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Where to Go for Brunch or Lunch in Detroit This Mother’s Day

Here’s where to take your mom — or pick her up something special to eat — on Sunday, May 9

A bloody mary with slices of sausage skewered on the rim from Marrow.
A bloody mary from Marrow
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9, which means there’s not a lot of time left to reserve a table, or pre-order a takeout meal.

Amid this pandemic, not every mom is ready for indoor dining and some restaurants are pausing service. Other local establishments are offering socially distanced, decadent dining or selling kits and feasts to enjoy at home.

With restaurant capacity limited to 50 percent or 100 people, many places are booked or have canceled service this year, but a few professionals are available to help celebrate Mom this spring. Here are a few with availability at press time.

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Brunch (dine in or carry out)

Andiamo: Choose from a special menu, a plated brunch in Bloomfield or Warren, or brunch to-go. Takeout packages are $30 and include brown sugar glazed sliced ham, ricotta cheese-filled blintzes with berry compote, French toast strata with vanilla-scented custard, quiche, Applewood bacon, turkey sausage, potatoes O’Brien, breakfast pastries, and orange juice.

The Apparatus Room: Brunch for Mother’s Day includes an acai bowl with yogurt, berries, and house granola; as well as selections such as the Buckboard Benedict, comprising smoked pork collar, Brussels sprout slaw, and chipotle hollandaise. Call 313-800-5600.

Blake’s Cider Mill: This Armada-based tasting room is offering a Mother’s Day buffet that includes a prime rib carving station, eggs, bacon, waffles, ham, baked mostaccioli, mac and cheese, roasted chicken, and pasta salad for $30 ($10 for children). Reservations by telephone only at 586-784-9463.

Brown Iron Brewhouse: This Washington Township beer hall is offering a limited Mother’s Day menu, served with bloody marys and mimosas. Make reservations online, or call 586-697-3300, for outdoor patio reservations.

Chive: Make reservations for a five-course vegan brunch ($65) on the patio or bar. Brunch includes spring dumplings, artichoke Benedict, salad, fried chicken seitan, and a dessert. For those who prefer a meal at home, mac and cheese, lasagna, salad, wines, and desserts are available for order and pickup.

Dime Store The downtown Detroit favorite is reopen for brunch. The restaurant is known for its creative dishes including the Korean fries — spuds loaded with steak, bulgogi, pickled veggies, and creamy, spicy Sriracha mayo.

Forest: Birmingham’s Forest restaurant is taking reservations for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seatings on Mother’s Day. The cost is $55. Call 248-258-9400 to place orders or reserve on OpenTable.

Gaudino’s: This Italian restaurant and market in St. Clair Shores will have a Mother’s Day menu with seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Call 586-879-6764 to reserve a table indoors or on the patio.

Grey Ghost: Brush Park restaurant Grey Ghost is serving a brunch for the first time in months. Service is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch orders are being accepted online.

Mabel Gray: This Hazel Park restaurant is taking reservations for parties of two to four for a four-course brunch at the bar, patio, or dining room on Mother’s Day. The menu includes a mimosa, potato blini, steak and eggs, beet cured lox, and a dessert for $65 per person. Champagne is available for an additional $50.

Madam: This splashy new Birmingham hotel restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe ($75) with champagne mimosa and a dessert. Highlights include quiche Madam and crispy soft shell crab. A kids’ menu is available.

Mario’s: Italian favorite Mario’s has a plated Mother’s Day brunch ($40 adults, $15 for kids 5-12) available from noon to 4 p.m. The patio is now open. Call 313-832-1616.

Marrow: The restaurant-slash-butcher shop is offering a four-course chef’s tasting menu ($50) on May 9. Want to eat at home? Marrow’s also selling brunch or dinner kits for four ($80-$150) for pre-order; proceeds from them will benefit Dynami Foundation’s breast cancer research.

Mitchell’s Fish Market: Brunch is three courses and can include ginger-crusted salmon ($45), lobster and shrimp stuffed salmon ($45), tenderloin duo ($55), or a 6-ounce filet with shrimp scampi ($55). Reservations are recommended. For those who want to celebrate at home, there’s a family steak and cakes feast ($99) and a family surf and turf feast ($119) available.

The Morrie Royal Oak: Sip mimosas or a bloody mary while dining on Nashville hot chicken or waffle or pecan pancakes. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 248-216-1112.

The Rattlesnake Club: Treat Mom to a five-course meal, along with the best views of the Detroit River. Call 313-567-4400, ext. 3 to reserve a table, or email

Rugby Grille: Four-course brunch includes the option of prime rib, bass, chicken breast, or risotto, served 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Make reservations online.

Testa Barra Kitchen and Cocktails: This Macomb Township restaurant, specializing in modern northern Italian cuisine, will offer a three-course meal, starting at $36. Options include lamb shank, prime rib, pasta ala vodka, miso-glazed salmon, vegan pasta, and filet mignon.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse offers an in-person brunch (think gingerbread waffles, spring onion quiche, or smoked steak and eggs) or a breakfast in bed preorder package. Order by May 8.

Brunch pickup only

AB’s Amazing Ribs: Treat mom to a carryout barbecue from this halal restaurant. There are meals for four that include ribeye, way gun, smoked chicken, mac and cheese, fries, and cornbread. 313-914-2159.

Berkley Common: Mother’s Day kits at this Berkley-based restaurant serve four to six people for $85. The meal includes spinach, bacon, onion, and cheddar quiche, as well as salad, blueberry muffins, and mimosas. Optional add-on gifts include ceramic candles, and aprons. Place orders by Saturday, May 1, for pickup at 4 p.m. on May 8. Call 248-677-0795 or email

Fried Chicken + Caviar: This pop-up has meals for Saturday dinner or Sunday brunch: chicken-fried duck, risotto or grits, garden salads, and salted chocolate chip cookies. A bouquet of flowers from Graham Stanton is included with luxe packages ($165 for two).

The Stage Deli: Pick up a box of a four-course brunch ($75 and $95) to finish fixing at home. Each box serves four.

High Tea

Townsend Hotel: Afternoon tea is served noon to 3 p.m. The menu includes scones, assorted tea sandwiches and pastries for $65. (Children’s menu is $40.)

The Whitney: Detroit’s iconic mansion offers afternoon tea service at the mansion on Saturday and Sunday. With 30,000 feet and 14 dining rooms, there’s plenty of room for social distancing. Reserve a spot online.

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Sweet Heather Anne

920 North Main Street, , MI 48103 (734) 913-2025 Visit Website

The Whitney

4421 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48201 (313) 832-5700 Visit Website

Brown Iron Brewhouse

57695 Van Dyke Avenue, , MI 48094 (586) 697-3300 Visit Website


5222 Southeast 52nd Avenue, , OR 97206 (503) 774-1020 Visit Website

eve the restaurant

Bell Tower Hotel, Ann Arbor, Michigan Visit Website

Grey Ghost

47 E Watson Street, , MI 48201 (313) 262-6534 Visit Website


1128 Washington Boulevard, , MI 48226 (313) 961-2500 Visit Website

Mabel Gray

23825 John R Road, , MI 48030 (248) 398-4300 Visit Website


8044 Kercheval Avenue, , MI 48214 (313) 652-0200 Visit Website

FOLK Detroit

1701 Trumbull, , MI 48216 (313) 742-2672 Visit Website

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