Mother's Day: Beyond Basic Brunch

Mother's Day doesn't have to be safe -- kick it up a notch with Mom this year

By Wendy Wollenberg
|  Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009  |  Updated 4:54 PM CDT
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Mother's Day: Beyond Basic Brunch

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Toast Mom at a fun Mother's Day brunch this year.

Don't just take Mom to any old brunch to celebrate Mother's Day (which is this Sunday, May 10, btw) this year. The traditional morning meal is getting a jolt at several inventive restaurants around town, all of which your mom will find way more memorable than some nondescript banquet room.

Treat your mom to manis and mimosas this Mother's Day at Sheffield's, where nail techs from nearby salon, Paint, will be (ahem) on hand giving $10 manicures. Sheffield's will also offer an alcohol-fueled, a la carte brunch, replete with French toast, pancakes, eggs Benedict, pulled pork hash, oatmeal and much more, along with mucho mimosas (Mom gets a free one; you'll have to pay for yours). Sheffield's brunch will go from 10AM-3PM; manicures will be offered from 11AM-3PM.

You and your mom can rock the house at the legendary Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues (if you haven't been, it's really something to see). Three seatings will be offered on Mother's Day (10AM, 12:30PM and 3PM), featuring amazing live gospel performances and the abundant brunch buffet laden with made-to-order waffles, biscuits-and-gravy, jambalaya, fried chicken, along with omelet and carving stations and so much more. The House of Blues Gospel Brunch is priced at $37.50 for adults, $22 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children under 6.

The legendary "Kit Kat Diva" Madame X will provide the entertainment at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club's fun-loving Mother's Day brunch, which will definitely save you from having to make conversation, as will the free-flowing mimosas. Executive chef Matt Stovey will be cooking up a four-course menu with choices for the occasion, featuring such sweet and savory options as slow-roasted corned beef hash, poached eggs over Cajun crab cakes and Texas-style French toast with bourbon-glazed cherries. Kit Kat's Mother's Day brunch will take place from 11AM-3PM and costs $29.95 per person.

If you were hoping to send Mom on an exotic trip this Mother's Day but your credit card won't allow it, take her to Sortie instead. The new Turkish dining destination is offering a unique brunch this Mom's Day, complete with such unexpected dishes as Turkish meatballs and a variety of Turkish cheeses and spreads served with homemade breads, along with more traditional brunch offerings like fresh fruit, custom-made omelets and pastries. A complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary will help with the feeling of being transported somewhere other than Chicago's Gold Coast. Sortie's Mother's Day brunch will take place from 10AM-2:30PM and is priced at $15 per person.

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