Personally, I prefer a nice dinner out the night before Mother's Day, avoiding the mass-feeding mumbo-jumbo that has become mom-day restaurant celebrations. If you insist on dining in a restaurant, though, here are terrific Orlando options. The date: May 18, 2018. (I'll keep adding to the list as I learn about new opportunities.)
This intimate, chef-driven speakeasy in Dr. Phillips will serve brunch on Mother's Day 2018. The brunch will be served buffet-style with "Southern-inspired" fare including shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles. Sangria, bloody Marys and mimosas are included. Personally I'd pay extra and buy one of the primo craft cocktails. $75. Reservations: 407.985.2972
Go Japanese for Mother's Day at Dragonfly, a stylish Dr. Phillips darling. Here, instead of omelets and carved steak, you'll receive an izakaya lunch. The restaurant will serve unlimited crispy bao, robata-grilled vegetables, pork curry rice, maki rolls and more. Sushi chefs will be preparing r
nigiri, maki, and poké. $39/$19, plus $15 for a "bottomless adult beverage option." Seatings 11am to 2pm. Details
This boutique hotel in Winter Park will offer a Mother's Day brunch, with seating at 10am and 1pm. A cold seafood display, made-to-order omelets, seafood crepes with lobster sauce, carved beef tenderloin and spice-rubbed salmon will be among the options. Mimosas will flow, complimentarily, and live music will play. $69/$29 with free parking. Reservations
Choose your own Mother's Day brunch at Dr. Philips' Urbain 40. It'll be a three-course midday repast with a variety of choices. Starter options include seared yellowfin tuna tataki and crab cakes with mango-pepper coulis. For the main dish, try a lobster frittata (pictured), or herb-, citrus- and panko-crusted cod. Maybe lemon-myrtle-scented salmon? I order that sometimes. Dessert options are baklava cheesecake, a chocolate and peanut butter torte, and "tuxedo sesame-dusted white peach-ginger ice cream sandwiches with caramelized peaches and ginger-peach 'cello.'" Here's the full menu. $64 plus tax and tip; includes a glass of bubbly and a rose.
Despite its location inside the large Hyatt Grand Cypress resort hotel, Hemingway's is every bit the local restaurant with a regular following. For Mother's Day, champagne brunch is on the island-inspired menu, along with lovely resort views. Guests are promised a "chef-driven menu" that's sort of a hybrid between all-you-can-eat and a seated meal with the choice of two entrees, such as pan-seared halibut and petit filet mignon with three-pepper Hollandaise sauce. Click here for the full menu. 11am to 4pm. $72/$35