Mother's Day in Seattle should be more than just an obligatory day with Mom (it shouldn't be obligatory, right?). It's a great reason to get out and try some of the fantastic brunches that the Seattle area has to offer. Here are ten favorites. What are yours?
What could be better than celebrating with Mom and Seattle’s James Beard Award winner, Maria Hines? Perhaps it’s the duck burgers you’ll find at the Tilth brunch, or Hines's rendition of dutch baby pancakes. Even better, you barely have to feel guilty. All food at Tilth is organic or sourced from the wild and often local, too.
Location: 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle,
Volunteer Park Cafe
With fresh pastries every day, locally sourced foods and fresh produce grown in the garden out back, it's tough to top Volunteer Park Cafe for freshness. Mother's Day Brunch often features special menu items (Nutella Breakfast Panini, anyone?). Plus, the cute cafe atmosphere is perfect for mothers who like a cozier restaurant.
Location: 1501 17th Avenue E, Seattle
A walk through Pike Place Market, coffee from a surly barista, gazing at the Puget Sound and ferries - and oueffs. Mom will love the elegant French menu, and everyone will steal bites of your french toast with bourbon egg batter. Fear not, whether you hail from Kentucky or Lyon, your mom will think she's escaped to a mini Bohemian holiday at this brunch spot.
Location: 1600 Post Alley, Seattle
"Service all day every day" is their motto, and even though they're only actually open from from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m., you'll let it slide. Presse assumes the persona of Capitol Hill - all walks of life mosey in to enjoy the Pain au Chocolat and oueffs plats. Come in after 9 a.m. and get a mix of breakfast and lunch options and perhaps enjoy one or two of their wine carafes. This is as Parisian as Seattle gets.
Location: 1117 12th Avenue, Seattle
Lola has "Greek spirit," starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 6 a.m. (gulp) on week days. So tell Mom it's time to visit beloved Seattle chef, Tori Mann, and her tarty Greek fare for her special day. As if you needed an excuse to try made-to-order doughnuts or prosecco spumante mimosas.
Location: 2000 4th Avenue, Seattle
Brunch is supposed to be fun, sassy, and big plates - right? If you couldn't agree more, then kick back at Hattie's Hat in Ballard. The Swedes (traditional crepe-like pancakes) will put you in a very Ballard mood. You'll want to visit the locks to walk it off afterward, but then again, when is the last time you and mom went to the locks? Have fun!
Location: 5231 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
Brunch every day, in case you and Mom can't get enough on Sunday. Just show up, grab a table in this relaxed diner atmosphere, and dig in. There are also plenty of gluten-free options for gluten-free moms!
Location: 1502 Queen Anne Avenue N, Seattle
The Original Pancake House
No, this isn't anything like that other place with "house" and "pancakes" in their name (well, apart from pancakes). This Northwest-based chain specializes in delivering pancakes at their best - from simple buckwheat cakes to popular favorites like Georgia Pecan Pancakes and Banana Pancakes. This place is packed even on regular weekends, so call ahead or be prepared for a wait, but it's worth it.
Locations: Bothell, Kennewick, Maple Valley, Puyallup, Richland, Redmond, Tacoma
The Lobster Shop is very possibly the finest Sunday brunch in the South Sound anytime of year, and makes a tasty Mother's Day treat! Known for its seafood buffet, don't miss out if your mom enjoys local seafood at its finest, as well as plenty of breakfast favorites.
Location: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma
Edited by Kristin Kendle.