Mother's Day Brunch is a given. You have to treat the moms in your life to a day free of planning, shopping and dishes. In case you've been a little distracted the last few weeks, let me remind you: Mother's Day is THIS Sunday, May 8th. Being totally transparent here, I didn't even realize that until I started writing this blog post.
After some research here are my suggestions for Mother's Day Brunch in Orange County. You won't be surprised, they are some of my favorite places in OC.
1.) Matador Cantina
Have you been to this hip restaurant in the heart of Old Town Fullerton? You have to try it, innovated food in an intimate, sultry environment. Think candles, bare brick walls and Huevos Rancheros. Seriously, if you go to The Old Spaghetti Factory again without trying Matador at least once, I'm going to scream. For Mother's Day they're adding Strawberry Fruit Tart and Crab Cake Benedicto. Moms will also receive a gift...a gift beyond just getting out of the house with her family.
111 Harbor Blvd., Fullerton
Open for brunch on Sunday 9 am to 2 pm.
Make reservations at 714-871-8226
2.) Pelican Hill Resort
Always upping your dining experience, The Pelican Hill Resort is offering a Mother's Day Family Tea in their Great Room. Only for Mother's Day, dine on sandwiches and sweets as you sip tea with mom. For added elegance they'll be a pianist and sweeping ocean views. Lifting pinkie finger while sipping tea is optional. Talking in fake English accent forbidden.
22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast
Tea is from 3 pm to 5 pm
$45 for adults and $25 for children 12 years old to 5. Children under 5 are free
Reservations Required call 800.820.6800.
3.) Nieuport 17
Class-it-up for Mother's Day at the new Nieuport 17 in Tustin. They have a new chef and new brunch menu and for Mother's Day, they are letting the Champaign flow! I like it; jazz, Champaign and no dishes.
13051 Newport Ave, Tustin
Open for Brunch on Sunday 10 am to 2 pm
For reservations call (714) 731-5130
4.) "A" Market
You can find A Market right next to A Restaurant in Newport Beach (Formerly Arches) on PCH. It's a cozy, upscale eatery that makes the best roast beef sandwich I've ever had. Ever. And I don't even really like roast beef. It's that good. The nice folks at A Market will box up your sandwiches or salads in an adorable brown to-go box and you can take mom and the gang anywhere to enjoy Mother's Day. We often pick up lunch at A Market and head down to the beach. Looks like good weather for it. A Restaurant is offering a Mother's Day brunch, too.
3334 PCH, Newport Beach, Ca
5.) The Lazy Dog Cafe
Bring the whole family, dog included, to Mother's Day Brunch at Lazy Dog. No secret, this is one of my favorite places to eat in OC and for good reason; fresh, creative food in a friendly environment. They just launched their new brunch menu so even if you're a regular like me, you'll find something new there this Sunday.
Brunch served 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday
Reservations taken for parties 6 or more.