With coronavirus social distancing guidelines in place, Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, is going to look different this year in Philly, making it more important than ever to plan ahead in order to give moms a memorable day. Restaurants all around the Philly region are here to help.
Many spots are selling special Mother’s Day brunch and dinner dishes for takeout and delivery, some with add-ons like wine, board games, and ice cream. Several restaurants and local shops have food gifts available too.
Mother’s Day Brunch
At this East Passyunk Avenue eatery, co-owner/pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki-Styer is making ready-to-reheat Mother’s Day specials, including quiche and French toast bread pudding, each $22. There’s also devil’s food cupcakes, red berry shortcake, and house-made chocolates. Call 215-551-5000 by Wednesday, May 6, for pickup on Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10. Another option is to order from the restaurant’s pop-up food market, which will be stocking cinnamon buns, lemon poppyseed pound cake, and other pastries and breads.
South Street’s petite BYOB Pumpkin has found success during the shutdown with a daily three-course dinner to go. Now it’s offering its first-ever brunch in honor of Mother’s Day. The menu is a la carte and includes a $14 coconut polenta cake, $16 beet-cured gravlax, a $12 chilled pea soup with black lime, and $28 scallops with tabouli. Call 215-545-4448 on Friday, May 8, to order pickup or delivery on Sunday, May 10.
Stove and Tap
In Lansdale, Stove and Tap’s Mother’s Day brunch box includes scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruit. It feeds four for $45. There’s also a $30 mimosa package and a $50 bloody mary kit with local vodka from Boardroom Spirits. Call 215-393-8277 in advance to order delivery or pickup.
Kensington BYOB Cadence is serving a Mother’s Day brunch designed for two for $65 with roast leg of lamb, potatoes, shakshuka, fruit, and spiced date teacake. Add on a cheese plate with dried fruit and malt vinegar nuts for $10. Email email@example.com to order and pick up Sunday, May 10, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Twisted Tail
Southern restaurant Twisted Tail on Headhouse Square has added a few Mother’s Day specials to its brunch menu, including $29 country ham, $29 roasted salmon, and $37 prime rib. Also on offer: blueberry pancakes, a whole fried chicken, cornbread, and beignets. Call 215-558-2471 by Thursday, May 7, to order pickup or delivery.
Fiore Fine Foods
For a $15 minimum order, bring mom some of Fiore’s coveted pastries, like pistachio cornetti, bomboloni with vanilla cream and rum caramel, savory spring herb scones, or a whole coconut cream pie. Order online in advance for pickup on Sunday, May 10.
In Devon, Terrain’s $175 Mother’s Day brunch package comes with a ready-to-heat meal for four, a hibiscus iced tea–making kit, and a journal. Brunch features bread, salad, quiche, roasted salmon, a puff pastry, potato pave, chocolate chip cookies, and cinnamon rolls. A few add-ons include a rose bouquet, funfetti pancake mix, a mimosa kit, lavender lemonade, bloody mary mix, and sangria. Call 610-590-4675 by Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. to order and pick up on Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10.
In Kennett Square, Talula’s Table is selling a $65 brunch box for four that includes mini-breakfast pastries, bacon, frittata wedges, and strawberry mascarpone crepes. Bottles of made-in-PA rosé are also available. Call 610-444-8255 to order and pick up Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10.
Bella Vista brunch standby Hawthorne’s recently reopened for takeout and delivery. Its $50 Mother’s Day brunch package includes three courses for two people. The first course is booze: a choice of sangria, mimosas, or bloody marys. Then come the sweets, including cinnamon rolls and banana bread. The savory course features a frittata and a breakfast enchilada casserole. Ice cream pints ($9) from Franklin Fountain are also on offer. Order online by Friday, May 8, for pickup Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10.
At The Table BYOB
In Wayne, At The Table is offering large-format brunch and dinner items that serve four people. Brunch features a $65 smoked salmon platter and a $30 French toast casserole. Dinner is $150 and offers a few choices, including corn and crab soup to start, rack of lamb, and chocolate brownies. Call 610-964-9700 in advance to order curbside pickup on Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10.
The Olde Bar
Jose Garces’ Olde Bar in Old City has both Mother’s Day brunch and dinner packages available. Brunch goes for $45 a person and includes yogurt parfaits, mini-bagels with smoked salmon, goat cheese quiche, salad, potatoes, and deviled eggs, plus apple cobbler for dessert. Dinner is $60 a person and includes prime rib, bread, potatoes, vegetables, and cherry cobbler. Dishes will be chilled and ready to be reheated. Order online by Tuesday, May 5, and pick up Saturday, May 9.
Cry Baby Pasta
Along with its regular menu and bottles of wine, Queen Village’s Cry Baby has a list of Mother’s Day specials available. The options include an $18 prosciutto frittata, a crab cake for $12, two bake-at-home cinnamon buns for $8, and a $7 Oreo cheesecake slice. Order online for pickup or delivery on Saturday, May 9.
Mother’s Day Dinner
Chef Eli Collins has a few Mother’s Day specials planned in addition to A.Kitchen’s usual menu, including a whole branzino for two for $62, a $50 French fish stew for two, and, for dessert, four sticky buns for $12 or $6 slices of brown butter rhubarb cake. The upscale Rittenhouse restaurant is also selling bottles from its excellent wine list. Call 215-825-7030 to pre-order pickup or get delivery through Caviar.
