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April 24, 2009

Where to go for Mother's Day


Just a reminder: Next week I've got to come up with the 10 best restaurants to celebrate Mother's Day.

Of course, I can simply mention the restaurants that one mother (me) would most liked to be taken to, but that would be cheating.

I'll hunt around and see what good restaurants are doing what special things for Mother's Day, but if you've taken your mom somewhere that worked for her and for you in the past, or if you're a mom who had a particularly successful Mother's Day, please post below.

(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:05 PM | | Comments (16)


Friendly Farms in Upperco, MD. There is a gift shop, in case you forgot the card, a pond, acres of beautiful land, and some of the best food around.

I totally agree on Friendly Farms. They have EXCELLENT crab cakes too! Word to the wise...get there early or you will have a long wait. I don't think they take reservations.

I have taken my mom to the mother's day brunch at the milton inn for the past several years, she loves it and we always get the awesome crabmeat omelet and it's a good price. They don't have the menu up yet but it's similar if not the same as what they did for the easter brunch one still on the site

I'll be in Colorado with my mother, whose 75th birthday is Mother's Day. Any hints for Colorado Springs??

Elizabeth, that picture is byoo-tee-ful! Is it an actual restaurant menu item (and if so, where?) or a stock photo? Mee wantee!

MD Canon - for a double special occasion like that, The Broadmoor is the prime choice. Might be a little pricey; I'd make reservations quickly. People drive down there from Denver for Mother's Day brunch.

I've not been there, but I've heard great things about the Plate as well.

Those are two that come to mind right off the bat. I'd pick the Broadmoor Sunday brunch over any, not just in Colorado Springs, but in the state.

My dad says repeatedly near this time that "nearly everyone has a mother" and repeatedly tells us kids to buy our cards early (good advice) and generally refuses to go out to eat on Mother's Day because of the crowds. We usually try to do something very special at home for Mom.

(that is, unless I can convince him I've found a good place that won't be swamped, which is why I won't be sharing any of my knowledge on this subject).

MD Canon - another interesting choice could be Mozaic. Again, I've not eaten there, but my son and his wife stayed at the Inn at Palmer Divide on their anniversary last summer and were impressed. It's about 20 miles north of Colroado Springs, but you would have a nice semi-mountain experience.

I've seen the Broadmoor on Travel Channel or Food Network or something like that. It's definitely on my "list".

Oh, gods, the Broadmoor. I spent a week there at a conference a few years ago, and couldn't afford to eat anywhere but the bars on my per diem.

It is a gorgeous site, though, and the kitsch factor is very high. Service is excellent, too. If you do go there, you'll want to spend a little time wandering the main building and the grounds.

A Mothers Day brunch in Denver, for when you've done flowers, candles and jewelry. This year, give mom Rocky Mountain Oysters.

MD Canon,
Depending on how much time you'll have with your Mother and how she is feeling, try to drive through the Garden of the Gods. And, of course, the Air Force Academy Chapel is absolutely beautiful. Unless, of course, you've taken her there before. I used to get to Colorado Springs several times a year on business several decades ago. I'm also probably the only person to drive up to the gate at Peterson AFB and ask for directions to the Chaplain's office.

Don't forget! Morton's The Steakhouse in Baltimore and Annapolis are offering a special Mother's Day prix fixe menu that includes a salad, entree, side dish and dessert for $59 per person. (Plus, you can also order the Steak and Seafood Dinner for Two for $99.99 or off of the a la carte menu.) Both Morton's also open early at 1 pm (normally 5 pm) to accomodate those looking to celebrate early in the day.

Cheryl, you mean to tell us that you can get a pre-fix meal at Morton's for "only" $60 per head (actually more than $60 including tax).

Wow, what a deal. I didn't think you can find anywhere to eat that cheap! ;-)

MD, forget all the fancy places and head for the Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. Good food and great beer. Even if you don't go for Mother's Day make sure you get there while you are in town.

Bucky, RiE & EEL -- great thanks for your suggestions. Since many of my family are brewers (and my baby brother is actually the Director of the Brewers Association in Boulder) we are fans of Phantom Canyon as well as some of the other small brewpubs. The others have been passed through the family chain

As things have worked out, the big party is going to be Saturday and Mom's going to spend the full Sunday morning at her church, adjacent to the AF Academy. My other brother (who also lives in the Springs) will take charge of the brunch reservations. Meanwhile, I've been able to schedule a consultation in Denver on Sunday making the airfare a business expense. Everybody wins!

RE: The Air Force Academy Chapel -- a tidbit I learned from my dad, who flew B-52's but was just barely pre-Academy. Noting that all of the other military academies had lovely chapels, the Air Force decided to follow suit. Interestingly, they did a survey of the officer corps and determined the percentage of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish members. It ended up being something on the order of 60-30-10. The space was then divided up accordingly, with 60% of the seats set aside as the Protestant Chapel (the upper space, with the vaulted "fighter wing" roofline), 30% in the Roman Catholic chapel on the lower level, and the final 10% set aside as a synagogue, also on a lower level. At least in theory, all three spaces could hold services at the same time (though, evidently, someone wasn't thinking!). The last time I was there a controversial plan to include a small mosque was under consideration, making many of the more fundamentalist Protestant chaplains unhappy. (Sigh!)

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