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Where to Dine in Los Angeles for Mother's Day

Where to Dine in Los Angeles for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is one of the most popular days of the year to dine out, so if you're among the 38 percent of the population intending to do so, the time to make reservations is now. Here are several dining options from brunches to buffets to celebrate your mom in Los Angeles this Saturday:

Head up the coast to Carmel for the day and enjoy a luxurious afternoon Mother’s Day Brunch at Bernardus Lodge. Guests can dine indoors or outdoors on the terrace that surrounds the resort’s manicured croquet lawn and bocce court. The spring-inspired brunch buffet prepared by Chef Cal Stamenov features local organic vegetables, naturally raised meats, farmhouse cheeses, and traditional brunch favorites. $75, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The waterfront Café Del Rey is offering a three-course Mediterranean-inspired brunch including unlimited sparkling wine, mimosas, bloody marys and sparkling cider to pair with rustic fare. Menu items include short rib hash, brioche French toast, grilled tiger shrimp and roasted leg of lamb. $48, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hollywood’s The Churchill is offering a four-course menu for Mother’s Day diners. Guests can choose between granola, fruit, Tuscan salad, mushroom bisque, eggs benedict, short ribs, lobster frittata and Texas style toast among other items. $40, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills is offering a prix fixe brunch at Esterel. In addition to bottomless mimosas and live music by the Miles Davis Jazz Quartet, moms can indulge in a variety of crepes, goose mousse, New York strip steak and eggs, porcini agnolotti pasta, and a chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut crème brulee trio among other dishes. $55, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Langham Huntington in Pasadena is celebrating Mother’s Day with a brunch, chocolate afternoon tea, spa package, and an ultimate makeover contest. On May 11, moms can choose from enjoying brunch in the Huntington Ballroom, $95, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; the Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, $85, 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.; or at The Terrace, $58, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Pink Chocolate Afternoon Tea will be held in the Lobby Lounge including a selection of sandwiches, teas, and pastries, $59, noon to 3:00 pm. The spa is offering a special Chuan Harmony Massage for $165. Additionally, the resort is launching a Mother’s Day Makeover Contest with the winning mom receiving a two night stay; two mani-pedis, facials, haircuts, makeup applications, make-up to take home, and massages; two $150 gift certificates to ModCloth; a glamour photo shoot; dinner for two; tea for two and daily breakfast for two. Click here to enter.

For the mom who loves her margaritas, La Sandia located on the third floor of the Santa Monica Place, provides a lively setting for mothers to enjoy flavorful Mexican dishes and south of the border libations. Items include huevos rancheros with refried beans, salsa, panela, and chilaquiles; Mexican chocolate waffles with fried plantains, whipped crema and strawberry sauce; and carnitas sopes Eggs Benedict with corn cakes, mole poblano and potatoes plantains. To celebrate, every mother will receive a rose. Menu prices vary, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Head south to L'Auberge Del Mar for a variety of celebrations for mom throughout May. Relax with mom at their Mother’s Day L’Tea by the Sea served Saturdays and Sundays (except on Mother’s Day). Champagne, tea, scones, sandwiches and bite-sized desserts are served with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. On Mother’s Day, a lavish brunch will be served at the Waterfall Terrace with salads, seafood, omelets, pasta, and an assortment of main dishes. $67, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Spa L’Auberge is offering a “May-ke it About Her” spa package, perfect for moms, aunts, grandmas, and friends. It includes a massage, facial, and bright eye treatment, $280.

For the mom who loves soft ocean breeze overlooking the Pacific, One Pico offers an three-course menu that features Chef Sven Mede's seasonal ingredients and European inspirations. Selections include organic salmon tartare with horseradish, capers, dill, and pumpernickel; lobster risotto with artichokes and Bloomsdale spinach; and a raspberry and chocolate tart with salted caramel sauce. $80, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The iconic Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel will be offering a Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. Both are three courses. Diners can choose from blueberry ricotta pancakes, lobster benedict, soft shell crab, and New York steak for brunch, and celery root quince tortellini, sweet pea agnolotti, and Dover sole for dinner. A buffet dessert will be served for both meals. Brunch is $135 for adults, $55 for children, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and dinner is $145 for adults, $55 for children, 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.

Chef Gorind Armstrong will be hosting brunches at Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills. The menu will feature a buffet with deviled eggs and grilled shrimp, grits, biscuits and sausage gravy, and apple pie. $36, two seatings, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For the mom who enjoys people-watching at the beach, Shutters' Coast Beach Café & Bar has a three-course prix-fixe menu that consists of market greens with candied hazelnuts, radishes and lemon-honey vinaigrette; roasted Alaskan halibut with corn succotash and English peas; and marscapone cheesecake with market strawberries and pistachio streusel. $42, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mom’s will love the interchangeable mimosa bar and brunch at Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena. The menu includes blueberries and banana French toast, smoked salmon Benedict, sea bass, and shortribs, among other dishes. $39, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Take mom away from it all at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for a three-course brunch. Menu options include old fashioned ricotta-lemon blintzes, Maryland blue crab cakes, hand cut English pea tortelloni, huevos rancheros, the HBA Benedict, pan roasted organic Jidori chicken or a mesquite grilled black Angus beef burger. A buffet dessert and choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary, or champagne to start are also available. Each mom will receive a surprise gift from La Prairie courtesy of the Hotel Bel Air spa. $130, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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For Mother’s Day, give Mom a Bloody Mary and leave her alone

Pancakes and eggs benedict may seem like the type of pampering that moms want for Mother’s Day. Even though I’m not a mother or parent, I’ve been around enough to know that those “let’s treat Mom!” plans often end up being more of a headache for mothers to clean up rather than the relaxing experience that was intended.

I’m willing to bet what mom really wants is a stiff drink and peace and quiet to enjoy it, rather than a few minutes pushing pancakes around on a plate under the gaze of an eager child whose hopes, dreams and self-esteem hang in the balance.

Because Mother’s Day rituals tend to take place in the morning (and because my mother loved them), make that stiff drink a Bloody Mary. This stalwart of brunches and hangover cures is divisive — is it a drink or is it gazpacho? — but it’s much better than a mimosa or bellini, both of which kick your hangover while it’s down with even more sugar. Bloody Marys, on the other hand, snap you back to consciousness quickly with plenty of heat and acid and cures whatever ails you at the moment. (Not that I’m suggesting mom is hungover on Mother’s Day, but who doesn’t need a little extra get-up-and-go on any morning?)

I make mine similar to my mother’s recipe, which starts with V8 juice. Don’t try to go fancy by making your own — you need that classic combination of vague “vegetable” juices to give the cocktail savoriness and its tell-tale salinity. You’ll be embellishing it, of course, but it’s best to start with the definitive base.

As for the vodka you use, I’ll say this: Growing up, when we used bottom-shelf vodka in this recipe, it was noticeable. Though you might think the ingredients in a Bloody Mary exist to mask the taste of vodka, I promise you, they only amplify it. So, because it’s mom’s day, how about you spring for the good stuff?

After the core elements are established, the rest of the players can dive in. Plenty of fresh lemon juice helps cut through the murkiness of the tomato juice so you don’t feel like you’re drinking soup. And Worcestershire sauce, typically thought of as savory and spiced, comes off as sweeter here, balancing the vegetables and helping to harmoniously tie the flavors together.

A good Bloody Mary should be as spicy as its cousin, the michelada. I use several hearty dashes of Tabasco sauce for that vinegary punch at the beginning, a generous amount of prepared horseradish to clear your sinuses with its stinging heat, then finish with lots of freshly cracked black pepper, which grounds the drink in toasty, floral warmth. To bring the michelada comparison full-circle, I like to rim the glass in Tajin, which adds another layer of heat with its characteristic dried chile-and-lime essence.

Just as important as the Bloody Mary mix, though, are the garnishes. A lone celery stick is appropriate for a holiday morning, but we need more for mom’s first meal of the day. Inspired by bars in New Orleans like Shimmy Shack, Cafe Lafitte in Exile and Atchafalaya — places that take Bloody Mary garnishes to new heights by piling on everything in sight — I arrange every pickled thing I can on a skewer next to that celery stick: pearl onions, pimiento-stuffed green olives, pepperoncini, asparagus, green beans, cornichons and a dill pickle spear. If you live in the South or come across them in your store, whole pickled okra are particularly wonderful here, too.

The final flourish comes in the form of poached and chilled shrimp, dangling their tails over the edge of the glass like a classic shrimp cocktail, my other favorite dish that uses spiced-tomato condiments. Pile on half a dozen or leave them off, but that extra step will earn points with mom, I promise you.

You can also nix the alcohol, swap the booze and even use different spices and seasonings to customize the drink to her tastes because this holiday is about doing whatever mom wants. Deliver it to her in a tall, ice-cold glass, preferably with some flowers (no roses, please) and a card, and then don’t bother her again until she comes looking for you.


Vespertine for $49, n/naka for $38: Fine dining joins the takeout game amid prolonged shutdown

Vespertine for $49, Auburn for $39, n/naka for $38, Dialogue for $35. In a world that has seemingly turned upside down, several of the city’s most elite and exclusive dining establishments — finding themselves in the same perilous situation as every other restaurant — have joined the takeout and delivery game.

In some ways, the coronavirus shutdown has been the great equalizer as restaurants of all kinds fight to stay afloat and adapt to unfamiliar ways of doing business. Suddenly, no matter the price point, restaurants across the board are faced with bills to pay, workers to let go, suppliers to support, kitchens full of food and no answers on when it will all end.

