Last-Minute Mother's Day Dining Ideas
Where to celebrate Mom around Denver
Did you wait until the eleventh hour to plan your Mother's Day outing? Well you can still spoil Mom in the nick of time with these delicious dining options around Denver.
TUPELO HONEY SOUTHERN KITCHEN & BAR
1650 Wewatta Street
Bless her heart: bring Mom to the place with creative Southern food that’s good for the soul at Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar, just opened in the Platform building behind Union Station. Executive Chef Chris Kobayahi and his team pull out all the stops for brunch, including crave-able dishes like their version of the super-trendy layered pancake, the Banana Pudding Layered Pancakes that arrives tableside as a towering stack of banana pancakes alternating with banana pudding and nilla wafers; or the Shoo Mercy Sweet Potato Pancakes with buttermilk fried chicken, apple cider bacon, spiced pecans, fried eggs, grilled apple and fresh blueberries. Moms looking for savory goodness can dig into the Debutante Duck Confit, Tupelo's version of the croque madame with duck confit, country ham and prosciutto along with Gruyere cheese, two fried eggs and challah bread. It’s not brunch without a cocktail, so wash it down with a Community Cocktail like the Derby Day Mint Julep, served in a galvanized bucket with a stack of straws or the Bloody Beets, a beauty of beet-infused vodka with fresh lemon juice, beet bloody mary mix, celery, and a tart lime salt rim.
Photo: Amber Boutwell
PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL
At Punch Bowl Social, all moms will be treated to a complimentary mimosa upon arrival on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017). Plus, Mom’s brunch is completely free if she bowls a strike on her first attempt. The over-the-top brunch buffet will be available from 9 am to 3 pm and features a house-cured ham carving station, build-your-own omelet bar, biscuits and gravy, monkey bread French toast, shiitake and smoked gouda frittata, watermelon feta tomato salad, pastries, fruit and kale salads, as well as a tempting dessert station. After the feast, serenade Mom in a private karaoke room or team up to play games like giant bonzini foosball, wall-size Scrabble, bocce, ping-pong, retro arcades and pinball games, corn hole or darts. The buffet is $25 for adults, $12 for kids age 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Call 303-765-2695 for reservations.
1822 Blake St.
It’s bold flavors with global influences on the menu at LoDo mainstay Vesta, where moms are encouraged to step up the wine game on their special day. Mothers at Vesta on May 14 will receive a complimentary White Sangria, brand new on the seasonal cocktail menu and a spring-forward take on the Spanish rooted warm-weather sipper. This version is a heady concoction of white wine, Leopold Bros. orange liqueur, floral St. Germain and fruits including apples, fresh berries and orange and perfect for enjoying with dinner.
5280 BURGER BAR
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St. #160
This Mother’s Day, take a break from shopping or sightseeing downtown and treat Mom to burgers and bubbly at 5280 Burger Bar. This Mother’s Day, 5280 Burger Bar will offer a special Build Your Own Mimosa Bar. Enjoy a selection of various fresh juices and fruits to mix with bright, effervescent Prosecco for a classic Mother’s Day indulgence. And of course, every mother’s first mimosa is complimentary. Not into mimosas? Treat Mom to a Colorado craft beer, specialty cocktail, or boozy milkshake instead, all of which pair well with the handcrafted, all-natural and never-frozen beef and bison burgers with house-made buns, ketchup and American cheese. Moms especially love the Burger Bowl: Angus beef, grilled chicken, turkey or bison over fresh greens with tomato, cheese and a touch of house-made ranch dressing.
DEL FRISCO'S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAKHOUSE
8100 E. Orchard Road
This Mother’s Day treat Mom to the pinnacle of fine dining at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, the perfect place to honor Mom. You can also arrange to have a pre-ordered flower arrangement from Flower Bombers delivered right to her table. Flower delivery will be coordinated with your reservation, and Mom will be thrilled! Executive Chef Mario Hernandez has prepared two brunch dishes including the Filet Benedict and the Lobster Benedict—served from 11 AM to 2 pm. New cocktails pair well with brunch for Mother’s Day including the Cranberry Fizz, a delicious champagne or the Kettle One Bloody Mary. The delicious Mother’s Day Prime Rib will be served all day from 11 am to 9 pm, and the dinner menu will also be available all day. Del’s will open its doors at 11 am. Limited seating is available for this event and reservations are required, 303-796-0100.
2715 17th St.
