Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mother's Day: Where to take mom (fancy edition)

Posted by on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:05 PM

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Mommy drinks beer, little Charlie looks constipated

Mother's Day is one of the busiest in the restaurant business, right up there with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. The nice thing about working on Mother's Day is that restaurant customers are usually on their best behavior (unlike New Year's Eve), they don't stay out late (ditto) and because the holiday falls on a Sunday, an after-church brunch is more popular than dinner.

As a waiter, I liked working on Mother's Day because there was something about taking a parent out to dinner that encouraged patrons to tip more generously.

If my own mother, pictured right, were going to be in Kansas City on Sunday, May 9, I'm sure I'd spring for the fanciest brunch in town. But I'd make the reservations right now, because restaurants get booked early for this holiday.

Several options fit into that "fancy brunch" category, including the glamorous spread in the Oak Room at the InterContinental Hotel Kansas City. At $48 per person, it's also one of the costliest. But, hey, isn't Mom worth it?

The Oak Room brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a raw bar with fresh seafood, assorted cheeses, sliced fresh fruits and salads, a bruschetta station (how Italian!), egg dishes and a made-to-order omelette station, Belgian waffles, breakfast meats, artichoke-and-gruyere-stuffed chicken breasts, trout amandine, carved prime rib, honey-cured ham, freshly-baked pastries and croissants, and a dessert buffet featuring petit fours, pralines, truffles, cakes and tortes. A seperate children's buffet with kid-friendly dishes will also be offered. For reservations, call 816-756-1500.

The Kansas City Downtown Marriott hosts its Mother's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Imperial and Colonial Ballrooms of the historic Muehlebach Hotel (101 W. 12th Street), with salads, cheeses and fresh fruits, flatbreads and breakfast pastries, French toast, breakfast meats, egg dishes, made-to-order omelettes and Eggs Benedict. There are also chicken, beef, pork and fish entrees in addition to carving stations featuring herb-encrusted round of beef and roast turkey with sage stuffing. The dessert display will include strawberry cheesecake, caramel cream puffs, tarts, chocolates, bread pudding, vanilla strawberry Napoleons, flourless chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. The cost, for adults, is $30 per person. Call 816-421-6800 for reservations.

Benton's Steak & Chop House, on the 20th floor of the Westin Crown Center Hotel at 1 Pershing Road, not only has the most spectacular view but a visually sumptuous brunch including an array of hot entrees, cold salads, made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelettes and, on the dessert buffet, a chocolate fountain. It's $45 for each adult. For reservations, call 816-391-4460.

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