At the celebrated and influential Alinea in Chicago, employees had to immediately figure out how to become “a mass-production kitchen” that is now churning out more than 500 meals a day, chef-owner Grant Achatz wrote on Instagram.

It’s something that would have been unfathomable just two weeks ago. Normally, such restaurants are blowout tasting-menu-only affairs, with meals that unfurl over hours and cost more than $200 per person. Most didn’t even have to-go boxes on hand.

We’ve never had to navigate these circumstances before. Even if it’s hard or it’s not perfect, or we have to pivot, we’ll find a way. Nothing about our bento or takeout menu is about profiting.

Fine-dining restaurants were the most likely to have to spend the shutdown on the sidelines, their business models — built on a handful of diners and a procession of intricately plated small dishes with expensive and hard-to-find ingredients — hardly conducive to takeout and delivery.

At Vespertine, the futuristic Culver City restaurant where it can be difficult to tell where the plate ends and food begins, Jordan Kahn has started selling family-style meals of Wagyu beef brisket, roasted chicken, farro risotto and squash gratin. Instead of biodynamic blackberries presented by monkish servers in the restaurant’s courtyard for dessert, there are chocolate chip cookies and brownies.

A couple of miles away in Palms, Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama are selling bento boxes for $38. Dinner at their kaiseki restaurant, one of the hardest-to-score reservations in town, typically costs $275.

“We’ve never had to navigate these circumstances before. Even if it’s hard or it’s not perfect, or we have to pivot, we’ll find a way,” Nakayama said. “Nothing about our bento or takeout menu is about profiting. We just want to make sure that everyone from our employees to our suppliers feel supported by us in any way we can.”

A common misconception is that fancy restaurant equals huge profits. It’s often the opposite, chefs and owners say, pointing to thin margins, disproportionately large numbers of kitchen and dining room workers, high ingredient costs and a heavy reliance on diners’ willingness to splurge.

“Our margins on food at Hayato are basically zero, and most of the profit comes from big-ticket alcohol,” said chef-owner Brandon Hayato Go, who runs the seven-seat kaiseki restaurant downtown. “At the end of the day, in a restaurant the size of Hayato, the difference between a profit and a loss can be a single diner or a bottle of wine.”

A week into the citywide ban on dine-in service and Hayato is “already in the hole for tens of thousands of dollars,” Go said. After mulling over “dozens of things I would like to try and make for takeout,” he opted to close until restaurants are allowed to be fully open again.

Many other high-end L.A. restaurants, including Providence, Kato, Somni and Trois Mec, also have temporarily shut their doors, preferring to wait out the shelter-in-place restrictions currently set to end on April 19.

Chef Dave Beran considered doing the same.

“But I have to do something for our staff. Even if nothing happens, at least it keeps them mentally challenged,” he said. “We won’t make any money off of it. The dream is to break even.”

At Dialogue, Beran scrapped his Santa Monica restaurant’s 20-course, $250 winter menu and created two three-course, heat-at-home meals for $35 each, packaging them in to-go containers he grabbed from vendors in the food hall where the restaurant is located.

He encountered a steep learning curve when he introduced takeout last week at Pasjoli, his nearby French bistro. The initial menu was in keeping with the restaurant’s usual dine-in dishes: a milk-fed pork chop with fennel gratinee trout meunière a towering Mont Blanc for dessert.

Pasjoli didn’t get a single order the first day.

“It was a poorly designed concept,” Beran said. “The reality is people don’t really want high-end takeout.”

He and his team took a few days to regroup and came up with a new menu featuring lower prices and more approachable dishes better suited for eating at home: grilled cheese with caramelized onions, fried chicken, a cheeseburger with waffle fries.

That’s the unexpected, albeit small, upside for fine-dining chefs still operating during this unprecedented period: the rare opportunity to demonstrate their culinary skills beyond highly technical, fancy food.

“Jordan is actually an amazing home cook,” Beran said of the Vespertine chef the two worked together at Alinea. “People don’t know that but he is.”

Nakayama noted that before she opened n/naka, she ran a deli in Arcadia that sold takeout bento boxes.

“We were kind of like, ‘This is like going back to our roots,’” she said.

Last week Shunji launched to-go options for the first time, including a sushi box for $48 and a deluxe sushi bento for $70. So far sales have been better than expected, with a lot of support from neighbors who live close to the West L.A. Japanese restaurant, but it’s been an adjustment.

“Takeout is a new thing for us, so it wasn’t very smooth,” chef-owner Shunji Nakao shared on Instagram. He’s also concerned about the ability to get fresh fish from his suppliers as the pandemic stretches on.

Fine-dining chefs note that carryout meals should not be taken as a representation of what the full-scale experience is like at their restaurants in nearly all cases, the food is dramatically different from what’s served in the dining room.

And interim takeout or not, they’re bracing themselves for what’s next.

All Americans are going to take a hit in their pocketbooks and splurge less frequently as the economy recovers. . When people don’t have any money, even ordering a pizza is a splurge. Pizzerias are going to suffer too. But the problem with fine dining is that it’s a splurge for everyone.

Brandon Hayato Go, Hayato chef

“I’ve been devastated by this crisis and my restaurants are not in good shape,” chef Corey Lee, who runs lauded tasting-menu restaurant Benu in San Francisco, wrote on Instagram on Monday. “The hard reality is we may not emerge from this as restaurant owners.”

Saying the “future of the entire business is in jeopardy,” Go, of Hayato, worries that even after restaurants are permitted to open again, high-end places will be “in a particularly difficult situation after this.”

“All Americans are going to take a hit in their pocketbooks and splurge less frequently as the economy recovers,” he said. “The rest of this year is undoubtedly going to be hard. Of course, for each person a splurge is different — when people don’t have any money, even ordering a pizza is a splurge. Pizzerias are going to suffer too. But the problem with fine dining is that it’s a splurge for everyone.”

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Recipes: 3 dishes you can make for Mom on Mother’s Day

Surprise Mom with an easy-to-make Mother’s Day treat. Rather than a feast, a simple Mother’s Day dish can be a tasty tribute to honor Mom. No need to sign up for a quickie course at the Cordon Bleu cooking school. Families with little culinary experience but good intentions can cook an edible gift.

Before the pandemic challenges hit, I might have suggested gifting an entire home-cooked meal, but under current circumstances, I think one lovely, heartfelt dish would be greatly appreciated. If you like, enhance the chosen dish with complementary add-ons. I have noted suggestions at the end of each recipe designed to round out the meal with optional store-bought goodies.

Berry Stew with Sweetened Crème Fraiche is a delicious, chilled dessert that can be prepared well in advance. (Photo by Stacey Cramp)

Berry Stew with Sweetened Crème Fraiche

For a dessert-centric gift: Don’t let the “stew” moniker throw you off. This is a delicious, chilled dessert that can be prepared well in advance. Served in bowls, it’s something like a crustless berry pie with a welcome herbal edge. The recipe is from a new cookbook, “Eat Cool” by Vanessa Seder (Rizzoli, $39.95). I like to serve it with shortbread cookies on the side.

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided use

8 sprigs fresh thyme, fresh lemon thyme preferred but not mandatory

Peel from 1 whole lemon (remove in wide strips with vegetable peeler)

1 cup crème fraiche see cook’s notes

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Cook’s notes: My local supermarket sells crème fraiche it’s stocked in the cheese case next to the Brie and Parmesan. If you can’t find it, substitute sour cream.

PROCEDURE

1. Place strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in a large bowl and set aside.

2. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, thyme, mint and lemon peel in a small saucepan along with the water. Bring to simmer over medium heat and simmer, stirring once or twice, until sugar dissolves and the mixture smells fragrant, about 12 minutes total. Pour hot liquid through a fine-mesh strainer over berries and gently stir to combine.

3. Use a potato masher (or meat mallet, the kind with a handle attached at a right angle to a disk) to mash berries, leaving some completely intact and some completely mashed. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. At this point, the berry stew can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days ahead of serving.

4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraiche, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla. This can be made up to 2 days in advance of serving and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

5. To serve: Divide berry stew among 4 bowls and top each with a dollop of sweetened crème fraiche. Serve immediately.

Source: “Eat Cool” by Vanessa Seder (Rizzoli, $39.95)

Add-ons: Serve with crisp cookies or wedges of chocolate brownies. If you like nuts, a few candied nuts could be sprinkled on top, or a small bowl could be served on the side. If you want a pie crust garnish, buy refrigerated pie dough cut the dough into bowl-sized hearts. To bake, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg wash (one beaten egg). Bake until golden in a 350-degree oven. At serving time place a heart on top of each “stew.”

A Frittata with Potatoes and Greens is an egg-based Italian dish that is like a crustless quiche and can work as an item for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

Frittata with Potatoes and Greens

For a breakfast gift, one that could be lunch or brunch, try this tasty frittata. A frittata is an egg-based Italian dish that is like a crustless quiche. The addition of Greek yogurt gives this concoction a delicious tanginess. This recipe is versatile, open to using personal favorites. My favorite rendition uses chopped Tuscan kale and a combination of fresh dill and parsley. I use unskinned Baby Dutch Yellow potatoes because they cook quickly — boiled to fork tenderness in about 9 minutes and then sliced in half and cut crosswise into chunks.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup finely chopped herbs, such as dill, mint, basil, parsley, and/or chives

2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Coarse salt, such as kosher salt, divided use

2 cups coarsely chopped (about 1/2″ chunks) cooked potatoes

2 cups coarsely chopped raw or cooked greens, such as chard, kale, arugula, or spinach

Freshly ground black pepper

PROCEDURE

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For yogurt sauce, mix yogurt, herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

2. Lightly whisk eggs and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a separate medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup yogurt sauce and stir just a couple of times (do not completely incorporate yogurt sauce).

