Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mother's Day Dining Round-up

Me and my mom.  Then and Now.
Living far from home makes it tough to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom every year.  This year, I'm hoping she might come out to visit so we can spend the weekend together.  Show your mom that you love her by spending some quality time with her and making her feel special.  If you're in DC, here's some great dining options:

For Mother's Day, Blue Duck Tavern, located on the corner of 24th and M Streets, NW, 20037, will offer its three-course, buffet-style holiday brunch, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Brunch begins with first course starters in the open kitchen, followed by choice of entrée and side dishes, and concludes with desserts in the pastry pantry.  Brunch is priced at $90 for adults and $42.50 (tax and gratuity not included) for children between ages six and twelve; those under six are complimentary.  Menu highlights include Prime Rib of Beef with horseradish and natural Jus; Wood Oven Roasted Cod with olive oil, crushed potatoes, fava beans and champagne sabayon; Scrambled Eggs with Rock Shrimp, roasted fingerling potatoes and caramelized Vidalia onions; Ricotta Cheesecake with brandied cherries; Buttermilk Panna Cotta with passion fruit tapioca, and Flourless Chocolate Fondant with bittersweet glaze.  For reservations please call (202) 419 6755 or visit www.blueducktavern.com

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca located at 1100 New York Avenue, NW, is rolling out a feast of elegant Italian fare for a memorable occasion.  Serving brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Bibiana will be offering a three-course, pre-fixe brunch with a variety of options for $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Mother’s Day menu includes options such as Aranchini, rice fritters stuffed with pork ragu and provolone cheese; Pasta e Fagoli, cannaleini beans, mussels and small shell pasta; Agnello, slow roasted Boarder Springs Farm shoulder and leg with artichoke and cichercia bean stew, as well as Trota, seared Tasmanian Sea trout with glazed spring vegetables.  For a sweet ending, newly appointed Pastry Chef Jemil Gadea is serving desserts such as Fragola, warm strawberry confit, grappa scented mascarpone, almond crumble and malted milk gelato.  From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. a regular a la carte menu will be available.  For more information please call (202) 216-9550 or visit www.bibianadc.com.

The newly opened Italian trattoria La Forchetta, located at 3201 New Mexico Ave., Suite E, NW, 20016, is offering up a prix fixe Mother’s Day menu available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th.  Priced at $30 per person (tax and gratuity not included, the three-course menu allows guests to choose an appetizer, entrée and desserts from Executive Chef Roberto Donna’s featured Mother’s day menu.  Entrée choices include Fettuccine alla Bolognese; Grille Salmon with sautéed broccoli di rabe or the Hanger Steak with salsa verde. For more information please call (202) 244-2233 or visit www.laforchettadc.com

Art and Soul:  The southern-inspired Mother's Day brunch buffet features specialties like fried chicken and waffles, as well as traditional favorites like prime rib, seafood and omelette stations.  Call 202.393.7777 for reservations or reserve online

Graffiato:  The four-course tasting menu features brunch, lunch and dessert choices, including cinnamon knots with nutella, breakfast pizza with bacon, potato, broccolini and cheddar cheese, sweet pea tortellini, Atlantic striped bass, and strawberry pizza with goat cheese, ricotta and mint. An a la carte children's menu will also be available. Call 202.289.3600 for reservations.

Ardeo+Bardeo, located at 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20008, in Cleveland Park will showcase a delicious three-course Mother’s Day brunch crafted by Executive Chef Nate Garyantes.  Highlights include Chilled Asparagus and Leek Soup with goat cheese mousse and pine nut praline; Rock Shrimp and Grits with brown butter emulsion; House-made Black Pepper Fettuccini with asparagus, pickled ramps, smoked ricotta and egg 63, as well as ‘Steak and Eggs’ with barrel cut ribeye, scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes.  Brunch is priced at $39 per person, or $49 for bottomless Champagne or mimosas, and will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, please call (202) 244-6750 or visit http://www.ardeorestaurant.com.

