She’s cooked your meals, changed your diapers and cheered you up when you were blue, so to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day, flowers alone won’t do.
Instead, treat her to a feast fit for a queen. Dozens of Lehigh Valley restaurants are offering buffets, fixed-price menus and special features on Sunday, May 8. Here are some suggestions (reservations recommended or required at most venues):
The Architects Golf Club, 700 Strykers Road, Phillipsburg: Mother’s Day brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with assorted bagels and baked goods, omelet station, smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, French toast, home fries, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffle station, salads, Mediterranean and antipasto cold displays, baked ham with maple brown sugar, prime rib au jus (available after 1 p.m.), chicken giambotta (with Italian sausage, peppers, onions, oregano and white wine), Mediterranean basa fish with tomato and feta, stuffed rigatoni with vodka sauce, orecchiette (with green peas, prosciutto and cream), vegetable medley, roasted red potatoes, fresh fruit, ice cream bar, crème brûlée, chocolate fountain and assorted cakes, mini pastries and pies. $45.95; $19.95, children; and free, ages 3 and under. 908-213-3080.
Art Cafe, 3610 Route 378, Lower Saucon Township: Mother’s Day menu, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8, includes strawberry grilled cheese, crepes with cognac peaches, roasted vegetable wrap, Hawaiian sandwich (grilled sourdough with pepper jack cheese, pineapple rings and shaved ham), grilled artichoke sandwich, Italian chicken sandwich, spinach berry salad, French toast, breakfast patty melt and more. Prices vary. No reservations. 610-849-2086.
Bang Bang Hibachi Grill & Sushi, 1519 Lehigh St., Allentown: Mother’s Day special includes free item with purchase: edamame (with purchase of $15 or more), six fried crab rangoon (with purchase of $25 or more), California roll (with purchase of $50 or more) and hibachi chicken (with purchase of $75 or more). Bangbangpa.com.
Berlinsville Hotel: Brunch menu, featuring omelet station, Belgian waffles, chicken n waffles, French toast, S.O.S., breakfast sandwiches, eggs Florentine, eggs Benedict, crab imperial Benedict and Bville Special (three eggs your way with bacon, sausage or scrapple, waffle or French toast, home fries and toast); and all-day menu, featuring lobster bisque, stuffed mushrooms, bourbon barbecue-wrapped shrimp, pork loin chop, pan-seared scallops, strawberry pecan salmon, lobster Francese and prime rib. Prices vary. 610-767-6022.
Blue Grillhouse, 4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem Township: Mother’s Day brunch buffet, with omelet station, carving station (honey-glazed ham, prime rib and turkey), raw bar (oysters, shrimp cocktail, cocktail crab claws), fruit display, smoked salmon, market green and Caesar salads, scrambled eggs, French toast, smoked bacon, pork sausage, breakfast potatoes, chef’s catch with lemon dill sauce, chicken Marsala, pasta with tomato cream sauce, herb-roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables and assorted desserts, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the event center. $52; $21, ages 6-12. Full dinner menu available noon-8 p.m in the dining room. 610-691-8400.
Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road, Lower Macungie Township: Mother’s Day specials include bacon-wrapped scallops, goat cheese bruschetta, surf and turf, crab cakes, lemon garlic parm chicken, smoked prime rib, chocolate and strawberry cream pie and strawberry shortcake mimosa. Prices vary. 610-966-4411.
Easton Wine Project, 1247 Simon Blvd., Suite N103: Mother’s Day brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring breakfast quesadilla, sweet potato hash, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon roll pancakes, brown butter gnocchi, wake & bacon burger, sweet potato latkes, roasted Brussels and more. 610-438-2533; eastonwineproject.com.
Elpedio’s Ristorante at the Historic Seipsville Inn, 2912 Old Nazareth Road, Palmer Township: Mother’s Day brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a la carte items (prices vary) such as lobster cake “Bennies,” steak and eggs, bananas Foster French toast, egg-white veggie frittata and eggs any style, as well as a brunch buffet ($23), scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, bacon (pork and turkey options), hot cereal, breakfast potatoes, fruit salad, muffins and paninis. 610-252-3620.
Folino Estate, Greenwich Township: Mother’s Day brunch with Italian meats and cheeses, creamy potato and leek soup, salads, lobster ravioli in vodka cream sauce, risotto funghi, Mediterranean chicken with sundried tomatoes and artichoke, salmon in lemon garlic cream sauce with spinach, carved porchetta (stuffed with rosemary, garlic and fennel), carved beef with balsamic and rosemary, omelette and waffle stations, roasted radish with olive oil, roasted rosemary potatoes, garlic whipped potatoes, balsamic parmesan asparagus, parmesan lemon roasted zucchini, gelato bar with fresh waffles, cinnamon rolls, Italian lemon cream cake, tiramisu, cannoli, chocolate-covered strawberry brownie, warm chocolate chip cookies, cafe bar bar and more. Moms get a complimentary mimosa. $68; $25, ages 4-12. 484-452-3633; folinoestate.com.
