Mother's Day 2020 is May 12, and it's always a perfect time to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her. Phoenix and Scottsdale have boundless choices for either Mother's Day brunch or dinner. Mother's Day is one of the biggest brunch- or dinner-out days of the year, so you should make reservations as soon as you can. And dress up just a little; resort attire or business casual is appropriate for most of these restaurants.
Editor's note: Due to remaining closures and precautions in Phoenix, most of these restaurants will only be open for pickup and delivery this Mother's Day.
Nosh on shrimp and grits, soups, salads, steak and eggs, quiche, or a creative omelet at The Market by Jennifer's Restaurant + Bar for Mother's Day. Stay cool alfresco on the misted patio and have a mimosa, bloody mary, or seasonal bellini to celebrate.
Elements is offering a prix-fixe, three-course Mother's Day brunch or a Mother's Day buffet in its spectacular setting with views of Paradise Valley. The Mother's Day Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $95 per person (plus tax and gratuity.) The buffet in The Views is served from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. and the cost is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity.)
Chef Beau MacMillan is sure to please with a seasonal menu of American dishes with Asian accents at this luxury Scottsdale restaurant. You'll also find vegetarian and gluten-free choices.
Check out Roaring Fork in Scottsdale for Mother's Day dinner. Its menu highlights wood-fired cooking and lots of meat entrees. Some specialties of the house are sugar-cured duck breast, grilled fish tacos, rainbow trout, boneless buttermilk fried chicken, and braised beef short ribs, along with wood-fired premium-cut steaks.
You can bring your dog along to Mother's Day brunch at the Salty Sow, which calls itself an American gastropub. At this casual spot, you can order chicken and waffles, banana chocolate chip French toast, or hot smoked salmon, along with more traditional breakfast items or meats from the carving station.
If your mom has a hankering for Mexican food, take her to Los Sombreros in Scottsdale for brunch. Dine inside or on the patio and choose from an interesting Mexican menu that features Mexican-style French toast with caramel, chocolate and strawberries; a breakfast sandwich with grilled chicken, refried beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and fried egg; or a burrito of scrambled eggs, chorizo, potato, and refried beans.
Hash Kitchen in Scottsdale boasts that it is Arizona's largest bloody mary bar, and what better day to take advantage of that than Mother's Day. It's great for toasting all the love your mom gives you this and every day. Specialty breakfast/brunch offerings are French toast bread pudding; flat iron steak and eggs; a breakfast sandwich of smoked ham, avocado, fried eggs, pepper jack cheese, and bacon and onion jam; and a steak breakfast burrito. There's also an array of hash dishes, pancakes, waffles, and egg dishes.
North Italia serves up traditional Italian food with a seasonal twist, and for brunch, that means torn bread and Italian sausage casserole; short rib hash; and a breakfast wrap of Italian sausage, mozzarella, scrambled egg, mushrooms, and roasted peppers. Or order small plates like black Mediterranean mussels, grilled cauliflower with fried egg and asparagus, or Italian meatballs (of course). For dinner, you get a full-on Italian menu of traditional favorites of seafood, poultry, and beef entrees along with pasta dishes.
Have Mother's Day lunch or dinner at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, where you'll find handcrafted cocktails, microbrews galore, and a curated wine list. Pair your adult beverage of choice with starters to share like corn grit fries or chicken bites and follow that with a sandwich or salad for lunch or blackened salmon, trout, shrimp, and grits, or handmade pasta for dinner.
If your mom's an art aficionado, she'll love a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum and brunch at Palette. In the past, they have served a three-course prix-fixe brunch that included Tuscan tomato bisque, crab cakes, seafood crepes, strawberry pecan crepes, strawberry shortcake, and a dessert bar. And the mimosas were complimentary. Watch the event page for 2020 offerings.