By way of full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of Mother’s Day. I don’t mean the holiday, mind you, but finding a spot to celebrate Mother’s Day brunch.
I liken it to dining out on Valentine’s Day, a holiday dining experience I try desperately to avoid. Like Valentine’s Day, dining out on Mother’s Day is almost a requirement rather than an option, one that often results in large crowds, below average service, and a disappointing experience.
That’s why I like to think a little outside the box when it comes to Mother’s Day and explore dining options and cuisine many, even most, sons and spouses wouldn’t think of. With that in mind, here are three options for your consideration.
First up, a place that just added brunch to its repertoire and a place that delivers food well above its station, in my opinion.
The Well Bar Grill and Rooftop. The Well says it will be mixing in a wide range of seafood selections for its Mother’s Day brunch as well as extending its hours on Mom’s Day.
The Well’s seafood selection will include cocktail shrimp, smoked salmon dip, whole fillet smoked salmon platter, crispy shrimp and grits and southwest crispy shrimp. The restaurant says regular brunch offerings such as Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelets, savory lunch items and house made desserts will also be available.
And, because you, your mom, or your spouse might need one or two, The Well also features the city’s largest Bloody Mary bar. Reservations can be made online at www.waldowell.com or by calling (816) 361-1700.
You’ll find plenty of seafood, albeit with a Spanish twist, at my second option, Republica. Republica, which took the space previously occupied by Ingredient on The Country Club Plaza, is a Spanish tapas-themed restaurant operated by Bread and Butter Concepts.
I’m not going to lie. I love tapas and I really enjoy the food, service, ambiance, and cocktails at Republica, so a Mother’s Day/Spanish tapas brunch? Heck yeah! Republica will be rolling out a combination of frias and calientes tapas selections along with a wide range of postres.
If you left it to me, I’d start with the charcuterie, which consists of serrano ham, Spanish chorizo, house-made lomo, Manchego, Mahon, Idiazabal and Garrotxa, then head straight for the coriander-crusted roasted salmon served in a parsley-shallot oil.
I’m not much of a dessert person, so maybe just one more glass of Cava and I’m good! You can call 816-384-2500 for reservations.
One last “out of the box” Mother’s Day brunch suggestion brings me to The Dining Experience at The Kauffman Center. I’ve only had the chance to dine there once, and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The views are unparalleled, the ambiance lovely, and the service and cuisine quite good. This Mother’s Day, The Dining Experience has divided its options into Land and Sea, and the options on both sound delicious to me.
Want some examples? How about seared Cedar River Farms angus beef tenderloin medallions served over a creamy polenta cake with a balsamic demi-glaze and crimini mushrooms? Or, for the seafood fan, pan-seared seabass over a white bean and herb ragu with orange ginger-braised fennel?
And if you don’t want to dine by land or by sea, you can also choose between bread or over greens. Why not enjoy a short-rib Croque Madame featuring braised short ribs, with red wine caramelized red onion, a Mornay sauce, gruyere, and fresh scallions on farm-to-market brioche bread? Or, you could pick any one of the sumptuous salads like the olive oil salmon served over arugula with capers, pickled red onions, Parmesan reggiano with a lemon vinaigrette dressing. Interested? Call 816-994-7222 or zip them an firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know where we’re going, but I’m not telling. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!