Grille 3501, 3501 Broadway, South Whitehall Township: Mother’s Day menu, available 1-7 p.m., includes crab and mango spring rolls, potato gnocchi, tuna tartare, jumbo lump crab cake, filet mignon, lobster tails, seared salmon, free range chicken Caesar salad, grilled hangar steak salad, boneless beef short rib and more. Prices vary. 610-706-0100.
Indigo 52, 52 S. Main St., Nazareth: Mother’s Day brunch, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes avocado toasts, banana macadamia pancakes, stuffed French toast, Brussels sprout latkes, open-faced egg sandwich, cauliflower wings, sweet potato mini sampler, falafel bowl, farmers’ frittata, eggs Benedict and more. Prices vary. 610-365-2026.
Karlton Cafe, Quakertown: Mother’s Day brunch, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m, featuring seasonal specials such as triple berry compote pancakes, cajun omelet, chocolate chip zucchini bread French toast, fire-roasted Benedict, Fruity Pebbles French toast, peanut butter toast, smoked scrapple Benedict, fried Thai chicken sandwich, chicken salad wrap, steak quesadilla and maple sriracha breakfast burger. Prices vary. 215-538-8353.
Kempton Hotel, 9910 Kistler Valley Road: Mother’s Day menu, with shrimp cocktail, sweet and spicy shrimp, crab cakes, chicken bruschetta, twin lobster tails, shrimp scampi, 12-ounce prime rib, filet Oscar, surf and turf, peanut butter pie, apple crisp, chocolate lava cake and more. Prices vary. 610-756-6588.
Madeline’s, 1250 Turnstone Drive, Fogelsville: Mother’s Day brunch buffet and a la carte features available. Brunch a la carte selections, available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in restaurant, include berry yogurt parfait, avocado toast, spinach artichoke dip, crab Florentine Benedict, meat lovers omelet, spinach and tomato omelet, quiche of the day, strawberry Nutella pancakes, stuffed French toast, eggs your way and andouille sausage, potato hash and egg. Dinner features (available after noon) include butter-poached lobster tails, crab cakes, rack of lamb and prime rib. Prices vary. Brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in banquet room, includes carving station (ham and turkey breast), beef tips with mushrooms, omelet station, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola pastries, rice pilaf and vegetable, coffee, tea and juices. $35; $15, ages 6-12. 484-277-2250.
McCall Collective Brewing Co., 102 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown: Mother’s Day brunch, including specials of smoked salmon avocado toast, chicken and waffles, pork roll grilled cheese and red velvet pancakes with cream cheese drizzle, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 8. Prices vary. mccallcollectivebrewing.com.
The Melting Pot, 1 E. Broad St., Suite 100, Bethlehem: Four-course menu, available noon to 9 p.m. May 8, beginning with featured cheese fondue (bacon and brie or green goddess cheddar) and strawberry caprese salad. Entree choices include “The Delight” (garlic and wine filet mignon, basil pesto chicken, apple rosemary pork and Pacific white shrimp) or “The Escape” (garlic and wine filet mignon, Pacific white shrimp, salmon and herb-crusted chicken breast). Featured chocolate fondue includes New York cheesecake chocolate or dark with berries and cream. $54.95 per adult; $29.95 per child. Mothers receive a complimentary mimosa or sparkling cider. 484-241-4939.
Palace Restaurant & Bar, Bethlehem Township: Buffet with pork loin, ham, roast beef, chicken parmesan, chicken picatta, chicken fingers, tortellini alfredo, penne vodka, cheese ravioli, crab cakes, salmon with bourbon sauce, batter-dipped haddock, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, rice pilaf, corn, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, mixed vegetables with sesame sauce, soup, salad bar, homemade cakes, puddings, apple crisp and ice cream, 1-6 p.m. $25; $13, ages 12 and under. 610-861-0404.
Paragon Catering at The Loft at Sawmill Golf Course, 5630 Sullivan Trail, Plainfield Township: Mother’s Day buffet, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring omelet station (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), shrimp bisque, chicken orzo, Yankee pot roast, roast turkey breast, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, seafood Newburg, penne alla vodka, vegetable medley, rice pudding, assorted desserts, lemonade, coffee, tea and citrus water. $24.95; $19.95 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older. 610-759-6907.