The $45 tasting menu at Bibou in Bella Vista features seasonal French fare with green pea soup to start, a local, free-range chicken breast with morel mushroom sauce and basmati rice, chocolate pot de crème, and a coconut macaroon. Add half a dozen escargot for $8. Call 215-965-8290 on Monday, May 4, or Tuesday, May 5, to order for pickup Thursday, May 7, Friday, May 8, or Saturday May 9.
At Fork in Old City, Mother’s Day means an elegant three-course meal for $55, available throughout the weekend. To start, there’s a choice between crab louie salad, lamb tartare, and rabbit rillettes. Entree options include porchetta, local trout, and risotto. For dessert, decide between a chocolate tart and strawberry cheesecake. Call 215-625-9425 or email by Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. to order pickup or delivery.
For a glam experience at home, chef Maxime Michaud at the Four Seasons hotel in Center City is planning a $75 five-course menu that features salmon rillettes, a confit tuna salad, wagyu tenderloin, a cheese course, and an almond tart. Add on a bottle of wine, Vernick Coffee Bar’s carrot cake pie, a flower arrangement, or a spa gift basket. Order for pickup via the Tock app.
Iron Hill Brewery
Iron Hill Brewery is offering curbside pickup for brunch and dinner at locations throughout the Philly region (Ardmore, Chestnut Hill, Huntingdon Valley, Media, North Wales, Phoenixville, and West Chester in Pennsylvania and Maple Shade and Voorhees in New Jersey) For brunch, there’s a $16 broccoli and cheese quiche for two that comes with fresh fruit and the option to add a dozen cinnamon rolls for $10. All dinner entrees — ham, salmon or rib-eye — come with salad and roasted vegetables and serve two to four people for $26 to $40. Up for a bit of cooking? Add uncooked lobster tails or shrimp skewers to the order. Bottles of wine and growlers of beer are available too. Call by Thursday, May 7, to order for pickup on Saturday, May 9.
Old City’s Italian food mainstay Positano Coast has two Mother’s Day packages that serve two to four for $55 or $135. Each comes with pasta, vegetables, potatoes, and tiramisu. The $55 menu also includes eggplant parmesan, while the more expensive one comes with antipasto and a choice of pork osso buco or beef tenderloin. Call 215-238-0499 in advance to order pickup (and wine to go) or get it through Caviar or UberEats. Gift certificates are currently 25-percent off.
Mother’s Day Food Gifts
Four vendors at the Bourse food hall in Old City teamed up to put together Mother’s Day gift baskets. The package includes Grubhouse’s bloody mary mix and vegetable quiche, ground coffee from Menagerie, chocolate chip and blueberry muffins from Scoop DeVille, and a felt flower from Art Star. It’s $82 including delivery and tip. Order online.
Thirsty Dice Board Game Café
Fairmount’s board game cafe created a $22 “Mother’s Day comfort crate” with ingredients to make French toast with fruit compote and a side of turkey sausage. Upgrade it by adding a mimosa kit and a family-friendly board game. Order online for pickup or delivery on Saturday, May 9. Bonus: The cafe’s online store also sells assorted groceries and toilet paper.
Old City sushi spot Tuna Bar, recently opened for takeout, is selling sushi-making kits just in time for Mother’s Day. For about $50 a person, each kit comes with tuna, salmon, crab, vegetables, wasabi aioli, sauces, a rolling mat, and chopsticks. Chef-owner Ken Sze plans to post a video demonstrating how to make a few of the rolls. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Tuna Bar Mother’s Day sushi kit” to order for pickup.
At Old City’s Forsythia, $100 gets mom a gift basket full of French goodies, including a bottle of chardonnay, black truffle Champagne jam, pistachio pistou, chef Chris Kearse’s duck spice (a mix of fennel seed, coriander, Szechuan peppercorn, and lavender meant for seasoning duck, chicken, and pork dishes), sheep’s milk cheese, and garlic sausage, plus tulips and a $20 gift card to the restaurant. Call 215-644-9395 to order and schedule pickup.
Though not a Mother’s Day exclusive, Joy Boxes offers a selection of locally made treats that work well for a Mother’s Day present. Customers can mix and match goods from a few Philly companies, including Weckerly’s ice cream, Lil’ Pop Shop popsicles, Triple Bottom Brewing beer, Câphé Roasters coffee, Third Wheel cheese, and fancy fungus from Mycopolitan Mushroom Company. Order online for delivery.
PA General Store
Inside Reading Terminal Market, the PA General Store sells $40 to $60 gift baskets full of Mother’s Day goodies that all hail from Pennsylvania, like buttermilk pancake mix, Tastykakes, and soft pretzels. Order online.
Shane Confectionery, the Old City candy shop from the Franklin Fountain crew, has Mother’s Day sweets available for pickup. Choose house-made caramels, jelly beans, truffles, ice cream, and more. Order online.
In addition to the brunch boxes mentioned above, Talula’s Table in Kennett Square is putting together $95 gifts of local cheese, nut brittle, small batch jam, macarons, chocolates, and flowers packaged together in a leather and canvas Talula’s-branded tote bag. Call 610-444-8255 to order and pick up Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10.