Tallahassee restaurants offer plenty of possibilities on Mother’s Day

by Tallahassee Table

You can dote on moms, and grandmoms, in so many ways this year. Whether your mom wants a meal at home or a lavish brunch, these local spots should help you pamper the special lady in your life.

 For families who can hug their moms and grandmoms, and those moms and grandmoms who can experience that love first-hand, it’s truly a blessing. Especially now.

My daughter is in South Florida and my son is in New York City so I won’t get to spend Mother’s Day with them this year, but I’m happy to say I just got back from NYC, where I met our six-week-old granddaughter for the first time.

Friends have long told me that being a grandparent was magical, bringing back the joy of holding your own child, touching tiny fingers and toes. This relationship also its own special bond.

And how it made my heart melt to see my son, my baby, cooing and cradling his daughter.

I’m so very impressed by my daughter-in-law and son as they embrace their role of parenting. So to all mothers and grandmothers — and to new moms like my daughter-in-law Julia and our friends Hannah, Lexie and Nicole    — wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day! Welcome to the best group of all: being a mom.

Many dining experiences are now possible so here are some other places (in addition to our story about international menus) to celebrate mom and grandmom. Keep in mind that many of these spots will need reservations. There are a lot of choices for outdoor dining but you’ll want to confirm availability. Hours are listed here for Sunday only. For international options on Mother’s Day, see tallahasseetable.com/celebrate-mom-with-international-fare-in-tallahassee/

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Andrews Downtown: Brunch served from 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. 228 S. Adams St.; 850-222-3444. 

The “Bird Shot” breakfast at Bada Beab.

The Bada Bean: Breakfast and lunch items offered from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2500 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-562-2326.

The Bark, decorated with colorful art work, offers vegan and vegetarian dishes for outdoor dining and takeout.

The Bark: A source for vegan/vegetarian fare. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with the regular menu available until 9 p.m. 507 All Saints St.; 850-900-5936.

Photo credit: Blu Halo

Blu Halo: The restaurant is serving a special Mother’s Day menu with a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for mom. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bannerman Crossings, 3431 Bannerman Rd.; 850-999-1696.

Bonefish Grill: Dine in or order a family bundle of dishes (online) to take home. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 3491 Thomasville Rd.; 850-297-0460.

Canopy Road: Breakfast/lunch menu at multiple locations. Open 6:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Specials will be available for dining in and takeout. 2779 Capital Circle NE; 850-297-1100.

Fried chicken and waffles are among the special brunch dishes at downtown Chuck’s Fish.

Chuck’s Fish: Brunch items and a new fish sandwich from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 224 E. College Ave.; 850-597-7506. 

The Edison: Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:45  p.m. with dinner served from 3-8 p.m. 470 Suwannee Street; 850-765-9771.  

A variety of eggs Benedict combinations are a staple at The Egg Cafe and Eatery, with inside and outside dining.

The Egg Cafe and Eatery: Brunch available at both locations. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at 740 Austin Davis Dr., 850-765-0703; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 300 S. Duval Street; 850-907-3447.

Dessert is one of the specialties at Food Glorious Food. Photo Credit: Food Glorious Food.

Food Glorious Food: The contemporary restaurant will offer brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with bottomless mimosas, and the regular menu from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Don’t forget their decadent desserts. 1950 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-9974.

The Frother’s Daughter: The mobile coffee shop is hosting “Catch a Flight in the Park” on Mother’s Day. Purchase iced coffee flights for $9 and cookie platters for your picnic in Tom Brown Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 912 Myers Park Dr.

Yashica Gilliam, left, and her sister, Sheree, offer a variety of soul food favorites at their restaurant, Gilliam Soul Sisters. Photo credit: Alicia Devine / Tallahassee Democrat

Gilliam Soul Sisters: The menu at the new soul food restaurant includes classic dishes like oxtails, pork chops, meatloaf and baked chicken. The restaurant will be open on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1710 W. Tharpe St.; 850-597-8639.

The Grove Market Cafe offers a varied menu offered inside or on the patio.

Grove Market Cafe:  Breakfast/lunch options with veggie and gluten-free items. Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 1440 Market St.; 850-894-5060. Also pictured at top of story: Dave’s Big Plate, with pancakes or French toast, eggs, your choice of meat, grits or potatoes.

