Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8. If that’s news to you, do not panic! There is still time to do something special for the moms — and mom-like people — in your life. Restaurants across Nashville are hosting fancy tea parties, brunches with live music and decadent prix fixe dinners, and there are even a few spots that don’t require reservations. That said, I also know plenty of moms who’d love to be gifted a solo day at the spa or to enjoy a giant plate of nachos and a beer while watching the basketball or hockey playoffs without any little ones interrupting them. Choose wisely.
The 404 Kitchen
The Mother’s Day brunch buffet at The 404 Kitchen includes brunch favorites, like berry French toast casserole, soft scrambled eggs, skillet cornbread with sorghum butter, quiche and deviled eggs, and savory entrées, including whole smoked fried chicken, roasted strip loin and baked salmon. An array of sides (lobster mac and cheese!), salads and dessert (strawberry crisp!) will also be available. Tickets are $58 for adults and $28 for children. Visit 404’s website for reservations and menu information.
While the day is all about Mom, the brunch at The Trade Room and Saidee Gallery at Noelle will also keep the little ones occupied. Adults can enjoy the raw bar and oysters — with ice sculpture! — and the omelet station while kids entertain themselves with a “create-your-own pancake griddle” that’s loaded up with all kinds of toppings, including fresh fruit, chocolate and peanut butter chips, caramel, maple syrup, and whipped cream. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tickets are $85 for adults and $55 for children under 12. Harpist Phyllis Taylor Sparks will also be performing. Reservations can be made here.
The Hermitage Hotel
You have three chances to show Mom some love at The Hermitage Hotel. Brunch and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Drusie & Darr by Jean Georges, is a prix fixe menu ($128) with both almond and buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict with ham, spinach or salmon for the morning guests and roasted beef tenderloin, steamed Maine lobster and parmesan-crusted chicken for the later crowd. The dessert menu is especially dramatic, with a Flaming Rose Baked Alaska served with a warm rum flambé. Reservations are available here. The hotel is also serving afternoon tea ($105) in the Veranda with tea from In Pursuit of Tea and snacks, including tea sandwiches and sweets, like cream puffs and coconut macaroons. Reservations are available via OpenTable.
Monell’s has the perfect option for the mom who’d rather sleep in than spend the morning getting gussied up for brunch. Their Mother’s Day meals are available for pick-up on May 7 at Monell’s Germantown and Monell’s at the Manor locations so you can serve Mom breakfast in bed — or at least brunch in PJs. The catered meal ($64) serves up to three people and includes rib roast, turkey and dressing casserole, creamed potatoes, corn pudding, honey bacon Brussel sprouts, and more. The à la carte menu features breakfast casserole with potatoes, eggs, sausage, cheese and gravy, fried chicken and biscuits, and sweet tea or fruit tea by the gallon. Place your order here. All Monell’s locations will also be serving Mother’s Day Country Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. and Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An array of fresh salads, cured meats, and seafood will be available at Adele’s Mother’s Day brunch ($48 for adults, $20 for children ages 5-12). There will also be Greek salmon with tzatziki sauce, prime rib with horseradish, glazed spiral ham and a half-dozen desserts, including lemon lavender bars, strawberry rhubarb crumble and banana bread pudding. Heads up: They’re also planning a Father’s Day brunch for Sunday, June 19. Learn more here.
Yolan will be serving their usual special brunch fare, including both savory and sweet Italian dishes, like risotto and lemon ricotta pancakes, and they’ll also be breaking out the Bubbles Cart so Mom can pair her meal with sparkling wine or an Aperol spritz. Reservations are available at yolannashville.com.
etc. in Green Hills is expanding their brunch hours this weekend. They’ll be serving their special Mother’s Day menu — shrimp farro fontina risotto, chili-spiced fried duck eggs, smoked salmon BLT, and so much more — from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is available from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Make reservations here.
Sadie’s in Edgehill is serving up a Mediterranean-inspired brunch buffet with chicken or lamb kebab, baba ghanoush, whipped feta, shakshouka and hummus topped with Mom’s choice of garlicky mushrooms, scrambled eggs or roasted baby shrimp. Want something sweet? The dessert station features baklava and tahini brownies. Reservations recommended.
Mother’s Day at Anzie Blue is also the restaurant’s monthly Gospel Brunch. Tickets are $25, and they include a complimentary cocktail. Reservations are required, as food must be preordered. Tickets available at anzieblue.com.
Ella’s on 2nd
Ella’s on 2nd will have a very well-stocked brunch buffet on Sunday, with everything from spring vegetable quiche and Nonna’s chicken parmesan to a build-your-own pancake bar. They’ll also have mimosas and Bloody Marys available by the pitcher for $35.
Reservations are not necessary for Edley’s Mother’s Day celebration. All three Nashville locations — East Nashville, Sylvan Park and 12South — are serving specials, including the MOM’osa, a frozen peach mimosa made with fresh peach puree and finished off with a pink sugar rim.
The team at Saint Stephen in Germantown has put together a three-course prix fixe brunch menu ($60) that was inspired by their very own mothers. Cute! A few highlights include Gulf red snapper ceviche, Vidalia onion tart, swordfish schnitzel and chicken-fried morel mushrooms. Stefanie Joyce will also be performing, and reservations are required.
Oak Steakhouse is generally only open for dinner, but this Sunday, they’re serving a special Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Their à la carte menu features spinach and feta quiche, shrimp and grits, and specialty steaks, including Japanese A5 wagyu NY strip. All the sides will be available too, from white cheddar mac and cheese to aligot potatoes, which are super creamy mashed potatoes blended with tons of cheese. Reservations are recommended.