Mother’s Day is coming up, and while many will take to their kitchens and serve mom breakfast in bed, there’s plenty to be said for Sunday brunch. Many restaurants around LA will have special deals and events to celebrate mothers, and here are a few to pick from:
Arcadia’s Villa Catrina is where I’ll be taking my mom on her special day. There’s plenty of Mexican brunch buffets all across the San Gabriel Valley, but Villa Catrina stands out thanks to the sheer wealth of food available. Not content with just four or five options and some omelets, Villa Catrina has dozens of dishes available for its brunch buffets, along with churros and pan dulce for those with a sweet tooth.
Part of the draw is also the ambiance. Villa Catrina was designed by a native of Jalisco, Mexico, and it shows in the architecture. Known for its mariachi music and Day of the Dead celebrations, Villa Catrina is an homage to founder Gabriel Sanchez’s hometown. For an authentic Mexican Mother’s Day, you’ll be hard pressed to do better than this brunch buffet.
Madeline Garden Bistro and Venue
If you’re looking for something much fancier and with less decision making, skip the border buffet and head down the 210 Freeway to Madeline Garden in Pasadena. This fancy French bistro is in the old Caltech French building, just down the street from Old Town Pasadena’s shopping and entertainment centers, making it the perfect spot to go if you’d like to take mom shopping afterwards. Madeline Garden, much like Villa Catrina, has much to offer in terms of aesthetic.
First and foremost a place to take teatime, Madeline Garden offers both exotic and familiar flavors, alongside hor d’oeuvres and pastries with its High Tea. The brunch menu also includes freshly baked scones, with jam and clotted cream. The quiches are my own mom’s pick for brunch, along with passion fruit tea.
If you want to swing a bit closer to the big city, but still want that fancy French feeling, Taix is the place to be on Mother’s Day. It’s still unclear how the name is pronounced, at least according to a 2017 LA Weekly article, but you don’t need to speak fluent French to appreciate Taix’s traditional and gourmet recipes. Best of all, Taix plans to have a Mother’s Day prix fixe lunch, similar to their Easter Sunday special, though the exact menu hasn’t been announced yet.
Taix’s location in Echo Park also makes it ideal for those looking to take mom out for some entertainment after brunch. With Downtown Los Angeles so close, it’s easy to grab brunch before spending the day at a museum or watching a theatrical performance, or even just sightseeing in nearby Hollywood.
New Capital Seafood
Another Los Angeles-area institution, New Capital Seafood’s location in San Gabriel is one of the busiest on holidays, so heading out to Rowland Heights is well-worth the drive, especially if you’re already in the area. There’s no set brunch menu, but dim sum is served until 3 p.m., making it the perfect place to take mom if she’s in the mood for small bites.
It’s also very affordable, though you wouldn’t expect it from the white tablecloth environment. Flat pricing allows patrons to order by sight right off the dim sum carts darting all over the restaurant. Everything is freshly made, and New Capital Seafood prides itself on traditional Chinese food.
The Portofino Hotel & Marina
There’s nothing my mom loves more than the beach, which is why this year, I’m seriously considering taking her to this pricey but well worth it brunch in Redondo Beach. The Portofino Hotel, which sports one of the best ocean views in the area, will again host its Mother’s Day champagne brunch buffet on May 13, and although the menu hasn’t been unveiled yet, last year it included clams, charcuterie, prime rib and endless champagne for the most special person in everyone’s life. It’s the most expensive option on this list, but every penny is worth it.
Looking for something else?
If you want a weekend getaway, consider the Dusit D2 Hotel Constance in Pasadena, which will feature local chef Claud Beltran’s Mother’s Day brunch at their Perry’s restaurant. You might also try local delivery specials, especially if mom loves sports and would rather stay home to watch the game. And of course, there’s always breakfast in bed, a classic option.