3. Heat oil in a 10″ cast-iron or oven-safe nonstick pan over medium heat. Add shallots and potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots have softened and potatoes are golden, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add greens and cook, just until warmed through and wilted if greens were raw. Add egg mixture and cook, until sides are just beginning to set, 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Transfer pan to oven and bake frittata until puffed and set, 18 to 20 minutes. Cut frittata into 4 or 6 wedges and serve with remaining yogurt sauce alongside.

Source: Adapted from epicurious.com

Add-ons: Fruit salad if serving for breakfast, mixed green salad or coleslaw if serving for lunch or dinner. Sliced tomatoes topped with a smidgen of vinaigrette could work any time of day.

A Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Tart is a savory treat that would make a great item for a Mother’s Day picnic. (Photo by Nick Koon)

Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Tart

A savory tart cries out for a warm-weather picnic. This Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Tart is a favorite, whether served at an outdoor outing or as a first course for a company dinner. The sweetness of browned onions and shallots team beautifully with crisp bacon and creamy ricotta. If serving at a picnic, provide small plates or sturdy napkins and a sharp knife place the tart on a rustic cutting board and let guests help themselves.

Yield: 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 round prepared pie dough, such as refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crust

4 shallots, cut crosswise into thin slices

1 1/2 large yellow onions, cut in half top to bottom, thinly sliced crosswise

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Egg wash: 1 egg yolk lightly beaten with 1/2 teaspoon water

PROCEDURE

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Ease chilled dough into a 9 1/2-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Use top of bent finger to press dough into fluted sides of pan. To create a double layer of dough on sides of crust, trim dough 1/4-inch above top of pan fold overhanging dough over so top of fold is even with top of pan to reinforce sides press with top of bent finger to seal sides. Roll rolling pin over top of tart pan to make top of dough even all the way around. Poke dough at 1-inch intervals with tines of fork (bottom and sides). Line dough with sheet of aluminum foil. Add about 1 cup dry beans, raw rice or pie weights. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven remove foil and beans, rice or weights. Set aside.

2. In large, deep skillet cook bacon until crisp remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon bacon grease in pan. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil and heat oil on medium-high heat. Add shallots and onions cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to brown, about 9 minutes. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low. Add sugar, thyme, salt and pepper stir to combine. Cook until onions are golden, stirring occasionally, about 20 additional minutes.

3. In small bowl combine ricotta, egg yolk, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Gently spread ricotta mixture on bottom of tart shell. Top with shallot mixture, spreading out into an even layer. Crumble or chop bacon and sprinkle on top of shallot mixture. Brush top edge of crust lightly with egg wash. Place on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until golden brown and heated through, 35 to 45 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.

Source: “Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce” by Cathy Thomas (Wiley, $29.95)

Add-ons: For a picnic, provide a mix of olives and assorted fresh fruit or fruit salad. A cucumber salad would be nice — sliced peeled “cukes” tossed with rice vinegar, salt to taste and toasted sesame seeds. Or a tomato salad napped with fresh herbs and vinaigrette.


Where to find meals for Mother’s Day 2020 at Inland Empire restaurants

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Most years, Mother’s Day fills 87 million seats in restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association.

This year, the dining industry’s No. 1 holiday is going to be very different.

With business disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, many full service restaurants where folks likely would have taken mom are closed, as are related businesses such as wineries and casinos.

Few restaurants in the Inland Empire have announced special Mother’s Day menus for this Sunday, May 10.

Many local restaurants, however, are still open and serving meals for takeout or delivery. For example, South Coast Winery is reopening its Vineyard Rose Restaurant for weekend curbside pickup this Friday. Its to-go menu includes entrees, salads, desserts, wine and beer, but nothing labeled specifically for Mother’s Day.


5 best Mother’s Day dining options in the San Gabriel Valley

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In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. You read that right: Congress voted against motherhood. They thought the notion was a joke, and argued more than a little absurdly that it would lead to more holidays, like Mother-in-Law’s Day.

You think we’ve got an obstructionist Congress now? Given the opportunity, they probably would have voted against the flag and apple pie as well!

But thanks to the creator of Mother’s Day — peace activist Anna Maria Jarvis — in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson went around Congress and signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor motherhood.

So who was Anna Jarvis? As an activist, she had cared for wounded soldiers fighting on both sides in the Civil War, during which she created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to deal with public health issues. And when her own mother died in 1905, she began a campaign to create a special day to honor motherhood. She had the support of the growing women’s rights movement, including suffragette Julia Ward Howe, who made a Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870.

It took 44 years for that notion to finally be adopted. … But only a decade for it to be turned into one of the biggest sales days of the year for greeting cards and boxes of candy. Which, for the record, upset Anna Jarvis so much she organized boycotts of companies selling cards, and showed up to protest at a candymakers’ convention in Philadelphia in 1923. She wanted the day kept pure and non-commercial, with mothers being thanked with hand-written letters. She even objected to the selling of flowers.

How she would feel about the notion of taking mothers out for nice meals can only be imagined. And ironically, the founder of Mother’s Day never married, and had no children of her own.

But back to the notion of Mother’s Day meals. I suspect Anna Jarvis would have insisted you have to do the cooking yourself, giving mom a day off. But a massive culinary industry has grown over the years, with restaurants gifting moms with flowers, and family groups gathering around large tables to offer more boxes of See’s candy than seems rational.

As we go through our post-pandemic transitions, those culinary celebrations will probably be a bit limited, with just 50 percent occupancy. (And hopefully 100 percent in June.)

But that skirts the issue of…where to go. Growing up back east, fancier folks than I would take their moms to somewhat fussy, upscale restaurants with names like Patricia Murphy’s Candlelight and the fabled Tavern on the Green in New York’s Central Park.

By contrast, nothing made my working class mother happier than a mixed plate of brisket and corned beef at a local deli. My wife often opts for dim sum. My mother-in-law loves IHOP. So…my selection of restaurants is a bit random. But they lean toward the nicer side. I still think the notion of handing mom a rose when she enters is a fine gesture. But then, I miss wearing ties too. Times change. And as my mother used to say: “Everyday should be Mother’s Day.” Right she is.

The Pasadena Playhouse, 37 S. Molino Ave., Pasadena 626-808-4976 www.sasobistro.com

Saso is the latest eatery to occupy the dining room on the northern side of the venerable Pasadena Playhouse. It’s spacious enough for social distancing, but the surrounding architectural amenities don’t make you feel as if you’re sitting on a vast empty plaza. It’s a happy place to sit, nicely shaded, sheltered from both excessive sun and errant breezes. It feels like a place where grownups can enjoy an outdoor meal with family, and properly vaccinated friends. It feels right.

With a quirky house cocktail in hand — with odd names like Txolo Squinkles (tequila, mezcal, poblano liqueur, lime and grapefruit) Flip the Script (cognac, Torani, Campari, lemon, lime, orgeat, egg) or New Moon (horseradish vodka, manzanilla sherry, Lillet Blanc, squid ink ice cubes…which I’ve never seen at Trader Joe’s) — there’s much goodness to glory in.

There’s also the food. Chef/Owner Dominique Crisp — formerly of the much-loved L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake — has installed a high-end Josper Oven, a dream toy for those of us who like to grill at home. And he’s having much fun creating a menu of California/Basque Spanish/Seafood. It’s a reminder that our only culinary boundaries are those we set upon ourselves.

The first look at his menu brings a big smile — this is the sort of indefinable cooking that makes living here so much fun, despite the traffic and the smog. And what does one eat here? Well, you definitely need to begin with the crusty, incredibly tasty “organic, hand-crafted sourdough” Brasa Bread – for in the Pyrenees, no meal is a meal without bread.

And really, how to resist the Calimero — an appetizer plate of poached shrimp, “Spanish” deviled egg, capers, chives and smoked salmon aioli — so many of my favorite flavors, all together. The jamón Ibérico sandwich is on the menu as an appetizer as well, served on a honey brioche, joined by crunchy jicama, slathered with maple butter — which is not how it’s ever been during my numerous trips to Spain. They could learn a thing or three from Saso.

There’s shellfish cooked in the Josper – local clams in sherry vinegar, with spring peas and herb oil and Alaskan mussels with fennel, charred leeks and chistorra, a Basque sausage that I had to look up. (Thank goodness for my iPhone!)

You can get all the appetizers (there are more), the pintxos in Basque, as a meal for $99. A great meal of many amazing flavors. And speaking of amazing flavors, there’s a whole fish done Basquaise style, flavored with crispy garlic, chili and olive oil (always olive oil!), cooked in the Josper. There’s a bone-in Wagyu steak as well.

But as always, I lean toward the subtleties of fish — the seared ora king salmon (with charred avocado?), the chilled Santa Barbara crab claws, the salmon carpaccio. There’s also the pasta, handmade in-house using duck egg yolks, tossed with fin fish, shellfish and prawns. The truffle fries go well with everything.

For dessert, there’s a french toast brûlée, served with house-churned ice cream. Or maybe a nice Spanish coffee — with 151 rum, mezcal, coffee and coffee liqueur and a toasted marshmallow. I mean…a marshmallow. That’s dessert…right? At Saso it sure is!

