It’s Mother’s Day, time to treat that special lady right–how about a nice brunch out? Here are some Bay Area restaurant highlights, with several in the Monterey/Carmel area.
Tarpy’s (831-647-1444) is offering Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured selections include Maine lobster & avocado benedict on griddled brioche with two poached eggs, citrus-chive hollandaise, herb salad, and crispy fingerling potatoes; asparagus & gruyere quiche with Benton’s aged Tennessee country ham & arugula salad with herb roasted heirloom tomato; oxtail & fingerling potato hash with pimento cheese grits, two poached eggs and red eye hollandaise; and country French toast with olallieberry compote & candied pecan butter. They will also be serving their regular brunch menu. Visit tarpys.com.
2999 Salinas Highway
The Mother’s Day brunch buffet ($40 for adults, $15 for kids over 5, free for kids under 5, seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) will include a cage-free omelet and waffle station; natural smoked bacon and chicken sausage; eggs benedict; sliced fresh fruit; salads such as crunchy jicama and mango salad with chile and lime; and a carving station with all-natural salt crusted beef prime rib. There will also be entrees including Parmesan gnocchi with grilled chicken, sundried tomato and garlic cream, and a dessert table with cream puffs, chocolate-dipped strawberries, fruit tarts, mini cheesecakes, and more. Call 831-657-6675 or visit opentable.com.
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road
Montrio Bistro has one Mother’s Day special. Reservations are recommended; call 831-648-8880. On Sunday, May 10, if you bring in a photo of yourself with your kids, you will receive a complimentary eight-ounce bottle of house-made Meyer lemon oil and a rose. See montrio.com.
414 Calle Principal
The restaurant is serving a three-course $39 prix fixe menu, with seatings from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 4 to 8 p.m., plus a selection of specialties from the full menu. For the prix fixe, guests receive a choice of starter (five selections include Maine lobster bisque; smoked salmon mousse profiteroles), a choice of six entrees including eight-hour-slow-roasted prime rib; housemade lobster ravioli; pan-seared Monterey snapper); and a choice of three desserts such as Cherries Jubilee. Call 831-373-3775 or see sardinefactory.com/ reservations.
701 Wave St.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
At the Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ restaurant Pacific Edge, there will be an a la carte brunch menu created by Executive Chef Chad Minton and Chef Alvaro Dalmau. For those seeking a buffet brunch, one will be available in the Lobos Lounge; both events are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The a la carte menu includes frittata with cast iron baked eggs, potatoes, chorizo, caramelized onions, and peppers; brioche French toast with local berry compote and vanilla bean whipped cream; and Cioppino with sautéed mussels, clams, local catch, squid ink linguini, spicy tomato broth, and grilled garlic bread. Call 831-622-5445 for reservations and visit www.highlandsinn.hyatt.com for more information.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel
Fandango (831-646-1700) is offering a prix fixe brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $38.75 for adults and $18.75 for kids 12 and under. The menu includes Caesar salad; entrée choices such as leg of lamb Provencal with Pinot Noir demi-glace sauce and shrimp scampi spaghetti; and very berry shortcake with French vanilla ice cream, berries, shortcake, toasted almonds, raspberry sauce and whipped cream. See fandangorestaurant.com.
223 17th Street
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Asilomar is offering a winemaker’s lunch under the iconic ‘Grand Cypress’ at Asilomar State Park.
The first seating is at 1 p.m. Wine pairing and lunch will be provided along with live music and tours of the historic buildings designed by Julia Morgan. The cost, excluding tax/gratuity, is $65 for adults, $20 for kids 5-12, and free for kids 4 and under. Reservations are required at 372-8016.
800 Asilomar Avenue.
Porter’s in the Forest
The restaurant is serving a few Mother’s Day brunch specials. These will be available until 3 p.m. and include blueberry and ricotta pancakes with lemon curd ($9.50); eggs benedict with smoked salmon, avocado, caviar, roasted potatoes, and kale ($19); asparagus, housemade bacon, tarragon and Brie cheese omelet plus roasted potatoes and kale ($17). For reservations call 831-622-8240. Visit poppyhillsgolf.com.
Porter’s is at Poppy Hills Golf Course, 3200 Lopez Rd.
Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse
The Mother’s Day brunch buffet (seatings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is $33.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors and military with ID, $12.95 for kids 6-11, and free for kids under 5 – prices include gratituity and a complimentary glass of champagne, Mimosa, or sparkling cider. Chilled selections include poached salmon; Asian chicken salad; Hawaiian sweet rolls; and and Caesar salad. Hot selections include an omelet station; eggs benedict; French toast casserole with orange marmalade and cream cheese, Nutella chocolate crepes; baked ham with pineapple glaze sauce; and roast beef carving station with au jus and horseradish cream. The restaurant will also feature a Mimosa fountain and an outside area for kids to watch Toy Story. For reservations call 831-883-9479. Visit kula-ranch.com.
3295 Dunes Drive
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