Mother's Day is Sunday, which presents a huge opportunity to not add to the myriad of ways you've disappointed her through the years by taking her to Wendy's or something. Unless she, like, loves Wendy's. But odds are, no matter what type of lady your mother is, she'd prefer one of these fine choices:
Oh, you fancy, huh? That's not just a sentiment intoned by Degrassi alums, but also one your friends will echo when you dine at the Four Season's in-house Fountain Restaurant, a 10000sqft French-influenced temple of crazy-delicious fancy-foods. Glass sculptures abound in the huge Logan Square-adjacent space, where wine and cocktail lists are read off of dedicated iPad apps, the chef's tasting menus come in three- and five-course varieties, and diners get beautiful views of the Swann Memorial Fountain. They've also got a killer breakfast/brunch buffet with an omelet bar and a make-your-own-parfait station that's sure to be the object of anyone's fancy.
An American restaurant directed by the steady hand of acclaimed chef Jason Chichonski, Ela serves cuisine that changes seasonally but is consistently innovative and crafted to perfection. With an extensive wine list and large collection of craft beers, something is bound to go well with your whipped foie gras.
Your milkshake brings some adventurous people to the yard when you're Rittenhouse Square French-staurant Lacroix, (located at the Rittenhouse Hotel), especially because said milkshake involves both foie gras and blood orange. If you thought that was interesting, it's also serving up the likes of suckling pig, Spanish octopus (it's got an accent), and sweetbreads, in addition to a build-your-own Bloody Mary station. Celebrated head chef Jon Cichon traveled to places like Portugal, Thailand, Japan, and even America to get inspiration for the flavors he's dishing out.
Honey’s Sit N' Eat, a premier breakfast/Southern comfort food spot on Philadelphia's South Street, serves all of your favorite morning specials, and then adds three different kinds of bacon just to make you sweat. Made mostly of locally farmed and fresh ingredients, this eatery encourages sweet, gluttonous indulgence with a conscience. Normally it's one or the other.
Farm-to-table fare may sound cliche these days, but Fork has has been a pioneer of the food movement for since the late 1990s. The intimate restaurant breathed new life into Old City when it opened, and keeps the torch lit with American cuisine locally sourced from farmers located throughout the Delaware Valley. A woodland mural and dried branches in the dining room make for a woodsy yet elegant setting where the food is far too intricate to simply be foraged from the forest the decor nods to: vegetable-heavy starters like roasted carrots with bone marrow gremolata, precede housemade pastas and complex meat dishes like duck with persimmon and gingered rutabega.