On Mother’s Day, get out of the house and consider taking a stroll on on the tree-lined streets of Denver’s historic LoHi neighborhood for a brunch at urban-casual Postino WineCafé. Nosh on a selection from the creative and unusual brunch menu for the day—we suggest the Walnut Toast with triple crème brie and tartly sweet house made berry preserves, and a must-have is the B.E.L.T., a hearty and filling breakfast panini on soft ciabatta with applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, dijonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Postino’s expansive, elevated and airy patio is the perfect perch for a leisurely brunch for Mom in an elegantly casual, laid-back atmosphere, and brunch hours are during the "$5 'til 5” all day happy hour: mimosas and bellinis for Mom at brunch, as well as glasses of wine and pitchers of beer day for $5 until 5 pm. Grab a seat inside in the whimsical art-filled space or stake your claim on the sofa by the outdoor fireplace under the leaves and branches for a memorable Mother’s Day. No reservations needed.
OLIVE & FINCH
3390 E. 1st Ave.
Herself a mother of two, Chef/Owner Mary Nguyen knows a thing or two about what moms want. Take your mother (and your kids!) to Olive & Finch Cherry Creek for a nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner for the whole family. And on Mother’s Day, all moms will be gifted a trio of housemade macarons—that perfectly crunchy-then-creamy French cookie that screams “special occasion.” Enjoy them after an order of the Polenta & Eggs (with spinach, roasted tomatoes and a garden salad) or the Milano (two cage-free eggs with crispy prosciutto, mushrooms, mozzarella, basil pesto and more) during all-day breakfast. Or, treat your mom (or yourself!) to a leisurely glass of wine or sangria, only $3 during happy hour (daily from 3 – 6 pm). No reservations needed; just stop on in.
ACE EAT SERVE
501 E 17th Ave.
Pop by Ace Eat Serve in Uptown starting at 2 pm on Sunday, May 14, to celebrate Mom. Bonus for all moms visiting Ace: one hour of free ping pong. Ace offers indoor and outdoor ping-pong tables and multiple seating options on the expansive patio including a heated covered space. Treat Mom with the new warm-weather Mount Fuji cocktail with Nigori Sake, green tea infused Death’s Door Gin, coconut juice, orgeat syrup, lime and mint—a refreshing grown-up beverage with a tropical twist. Or, go for a frozen fruity cocktail with the Singapore Slushy—a classic sling cocktail created with Damrak Gin. Share a few springtime inspired desserts including Pineapple Wontons with pineapple jam, sweet thai chili frozen mousse and raspberry consommé or the new seasonal Strawberry Matcha Shortcake with coconut custard, matcha sponge cake and fresh & freeze dried strawberries. The younger set eats well at Ace with a top kids menu featuring PB&J Bao Buns, Dim Sum options and shaved ice. Call 303-800-7705 for reservations.
DEL FRISCO'S GRILLE
100 St. Paul St.
At Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek North, moms will be getting special brunch treatment at the upscale casual eatery all weekend long, as brunch is expanded to both Saturday and Sunday in Mom’s honor. The spot known for causal takes on sophisticated steak dishes is adding more surf to its turf with a special dish all weekend long: a crab stuffed lobster tail with asparagus, roasted red pepper cream, and tart, smoky broiled lemon for $39. They’ve also whipped up a special sipper for Mom for the weekend: the ‘Mom’osa Cocktail is strawberries and sparkling rosé in a gorgeous and refreshingly simple and elegant cocktail. Regular brunch offerings are also available both days, like the always popular Red Velvet Belgian Waffle with whipped vanilla bean-spiked cream cheese and thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon or the Scrambled Egg Tacos with hickory-smoked bacon crumbles, aged cheddar, and house-roasted tomato salsa and serrano honey salsas. Dads will love the Grille’s brunch staple Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary that arrives table side with a ' Plate of Fixin’s” or the summery must-have Grille White Sangria, a cocktail of pinot grigio, fresh white peach purée, peach schnapps, fresh berries and served with a popsicle. Hungry diners can a add crab-stuffed lobster tail to any entrée for $20; really hungry diners can add a duo of tails for $40.
10195 East 29th Drive
Let Mom spend Sunday her way and then treat her to dinner at the newly opened Concourse in the Eastbridge Town Center of the Stapleton neighborhood. Chef Lon Symensma’s third Denver concept (ChoLon and Cho77 came first) broke from the Asian-influence, and serves American progressive cuisine highlighting Colorado ingredients and using European cooking techniques. Mom will be impressed with the Roasted Beet Salad with surprising arugula sorbet (yes, sorbet) and the dreamy Lobster Chitarra Pasta with caramelized milk solids, lemon powder and shiso. You’ll likely want to toast Mom so be sure to enjoy a few signature springtime cocktails, especially the Strawberry Fennelade with local Anders’ vodka, strawberries and fennel seed. Call 720-550-6934 for reservations.