Station 4 is offering a feast featuring modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist this Mother’s Day.  Serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Station 4 will be offering a three-course, prix fixe brunch with bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Nectar & Champagne cocktails for $35 per person.  From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. a three-course dinner menu will be available for $38 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Executive Chef Orlando Amaro will invite guests to select from a variety of seasonal brunch items, which include Farm Fresh Omelette with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, spinach and melted cheese, and the Classic Biscuits and Gravy, country Berkshire sausage gravy smothered on an open-faced biscuit served with two eggs any style and complemented with a sausage patty.  Dinner options include Grilled Fossil Farm Quail with sweet & sour cherries and wilted arugula; Smoked Salmon Tagliatelle Pasta with Alaskan salmon roe and cream reduction; Lobster Paella with saffron rice, peas, shallots and mussels, as well as Beef Tenderloin with poblano peppers-demi, braised morel mushrooms and potato foam.  To complete the meal, Chef Amaro will be serving up delicious dessert options including Mango Mousse, Tiramisu, or a Chocolate Ganache Cake.  Valet parking is available for $10 per car.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 488-0987 or visit http://www.station4dc.com/.

901 Restaurant and Bar:  Mothers and their loved ones can enjoy an Asian-inspired twist on American comfort this Mother’s Day with a specially crafted prix fixe menu. This four-course meal begins with a complimentary specialty Mother’s Day cocktail (for guests 21+) – a blend of blue Curacao, rum, sour mix and pineapple juice and includes choice of Shrimp Bisque or a 901 House salad, followed by the choice of a sharing appetizer, a sharing entree, and a Chef’s dessert sampler for the table. For reservations click here or call 202.524.4433

At The Oval Room located at 800 Connecticut Ave, NW, 20006, Executive Chef Tony Conte will be showcasing spring flavors with a pre fixe three-course Mother’s Day menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. priced at $60 per person or $85 per person with wine pairings (tax and gratuity not included).  Guests will delight in flavorful and beautifully executed dishes such as Fragrant Steamed Salmon with cucumber, prosciutto, mint and pumpernickel; Hawaiian Sweet Shrimp with roasted garlic butter, pistachio, and lime; Red Beet Ravioli with brown butter, wine syrup and ricotta salata, as well as Pork Chop with licorice, fennel-herb salad and crushed potato.  For dessert, tempting options include Peanut Butter Bavarian with honey roasted peanut caramel; Carrot Cake with cream cheese ice cream, as well as Coconut Custard with lemon-lime sherbet and candied mint.  For additional information or to make reservations please call (202) 463-8700 or visit www.ovalroom.com.

Just across the street, The Bombay Club, located at 815 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20006, offers a decadent dining experience with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring a special menu and live piano music.  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the special Mother’s Day menu will be available for $35 per person or with unlimited Champagne for $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Entrée highlights include Manglorean Shrimp Curry with tomato, garlic and coriander; Kumb Corn Palak with baby corn, chitake, spinach, onion and garlic; chicken Korma with yogurt, onion, cashew, mace and cardamom, as well as Jeera Pulao with basmati rice, cumin and whole spices.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 659-3727 or visit www.bombayclubdc.com.

701 Restaurant, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 20004, invites guests to treat Mom to a special brunch complete with live jazz and ample outdoor seating overlooking the Navy Memorial fountains.  The Mother’s Day brunch will feature a delicious pre-fixe three-course menu served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for $50 per person (not including tax or gratuity).  Featured brunch items include Vanilla French Toast with balsamic strawberries and lavender whipped cream; Burrata with a grape tomato and arugula omelet and breakfast potatoes and Strip Steak with eggs, smoked tomato sauce and breakfast potatoes.  For dinner, guests can choose from Salmon with forbidden rice, snap peas in a plum wine sauce; Shenandoah Lamb Loin with bourbon ribs, onion puree and crispy green beans, as well as Strip Steak with basil mashed potatoes and charred tomato relish.  Dessert offerings by Melanie Parker include Warm Strawberry-Almond Tart with rhubarb puree and strawberry-basil ice cream; Roulade of Red Velvet with buttermilk ice cream as well as the Chocolate Praline Bar with bittersweet chocolate sorbet and milk chocolate sauceValet parking is available during brunch and dinner service for $8 per car.  For more information or to make reservations please call (202) 393-0701 or visit www.701restaurant.com.

