The best Dayton-area Mother’s Day brunches

  • Jim Ingram
6:00 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 Restaurants
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Flowers and cards are nice, but all moms have got to eat.

When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant getting my mom whatever over-the-top tacky gift my father picked out and saying I “helped.” 

Since there are roughly 1,300 miles between me and my parents these days -- and sometimes that’s a good thing -- I don’t get to take her out to brunch for Mother’s Day. That doesn’t mean I don’t know of a few great places to take Mom should she drop in unexpectedly.

If you’re fortunate enough to have your mom still in your life and near you, here are some great restaurants that are sure to be a hit. 

This Oregon District hot spot’s Mother’s Day buffet features salads, hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, quiche  and platters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Larger appetites will salivate over either the prime rib or ham with “smooshed” herbal potatoes and a vegetable medley as sides. Corner Kitchen didn’t leave out dessert, with parfaits, assorted cookies and brownies available. Reservations are recommended.

Cost:  $24 per person ($14 for guests 11 and younger)

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General manager Natalie Skilliter and husband/executive chef Jack Skilliter talk about details as they prepare to open Corner Kitchen at 513 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District. The Corner Kitchen, the Oregon District’s newest restaurant on the high-profile corner of East Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue, has released its menu and announced a July 21 opening date. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Carver’s offers guests a three-course menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where the main entree portion presents Mom with some tough choices. The prime rib Eggs Benedict is eye catching, but the tenderloin skillet, filet medallions in lobster cream sauce, raspberry salmon and steak and eggs -- featuring an 11-ounce New York strip -- may have you asking to share off your mom’s plate like you did as a kid...unless you never stopped. The dessert course is the intriguing Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse. Reservations are suggested.

Cost: $30 (mimosas not included)

You can start this brunch buffet with a little more of a down-home feel, featuring things like scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, home fries, French toast, waffles with Bananas Foster. The carving station will have prime rib, country ham, grilled tilapia, rice pilaf and grilled chicken breast in mushroom sauce. A number of delicious salads and sides will also be available. Leave room for dessert, because you’ll have a selection of Chocolate Mousse, cookies, brownies and assorted cheesecakes. The brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for reservations. 

Cost: $27 ($14 for children and younger, age 5 and younger free)

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Brunch on The Caroline's patio may just make Mom's day.

The restaurant has been fairly tight lipped about their Mother’s Day brunch menu thus far. However, they did announce on their Facebook site they will have a “twist on a Croque Madame". Costs were not available at press time, but the Table 33 did say they are down to a few spots available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. 

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Table 33 in downtown Dayton recently expanded its menu. Photo by Amelia Robinson

Cost: $18.99 

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The Shrimp Brochette Skewers on this year's Mimi's Cafe Mother's Day menu.

This buffet will feature a fresh egg omelet station and baked tomatoes, as well as some of the usuals like French toast and eggs Benedict. Prime rib, apricot and cherry glazed ham and rosemary and garlic leg of lamb are just some of the drool-worthy options you’ll have to choose from. A bevy of salads and homemade desserts will also be served. Reservations are recommended.

Cost: $26 ($11 for children 10 and younger, 3 and younger are free)

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The Mother's Day brunch buffet at Michael Anthony's at The Inn will feature their homemade desserts.

One of the shining stars of Tipp City has quite the buffet menu this year. Highlights include the chicken waffle sliders, chocolate croissants and potato casserole. What caught our eye was the asparagus, roasted tomato and goat cheese frittatas. Make sure you don’t leave without trying the lavender honey cheese cake. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

Cost: $29.95

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The dining room at Coldwater Cafe in 2010. STAFF FILE PHOTO BY JIM WITMER

If buffets aren’t your thing, Bar Dumaine is offering up individual dishes à la carte, like their walnut raisin French toast with applewood smoked bacon or house-smoked Scottish salmon and asparagus quiche. Delicious sides include the homemade black pepper-sage sausage and their angel biscuit. The dessert menu includes a tempting creme crème brûlée. Bar Dumaine is taking reservations for groups of all sizes. Service begins at 11 a.m. and runs all day.

Cost: Price varies per item

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Anne Kearney, chef and co owner of Bar Dumaine. SUBMITTED

This brunch has the whole family in mind with menu items geared towards both adults and children. Buffet offerings will include roast turkey, cabbage rolls, French toast bake and chicken and waffles. Kids may prefer the chicken tenders. The mouth-watering sides include potatoes O’Brien, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, mac and cheese, as well as salads and fruit options. The buffet runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and reservations are recommended. 

Cost: $26 (adults), $10 (children 13 years old and younger)

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The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind.
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