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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.