145 S. Mentor Ave., Pasadena 626-795-2478, www.bistro45.com

Owner Robert Simon and his staff have long been committed to keeping our culinary life interesting. And at Bistro 45, they do it with style of flavor. As in the Bistro’s Hawaiian yellowfin tuna with pea tendril and broccolini sautéed and fresh soba noodles, and crispy skin New Zealand king salmon — all of which is still available from week to week, for those who can’t tear themselves away from the latest season of “Peaky Blinders”!

Now that the Bistro is open nightly, the menu is, I think, pretty much the same as it was in the Before Times. Or at least, close enough for government work. There are tempting starters, seafood on one side of the menu, soups, salads and more on the other, along with five pizzas, a couple of pastas, 10 large plates, and nine desserts — which emerge from the kitchen with impressive regularity.

After our many months in monkish seclusion, something sweet is loudly called for — bring on the Meyer Lemon Trio and the Pineapple Upside Down Tart! And leave me alone with my memories.

The food, though recognizable to anyone who eats around, is blessed with a creative streak that guarantees no edible boredom on the Bistro’s plates. Consider the appetizer of braised Spanish octopus. Now, I like octopus as much as the next guy, though usually hidden in a ceviche. But in this case, the lobster is there with no sense of shyness — this is octopus qua octopus — cured and marinated till it tastes not quite like anything I’ve ever had before, flavored with lemon and olive oil, topped with pickled onions and fennel, with a tasty arugula salad on the side. (The restaurant is masterful with its greens!) Can octopus make you happy? This one sure did.

There are clever twists and turns throughout menu often, I find myself wanting to order a dish, just to taste one of the unexpected ingredients. Like the smoked chickpea sauté in the cast-iron Monterey calamari. The brown Turkish figs on the prosciutto & mozzarella fresca pizza. The Quail Farms yam “hummus” served with the roasted “colorful harvest” cauliflower. And how about the crispy artichokes in the “composed” heirloom beet salad? Or the toasted pearl pasta and charred tomatoes with the New Zealand king salmon, along with the sorrel crème. Ingredients I want to know about, to taste, to dwell on, before getting to the centerpiece of the dish.

There’s a compulsive need to push the edge of the envelope, though without tearing through. Bistro 45 is an eminently serious restaurant. But it’s also a Southern California serious restaurant. Which means a certain amount of fun and games, of happy culinary nuttiness.

There’s a reason the Bistro has been around for so long. It never disappoints. And it never bores. Not then, and not now. It’s good to have it back.

540 N. Azusa Ave., Covina, 626-331-5477 7247 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel 626-286-3579 www.clearmansrestaurants.com

Since 1958, this chain has attracted legions of loyal meat eaters, hungry for a taste of the fine (and well-priced) steaks that are the Clearman’s hallmark. The motto, after all, is “Huge portions & great memories await.” And for the many seated on the patio that surrounds the restaurant, those desires are well satisfied — in the open air.

As you may know, the look of Clearman’s is pure Sergeant Preston meets Robert W. Service in the Yukon. Even outside, it’s a great rambling place, perhaps without the signature sawdust and peanut shells on the floor, beamed walls and ceilings, and snappy piano playing (as Service wrote in “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”: A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute Saloon/The kid that handles the music box was hitting a jag-time tune…).

But still…service is crisp — the food comes flying out of the kitchen. And it comes flying out in quantity this is a restaurant where small portions are unknown. This is a place you go when you want to do some serious feeding. The bar sells big schooners of draft beer, a fine way to ease into a feed that begins with baskets of cheese bread, thickly slathered with the signature Clearman’s cheese butter spread (several recipes for which can be found online they all seem to boil down to butter mixed with several cheeses, tricked up with a number of other ingredients, none of which are especially notable beyond the unctuous intensity of the butter and the cheese).

Dinners include just about everything — they come with not one, but two salads (including a red cabbage salad that’s impossible to stop eating), along with two starches (both rice pilaf and a baked potato the size of a well-fed gopher, packed with more of the — what else? — cheese butter), your protein of choice, and a topping of either (more) butter or mushroom gravy.

There are things on the menu that are not steaks. Chicken comes both broiled and fried. There’s seafood — cod, scallops, halibut, shrimp, king crab legs and Australian rock lobster tail. There are several hamburgers and a hot dog. There’s a ham sandwich and a corned beef sandwich. There’s a French dip, a Cobb salad and a soup of the day. They may be good. I wouldn’t know — I go to Clearman’s for the steak.

Most folks seem to go for the Lumberjack Steak, which appears to be a sirloin, cut both large and medium, quite flavorful and no more chewy than it usually is.

If you want to sacrifice some flavor for tenderness, go with the filet mignon. You want to split the difference, there’s the New York and the porterhouse, which weighs in at an outlandish 25 ounces. Contrary to the cowboy tradition of incinerating the meat, the menu makes this point: ”We do not recommend cooking steaks past medium as they tend to lose their flavor.”

Not surprisingly, this is a hotbed of surf and turf — the medium-sized Lumberjack Steak comes with a choice of jumbo shrimp, king crab legs and lobster tail. Clearman’s is an homage to the joys of supersizing, that long pre-dates Mickey D’s. The postcard that’s been given away at the cash register for as long as I can remember speaks of “the huge logging wheels holding our sign…mounted on a slab cut from a thousand year old mammoth redwood. Inside, you will find steaks, seafood and sandwiches, also of giant size and quality…”

Diets are fine in their place. But this is not a place in which to diet. It’s time for meat and more.

584 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina 626-214-3490, www.portosbakery.com

Porto’s Bakery & Café is a culinary theme park — Pastry World — packed with gleaming, glistening cases crammed with every manner of temptation. There should be a sign over the front door that reads: “Abandon diets all ye who enter here.” We go to Porto’s to feast, to indulge — and to carry home bulging bags of tasty things for later. This really is The Happiest Place on Earth.

In many ways, this Cuban bakery and café is the defining pastry shop in Southern California. What Zabar’s bagels are to New York, the pastries of Porto’s are to us. It’s where we go for a taste of pure joy.

It’s impossible to spend a morning at Porto’s, without feeling unabashedly cheery. The place works better than Ativan to calm a nervous soul. In its nearly 60 years of growth, Porto’s has grown from a small business founder Rosa Porto ran out of her house to a pastry powerhouse, with branches not just in West Covina and Buena Park, but also in Glendale, Burbank and Downey.

It arrived in West Covina with enough buzz to get the lines going — and to keep them going. There are several lines, the longest for pastry, followed by sandwiches and prepared dishes, with the line for coffee and beverages not especially daunting, probably because not as many decisions are required.

There’s a line as well for pre-ordered items, mostly large boxes of many things, wrapped in the trademark butternut-colored plastic bags. There’s an army of folks leaving Porto’s with those bags. This is Pastries R Us — a toy store for grownups. There are menus, in the same butternut hue. But really, you have to see the pastries lined up like toy soldiers, row after row, each perfect and perfectly tempting.

You can watch the pastries being created behind a wall of glass, much like the dumplings at Din Tai Fung. Since the pastry line moves slowly, there’s lots of time to study the temptations. And there are so many! Look at those meringue tarts, each meringue peak just perfect, and perfectly browned! (How do they do that?) How about the phalanx of chocolate domes filled with…what? Some sort of sweet cream, I’ll bet — the sort of thing that leaves you licking your fingers clean, and scraping off the wrapping papers.

When in a Porto’s pastry frenzy, even the fussiest of folks go a bit rogue, a tad primordial. Manners be damned — this stuff tastes so good! And how about those cakes? The Cuban Cake, sponge cake soaked in a French brandy syrup, filled with custard or pineapple or both! The triple chocolate mousse, layers of dark, milk and white chocolate! The mango cheesecake, as heavy as a brick, but so much tastier! There’s so much, it’s crazy making.

But not the whole menu is dedicated to the serious pleasure of sugar. There are Cuban dishes as well — another line of perhaps more subtle temptations. There’s much to be said for the chorizo and cheese omelette on Cuban bread, and the guacamole and cheese omelette.

I lean toward the classic Cuban savory dishes: the papa rellena, a ball of mashed potatoes packed with spiced ground beef, then deep-fried. The chorizo pie — pastel de chorizo — which is an empanada from Heaven. Of course the two Cuban sandwiches — both with pork and ham and Swiss, differing in their rolls, but not their roles. You want to get more serious — there’s ropa vieja, pork lechon and more, with rice, beans and plantains.

In the midst of all this, the baby kale salad seems…silly. I go to Porto’s, and happily, for pastries and Cuban cuisine and amazing coffee drinks. Kale? It seems like the punchline to a joke. I guess it’s required by law or something. But it takes up room better occupied by as slice of tiramisu cake. I mean…really!

Puente Hills Mall, 17501 Colima Road, City of Industry 626-225-3642, www.thebenediction.la

The Benediction by Toast, which refers to itself as a “social eatery,” sits in the sprawling Puente Hills Mall, adjacent to branches of Chipotle and Panera Bread on one side, and Asian concepts like TeaTop and Lobster Now on the other — a mix that speaks volumes about the eclectic ethnic melting pot of the east SG Valley, into which The Benediction fits unexpectedly well.

This is an American breakfast restaurant on steroids — a re-creation of our many breakfast-only old-timers with a very 21st-century spin. It’s a crazy concept — and crazy good, too.

If you show up on a Sunday, expect a wait for a table inside or outside on the patio, for The Benediction has found an audience of locals hungry for breakfasts of Brobdingnagian proportions. This not a restaurant where you go for a small bite, just something to cut your morning hunger. The food here overflows the plate, filling every inch of space with eggs, spuds and, mostly, Hollandaise sauce over English muffins.

