Where to Celebrate Mom’s Day in the DMV
To celebrate Mother’s Day, area restaurants are offering a variety of dining options, perfect for treating Mom on her special day. From American comfort food to Latin-Asian Fusion cuisine, each restaurant will celebrate deserving mothers on Sunday, May 14.
1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th St. NW, will serve a two-course brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. priced from $29-$51 that includes an appetizer and entrée. Choices include bucatini cacio e pepe with mignonette pepper, shallots and Parmigiano-Reggiano; spring asparagus salad with Meyer lemon confit, Parmigiano-Reggiano and smoked egg vinaigrette; hearts of palm salad with citrus purée, macadamia nuts and pickled pineapple; and wild mushroom crêpes with ramp purée, summer truffles and micro spring mix. Entrée options include quiche with leeks, gruyere and bacon, served with a mixed spring greens salad; shrimp and grits with fried okra; Colorado lamb chop with lamb porchetta, baby carrots, charred rapini, Calabrian chili relish and onion soubise; pain perdu with whipped cream, rhubarb compote and maple syrup; and eggs Chesapeake, jumbo lump crab cakes, coddled eggs and Old Bay hollandaise, served with a mixed spring greens salad.
All Set Restaurant & Bar
All Set Restaurant & Bar, 8630 Fenton St., Plaza 5, Silver Spring, will offer a limited a la carte menu along with a brunch buffet with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. priced at $30 for adults, $15 for children 6-12 and $5 for children 5 and younger. Dishes include oysters on the half shell; scrambled eggs; bacon; chicken sausage; home fries; pancakes and French toast with macerated berries, whipped butter, whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup; smoked salmon with toasted bagels, dill cream cheese, capers and tomatoes; Caesar salad; and chicken wings with ranch and blue cheese sauces. The dessert buffet includes baby cakes, chocolate chip cookies and more. Diners can add bottomless mimosas for $20 per person.
Bastille, 606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria, will offer a three course, prix fixe menu from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. priced at $49 per person with a special half-price children’s menu for kids 12 and younger. Bunch entrées, available until 3 p.m., include galette, spinach pesto with artichokes, goat cheese, olives and a fried egg on crispy flat bread; PB&J French toast, peanut butter and raspberry jam stuffed brioche French toast with maple syrup, two scrambled eggs and duck fat home fries; eggs Chesapeake, two poached eggs and crab cake on house-made biscuit with Hollandaise sauce, duck fat home fries and salad; and a Virginia grass-fed burger on brioche bun with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion compote, aioli, house pickles and a fried egg along with pommes frites and watercress salad. Entrees served all day include moules marinieres, classic steams Maines mussels in white wine with shallots, garlic, herbs and butter served with pommes frites; roasted chicken breast salad with avocado, piquillo pepper, arugula, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and feta cheese; and griller hanger steak with cabernet-shallot sauce, pommes frites and watercress. Desserts include key lime bar with toasted meringue, blueberry sorbet and blueberry coulis; carrot cake with ginger ice cream and caramel sauce; and Valrhona bittersweet chocolate marquise with passion fruit, Chantilly cream, chocolate ice cream and cocoa nip tuile.
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, 1100 New York Ave. NW, will feature a la carte specials from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dishes include hamachi, Japanese yellowtail with sea beans, pickled rhubarb and olio verde; polipo, pan-seared octopus, ‘Nduja sausage, watercress and crispy panella; bomboloni di baccala, salt cod fritters, baby morels, pea shoots and blood orange aioli; cappellacci, stinging nettle and ricotta stuffed ravioli, spring ramp pesto and toasted almonds; and moleche, polenta crusted Maryland soft shell crab with grilled ramps, pickled chilies and tonnato sauce. Dessert options include red beet panna cotta with roasted strawberries, chiffon cake, rhubarb jam and almond crisp; and setteveli, Sicilian “seven veils” chocolate cake with praline crisp and fior di latte gelato.
