What day during the year do you think is the busiest day for Los Angeles area restaurants? If you said Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve, you are getting warm. However, the busiest restaurant day of the year is Sunday, May 13, when millions of Americans celebrate Mother’s Day over brunch.
With plenty of dining options on Mother’s Day, where do you go to thank mom for her dedicated parenting? We like four restaurants within a short drive of Holiday Inn Burbank.
Market City Caffe
Located at 164 E. Palm in Burbank, Market City Caffe serves Mother’s Day brunch from 9 AM until 3 PM, with live music starting at 11 AM Drink specials include $18 pitchers of Bloody Marys and all you can drink mimosas. Try the combo organic scrambled eggs topped with mozzarella cheese or the popular bacon and buttermilk pancakes. The specialty of the restaurant at brunch is Salmon Benedict, which consists of smoked salmon, two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and an in-house made from scratch biscuit. Order one of the delicious plates of blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes.
Our neighbor to the east Glendale offers several Mother’s Day brunch options, with Bacari GDL remaining a favorite of epicureans all over Southern California. The restaurant will offer brunch specials between 11:30 AM and 3 PM. Some of the dishes to consider include Shakshuka, Croque Madame, and crab cake Benedict. Bacari GDL also plans to run a 90-minute bar special, which includes bottomless bellinis, mimosas, and sangrias for $25. Bacari GDL is located at 757 Americana Way in Glendale, CA.
La Grande Orange Café
An Arizona-based company has given Del Mar Station new life. The historic Spanish mission-style train depot is home to La Grande Orange Café. With large vintage lanterns hanging from ceiling trusses and polished southwestern inspired colors creating a warm, inviting ambiance, the restaurant is the ideal spot to treat mom to brunch. The menu features classic comfort foods, as well as numerous dishes for vegetarians. Order a few plates of six deviled eggs infused with fresh herbs to get brunch off to a sumptuous start. Follow the appetizer with grilled ahi tuna tacos or melt in your mouth short ribs the chef has slow cooked for hours. Del Mar Station sits at 206 S. Raymond in Pasadena.
Kyoto native Akira Hirose owns an impressive culinary resume, with stints in kitchens at Citrus and L’Orangerie. Hirose combines classic French cooking with recipes inspired by the most accomplished Japanese chefs. Maison Akira offers diners numerous private dining areas, which are perfect places for large parties to celebrate Mother’s Day. Try the onion soup gratinee or the French classic escargots de Bourgogne as a starter. Follow up the appetizers by ordering Maine lobster salad with wasabi caviar. Entrees include shiso dusted tuna served rare in yuzu soy and a grilled rib-eye in a marchand de vin sauce. Hirose operates his restaurant at 713 E. Green St. in Pasadena.
We highly recommend you make reservations for brunch wherever you decide to dine on Mother’s Day. You do not want mom to wait for her special day to begin.