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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Since all moms are not the same (as proven by Timmy Johnson's, who actually stocked just Purple Stuff), we scoured the city to find the perfect spots to take that special lady who gave you life, whether she loves food, booze, or stuff that's just generally really expensive. Nervous-Regarding-The-World Mom Fontana at The Biltmore 1200 Anastasia Ave; Coral Gables; 305.913.3200 If your mom still warns you about going to “that part” of South Beach and locks her doors every time you turn West off US-1, she’s probably not going to get out of the car anywhere but Coral Gables. So it's best to head to The Biltmore, where she can dine on caviar, sushi, carved meats, pasta, and tons of other brunch stuff, while gazing out at the golf course and palm trees. Get more on The Biltmore's bougie brunches, right here Foodie Mom Michael’s Genuine 130 NE 40th St; Design District; 305.573.5550 If she refuses to eat the pancakes you make, even when they spell her damn name, you may as well just take her picky mom-ass to Michael’s Genuine, where she can go all gourmand on lemon-ricotta pancakes, a soft-scrambled duck egg with shiitake mushrooms, or a crispy rice cake with chorizo, Florida rock shrimp, eggs, and spicy tomato aoli. If you're a little turned on by lemon-ricotta pancakes, there's more... Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices Setai 2001 Collins Ave; South Beach; 305.520.6000 If your mom keeps badgering you about when you’re going to give up on all this “Miami nonsense”, find a nice girl, and move to West Broward, show her what all that child-free expendable income can buy at Setai. Pig out on carved lamb and steak, sushi, pasta, Indian food, and every other brunch choice imaginable, plus champagne, for $95 a person. Check out more upscale eats at Setai Party Mom Terrazza at the Shore Club 1901 Collins Ave; South Beach; 305.695.3100 If she's spent time in Scott Storch's Lambo in the past, you may as well start her off with brunch at the Shore Club’s Terrazza. She can knock back free bottomless mimosas and bellinis with her brunch before heading down to the Shore Club’s Sunday pool party, where she can finally find the Saudi sugar daddy of her dreams. Or at least someone to take her off your hands for the day. Boozy pool parties at Terrazza, you say? Right this way... Very Old Mom Rusty Pelican 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway; Key Biscayne; 305.361.3818 That Mother’s Day when she spent the whole brunch talking about the nice young man who saved her from drowning in the North Atlantic with a wooden door was rough. So, this year, give not-quite-young mom a nicer aquatic visual at the Rusty Pelican, where she can enjoy her traditional brunch to the soft sounds of Biscayne Bay, with a calming view of Downtown Miami and cruise ships that WON'T sink. Click here for important deets like lobster tails, duck fat-fried lamb, and more

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1. Fontana at The Biltmore 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Fontana is the Biltmore Hotel’s upscale Italian ristorante, known for its elegant décor, refined dinner menu, and tastefully over-the-top brunch. The indoor dining room is bookended by ornate vaulted ceilings and parquet wooden floors, while patio dining is situated in a lavish courtyard with a fountain surrounded by columned arcades. The European charm is reflected in Fontana’s food program; Chef Beppe Galazzi uses local and farm-fresh ingredients when stocking the breakfast buffet of eggs, meats, fruits, pastries, and yogurt, and the à la carte dinner of homemade pastas, meats, and antipasti.

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2. Michael's Genuine 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 (Design District)

Take advantage of MG's brunch and order the kimchi Benedict or lemon ricotta pancakes. You can also head to their happy hour to get loose on craft beers, specialty ‘tails and snacks, or dive in to a full sit-down meal like the pan-roasted 1/2 "Poulet Rouge" chicken with roasted vegetables or the short rib and fontina cheese panini.

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3. The Setai Grill 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The Setai's upscale joint shifted from all-Asian everything to French steakhouse serving a 32oz bone-in tomahawk, dry-aged ribeyes, and Blanquette de Veau, which sounds like what Michael Jackson would've named his son if he was from Paris, but is actually braised veal.

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4. Terrazza at the Shore Club 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

The Shore Club's Italian spot offers poolside dining, so you can booze and catch some rays, while checking out the fine ladies attending the weekend pool parties.

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5. The Rusty Pelican 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 (Key Biscayne)

40yr-old landmark The Rusty Pelican looks like a Key West-beach-house-meets-country-club, with a labyrinth of glassed-in wine bottles separating the dining room from a 200-person indoor/outdoor lounge with low-slung couches, in addition to an expansive upstairs terrace.

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