The Bombay Club, 815 Connecticut Ave. NW, will serve a three-course, prix fixe menu from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. priced at $35 per person or with unlimited Champagne for $50 per person. Choose from appetizers such as crispy kale chat with date-tamarind chutney; hara kebab with spinach, lentils and garam masala; dahi keema samosa with lamb, yogurt and chutneys, and avocado banana chat with cilantro chutney and spices. Featured entrées on the buffet include chicken pista korma with pistachio, yogurt, mace, and cardamom; kadai lamb with tomato, ginger, and fenugreek; shrimp chettinad with coconut, onion, curry leaves and star anise; aloo pudina with potato and mint; mushroom matar corn with onion, yogurt, cashew nut and cardamom; paneer palak with spinach, cheese and garlic; dal sultani with lentils, cumin and ghee; and subz biryani with vegetables, rice, onion, saffron and garam masala. A dessert sampler includes saffron panna cotta with ginger crumble and pistachio, date and chocolate toffee Pudding with jaggery anglais and berry shrikhand with wild berries, yogurt and cardamom.
Cuba Libre, 801 Ninth St. NW, will offer a holiday brunch from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for $25 per person.The meal begins with house-made Latin pastries for the table followed by a choice of any three items off the featured brunch menu. Dishes include huevo roto, house-made double blanched French fries with crispy Spanish chorizo, poached egg and tomato-hollandaise drizzle; pollo y waffle, fried boneless chicken thighs, quinoa waffle, mango salsa and dark rum-molasses syrup; crepa de puerco, pulled leg of pork and queso añejo in an oven-roasted crepe served with corn and truffle crema, Rocoto pepper oil and an herb salad; panqueques, cornmeal pancakes and crispy bacon with dark rum-molasses syrup and mango butter; and pan con jamón slider, fried egg, country ham, crisp bacon, cheddar and chipotle-onion marmalade, served with yuca fries. The items are also available a la carte priced from $6-$14.75.
Le Diplomate, 1601 14th St. NW, is partnering with Shinola to offer a gift to all mothers on their special day. Mom’s will receive rose macarons for a sweet ending to an afternoon spent brunching along with rose colored notebooks from Shinola.
Et Voila!, 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW, will serve a la carte Belgian French fare. Selections include terrine of veal head with gribiche sauce; mussels “royale” and mussel beignet; Amish chicken breast stuffed with chanterelle mushrooms, pewee potato confit, grilled asparagus and consomé mushroom sauce; and wild rockfish bouillabaisse style.
The Grill Room
The Grill Room located in the Rosewood Hotel, 1050 31st St. NW, will offer a three-course, prix fixe brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. priced at $55 for adults and $27.50 for children 12 and younger. Selections included the Grill Room salad with organic greens, shaved raw and roasted beets, hazelnuts and a vinaigrette made from local honey and sherry vinegar; summer melon gazpacho with lemon verbena meringue, duck prosciutto and ricotta salata, soft shell crab with Boston bibb lettuce, romesco and green goddess dressing; tasso brined pork shank with grilled peaches, creamy poblano grits and bok choy; crab cake benedict with breakfast potatoes, wilted spinach and smoked paprika hollandaise; short rib with smoked gouda mille-feuille, chanterelles, puffed grains and celeriac-apple slaw; and quiche with leeks, gruyere cheese, field greens and confit tomato. Desserts include a chocolate ganache tart with peanut butter creméux and buttermilk ice cream or apricot upside down cake with brown butter and lemon custard.
