Mother’s Day is a couple of weeks away on Sunday May 9th, which means there are few shopping days left to make a reservation, pre-order a special take-away meal, or pick up a box of chocolates or a bottle of bubbles. Last year, the city was recently rocked by the pandemic and completely locked down, separating many families. But this year, when 70 percent of Franciscans over the age of 16 received at least one dose of the vaccine, maybe it is finally safe to see your mother, and not just at Zoom. From cheeky drag brunch to civilized afternoon tea, bagels in bed to a gorgeous box of chocolates, here’s how to celebrate moms this spring.
Clubby brunch at the Presidio Social Club
The Presidio Social Club recently built a larger terrace for al fresco dining in the heart of Presidio National Park, an ideal place to enjoy donuts under the eucalyptus trees. And they’ve introduced a new brunch menu that includes brioche fritters, scrambled eggs with asparagus and goat cheese, and more. On Mother’s Day, they also serve a special trout with brown nettle butter and work with their long-time florist so guests can pre-order a bouquet for mom to take home.
Dim sum brunch at Yank Sing
Mother’s Day is the biggest day of the year for the dim sum institution Yank Sing. They have reopened for indoor dining in the Rincon Center in the airy atrium, where the water fountain gurgles and the dumpling carts whirl. But Siu Mai, Hargow and Barbecue pork rolls are also available to take away for mothers who may prefer to feast at home.
Biscuit brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food
For all moms who crave fritters, shrimp and semolina as well as catfish Benedict, Brenda’s is now accepting reservations for indoor brunch and pick-up orders, which is a real biscuit option compared to the waiting times before the pandemic.
Outrageous drag brunch at the Curio
Curio, the bar attached to the chapel, has a large outdoor terrace in front of Valencia. And for Mother’s Day, they overdo it with a brunch and drag show with the One and Only Rexy and a side dish of fried chicken waffle bites. Email [email protected] for reservations ($ 15 per person).
Civilized afternoon tea at the Fairmont
In more civilized news, afternoon tea is back at Laurel Court at Fairmont just in time for Mother’s Day, which is a real treat after a very dry year with no finger sandwiches and scones. Even at $ 130 per person, reservations are handled quickly.
Bagels in the bed by Daily Driver
Mothers who are not ready to eat may prefer a box of bread or pastries by the bed. Daily Driver has a bagels-in-bed kit that includes half a dozen bagels, a braided brioche heart, herb and flower-adorned cream cheese, orange juice, sparkling wine, and coffee beans, plus goat’s milk soap and a mini flower bouquet ($ 75) .
Spring Chicken Dinner from Delfina
And for very nice roast dinners, the Delfina team has a calming takeaway set that includes fresh pasta dishes with sweet peas, a spring chicken ballotine bundled up like a golden soccer ball, and a sweet strawberry shortcake for dessert. (Four courses, feeds two people, $ 140.)
A family-sized festival made from cassava
Feed the whole family a meal for four ($ 195) of Outer Sunset Stunner Cassava. Order through the website (by May 7th) and pick them up at the restaurant between May 8th and 9th. Bring garlic dungeness crab cakes with ramps (!!), Meyer lemon cream, green onion chili oil, and kumquats to the table – something that could get you extra points with mom.
Frittata plus flowers from the market hall
At Oakland’s favorite ready-made meal oasis, you’ve covered Mother’s Day with rhubarb galettes, asparagus frittatas, cheese and sausage sets, pancake sets, and gift baskets. Everything can be picked up and pre-ordered online from both Oakland and Berkeley locations May 6-9. When shopping at the Rockridge location, head to the Hapuku Fish Shop for lobster, caviar, and crab dip, and Wild Flower and Fern for the perfect bouquet.
Soigné sweets from ONE65
Charm your mother with sweets from a chic pastry shop. The Mother’s Day gift box (USD 165) contains a bottle of ONE65 champagne, a box of 12 homemade chocolates, banana and caramel loaf cakes, lemons and orangettes, chocolate bars, Alain Milliat jam, Edmond Fallot mustard, one with L’Olivier infused olive oil, and La Brujula sardines. There’s also a champagne and candy option ($ 125) that includes a 6-inch Mother’s Day cake with orange blossom ganache, strawberry confit, and vanilla ream, and a box of six chocolates. Order here in advance.
Brunch by the water at EPIC Steakhouse
Curate your own three-course price ($ 60) from options like smoked salmon caesar with acme-levain croutons, hamache crudo, and potato and leek soup with truffle. Take a seat on the terrace overlooking the bay and pair it with brunch cocktails for the full effect. It goes down on May 9th from 12pm to 3.30pm; Reservations can be made here.
At the time of publication, some of these restaurants offer both indoor and outdoor seating. However, their inclusion should not be taken as an endorsement for seated eating as there are still safety concerns. Studies show that COVID-19 infection rates are lower with outdoor activities than with meals indoors. However, the risk associated with eating outdoors depends on restaurants and their customers, who adhere to strict social distancing, face-covering, and other safety guidelines.