There’s more on the menu than 13 eggs Benedict variations. But that’s the dominant dish. They must make their Hollandaise by the truckload here. And they make it very well — not too unctuous or heart-stopping in its texture and taste.

Hollandaise can be a sadly abused sauce, hard to make by amateurs. But these are Hollandaise pros…with a serious Benedict obsession. Eggs Benedict has been a big part of our breakfast life for a long time. And it clearly still is. Especially on a Sunday morning, when it still may be consumed (unintentionally) as a hangover cure. Does it work? Darned if I know — I haven’t had a hangover in a long time. But it sure does make me happy for the whole day.

And the Benedicts at The Benediction are both perfectly made — and crazy creative. There’s a Classic, made with hickory smoked shoulder bacon. There’s one made with corned beef hash, and another with lobster. The Santa Barbara has Norwegian smoked salmon, capers and red onions. There are two surf and turf models, both with lobster and steak. There’s one where the Hollandaise is replaced with Béarnaise. There are a trio of sort of vegetarian ones, one with grilled crimini mushrooms, one with tomato and spinach, one with broccoli and asparagus. (Vegetarian — as long as eggs are still part of the diet. And butter too.)

From there, the menu meanders into big piles of more or less standard breakfast joint chow. Though the kitchen can’t seem to resist putting a twist on whatever it can. Thus, there’s a three-egg Spanish omelette, made with peppers, tomatoes, onions, Monterey Jack and Tillamook cheddar. And a Super Spanish that’s the same — except it’s also built with six eggs (half dozen, for the luvva mike!), bacon and portobello mushrooms. Extra jalapeños too.

There are also Spanish omelettes with filet mignon, and with chicken breast. But what appealed to me even more, were the four twists on avocado toast — which is kind of the healthy living version of the Benedict, for those who just don’t want the egg yolk and butter of Hollandaise running around in their blood stream. It’s a California standard these days, usually done just one way. But at The Benediction (of course), served with heirloom tomatoes and garlic salt, with three eggs and bacon crumbles, with Alaskan sockeye salmon, and with a cucumber salad and red onions. As long as there’s avocado and toast, it’s avocado toast. Though I do like the notion of bacon. Crunchy!

And should you not want breakfast, The Benediction is open for lunch, though the choices are finite — a couple of salads and a trio of steaks. But then, I’ve always believed there’s really no reason to eat breakfast — only for breakfast. Eggs Benedict for lunch? Why not? Sounds good for dinner too, though sadly that’s not when they’re open.


Mother's Day Dining Deals & Restaurant Guide 2021: Greater L.A.

Openaire at The LINE Hotel in LA is among Los Angeles-area restaurants rolling out Mother’s Day menus for 2021. (Credit: Beth Saravo)

Baskin-Robbins has a new Floral Bouquet Cake on shop menus for Mother's Day. (Courtesy of Baskin-Robbins)

Gelson’s Markets has a slew of Mom's Day brunch-to-go options available for pre-order. (Courtesy of Gelson’s)

Redbird in Los Angeles has Scotch Eggs among prix-fixe menu choices for Mother's Day brunch & dinner. (Credit: Redbird)

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has brunch options and make-at-home breakfast kit for a great mom's day. (Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)

The Milky Way on West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles is bringing back its brunch to celebrate Mom. (Courtesy of The Milky Way)

Cafe Gratitude locales in the Arts District, Venice & Larchmont offer vegan box of truffles and chocolates. (Courtesy of Cafe Gratitude)

If mom's a tea lover, L.A.-area Chado Tea Rooms have new 12-tea pack that could be perfect gift. (Courtesy of Chado Tea Room)

Terrazza Restaurant inside Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica offers prix-fixe, beachside brunch & dinner May 9. (Credit: Lisa Romerein/Hotel Casa del Mar)

Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica offers Mother's Day Breakfast Kits for takeout. (Credit: Lindsey Huttrer)

A limited-time Prime Rib and Lobster Tail special is offered for Mother's Day at Black Angus Steakhouse locales. (Courtesy of Black Angus Steakhouse)

Baltaire in Brentwood/Los Angeles is offering a special, la carte brunch menu on Sunday, May 9. (Courtesy of Baltaire)

Rappahannock Oyster Bar in DTLA will feature Lobster Benedict as part of Mother’s Day brunch offerings. (Credit: Wonho Frank Lee)

Mexican-inspired brunch with cocktails will be served at SOL Mexican Cocina restaurants in Playa Vista, Newport Beach & Irvine (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina)

Greek-style Theía in L.A.'s West Hollywood area has three-course, prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch on the menu. (Credit: Jesús Bañuelos )

Celebrate Mother’s Day from the comfort of home with takeout feasts from Romano’s Macaroni Grill locales throughout California (Credit: Jay Weise)

Buy 10 wings & get 10 free boneless wings on Mother's Day at participating Hooters in SoCal. (Courtesy of Hooters)

Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses throughout the Golden State have a Mother's Day feast for four to-go, plus on-site dining. (Courtesy of Ruth’s Chris)

Fogo de Chao is offering a takeout feast and gift-card deals for Mother's Day weekend. (Credit: Kevin Marple)

Treat Mom to takeout family meals for four or gift-card specials at Red Lobster. (Courtesy of Red Lobster)

Row DTLA's Pikunico has a family meal to-go, plus a special offer on Bozu bonsai plants for Mom. (Courtesy of Pikunico)

Lɺntica Pizzeria da Michele's menu in Los Angeles will transport Mamma Mia to Italy. (Credit: Wonho Frank Lee)

The "Mamma Mia Brunch" at Bianca Restaurant in Culver City includes a special dish from the chef's mother. (Courtesy of Bianca Restaurant)

The "Spicy Chicken Sandwich" is part of May 7-10 Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu at Eureka! restaurants throughout California. (Courtesy of Eureka! )

The Dog Bakery shops in L.A. is selling "mom" cookies for the family pooches. (Courtesy of The Dog Bakery)

Orders being taken for Du-pars' all-day brunch special, available at The Original Farmers Market in LA. (Courtesy of Du-pars)

Terranea restaurants are offering on-site dining, plus a Mother's Day brunch to-go in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Courtesy of Terranea Resort)

P.F. Chang’s introduces four-course menu for Mother’s Day. (Photo: Business Wire)

Milo & Olive is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch takeout menu, along with indoor & outdoor dining, in Santa Monica. (Credit: Lindsey Huttrer)

A special Mother's Day wine tasting, plus flower & wine gifts offered at Esters Wine Shop in Santa Monica. (Credit: Lindsey Huttrer)

The new Sweet King’s Hawaiian® Pulled Pork Sandwich with Dr Pepper® Barbecue Sauce hits menu just in time for Mother's Day at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locales throughout California. (Courtesy of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit )

El Torito restaurants throughout the Golden State are hosting the "All-You-Can-Eat Award Winning Sunday Brunch" on May 9. (Courtesy of El Torito)

Pieology is offering a one-day-only BOGO deal for Mother's Day 2021. (Courtesy of Pieology )

Hand-Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders are among Cracker Barrel's California restaurants' new menu adds, well-timed for Mother's Day weekend. (Courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®)

Sushi Roku in Newport Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena are offering a special take home Mother’s Day Sushi Pack. (Photo credit: Innovative Dining Group)

Mother’s Day Sushi Packs are available for takeout at Katana Los Angeles in West Hollywood. (Photo credit: Innovative Dining Group)

The Lasagna Family Bundle is among Olive Garden takeout options for Mother's Day. (BurkleHagen Photography)

Pollo Campero is offering a discount on orders from May 7-10 at California locales. (Courtesy of Pollo Campero)

The Rose in Venice will offer complimentary family photos to diners at its Mother's Day brunch. (Courtesy of The Rose in Venice)

Participating Wendy’s are giving away free, small Frostys or small Frosty-cinnos, with any purchase via the mobile app, for Mother's Day weekend. (Credit: Wendy’s)

Patxis Pizza's S'mores Dessert Pizza is specially priced at $3 for Mother's Day weekend at Los Angeles-area locales. (Courtesy of Patxis Pizza)

The Courtyard at 1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach has Mother's Day brunch or three-course dinner set in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Shutters on the Beach)

Yogurtland is running a gift-card promo for Mother's Day week. (Courtesy of Yogurtland)

The Pie Hole sites in the Southland have edible, flower pie holes on the Mom's Day menu for pre-order, pick-up and delivery. (Courtesy of The Pie Hole)

Wagyu & Eggs are among Mother's Day brunch offerings at BOA Steakhouses in West Hollywood and Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Innovative Dining Group)

Sant’olina at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills is serving Mother's Day brunch & dinner menus. (Courtesy of Sant’olina )

Harriet’s in West Hollywood is celebrating moms with brunch and bottomless mimosas. (Courtesy of Harriet’s )

Nothing says, “I love you, Mom,” like a heart-shaped pizza from California Pizza Kitchen. (Courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen )

Ike's Love & Sandwiches has a Mother's Day BOGO offer. (Courtesy of Ike's Love & Sandwiches)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday, May 9 — a day annually set aside to celebrate mamas, including stepmoms, foster moms, grandmothers and even aunties, who shape our lives and love us like no other.