The Hay Adams Hotel, 800 16th St. NW, will serve a Mother’s Day buffet from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for $120 per person with a glass of Taittinger and $60 per child aged 12 and younger. Brunch features a carving station, a variety of starters and salads, as well as seasonal and local specials such as soba noodle and shrimp salad with ponzu citrus dressing; roasted romanesco and baby carrot salad with ras el hanout vinaigrette; cumin grilled eggplant salad with pequillo peppers and mint yogurt dressing; mushroom agnolotti with baby spinach, English peas and Der Alpen Käse cheese; seared sea bass with black rice and ginger miso glaze; spiced Muscovy duck breast with roasted heirloom radishes; whole roasted Black Angus prime rib with truffle popovers, red wine sauce and horseradish; and a farmer’s market omelet station with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, onions, Applewood smoked bacon, country ham, feta, comté cheese, cheddar cheese, smoked salmon, arugula, baby spinach, egg whites and egg beaters. Finish with the dessert buffet featuring mini crepes with muscat-yogurt sauce; long stem chocolate dipped strawberries; coconut bundt cake with toasted coco frosting; Virginia rhubarb upside down cake; and strawberry-apricot crisp with Chantilly cream
Mimi’s Café, 8250 Gateway Overlook Dr., Columbia, and 21015 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling, is serving a three-course, prix fixe menu for $18.99 all day. The meal includes a cup of soup or salad, entrée of slow roasted turkey, quiche Lorraine, shrimp brochette skewers, chicken chop salad, mushroom brie burger or chicken Tillamook cheddar mac and dessert of chocolate chip croissant bread pudding or a seasonal muffin sundae. Diners will also receive a coupon for a free entrée on their next visit through May 28. Mothers will also get a wildflower seed card that can be planted at home. Orange, triple berry, mango and white peach “mini-mosa” will be available for an addition $5 each.
Nopa Kitchen + Bar
Nopa Kitchen + Bar, 800 F St. NW, offers three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $45 per person from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Appetizers include wild ramp and spring garlic soup with goat cheese, pickled ramps and herbed breadcrumbs; black sea bass ceviche ‘a la minute” with green olive, cucumber, crispy quinoa, cilantro and jalapeño-citrus emulsion; English pea and ricotta gnudi with pea shoots, Peekytoe crab, spring garlic and preserved lemon; and la bocage mushrooms and pea shoot salad with guanciale, truffled pecorino, spring peas and basil vinaigrette. Entrées include farro and black quinoa risotto with ramp pesto, spring vegetables, ricotta salata, sunflower shoots and egg 63; smoked brisket and short rib melt with cheddar fondue, Carolina coleslaw and house pickles; egg scramble with hot smoked salmon, tomatoes, herbed mascarpone and fennel-arugula salad; NoPa lobster roll with house made Old Bay, cucumber-watermelon radish slaw, served on a New England roll; and eggs benedict with salmon rillettes, poached eggs, salmon roe and tarragon hollandaise. Desserts include carrot cake with chai cream cheese mousse, candied walnuts and coconut sorbet; frozen strawberry lemonade with strawberry and lemon ice cream, lemon curd, orange meringues and seasonal fruit; and a chocolate chip brownie with peanut butter mousse, marshmallow fluff and banana ice cream.
Osteria Morini, 301 Water St. SE, will celebrate with a three course, prix fixe meal for $59 per person. The meal will feature a first course of antipastis such as burrata with roasted strawberry and chilled English pea soup with pistachio and mint. Second, mothers will get a choice of the restaurant’s signature pastas such as the bucatini nero (squid ink pasta) and short-rib agnolotti. Dessert choices include a rhubarb and orange blossom tart with honey ricotta and vanilla gelato as well as a tortino with white chocolate raspberry ganache, raspberry coulis and raspberry sorbet.
The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave. NW, will showcase spring flavors with a three-course, prix fixe menu from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. for $55 per person. Diners can choose from dishes such as chilled cucumber soup with smoked trout, fennel pollen, pickled onions and crème fraîche; foie gras torchon with macadamia nut, local strawberry, Thai basil and brioche crumble; smoked salmon with pickled beets, green almonds, hearts of palm and whipped horseradish; poached cod with hummus, squash blossoms, blood orange and piquillo pepper vinaigrette; rock shrimp scramble with crispy hash brown, black pepper biscuit and Hackleback caviar; rack of lamb with charred eggplant purée, fiddlehead ferns, spring garlic and olive jus; and beef tenderloin with purple potato, local asparagus, maitake mushroom and ramp vinaigrette. Dessert options include Black Forest cake with Valrhona chocolate ganache and black cherry compote; strawberry “shortcake” with local strawberry cream puffs and vanilla Chantilly, and ginger-lemongrass rice pudding with coconut sorbet and candied Buddha’s hand. During dinner service, diners can also order a la carte off a pre-selected menu.