Located at 4600 Waverly Ave., in Garrett Park, MD, 20896, Black Market Bistro will serve delectable modern American cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Dane Sewlall.  An a la carte brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th.  For starters, brunch-goers can sample the Black Market Salad with mixed greens topped with fresh oranges, toasted almonds and goat cheese and House-cured Salmon served with brioche toast points and dill crème friache.  Entrée selections will include Hardwood Grilled Skirt Steak and Scrambled Eggs served with roasted Cajun red bliss potatoes and a mixed green salad; Eggs Benedict with house-made angelbiscuit with grilled asparagus and a choice of house made Canadian bacon orhouse-cured salmon, as well as the Croque Monsieur with sourdough, French ham, sauce mornay, and gruyere cheese, grilled to golden brown and served with a mixed green salad.  Prices range from $2 to $14.  A kids menu will also be available for children 12 and under.  For more information or reservations, please call (301) 933-3000 or visit www.blackmarketrestaurant.com.

Addie’s, located at 11120 Rockville Pike, in Rockville, MD, 20852, will be offering a seasonal a la carte Mother’s Day menu on Sunday, May 13th.  Brunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Prepared by Executive Chef Mallory Buford, menu highlights include New Orleans’ Style Beignets; Shrimp & Stone Ground Grits with sweet pepper-tomato butter sauce, herb grits and grilled Benton ham; Smoked Half Chicken served with a buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy and braised collard greens as well as Eggs Ponchartrain, two poached eggs with Tasso ham, jumbo lump crab meat and roasted corn over an English muffin with stone ground grits and asparagus.  Entrée items range from $12 to $19.  For reservations or additional information please call (301) 881-0081 or visit www.addiesrestaurant.com.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace situated in the heart of 14th Street at 1612 14th Street, NW, 20009, is offering a New Orleans-inspired feast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th.  Prepared by Executive Chef Danny Wells, the menu will feature the freshest, most sustainable seafood available worldwide.  Standouts include Stuffed Brioche “French Toast” with chocolate Frangelico ganache and candied hazelnuts; Fried Chicken Dinner with salt roasted potatoes, braised organic greens and creamy slaw; Wood Grilled Redfish with sage-native pecan butter and stone grits; Pontchartrain with two poached farm eggs, English muffin, blue crab, Tasso, crawfish and cayenne hollandaise, as well as Texas Gulf Shrimp Remoulade with shrimp salad, grilled romaine heart and brioche Texas toast.  For additional information please call (202) 986-8778 or visit www.PearlDiveDC.com.

For additional fresh seafood options, head over to BlackSalt FishMarket and Restaurant, located at 4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, 20007, for an a la carte Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guests can feast on fresh and sustainable seafood dishes prepared by newly appointed Executive Chef Thomas Leonard.  Highlights include Fried Bay Oyster Po’ Boy with field greens, BlackSalt bacon and chive aioli; Wood Grilled British Columbia Salmon with black eye peas, baby greens, and bacon vinaigrette, as well as Louisiana poached eggs with Blue shell crab, crawfish, tasso, and Cayenne Hollandaise.  Breakfast favorites such as English Scones with Devonshire Cream and House-made French Toast will also be available.  Prices range from $4 to $19.  For more information or reservations, please call (202) 342-9101 or visitwww.blacksaltrestaurant.com.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located at 801 9th Street, Suite A, NW, 20001, will be showering Moms with flowers during brunch and dinner service this Mother’s Day.   Moms who dine at the restaurant that day will receive a flower along with a special gift card for $25 off the purchase of $100 or more.  Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot will be serving up flavorful highlights such as Empanada de Huevo: melted leeks, crispy bacon and poached egg empanada with watercress salad and Bloody Mary vinaigrette; Panqueques: two cornmeal pancakes and bacon served with Cuba Libre’s five year rum-molasses syrup and mango butter; Albondigas Camagüey: chino glazed beef, pork, and pine nut meatballs served with warm hot and sour Kennett Square mushrooms; Tortilla de Huevos a la Cubana: fluffy two egg omelet filled with sour orange marinated pork loin, Genoa salami, ham, provolone and Swiss cheese, as well as One-Eyed Ropa Vieja Hash: classic Cuban shredded beef brisket stewed with tomatoes, bell peppers and red wine on a hash of Yukon gold potatoes, boniato, maduros and corn served with fried egg, Cuba Libre salsa and tropical chip.  Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information please call (202) 408-1600 or visit www.CubaLibreRestaurant.com.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, located at 4838 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, MD, 20814, is dishing up authentic Italian cuisine in an elegantly rustic restaurant for Mother’s Day.  An a la carte menu featuring a variety of specials prepared by Chef/Owner Domenico Cornacchia will be available.  Highlights include Vellutata di piselli con uovo soda e prosciutto croccante: Asparagus Soup with boiled egg yolk and sricpy prosciutto; Granchi soffici con burro, limone e mandorle: Local Soft Shell Crab with lemon butter sauce, spring vegetables and toasted almonds; Spaghettini con astaco del Maine in salsetta leggermente picante: Maine Lobster on Spaghetti in a lightly spiced tomato sauce “fradiavolo”, as well as Suprema d’anatra con salsa di cigliege, cipollini e carotine : Duck Breast with fresh cherry sauce, cipollini onions and carrots.  For dessert, guests can enjoy Torta rocesciata di pesche con gelato : Local Peach Tart Tatin with vanilla ice cream.  As a special treat, Moms who dine at the restaurant that day will receive a long stemmed rose to honor Mother’s Day.  For reservations or additional information please call (301) 951-1988 or visit www.assaggirestaurant.com.