Restaurants and chefs throughout the Southland are readying feasts — for on-site dining or takeout — to make it a memorable day. And whether the moms in your life prefer egg & quiche brunches, steak, lobster, BBQ, pasta dishes, Latin-inspired fare, sushi, tea or sweet treats, Patch has you covered.

Scroll through our annual Mother's Day dining guide, find her faves and make your plans.

If you know of other local restaurants offering specials, share details with your fellow Patch readers in the comments section. And before heading out, confirm the various dining deals are still proceeding as planned.

And wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all, from Patch!

BALTAIRE: At the Brentwood eatery, Chef Travis Strickland is prepping a Mother's Day a la carte brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with steak & eggs, French toast, eggs benedict & more and mimosas, too. Book here. Baltaire is at 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles.

BASKIN-ROBBINS: For your sweet mom, how about a Floral Bouquet Cake? Cake and ice cream flavors can be selected, and it's topped with an ice cream cone bouquet of pastel frosting flowers. Order online here or in-person. Find shops here.

BIANCA RESTAURANT: Toast Mom at elegant "Mamma Mia Brunch," with Salmon Eggs Benedict with caviar, Branzino al Vino Bianco, plus a signature dish by Executive Chef Gianni's mother, Elvira — "Maltagliati Nonna Elvira," her legendary fresh-made pasta with vegetables and beef sauce. Reservations via Resy. Or celebrate with takeout menu of ravioli, empanadas and Raspberry Mille Foglie. Pre-order by Thursday, May 6 for pick-up May 8-9. Details here. Bianca is at 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: Restaurants will open early — 11 a.m. — on Mother's Day with a limited-time Prime Rib and Lobster Tail special. Menu here, and reservations advised. For those celebrating at home, a Prime Rib Family Meal To-Go ($99) also is available. Location finder here.

BOA STEAKHOUSE: Treat Mom to a Mother's Day Brunch at either site with such dishes as French Toast Bread Pudding, Wagyu & Eggs, Lobster & Louie Salad, Oysters 1/2 Dozen, Frittata and more. Specialty cocktails offered in West Hollywood. Call or book online to reserve. Website here. Locations at 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood and 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

CAFE GRATITUDE: Spoil Mom with a vegan-treat from the popular plant-based eatery - a box of Coconut Almond Truffles, Brazil Nut Ganaches and Almond Butter squares. $16 through May 9. Locations: Arts District, Venice and Larchmont.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN: Show Mom you love her with a heart-shaped pizza from CPK. The pizzas are available in all varieties on May 9. And running through May 6 is a special promo — just mention Every Mother Counts when ordering — and the chain will donate 20% of purchase to the organization committed to helping women around the world enter motherhood, survive and thrive. Order online at cpk.com and enter MOM20 at checkout. More details here. Find CPKs here.
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CHADO TEA ROOM: Does Mother love tea? Chado Tea's new sampler gift box ($65) contains 12 bestselling loose-leaf teas, with such exotic blends as Podrea and Chocolate Pu-Erh. Available for purchase in-store and online. Locations in Hollywood, Pasadena & DTLA.

CRACKER BARREL: A new "homestyle favorites" menu rolls out just in time for Mother's Day, so treat Ma to such limited-time specials as Hand-Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders, Sweet n' Smoky Glazed Tenders, "Barrel Bites": sweet Biscuit Beignets and Loaded Hashbrown Casserole Tots. Or opt for "Mother's Day Family Meal Basket Special" — an All-Day Pancake Breakfast Family Meal Basket or Sunday Homestyle Chicken® Family Meal Basket. Gift-card deals offered, too. Menu info here. Locations in Camarillo, Rialto, Santa Maria and Victorville.

DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT: Just in time for Mother's Day for BBQ-lovin' mamas, the chain is launching its new summer menu with Sweet King's Hawaiian® Pulled Pork Sandwich with Dr Pepper® Barbecue Sauce and Texas Sweet Corn. Or keep meal-prep easy with to-go, family and picnic packs. Locations throughout the Golden State.

DU-PARS: The legendary restaurant at The Original Farmers Market is offering an all-day brunch special May 6-11, with salmon or pork tenderloin, plus sides & pie. $50 for two or $29.95 per person. Available for dine in, delivery or take-out. Order details here. Du-pars is at 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

EL TORITO: Enjoy a Mother's Day "All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch," from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., with churro pancakes, salads, fajita, taco, omelette & soup stations, plus dessert bar and bottomless mimosas. (Marina del Rey location will offer a four-course plated brunch menu.) Prices vary by locale. Info here. Restaurants are throughout California.

EL POLLO LOCO: Family meals, ranging from eight to 16 pieces of chicken, plus sides, tortillas and salsa, could make an easy, at-home feast. Location finder here. Also . residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties can nominate their selfless mamas, those who "put themselves last," to win a $5,000 grant to fulfill her dreams in the #StrongLikeAMadre contest. Details here.

ESTERS WINE SHOP & BAR: On Sunday, May 9 from 3 p.m.-9 p.m., treat Mom to a special Mother's Day Tasting for $25/person or a to-go experience for $28/person. The tastings include four wines and mini cheese pairing. Also shop for wine gift boxes or pre-order, from May 1-6, a fresh floral arrangement from Krystal Chang through Krystal's website for May 9 pickup at Esters. Esters is at 1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica.

EUREKA!: A Mother's Day, prix-fixe menu runs May 7-10 ($30) with choice of starter, entree of either Fresno Fig Burger, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Cowboy Burger, Veggie Beet Burger or Cobb Salad, paired with "Mommy's On A Break" cocktail. Participating restaurants in Cerritos, Claremont, Hawthorne and Woodland Hills.

FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE: Treat Mom to a three-course menu featuring filet mignon and choice of lobster scampi or crab-stuffed shrimp. Starting at $80 per guest and offered May 8-9 beginning at 11 a.m. Locations in El Segundo, Los Angeles/L.A. LIVE, Rancho Cucamonga and Woodland Hills.

FOGO DE CHAO: A Mother's Day To-Go Package, with everything needed for at-home, Brazilian-inspired celebration, can be ordered by May 8 for pick-up Sunday, May 9 or Monday, May 10. Details here. Gift card deals also running through June 20: Receive $25 bonus e-card with every $125 gift card purchase. Locations in Beverly Hills, Irvine, Los Angeles.

FUEGO: The Hotel Maya restaurant is hosting a patio brunch Sunday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music from FJ Reyes Latin Jazz Trio. Executive Chef Victor Juarez's menu includes Shrimp Mercado, Choriqueso, Crab Cakes, Jalapeño and Crab Deviled Eggs, Grilled Lamb Chops, Fuego Eggs Benedict, Seafood Enchiladas & more. Reservations required via OpenTable, online or by calling 562-481-3910. Fuego is at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

GELSON'S MARKET: Celebrate with brunch to-go, or such treats as hand-dipped, chocolate strawberries, flowers and charcuterie plates. Brunch options include salmon, artichoke fennel and prosciutto salad, crab cakes with pixie tangerine salad, citrus grilled chicken with Greek salad & more. Serving sizes for two with sides of fresh fruit, baguette and Nutella chocolate bites. Pre-orders advised for pick-up May 8-9. Ordering info here.

HARRIET'S: Dine at the rooftop lounge at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. with a special Mother's Day brunch and bottomless mimosas. Info here. Located at 8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

HIDDEN HOUSE: Three seatings offered for a three-course, prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch at the Hollywood restaurant on Barton Avenue. Info here.

HOOTERS: In honor of Mother's Day - for one day only, Sunday, May 9 — diners can enjoy 10 free Boneless Wings with purchase of any 10 wings at participating restaurants. Check to see if your nearest locale is hosting the offer. Locations in Southern and Central California.

HOTEL CASA DEL MAR: On May 9, oceanfront Terrazza Restaurant offers three-course, prix-fixe brunch (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. - 9 p.m.), with such highlights as oysters, crab cake eggs benedict, bass, tagliatelle & more. Kids' menu with sliders, chicken fingers & pizza. $85 per person/brunch $95 per person/dinner & children under 12/$45. Menus here. Reservations via OpenTable or (310) 581-5533. Hotel Casa Del Mar is at 190 Ocean Way, Santa Monica.

HUCKLEBERRY CAFE: A variety of Breakfast Kits can be pre-ordered to enjoy with Mom at home. Options include: Huevos Rancheros Avocado Toast Cookie-Decorating Dad's Pancakes Mimosa Kit and Grapefruit Spritzer Kit. Orders due Thursday, May 6 by 3 p.m. On-site dining also offered. Huckleberry is at 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

IKE'S LOVE & SANDWICHES: A Mother's Day BOGO — buy-one-get-one-free — deal is offered on sandwiches from the Bay Area-founded enterprise. Valid in-store at all 73 Ike's locations. Choose from menu of more than 800 unique sandwiches, all cleverly named and designed by Ike Shehadeh, himself. View menus online to see the exclusive offerings near you. Location finder here.

JOE'S CRAB SHACK: Seafood-loving mothers can enjoy a four-course, prix-fixe menu ($35.99) for Mother's Day weekend, May 7-9, that offers appetizer option of crab & shrimp dip or mozzarella bricks, salad choice, four entree seafood-focused selections and dessert. Click here for details. Sites in Garden Grove and Redondo.