Proof, 775 G St. NW, will host a special three course, prix-fixe menu from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for $64. Appetizers include sorrel soup with Maryland blue crab, cucumber, dill and lemon oil; shrimp toast with Bell’s BBQ sauce and green onions; octopus skordalia with toasted almonds, arugula, lemon and sea beans. Entrées include duck and foie gras waffles with foie gras ‘butter,’ maple syrup and house hot sauce; smoked trout benedict with poached eggs on potato latkes with tomato hollandaise; and salmon with sticky rice, pickled mustard greens and shoyu sauce. Dessert choices include coffee & doughnuts featuring beignets, chocolate sauce and espresso pastry cream; strawberry rhubarb upside down cake with buttermilk ice cream; or sticky toffee pudding with almond crust, cherries and vanilla ice cream.
Rasika Penn Quarter
Rasika Penn Quarter, 633 D St. NW, will exclusively serve a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $50 per person 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dishes include egg kejriwal with cheese chili toast and sunny side eggs; crab poha with curry leaves, mustard seeds and coconut milk; wada pao, classic Mumbai street food; Bengali shrimp with onion seeds, fennel and cumin; Aai’s chicken with almonds, coconut milk and garam masala; papeta gosht with lamb, potatoes and coconut milk; and Rasika thali with makkai kofta, mixed vegetable patia, paneer tawa masala and dal makhani. Dessert includes a sampler of mango rasmalai, gulab jamun brûlée and rose ice cream.
Rasika West End
Rasika West End, 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will exclusively offer a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $50 per person from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Diners can order Indian dishes such as egg on cauliflower toast with green chilies, cheddar and sunny side eggs; tikka French toast with tandoori chicken and curry slaw; ragda pattice with spiced potato pattice, yellow peas and chutneys; tandoori salmon with lime leaves, ginger, garlic and lemon pickle; salli boti with lamb, apricots and straw potatoes; lamb dalcha with bengal gram, mint and lemon juice; and grouper malai with coconut, bay leaf and mustard oil. For dessert, there will be a sampler featuring white chocolate rasmalai, kesari jalebi and kesar pista ice cream.
Red’s Table, 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, will offer a special a la carte brunch menu from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Selections include a fresh baked cinnamon bun, baked and served in a coffee mug; crispy caramel French toast with slices of bread pudding topped with caramel, whipped cream and powdered sugar; frittata, open-faced omelet with potatoes, cheddar and green onions topped with dressed greens and hollandaise; sausage biscuit sliders with maple sage sausage patties and American cheese served with home fries; crab cake benedict, 63 degree eggs on buttermilk biscuits with spicy hollandaise and home fries; and sausage and gravy served in a cast iron skillet with black pepper cream gravy, home fries, two 63 degree eggs and maple-sage sausage. Brunch dishes range in price from $5-$27.
Sakerum, 2204 14th St. NW, will offer mothers 50 percent off brunch bento boxes from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Regularly priced at $29, moms can select from six Japanese-style bento boxes including churrasco, grilled beef short rib, sushi rice, chimichurri salsa and fried egg; the chicken karaage, double fried chicken thigh, mashed potatoes, sautéed onions and fried egg; the yaki-sake, grilled salmon, mojo sauce, poached egg and basmati rice; the arroz chaufa with shrimp and chicken fried rice; the pancake & omelet, choice of meat or veggie omelet and pancakes; and the sushi box with a chef selection of seven-piece nigiri and sashimi. Each bento box comes with mixed green seaweed salad, bacon-jalapeño home fries, fried plantains and tamago futomaki with the exception of the Sushi Box, which comes with tamago futomaki, California roll and edamame.
Trummer’s on Main
Trummer’s on Main, 7134 Main St., Clifton, Va., is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $68 for adults and $25 for children. The menu includes goat’s milk custard with asparagus, grapefruit, green garlic and benne; soft-shell crab benedict with brioche, corn relish, pancetta and hollandaise; and warm sticky date pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and toffee sauce.
Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host a three course, prix fixe brunch from 1-3 p.m. priced at $35 per person. The meal will begin with family style sides like assorted bruschetta and a bread basket with fresh goat butter and jam, followed by an entrée of choice, with options like Ivy City smoked salmon with yogurt dill spread, capers, red onions and diced hard-boiled egg; or pasta with eggplant, capers, olives, tomatoes and ricotta.
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