Hawthorn Bistro & Bakery: Breakfast is offered from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., with the regular menu offered to 9 p.m. If you’re planning to serve mom at home, you can order a long list of baked goods, breads and breakfast fare from Hawthorn. Preordering is available until 5 p.m. May 7. There’s a preordering system to make it easier to order and pickup without the fear of an item being sold out. These items will be available at the counter for sale on Sunday. To preorder, visit the Hawthorn website, call 850-354-8275, or come by the bakery. Pickup for all orders will be available on May 9th during business hours starting at 8 a.m. 1307 N. Monroe St.; 850-354-8275.

Horizons Bar and Grille: Brunch served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with the regular menu available to 9 p.m. Bannerman Crossings, 3427 Bannerman Road; 850-329-2371.

Il Lusso is open for Mother’s Day with a special brunch menu.

Il Lusso: The downtown restaurant is offering a prix fixe brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get tickets at www.illussotlh.com/mothers-day-menu. 201 E. Park Ave.; 850-765-8620.

Breakfast and lunch items are available at Jeri’s Midtown Cafe, which offers a cozy courtyard. Tomato bisque, left, and lobster bisque, right. Photo by Tori Schneider / Tallahassee Democrat

Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: You can order brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1123 Thomasville Rd.; 850-385-7268.

Kool Beanz: Order favorite cafe breakfast and lunch items between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; 921 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-2466. 

Leola’s Crab Shack is long known for its garlic butter crabs and shrimp dishes. It’s now at a new location, with indoor and outdoor seating.

Leola’s Crab Shack: Load up on crabs in garlic butter, shrimp, fried fish and other dishes from 1-6 p.m. in the restaurant’s new location at 1911 S. Adams Ave.; 850-575-0395.

Lofty Pursuits: Mom can start the day with dessert and order breakfast, lunch or dinner from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ice cream served to 9 p.m, 1355 Market St,; 850-521-0091.

Pimento fritters are among the favorites that will be on Lucilla’s Mother’s Day menu.

Lucilla: Look for classic Lucilla favorites on the menu, with free bubbles for mom. Open from 1-5 p.m. 1241 E. Lafayette St.; 850-900-5117.

Melting Pot: The fondue specialists offer a four-course, prix-fixe menu from noon-11 p.m.  2727 N. Monroe St.; 850-386-7440.

Mimi’s will be offering lots of dinner options in a charming setting.

Mimi’s Table: Order dinner at Mimi’s from 5-9 p.m. 1311 Miccosukee Rd.; 850-999-8406. 

Proof Brewing Company: The brewery is presenting a Mother’s Day pop-up brunch from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Get tickets at proofbrewingco.com/products/pop-up-brunch 1320 S. Monroe St.; 850-577-0517.

Relax on the large patio space at Railroad Square Craft House.

Railroad Square Craft House: Breakfast, lunch and fun cocktails are on the menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 644 McDonnell Dr.; 850-296-3496. 

Red Eye Coffee’s Breakfast Club will be delivering brunch on Saturday morning. ” We’ve got frittatas, grazing boxes, and more.” A mom’s gift box is also available. Photo: Red Eye Coffee

Red Eye Coffee: The coffee shop is offering three Mother’s Day brunch packages available for pickup or delivery. Visit  bit.ly/redeyemomsbrunch . For mom’s gift box, visit bit.ly/redeyemoms. 850-999-8278.

Bloody Mary’s are on the fun list of brunch cocktails at Sage.

 Sage: A Restaurant: Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3534 Maclay Boulevard South; 850-270-9396.

Southwood Golf Club Restaurant: You don’t have to live in Southwood to attend. Two seatings for brunch at 9 a.m. and noon. 3750 Grove Park Dr.;  850-942-3653.

Sweet Pea Cafe: Bring vegan dishes home from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Takeout only. 832 W. Tharpe St.; 850-692-3476.

Table 23 features a large deck and patio.

Table 23: Brunch is available from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. 1215 Thomasville Rd.; 850-329-2261. 

Tally Fish House: Mom can dine here from 10-9 p.m., with brunch to 3 p.m. 6800 Thomasville Rd.; 850-900-5075.

Items like French toast, hearty breakfast platters and their smoked apricot-glazed salmon are among the highlights at Uptown Cafe and Catering.

Uptown Cafe and Catering: This breakfast institution will be open from 8 a.m.-2p.m. 1325 Miccosukee Rd.;  850-219-9800. 

World of Beer & Kitchen: Along with its huge selection of brews, WOB also offers brunch with breakfast and lunch items. 830 E. Lafayette St; 850-901-9001.

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