Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom in Philly on Sunday

Published On 05/06/2013 Published On 05/06/2013
Hash browns at Honey's Sit'n Eat

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: For The Nervous Regarding The World Mom Fountain Restaurant 1 Logan Square; 215.963.1500 Your mom will never know that the rest of Philadelphia (i.e. your North-of-Fishtown studio) doesn't resemble the Four Seasons when you escort her to the downstairs Fountain Restaurant, Center City's fanciest dining room filled with everything your mom never let you touch growing up, like dramatic flower arrangements, crystal displays, and waffle irons. The buffet's hot and cold stations take making-breakfast-exactly-the-way-she-likes-it out of your hands, too. Make mom feel safe, and full... For The Foodie Mom Ela 627 S 3rd St; 267.687.8512 Gift your mom a mix of done-right breakfast inventions your 7yr-old self once half-baked for her, like Ela's French toast stuffed with warm cookie dough, which she can wash down with grown-up goodness like kimchi, truffle, or roasted beet Bloody Marys. Just be on guard if she volunteers to clean everyone's plates of biscuits & bone marrow... and short ribs benedict, too. Make it a bloody delicious Mother's Day... For The Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices Lacroix 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 215.546.9000 Yes, Lacroix's luxe buffet brunch's $69/person, but it's Mother's Day, so 1) don't giggle at the price, and 2) pony up, because Mother's Day comes but once a year, and she'll brag about you spoiling her with something new from the selection of all-you-can-eat American caviar, foie gras milkshakes, truffle sausage-stuffed beef tenderloin, and custom Bloody Marys for the next 365 days without repeating herself once. Also: there's a liquid nitrogen chocolate bar! Seriously, stop laughing about the price and check this place out... For The Party Mom Honey's Sit'n Eat 2101 South St; 215.732.5130 Best not to ask whether your mom learned the name of everyone inside cure-all comfort food-ery Honey's Sit'n Eat while lining up for brunch or at the club last night, when you spoil her with bottomless La Colombe coffee and South St's heartiest hangover cures, like the Breakfast Bomb: a plate-sized pancake stuffed with bacon and coated in maple syrup and powdered sugar. Pro tip: tell mom you also think she's the (breakfast) bomb... For The Very Old Mom Fork 741 W Washington St; 619.295.6000 If the abstract woodland murals painted by one of Fork's servers don't inspire hushed tones of contemplation while you and your dad whisper-argue over who's footing the bill, then stuffing your face with curated brunch munchables like made-to-order Old Fashioneds, lobster benedict, and hanger steak & eggs crafted by an ex-Torrisi Italian Specialties chef is sure to do the job. See what else they're cooking up. Why the Fork not?...

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1. Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia 1 Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Fairmountart Museum)

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.

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2. Ela 627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

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.

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3. Lacroix at The Rittenhouse 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

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.

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4. Honey’s Sit N' Eat 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

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.

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5. Fork 306 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

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.