Celebrating Mother’s Day in Atlanta

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Atlanta

Don’t forget mom this Sunday on Mother’s Day. Atlanta’s restaurants are more than happy to help. Here are a few ways of the many ways to celebrate her with food.



Treat mom to brunch at the historic Swan Coach House, a converted carriage house in a picturesque setting. This popular ladies’ luncheon spot will help you celebrate mom on Sunday with a menu of its house specialties. Try the “Swan’s Favorite,” chicken salad with frozen fruit salad, shrimp and grits or crab cakes. A kids menu is also available. Save time to browse in the attached gift shop and art galleries. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 3130 Slaton Drive, Atlanta. 404-261-0636. $35 adult, $19 children 10 and under.

Roswell’s Bistro VG will help you thank mom with an a la carte brunch. Popular menu items include the restaurant’s signature crab cake served with eggs benedict, a smoked bacon, leek and Gruyere cheese quiche and grilled tuna Niçoise salad. Bistro VG will also serve its regular dinner menu beginning at 5 p.m. Brunch: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 70 W. Crossville Road, Roswell. 770-993-1156. $$-$$$.

If mom would like to dine in a room with a view, don’t miss the Mother’s Day brunch at the Georgia Aquarium. A brunch buffet will be set in the Oceans Ballroom, where guests will feast with a view of whale sharks, manta rays and beluga whales. Wolfgang Puck Catering will provide a brunch featuring items such as bourbon-glazed ham, almond-crusted salmon and mascarpone-stuffed French bread with apples and spicy candied pecans. Brunch price includes access to the aquarium and its exhibits. 10:45 a.m. seating. 225 Baker St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Members: $48 adults, $20 children 3-12. Non-members: $75.95 adult, $72.95 seniors (55+), $42.95 children.

Afternoon Tea

Help mom relax with afternoon tea. At the Roswell Teahouse, mom will receive a bottomless pot of tea, a choice of soup like the cold cherry soup, a selection of light sandwiches and assorted desserts including green tea cake. Homemade scones and lemon curd will complete the experience. Prince or princess teas will available for the apples of mom’s eye. Reservations required. Noon – 3 p.m. 108 Magnolia Street, Roswell. 770-643-5813. $24 adults, $14 children under 11.


Take mom for a night on the town at Woodfire Grill. Trust the kitchen and order a four-course tasting menu crafted from seasonal ingredients. Both the a la carte menu and wine pairings are also available. Don’t miss one of the playful desserts made by pastry chef Chrysta Poulos. 5-9 p.m. 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404-347-9055. $58 tasting menu.

If mom can’t decide whether to celebrate with a buffet or an a la carte menu, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse offers her the best of both worlds. The meal starts with an appetizer buffet with a raw bar, charcuterie and cold salads. Select from a list of entrees including lobster ravioli and veal scallopini. Finally, it’s back to the buffet for an array of desserts like panna cotta and creme brulee. Mothers also receive a complimentary mimosa with the purchase of the Mother’s Day menu. 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-844-4810. $45.


Try something different and indulge mom’s sweet tooth with one of the dessert tastings by pastry chef Aaron Russell at Restaurant Eugene. Choose either a three- or five-course tasting menu. But, be warned: once there, you’ll be tempted to indulge in some of the small plates or the vegetable tasting before graduating to dessert. 5:30 – 10 p.m. 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-355-0321. Five-course dessert tasting $24, three-course $18.

Day Trip

 Take mom out of town and make a day of it. Head to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain for brunch and an afternoon of outdoor exploration. The Plant Room will host a first-come, first-served buffet with all of the trimmings. Mothers will receive a complimentary pass into the gardens for the remainder of the day. Noon – 4 p.m. 17800 U.S. Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. 706-663-2281. $32.95 adults, $16.95 ages 6-12.


Lucky for moms, the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is taking over Midtown during Mother’s Day weekend. Moms may enjoy attending the Festival’s tasting tents with everything from barbecue and sweets to bourbon and craft beers. Or, mom could spend the day participating in food seminars by Southern food professionals. If dinner is in order, take mom to the closing event of the Festival, a Southern supper hosted by chefs Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia and Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene. See website for times, locations and additional information. $100-180.


Support local food entrepreneurs while celebrating this Sunday. Attend the weekly Atlanta Nosh, an event where you can sample goodies from a number of up-and-coming food vendors. The Atlanta Nosh is now a free event, but requires you to sign up for a free membership on its website before you may attend. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase after 12:30 p.m. Noon – 3 p.m. 17 1/2 Street at Atlantic Station. 404-573-7154. Food items priced individually.

This is just a sampling of the many places to get a great bite to eat on Sunday. How will your family celebrate?

Reservations are suggested (if not required) for restaurants.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog 2:01 pm May 9, 2012

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