Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
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If you learned one thing from repeated viewings of The Kids Are Alright, it's that no two Moms are the same -- so ensure that you choose the perfect restaurant this Mother's Day for your mom by following our handy and oddly specific eatery-to-personality brunch guide.
Photo Credit: Michael Piazza Foodie Mom Craigie on Main 853 Main St; Central Square; 617.497.5511 Originally founded on Craigie Street, this highly acclaimed Parisian bistro from James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Tony Maws now sits (equipped with a 30-seat bar and monster stainless Molteni cooking suite) off Cambridge's Central Square, ready to serve your well-heeled foodie mama locally sourced brunch faves like pork crepinettes w/ braised pea greens, and house-cured Scottish sea trout & mackerel rillettes. Get some more bistro brunch action right here
Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices Mistral 223 Columbus Ave; Back Bay; 617.867.9300 Help Mom forget just how much she disapproves of your decision to double major in Canadian Studies and Drama Therapy, live in Jamaica Plain, and go into restaurant PR by bribing her with a $40 Bordelaise-style grilled beef tenderloin at this sophisticated South End French eatery. If these fancy digs are up your alley, click here for more info
Nervous-Regarding-The-World Mom Harvest 44 Brattle St; Harvard Square; 617.868.2255 What better way to ensure Mom feels completely at ease while eating her Mother's Day eggs than by sitting her on a picturesque tree-covered garden terrace nestled away down a hidden cobblestone path? Click here for more on this pretty outdoor spot
Party Mom The Beehive 541 Tremont St; South End; 617.423.0069 Take your always-the-life-of-the-party mom where the hep kids go; let her rock out to live jazz and blues, while knocking back Mother's Day mimosas and brunch staples like Swiss omelettes and poached eggs Shakshuka. Get your party-brunch on!
Very Old Mom L'Espalier 774 Boylston Street; Back Bay; 617.262.3023 To ensure Mother doesn't miss a single word of your passionate diatribe about how the Patriots totally screwed themselves by letting Welker walk, take her to brunch at this highly acclaimed New England/French eatery that's so quiet, there's an entire book-filled dining room dubbed "The Library". You don't need a library card to check out these tasty bites
Adventurous Mom Teranga 1746 Washington St; South End; 617.266.0003 Because Mom's always demonstrated a more adventurous palate, you can't go wrong bringing her to this popular Senegalese spot on Washington St, where she can sample authentic small plates like plantain beignets, steamed yucca w/ cilantro-infused olive oil, and stir-fried chicken-stuffed crepes. Get all the deets on the ethnic grub

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1. Craigie on Main 853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

Chef and owner Tony Maws' Craigie on Main serves French-accented bistro food in Central Square. The à la carte and tasting menus are constantly changing with exciting new dishes, but one signature remains: The Burger. The half-pound patty blends brisket, short rib, bone marrow, and suet into one unforgettable burger that reached peak food fame when it graced the cover of Bon Appétit.

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2. Mistral 223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

At Mistral everything is executed with careful attention from the presentation of its upscale French Mediterranean cuisine to the soft, elegant colors and stylish furniture that fill the large yet intimate space. To start, choose from one of the many appetizers like Burgundy-style escargots with red wine and garlic butter, creamy heirloom squash bisque en croûte (AKA topped with a buttery, flaky square of pastry), and sirloin carpaccio with black truffle aioli and ciabatta. Later pair dishes like the half roasted duck with wild mushroom risotto or the grilled swordfish served in a thick, creamy pepper and almond romesco sauce with clams, potatoes, and chorizo with one of the fine French wines on offer. On Friday and Saturday nights it features a gourmet late night menu of mostly its appetizers and thin crust pizzas, but no matter when you visit make sure you check your bank account first … maybe not after.

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3. Harvest 44 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

All of the dishes at this upscale American restaurant are plated so artfully you’ll hardly want to dig in to them, but trust us when we say that it tastes even better than it looks. Enjoy brunch cocktails like the Rise & Shine Martini (Stoli Oranj, triple sec, and freshly squeezed orange juice) with a three course prix-fixe brunch menu inside by the fire or outside on the elegant, rustic patio. For dinner enjoy a raw bar and options like juniper roasted venison and brown butter poached halibut, or order three or six course meals (with wine pairings) from the tasting menu. While their fancy dining room is the perfect place to host a business lunch, have no fear they great beer.

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4. Beehive 541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

Located at the Boston Center for the Arts, Beehive's a "Bohemian eatery" with food, cocktails, and live music. Not only is their craft cocktail list is the perfect remedy for Bean Town's dreary weather, the small plates will warm you up with complex and hearty flavors. Stop in for an elegant dinner (there'll probably be some live music going on as well), or a fancy brunch complete with mimosas or bloodies.

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5. L'Espalier 774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Adjacent to the Back Bay Mandarin Oriental, L'Espalier goes above and beyond standard hotel restaurant fare with some of the most inventive French food in Boston. This is dining at its most hospitable, with an impressive waitstaff catering to four separate dining rooms daily. Dinner service is prix-fixe only, and you can choose between a three-course menu, a six-course degustation menu, or a chef's tasting. A more casual à la carte menu is offered at lunch, but the cuisine -- French crafted with New England ingredients -- is the same.

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6. Teranga 1746 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Teranga dishes traditional French-influenced Senegalese fare in a 36-seat beige space replete w/ light African zebra wood around the bar.

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