Treat Mom to a Mother's Day feast at one of these nine special brunch spots
But make your reservations early!
Grace S. Yek | WCPO contributor
11:00 AM, May 3, 2017
7:11 AM, May 12, 2017
We all know Mom's the best.
This Mother's Day, whisk her off to a scrumptious brunch to show her how special she is.
Many restaurants offer brunch on Mother's Day, and here are nine spots in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to get you started. Make reservations as soon as possible, though, because Mother's Day is an extremely busy day for restaurants.
(35 W. 5th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-421-9100)
Roll out the red carpet and sweep Mom off to dining royalty. Nestled inside the majestic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza downtown, and known for its 1930s French art deco, Orchids will offer a grander-than-usual buffet on Mother's Day.
Todd Kelly, Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, said to expect seasonal spring ingredients like ramps and rhubarb, and a composed oyster station featuring fresh oysters with accoutrements like rhubarb granita. The lineup will include wild game, such as rabbit, along with a carving station with meats like prime rib and rack of lamb. The chef also said to expect anywhere from 15 to 20 desserts on display.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; $68.95 adults, $49.95 seniors, $19.95 children (12 and under).
(317 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, KY 41017; 859-331-3000)
For something a little different, take Mom out to Oriental Wok's Fort Mitchell location. A pianist will be on hand to serenade her while she savors a buffet of classic Chinese dishes such as sesame chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, pepper steak and Yang Chow fried rice. Co-owner Susanna Wong said to also expect mainstream brunch offerings like sausage, eggs and ham.
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $17.95 adults, $9.95 children; bottomless mimosas for $6 a guest.
(1801 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-455-3720)
This charming Parisian spot across from Findlay Market will serve its current breakfast and lunch menus on Mother's Day. Look for exquisite items such as tarte fine (thin tart) made with mushroom, tomatoes, fried egg, bacon, sausage or goetta, French croissant perdu (croissant French toast) served with cinnamon, honey and seasonal fruit, and quiche Lorraine, made with ham, gruyere cheese and leeks. Pastry chef and master chocolatier Jean-Philippe Solnom hinted that he might craft a little something special for moms that day.
Hours: 8 a.m.-3 pm (cafe opens at 8 a.m. and the bistro opens at 10 a.m.); a la carte $6-$15.
Transport Mom to the intersection of Asian and Latin cuisines at this lush restaurant in Hyde Park. In addition to the current brunch menu, executive chef Arik Messerschmidt said they will offer specials like crab-stuffed sopaipilla, and Pacific shrimp and polenta. The restaurant will also showcase the bellini cocktail bar, with a choice of orange juice, guava, passion fruit, pineapple, strawberry or peach, along with cava (Spanish sparkling wine).
Indulge Mom in an Italian culinary experience right on Fountain Square. Via Vite will offer a hearty buffet that comprises classics such as penne bolognese, gnocchi, Tuscan breakfast Italian sausage, and a carving station of roasted chicken, herbed pork loin, and beet-cured salmon. There will also be a seafood tower, which, chef and owner Cristian Pietoso said, will be constructed with items like cocktail di gamberetti (baby shrimp with lightly spicy sauce), mussels, and clams ceviche. Dine al fresco at the piazza bar or terrace area and take in the full view of one of Cincinnati's beautiful landmarks.
(16 West Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-396-5800)
Mom will not only "brunch like a Belgian," she will also savor an impressive view of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Smale Riverfront Park and the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Taste of Belgium will serve its current brunch menu, which includes crowd favorites such as Belgian waffles topped with strawberry and cream, sweet and savory crepes, waffle and chicken, and ham and brie waffle sandwich. There are also about 50 beers on tap, should Mom get thirsty.
(638 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011; 859-905-6600)
Situated inside Hotel Covington, Coppin's will offer a buffet of hyperlocal American fare with culinary touches from both sides of the Ohio River. The buffet will include popular brunch items, like the Roebling Benedict, quiches and salads, as well as a carving station that will feature rack of lamb, prime rib, and spring ham with a Bourbon brown sugar glaze. In addition to indoor seating, which includes the "jewel box" dining area that's encased in glass, courtyard seating will also be available, weather permitting.
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $55 adults, $45 seniors, $18 children (12 and under); kids 5 and under eat free.
(1517 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215; 513-407-3947)
Trust the two dynamic sisters and owners of CWC, Kelly MacEachen Trush and Caitlin MacEachen Steininger, to show your mom how special she is on Mother's Day. These hard-working moms are planning to top off their regular brunch menu with specials that, according to Trush, will "make it extra special for moms." CWC is accepting reservations for parties of six or more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
(3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209; 513-836-8733)
If Mom enjoys the brewery vibe, take her to Madtree 2.0 in Oakley and treat her to a four-course meal hosted by Catch-a-Fire Pizza. The menu includes French toast bread pudding, burrata (fresh Italian cheese) and crispy prosciutto, and wild mushroom frittata.
Brunch is served with a complimentary drink, but additional beer, wine, Bloody Marys, "beermosas" and mimosas will be available for purchase.
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.); $40 adults, $10 children (12 and under)
Grace Yek writes about food for WCPO Digital. She is a certified chef-de-cuisine with the American Culinary Federation, and a former chemical engineer. Questions or comments? Connect with her on Twitter: @Grace_Yek.