what a career in investigative journalism she could have had).

She came up with a much better solution, which I pass on to you since I won't be going: She was hoping to take me to breakfast at Brightons. It will be quieter, and I would have preferred an a la carte menu to the prix fixe brunch, which is $45 a person. I can't eat enough to make that kind of money worth it.

I thought I ought to call Brightons to check this info before I posted it. I did and was told breakfast in Brightons will be ending early Sunday because of the brunch, so the hours will be 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. If that's too early for you and your mom, breakfast will continue to be served in the nearby (and also handsome) Explorers Lounge. 

(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 7:20 AM | | Comments (8)
        

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My mom will be in town, and I think I will be making her a quiet brunch at home, aside from the parts where my dog might whine and beg. FPt house tour/antiques in the afternoon. She took it upon herself to make dinner reservations in Little Italy already... which I guess I'll be paying for?

I don't like going out to eat on the typical dining out holidays. This includes Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. It's always a madhouse. The service is typcially bad because they're trying to fit in too many reservations. The food isn't usually as good because the kitchen is slammed. It's just not as relaxing and enjoyable as it could be. I'm hopping my son and husband whip me up a batch of pancakes and serve them with some coffee....preferably they'll bring it to me while I'm in bed reading the newspaper.

Leanne, would that be Batter Blaster pancakes?

I totally agree with you Leanne! One year a small group of us went to a nice ltalian restaurant out in the burbs for New Years Eve. The place normally seats 30, but for this special occasion, they stuffed in about 10 extra tables for 2 and pushed a bunch of other tables together for larger groups. It was hot, packed and noisy but the worst part was a tie between the limited menu that had few of our favorites with astronomical prices and the ambience of the darkened room with the blinking Christmas lights. Now I try to avoid holidays in restaurants!

Great idea! Since Hampton's closed and left a sizeable hole in really upscale dinning alternatives in Baltimore, I am glad to say that the lunch and service that we had at Brighton's recently where both excellent. We actually went there with a group for lunch before going to see the Body World's exhibit at the Maryland Science Center and found the food excellent and inexpensive considering it's location. Also I liked the fact that it doesn't attract the tourist from nearby Harbor Place maybe because they think it would be too expensive or they don't know that it's there. So this is really an insider's place to eat if you want to avoid all of the tack of Harbor Place and be down by the water.

This Sunday morning, my Darling Wife and I will sleep in a bit and then likely go to our local bagel shop, as we normally do on Sundays, where she will have a muffin and coffee and I will have a Supreme bagel with regular cream cheese, washed down with a diet soda.

Our daughter will be taking us to Tersiguel's in Ellicott City for an early supper.

My in-laws do brunch for both parental holidays. I won't be here this year as I'm visiting my own mother in Florida. We won't be going out on Sunday, probably. We're going to a Brazilian steakhouse on Saturday night and will probably still be stuffed.

Oh, the Batter Blaster pancakes in a can...as I recall, they did get a favorable review. But this is Mother's Day. I think I will insist on made-from-scratch pancakes. Although, pancakes from a can...it's almost too good to pass up.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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