If there’s one person in the world who deserves a day of praise, it’s your mother. But in order to squeeze as much gratitude and love into that one special day as possible, you’re going to have to start early. I’m not talking crack-of-dawn early (no need to be annoying); I’m talking brunch early. It’s that sweet spot between a leisurely Sunday morning and a lazy Sunday, and it’s the perfect time to get out there and celebrate all that mothers do.
If you’re planning something nice for your mom, or if you’re the mom and given a choice of where to go, here are the best spots to start your Mother’s Day.
The Olde Mill Inn
Location: 225 Morristown Road, Basking Ridge
Description: The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn is pulling no stops this Mother’s Day. The menu here is as expansive as it is elaborate, and I mean that in the best way possible. Crab ravioli, butternut squash mac ‘n’ cheese, pad thai, eggs benedict, traditional tea sandwiches, shrimp pasta salad; these are just a few of the options available to you at The Olde Mill Inn. But the food is only part of the appeal here; the ambiance at this historical structure is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for your Mother’s Day celebrations.
For More Details: Visit www.oldemillinn.com or call 908-696-2335.
Location: 908 Washington Street, Hoboken
Description: Amanda’s has been a Hoboken staple for over two decades, and is well known for offering one of the best brunches in town. Located in a converted brownstone, Amanda’s is the perfect place to enjoy a classically cozy meal with family. This Mother’s Day, stop by for a 3-course prix-fixe menu filled with Amanda’s unique take on traditional brunch options. There are four sittings and they’re sure to fill up quickly, so be sure to book your table today.
For More Details: Visit amandasrestaurant.com or call 201-798-0101.
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
Description: For all the mamas with energetic little ones, Alstede Farms is your spot. Enjoy a beautiful Sunday morning hayride through the farm’s grounds before heading into an asparagus-themed brunch in Harvest Hall. The good news is the farm is fully functional on Sundays, so your day doesn’t have to end after brunch. Check out the farm store, ice cream parlor, children’s farm, or the wine tasting to top off the Mother’s Day fun!
For More Details: Visit alstedefarms.com or call 908-879-7189.
La Dolce vita
Location: 400 Ocean Avenue, Belmar
Description: Looking for a non-buffet Mother’s Day Brunch? La Dolce vita is the place to go. This family-owned Belmar spot is known for its delicious Italian & seafood dishes served up with spectacular views of the Atlantic (plus outdoor seating, yay!). Head here on Mother’s Day for a prix-fixe menu to please each and every taste bud. Options include filet mignon tips, lobster mac and cheese, prime rib and eggs, stuffed salmon, and some delicious pasta dishes. The dessert menu also includes homemade chocolate mousse with crushed oreos. (So basically, I’ll see you there.)
For More Details: Visit www.belmarrestaurant.com or call 732-749-3177.
McLoone’s Pier House
Location: 1 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch
Description: Located directly on the beach (and by directly I mean there’s actually sand underneath this restaurant) in Long Branch’s beautiful Pier Village, McLoone’s is known for its versatility. Want a gourmet, 5-star meal for yourself and a grilled cheese for your little one? Perfect, they can do that. This Mother’s Day, McLoone’s is serving up some unique buffet options. They had me at crab cake station, but they will also have a raw bar, an omelet station, waffle station, carving station, and an abundance of brunch fixtures set out for the taking. Call to make your reservations today!
For More Details: Visit www.mcloonespierhouse.com or call 732-923-1006.
Location: 72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City
Description: If there’s one thing your mom deserves this Mother’s Day, it’s a nice glass of wine. Top off a gourmet brunch in Renault’s grand ballroom with a winery tour and tasting at one of the oldest wineries in the Garden State, which also happens to be a recognized New Jersey State Historical site. For the food, think omelets, pastries, and a carving station for the breakfast-minded brunchers and chicken francese, roasted turkey and pork, eggplant parmesan, penne, and herb crusted white fish for those craving a heartier meal. Renault is going all out this Mother’s Day, so be sure to make your reservations today.