Situated in the heart of Shirlington at 2900 South Quincy Street in Arlington, VA, 22206, The Curious Grape Wine, Dine and Shop offers an eclectic Mother’s Day menu of appetizers, small plates, entrées, and desserts incorporating or complementing the extensive wine and beer selection at the restaurant.  An a la carte menu featuring a variety of specials prepared by Executive Chef Eric McKamey will be available.  Highlights include Virginia Asparagus with Meyer Lemon vinaigrette, soft boiled egg and speck ham; Warm Baby Artichokes with spring garlic, mint, red chile and crispy bread crumbs; Lemongrass Shrimp with roasted peanuts, Thai basil, rice noodles, cucumber and tamarind vinaigrette as well as Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops with black rice, bok choy and plum wine beurre blanc.  The Curious Grape will be open from 5 PM to 9 PM on Sunday, May 13th.  For reservations or additional information please call (703) 671-8700 or visit www.curiousgrape.com.

Ping Pong Dim Sum:  Show your server you texted a mother in your family (mom/grandmother/aunt) a Happy Mother’s Day and receive a complimentary dessert. And just for moms, tell Ping Pong the most proud or embarrassing story about your kid(s) to receive a complimentary glass of champagne. All moms will receive flower(ing tea) gift bags.  For reservations click here or call 202.293.1268 or 202.506.3740 respectively

Entertainment Cruises:  Shower Mom with love this Mother’s Day aboard Entertainment Cruises and enjoy some of the most enchanting views of the city.  The Odyssey and the Spirit of Washington offer excellent dining and entertainment options all day, making it the ideal place to host a brunch, lunch or dinner in Mom’s honor.  Each cruise is filled with pampering and relaxation, starting with a complimentary rose and choice of juice, soda or mimosa for the leading lady.  For reservations click here or call 866.404.8439

RIS:  For a celebratory meal, Chef/Owner Ris Lacoste is offering a special prix fixe Mother’s Day menu. A full a la carte brunch menu will also be available alongside RIS’s famous bottomless mimosas during regular brunch hours. Mothers will also receive potted plants to take home and cultivate. For reservations click here or call 202.730.2500

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:   Enjoy an outstanding brunch buffet featuring a raw bar, roasts, made-to-order omelets, salads, pastries and more. Mom will love the stunning skyline views and live jazz performance.  For reservations click here or call 202.416.8555

2100 Prime:  Mother's Day is special and you want it to be special for mom and if you're mom, you really want it special. We've created a menu that's a combination of choices, along with an a la carte entree option, that way you get exactly what you want. The appetizer and dessert (the best part!) are a buffet of six different choices and then you and your guests choose an entrée from six choices. A fine dining experience with lots of variety. Entrees consist of Poached Eggs Benedict with Crabmeat; Bacon, Broccoli , Cheddar Cheese Quiche; Roasted Leg of Spring Lamb; Prime Rib Au Jus; Waffles with Strawberry and Blueberry Compote or Seared Salmon Salad with Citrus and Asparagus. And every adult receives a Mimosa as part of the price. See the full menu here.  $65 per person; $25 for Children 6 -12 years. Gratuity & Tax are not included. Reservations suggested and can be made at www.2100prime.com or OpenTable.

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