KATANA LOS ANGELES: Pre-order a takeout Mother's Day Sushi Pack for $148, that includes: Sashimi (tuna, salmon, yellowtail), Nigiri (tuna, salmon, fluke) and Rolls (spicy tuna, baked crab, white lotus & senshi). Add a bottle of Prosecco & Orange Juice for +$27. Ordering link here. Katana is at 8439 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

L'ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE: Transport Mamma Mia to Italy at this garden patio restaurant, serving such Italian specialties as: Carpaccio Di Pesce Eggplant Parmigiana Ravioli Di Ricotta and Pollo Alla Caccitora, a slow-cooked Jidori chicken served with mashed potatoes. In addition, da Michele's full menu will be available. Reservations via OpenTable or by calling 323.366.2408. Located at 1534 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles.

MACARONI GRILL: Choose from Mother's Day specials, including a Family-Size Lasagna Bolognese (serves eight to 10) for $65, or a three-course dinner (serves four to five) that features choice of starter, Lasagna Bolognese or Florentine Chicken Penne, sides and dessert for $100. Pre-order here for May 9 pick-up. Location finder here.

MILO & OLIVE: Order from the new Mother's Day Brunch Takeout Menu with such heat & serve, family-style highlights as Mini Asparagus & Feta Frittatas, Pork Belly Sausage & Chimichurri Potatoes. Deadline to pre-order is Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. for curbside pick-up Sunday, May 9. Order form here. The eatery also open for indoor & outdoor dining. Reservations advised walk-ins accepted if space is available. Website here. Located at 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (And don't miss: Mother's Day Market.)

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE: Celebrate with Steak & Lobster Oscar ($59) with Old Bay puff pastry & asparagus. Sides, dessert & wine can be added. Or select a dinner-for-two for takeout ($179), including salad, filet or lobster, accompaniments, dessert & wine pairing. Details here. Locations in Anaheim, Burbank, Los Angeles and Woodland Hills.

OLIVE GARDEN: Family Bundles, that serve four to six or up to 12, offer selections including spaghetti, lasagna, chicken or shrimp scampi, plus options for breadsticks, salad or soup. Order in advance for curbside pick-up. Some locales open for dine-in. Find your nearest Olive Garden here.

OPENAIRE AT THE LINE HOTEL: A prix-fixe Mother's Day menu ($45 per person) features Spring Pea Toast (with crushed avocado + pickled chili lime), Baja shrimp cocktail, oyster shooters and such classics as cinnamon rolls and lobster chilaquiles. Signature cocktails optional. Info here. Located at 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

P.F. CHANG'S: Celebrate Mom with a pre-fixe, four-course menu ($50) that includes glass of wine. Selections include: Chang's Lettuce Wraps Dynamite Shrimp soup Miso Glazed Salmon Mongolian Beef Peking Duck and desserts of cheesecake or The Great Wall of Chocolate. Bundle to-go meals also offered, as well as gift-card deals. Info here. Location finder here.

PATXI'S PIZZA: Treat pizza-loving Mamas to a $3 dessert pizza (like the S'Mores or Roasted Caramel Apple pizzas!) or a $10, 10-inch, thin-crust specialty pizza, with purchase of regularly priced pizza, at Patxi's locations all weekend — May 7-9 — throughout the area. Available for dine-in or takeout. Stores are at 1011 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles and 20101 W. Rinaldi St. in Porter Ranch.

PIEOLOGY: A BOGO Mother's Day special lets patrons buy a custom pizza and score another custom pie for free on Sunday, May 9. For in-store purchase only at participating locations. And another offer: Purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card, valid through July 31. Find your local shop from this list & confirm participation.

PIKUNICO: Chef Kuniko Yagi is prepping Family Baskets ($32) for takeout, featuring chicken tenders, choice of coleslaw, fingerling potatoes & two ginger onigiris, plus a free Miso de Leche cookie. Bozu bonsai plants ($38-$50) are available as gift for Mom throughout Mother's Day weekend, May 8-9. Located at 767 S. Alameda St. in DTLA.

POLLO CAMPERO: Use code MAMA from May 7 through May 10 and score $10 off orders $50 or more at the chicken restaurant. Locations throughout Greater L.A.

RAPPAHANNOCK OYSTER BAR: The Row DTLA eatery's Mother's Day brunch (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) will offer a mimosa, three raw oysters and choice of lobster benedict or lobster roll for $35 per person. Also available all day: a mini seafood platter (two oysters, two bay scallops & two shrimp cocktail) plus bottle of Cava for $55. Located at 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles.

RED LOBSTER: Family takeout menus start at $7.99 per person or take advantge of gift-card deal running through end of June: For every $50 spent on gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online, guests receive coupon for $10 off orders of $30 or more during July and August. Among new menu adds: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich Crispy Cod Sandwich (Codzilla™) Wagyu Bacon Cheeseburger and Baja Shrimp and Sesame-Soy Salmon bowls. Find sites & ordering info here.

REDBIRD: Mother's Day brunch & dinner on tap at three, outdoor spaces (Redbird Courtyard, Redbird Garden, Vibiana Courtyard) with special, prix-fixe menus from Chef Neal Fraser & team. Among options: Scotch eggs duck confit chilaquiles diver scallops tangerine beets and steak Diane. Redbird is at 114 East 2nd St., Los Angeles. Info & booking details here.

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Pre-order an at-home, Mother's Day feast for four ($180), that includes starter, beef tenderloin, sides and cheesecake. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance of pick-up. In-restaurant dining also offered. Locations in Anaheim, Marina del Rey, Pasadena & Woodland Hills.

SANT'OLINA: Mother's Day brunch & dinner will be served from 12 p.m. to close at the rooftop locale, serving "Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern California spin." Click here to book. Located at The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH: The Courtyard at 1 Pico is prepping a Mother's Day brunch ($85) 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with starters, main course, dessert and such dishes as Smoked Salmon Benedict, Avocado Toast and Kumamot Oysters. Also a pre-fixed, three-course dinner menu ($95) will be served 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with highlights including Seared Dayboat Scallops, Maine Lobster with Caviar and Russian Honey Cake. Brunch menu here. Dinner menu here. Located at 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: Coastal Mexican-inspired brunch, with festive cocktails, will be served Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at locations in Irvine, Newport Beach & Playa Vista. Among the dishes: Ultimate Breakfast Torta Crab & Shrimp Benedicto & La Vida Quinoa Bowl. Make reservations online here.

SOLITA TACOS: Celebrate Mom all weekend with a brunch spread — Saturday & Sunday, May 8-9 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. — of Machaca & Eggs, Chilaquiles, Brunch Potato Nachos and Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding, plus the "Rainbow Mimosa Bucket," fruit choices pre-poured in champagne glasses & an iced bottle of sparkling wine. Reservations online here. Locations in Valencia and Huntington Beach.

STK STEAKHOUSE: Celebrate with the "Mother's Day Roses & Rosé Brunch & Dinner," with classic dishes & roses for every mom. Or order the "Mother's Day Baskets For 2," with two Surf & Turfs with grilled prawns, cheesecake & bottle of Whispering Angel Rosé (red & white also available). To book reservation or pre-order, follow this link. Location in Los Angeles listed here.

SUSHI ROKU: A special, take-home Mother's Day Sushi Pack ($148) is available for pre-order and pick-up. The pack includes: Sashimi (tuna, salmon, yellowtail), Nigiri (tuna, salmon, fluke) and rolls (spicy tuna, baked crab, white lotus & senshi). Add a bottle of Prosecco & Orange Juice for +$27. Find your locale & click on ordering links. Locations in Newport Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena.

TCBY: On Sunday, May 9, mothers will receive a free six-ounce cup or cone of yogurt at participating locations. Toppings are extra. Location finder here. Call stores to check for participation.

TERRANEA: The resort's restaurants offer indoor & outdoor dining for Mother's Day, with varying menus. Or opt for Brunch To-Go (vegetarian options also available), featuring Bloody Mary gazpacho, goddess salad, smoked salmon platter, quiche & rhubarb toast soufflé. Order by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 6 for curbside pick-up Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9. Info here. The resort is at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes.

THE DOG BAKERY: Stop by the shops for a box of "Mom" cookies for the family pups. Each cookie is made with applesauce, peanut butter and honey. Locations in Belmont Shore/Long Beach, The Original Farmers Market in LA, Old Town Pasadena and Venice.

THE MILKY WAY: The Spielberg family-owned, kosher dairy restaurant is open for sidewalk and indoor dining with brunch menu to celebrate Mother's Day. Spoil mom with a peach bellini, mimosa, brioche French toast, eggs Benedict Florentine, potato latkes and eggs & more. Eatery is at 9108 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations via RESY.

THE PIE HOLE: Mother's Day pre-orders are underway for edible bouquets of pie holes (strawberry & blueberry pie bites topped with whipped cream and edible wild flowers) for in-store pick up or delivery. $29.95 per dozen or $2.95 per pie hole. Locations in Orange, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Glendale, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga and the LA Arts District. Personalized cakes can be ordered at the Santa Monica Gelson's Bakery location. Find your locale, and check for ordering details.

THE ROSE IN VENICE: A professional photographer will offer complimentary family photos to diners this Mother's Day from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with such dishes as steak & eggs, avocado toast, mezze plates, Cubano sandwiches & more. Info & reservation details here. Located at 220 Rose Ave., Venice.

THEIA: In West Hollywood area, this Greek-inspired restaurant will be serving a three-course, prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch ($50), with regular dinner menu available after 3 p.m. Among courses: Salmon Beet Tartare crab with strawberry or beet salad with poached egg Veal Milanese Brunch Ratatouille or Egg in a Basket plus dessert. Don't miss mimosa bar cart & special Mother's Day cocktail, The Amelia ($16)—named in honor of Theía's chef's mother. Theia is at 8048 W. 3rd. St., Los Angeles. Book online or call ahead.

WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS: Enjoy The Rooftop by JG's three-course brunch May 9 with menu from chef Jean Georges Vongerichten & Mommy & Me Selfie Station, or upscale brunch at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills May 8-9 with family-style menu & welcome mimosas. Book via OpenTable or at 310-860-6566. Or dine at home with "Mother's Day Brunch Take & Make Together" kit for four. Included: Jean-Georges' famous pancake mix & recipe berries pastries Nueske's bacon champagne chocolate-covered strawberries roses & more. Orders due 12 p.m. May 5 via www.tock.com/jeangeorgesbeverlyhills for pick-up May 8. Hotel at 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

WENDY'S: To celebrate Mother's Day weekend, May 8-9, customers can score a free, small Frosty or small Frosty-cinno with any purchase via the Wendy's Mobile App at participating restaurants. Use this list to check with your nearby location for participation in the offer.

YOGURTLAND: Make the day sweet with an eGift card for Mom, available through May 9. Purchase a $25 eGift card, and score a $5 bonus card via email to use on visit between May 10-31. Bonus cards are valid for in-store food or beverage purchases and not valid for online, third-party delivery. Info here. Find locales here.
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Best dineL.A. Lunch & Dinner Specials – Summer 2017

It’s that time again – the time to enjoy dine.L.A.’s specials and deals! For two straight weeks, a myriad of top Los Angeles restaurants will participate with special menus and discounts to take advantage of! Starting July 14, 2017, Los Angeles kicks off the culinary event of the summer, so it&rsquos time to block calls from your personal trainer, and put that gym membership on pause, because you are not going to want to miss these incredible days ending on July 28th.

So what are the best spots to visit for this year’s culinary extravaganza? For starters, there are hundreds of restaurants participating where you have the chance to sample special menus prepared by the finest chefs in Los Angeles. We’ve helped narrow done some of the best ones to consider going to!

The Valley’s greatest new addition Woodley Proper will be offering delicious cocktails thanks to Devon Espinosa and Scratch Bar’s Phillip Frankland Lee to go along with a great menu of items for just $29. From a prime Angus burger and tasty delicious donuts, you won’t be disappointed.

(credit: Kendall&rsquos Brasserie and Bar)

Stop by for lunch, served Monday through Friday and enjoy it for just $25 per person. Highlights include their roasted striped bass with potato and fennel puree, and provencal vierge condiments roasted lamb loin herb crusted, with crushed chickpeas, ratatouille, and Moroccan spiced jus. For dessert, indulge in an out of this world vanilla crème brulee.

From Executive Chef/Owner Ted Hopson and Beverage Director/Owner Ann-Marie Verdi, The Bellwether has become a San Fernando Valley Staple. For dineL.A., for just $29, you can enjoy your choice of three items with tasty selections like strozzapreti pasta with braised short rib ragu, a crispy striped bass, blue crab toast, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

One of L.A.’s best seafood houses is letting Angelenos enjoy their great food at special dineL.A. prices! For just $39, enjoy a three-course meal with a half dozen oysters, grilled fish or one of the best lobster rolls in the city, and then eat their classic blondie for dessert.

Dine at one of L.A.’s hottest restaurants right now at dineL.A. discount prices! to start, choose between their sticky spare pork ribs with pickled serrano chile and roasted rice, or an heirloom tomato salad. then, for your entree, you have a choice of Lou Dogg’s Crispy Skin Chicken, a 1/2 farm chicken, or a green vegetable curry. Finish up with either mango pudding or a ginger crunchie. The best part? It’s just $29 for the three course meal!

Suzanne Goin’s famed half patio/half indoor eatery on West 3rd Street is always a consistent place to dine out with friends or loved ones. During dineL.A., the restaurant will be serving a lunch only special Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for just $25! The three course meal includes your choice of a charcuterie plate or Spanish fried chicken. Then, for your second course, choose between a farmer’s lunch with roasted veggies, chickpea puree burrata and grilled toast, a flaked albacore salad, or a roast turkey focaccia sandwich. End it on a sweet note with either a bittersweet chocolate torta or a butterscotch pot de creme with fleur de sel and salted cashew cookies!

Brentwood&rsquos Baltaire is participating for the first time with a dineL.A. exclusive series menu for $95 per person. The contemporary-meets-classic steakhouse will be offering a special menu by Executive Chef Travis Strickland, featuring a first course of warm grain salad with lightly smoked kanpachi, meyer lemon, and Opal basil a cool second course of heirloom tomato gazpacho with grilled prawns and avocado mousse a main of 12 oz. Snake River Farm Ribeye &lsquoFilet&rsquo with green peppercorn sauce, wood grilled onion, and Pommes Aligot and a dessert of Goat Cheese Cheesecake with brown butter crust, macerated strawberries, and roasted white chocolate.

Head to downtown L.A.’s favorite Argentinian restaurant and take advantage of a special dineL.A. menu for just $29. The special offers a choice of three courses, including your choice of tarragon coliflor or raw cauliflower with dried cherries, as well as a steak tartare, a sundried tomato and burrata pasta or polenta. For your second, a braised shortrib is a standout option among 3 offered. Then, for dessert, choose between churros or an orange pot de creme!

There’s nothing like a lunch or dinner with a view of the ocean at a great price! For dineL.A., enjoy just that, as Carbon Beach Club offers a $25 lunch menu (Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) with a starter like chilled spring pea soup or a farmer’s salad, and then either a grass fed burger or striped bass. For dinner, enjoy a coursed meal for $49.

Santa Monica’s Erven will be serving a dinner menu available Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $29 that includes 3 courses. Start with their charred California Avocado with macadamia tahini, then move on to a delicious Thai style burrito with fried rice, tempura sweet potato, lime cream and tom yum gravy. For dessert, indulge in cheesecake with roasted plums or a terrific bread pudding with chocolate, peanut butter, and banana brûlée.

While this restaurant is known for its great brunch, Manhattan Beach Post is offering a dinner menu only for dineL.A. for $39. Enjoy a choice of 4 items from a large menu, including broccoflower, squid tagliatelle, crispy red fish, veal meatballs, porchetta, baby beets, Maine diver scallops and much more.

Offering traditional and creative Southeast Asian flavors, Lukshon will be offering Angelenos a great lunch for just $25 per person! You’ll get to choose two items from a list that includes a watermelon salad with poached shrimp, Hawaiian butterfish, cold sesame noodles, dandan fries with kurobuta pork, spicy ma-la vinaigrette and peanuts, as well as a steak bao, softshell crab bao and a lobster roll banh mi. The menu is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Head down to Echo Park and try out this Japanese favorite serving a four course menu with your choice of beer or sake for just $39. Options include a tofu salad, buttermilk fried chicken, buckwheat curry noodles with chili garlic oil, miso braised pork ribs, and much more.


Off Vine

Dining options: Dine on the darling patio for brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm
You won't believe you're in Hollywood. This adorable little hide-away hasn't got the space of the beach, or a high entertainment factor for kids, but if your little ones can put up with a little quiet table time, you'll be so glad you brunched here. (Note that the bottomless brunch mimosas of yore are not currently being offered.)

Mama Shelter

Dining options: Rooftop outdoor dining
Dine on the top of this Hollywood hotel with gorgeous city and Hollywood sign views. Whether the mom in your life likes shrimp and grits, gluten-free and vegan mochi waffles, or the Sloppy Toppy (wine braised beef cheeks with truffle Hollandaise on fries—yum!), there’s something here for her to indulge in all while lounging on comfy couches, sipping a cocktail, and enjoying the view.

Republique

Dining options: Order online for pickup or delivery, or dine outdoors in the valet parking lot which has been converted into a huge, tented outdoor dining area
This temple to gastronomy guarantees a happy mom. Breakfast is served until 2pm, and the restaurant doesn't take reservations until dinner service. Luckily parents have a secret weapon—kids who double as roosters, waking parents up at the crack of dawn. Put this to work for you, scoring a table the freshest Kouign-Amann, homemade Pop-Tarts, french toast, and potato pancake with smoked lox before hipsters are even awake.

Fred 62

Dining options: Dine at cute tables on the sidewalk or indoors, or order takeout or delivery
Is Fred 62 popular among hipsters and celebs? Well, yes, it is. But it's also family-friendly and affordable—only in Los Feliz. Brunch is a treat of comfort foods, healthy foods, and interesting twists on both of the above, and well worth a visit on Mother's Day. It's a perfect stop before or after a hike in Griffith Park.

Manuela

Dining options: Open-air patio dining, takeout, or delivery
Manuela serves seasonal and locally sourced food in the Hauser & Wirth art gallery. The space is as gorgeous as the food, and the restaurant is open on Mother's Day for extended brunch hours. (Be sure to make a reservation it books up fast.) While there’s no kids' menu, the French toast, beignets, biscuits, and fresh cornbread platter keeps kids very happy. If you're here before 2:30pm, kids can visit with the chickens at the new Garden Bar (which is open for 21+ afternoons and evenings, just in case your Mother's Day plans involve a babysitter).


Maple Leaf Diner in Dallas

This very popular restaurant never disappoints. It’s a kid-friendly place with yummy menu items like chicken and waffles, lox benedict & latkes, and of course, plenty of pancakes. You can get a bloody mary and the kids will love the milkshakes from the dairy bar. Be warned this place is always busy, so be sure to add your name to the waitlist ahead of time by clicking here .

12817 Preston Rd., Suite 129
Dallas, TX 75230