For More Details: Visit www.renaultwinery.com or call 609-965-2111.
Stage House Tavern
Location: 1719 Amwell Road, Somerset
Description: Looking for a more laid-back Mother’s Day? The Stage House Tavern offers an expansive brunch buffet in a casual setting. With a menu spanning from scrambled eggs and French toast to slow roasted pork loin and short ribs au poirve, you’re sure to leave with a very full stomach. For the early risers, Stage House begins seating at 9:30 am so you don’t have to wait to get your brunch on.
For More Details: Visit www.stagehousetavern.com or call 732-873-3990.
The Kenilworth Inn
Location: 60 South 31st Street, Kenilworth
Description: Why not make it a Mother’s Day weekend? The Kenilworth Inn offers the opportunity to get away for the night and still enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch without having to travel any further. Hop from the breakfast bar to the salad bar to the hot buffet with all the energy you saved by not fighting Sunday morning traffic. Or skip the stay, fight the traffic, and still enjoy an incredible meal. Either way, you win!
For More Details: Visit www.kenilworthinn.com or call 908-241-4100.
The Spring Lake Manor
Location: 415 Highway 71, Spring Lake
Description: The Spring Lake Manor is the place to be if you’re looking for a bit of grandeur on your Mother’s Day morning. This expansive venue has large rooms, elegant staircases, and, best of all, a waffle station. The waffle station is accompanied by a full buffet, complete with eight chafing dishes, an omelet station, a carving station, a Viennese table, and other assorted options. Call today to book your table!
For More Details: Visit springlakemanor.com or call 732-449-6630.
Carriage House Café & Tearoom at The Physick Estate
Location: 1048 Washington Street, Cape May
Description: Do you know what’s even better than dinner and a show? Brunch and a show! This Mother’s Day, head to The Physick Estate for a brunch buffet accompanied by a live performance of jazz numbers from The Great American Songbook. It’s a wonderful way to liven up your Sunday morning, and take in the beautiful architecture of one of Cape May’s historic Victorian estates. Tickets are $30 and advance reservations are required.
For More Details: Visit www.capemaymac.org or call 609-884-5404.
Featured Mother’s Day Brunch Events
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Sunday, May 8, 2016: Both the Black Horse Pub and the Black Horse Inn will be serving their Grand Buffet Brunch on Mother’s Day from 10am-3pm.The Inn will also offer an A La Carte Special Dinner Menu from 12pm-8pm Call 973-543-7300
Sunday, May 8, 2016: We will be serving a unique a la carte brunch from10am-4pm with additional specials which include Ricotta Pancakes and Braised Short Rib Hash. The full Dinner Menu will also be available from 11am to 9pm. Call:(973) 543-7300
Sunday, May 8, 2016: We will have 3 seatings for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8 at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Special Brunch Items include the following: A Carving Station, Omelets to Order, Breakfast and Brunch Selections, Desserts and more! Call 973-267-4700
Sunday, May 8, 2016: Serving Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch on May 8 from 10-4 featuring a Carving Station, Omelets to Order, Breakfast & Brunch Selections, Pastries & More. Call: 732-469-0066
Sunday, May 8, 2016: Serving Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch on May 8 from 10-4 featuring a Carving Station, Omelets to Order, Breakfast & Brunch Selections, Pastries & More. Call: 973-783-2929
Sunday, May 8, 2016: Serving Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch on May 8 from 10-4 featuring a Carving Station, Omelets to Order, Breakfast & Brunch Selections, Pastries & More. Call: (201) 652-1070
Sunday, May 8, 2016: The Office Tavern Grill will be serving an a la carte Brunch Menu along with their regular dinner menu. Call:(973) 285-0220
Sunday, May 8, 2016: Serving Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch featuring a Carving Station, Omelets to Order, Cold Salads, Meat & Cheese Display, Hot Brunch and Dinner Items, Pastries and Desserts. Call: (908) 522-0550
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Kenilworth Inn / Facebook
Spring Lake Manor / Facebook
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