Point Phillips Hotel, 943 Point Phillips Road, Moore Township: Mother’s Day specials include smoked tomato bruschetta, lobster Benedict, shrimp bisque, classic Caesar salad, hickory-smoked prime rib, grilled chicken bruschetta, char-grilled filet mignon, bucatini pasta primavera and vanilla bean crème brulee. Prices vary. Mother’s Day catering includes a build-your-own package with choice of mains (hickory-smoked beef brisket, hickory-smoked pulled pork, grilled chicken bruschetta or hickory-smoked prime rib), starch (homestyle mac and cheese, smashed potatoes and gravy or loaded baked potatoes) and vegetable (herbed vegetable medley, green beans with bacon dressing or barbecue-rubbed roasted corn). Prices vary. Orders should be placed by 8 p.m. May 4 for pick up between noon and 3 p.m. May 6. Orders will be cold, with reheating instructions. 610-837-1544.
Richmond Farm & Brewery, 1290 Five Points Richmond Road, Washington Township, Northampton County: Mother’s Day brunch specials include blackened salmon, Moroccan spiced rack of lamb and strawberry shortcake. Prices vary. Specials will be available May 7 (beginning at noon) and 8 (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). 610-360-8303.
Riegelsville Inn, 10-12 Delaware Road: Mother’s Day brunch, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with shrimp, Benedicts, syrupy boxes, mimosas and more. Mother’s Day dinner, 3-8 p.m., with scallops, salads, gumbo, kobe beef, duck and more. Prices vary. 610-749-0100.
Shepherd Hills Golf Club, 1160 S. Krocks Road, Lower Macungie Township: Mother’s Day brunch buffet, featuring fresh fruit, assorted cereals, scrambled eggs, vegetable frittata, sourdough French toast, silver dollar pancakes, home fries, bacon, sausage, lemon-baked cod over rice pilaf, roast beef with a mushroom demi, grilled chicken bruschetta, green beans, mashed potatoes and assorted brownies, cookies, cakes and pies. Seatings at 10 a.m. and noon. $40; $16 for children, ages 12 and under. 610-391-0648; shepherdhillsgolf.com.
Soaked Winery, 567 Blue Mountain Drive, Lehigh Township: “Food in Cups” Mother’s Day pairing, available May 5-8, includes food selections with your choice of a dry or sweet flight: cheese potato gratin stacks (with riesling or cameo), pulled pork cornbread poppers (wit pinot grigio or vignoles), cheddar beef pies (with cabernet sauvignon or Valley Red) and cheesecake with fruit topping (with Lush). 610-760-3339.
Springtown Inn, 3258 Route 212, Springfield Township: Mother’s Day menu, available 4-9 p.m. May 7 and 1-7 p.m. May 8, featuring asparagus crab bisque, caprese salad, grilled filet tips, jumbo shrimp cocktail, artisinal cheeseboard, chicken parmesan, basil pesto housemade pasta, filet mignon Oscar, surf and turf (8-ounce filet and 5-ounce lobster tail), twin lobster tails, sea bass, signature prime rib of beef, lobster shrimp and scallop cakes and signature desserts. Prices vary. 610-346-7262.
Steel Club, 700 Linden Ave., Lower Saucon Township: Mother’s Day brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring fresh fruit, mini muffins and breakfast breads, Caesar and garden salads, Western and cheesesteak frittatas, blueberry lemon pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast, omelet station, Monte Cristo, salmon with lemon wine butter sauce, twice-baked potatoes, vegetable medley, chicken pesto alfredo, prime rib and pork loin carving station, cheesecake, mini crème brulee, strawberry shortcake, cookies, brownies and more. $56; $16, ages 4-12. 610-838-7018; steel.club.
SteelStacks’ Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem: ArtsQuest and culinary partners Levy Restaurants to host Mother’s Day brunch, featuring waffle station, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, breakfast potatoes, creamed chipped beef, biscuits, bacon, pork link sausage, sweet mustard-glazed ham, roasted turkey with brown gravy, five-cheese cavatappi macaroni, mashed potatoes, assorted desserts, juice and coffee bar and more. $45; $21 for ages 5-12. A full-service bar featuring specialty drinks and mocktails will also be available to all guests for an additional cost. Guests can choose time slots between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the buffet closing at 2 p.m. Info: steelstacks.org.
TK’s Bar & Grill, 2500 N. Delaware Drive, Upper Mount Bethel Township: Mother’s Day menu, featuring prime rib, salmon Oscar and seafood fra diavolo. Prices vary. 570-897-6112.
The View at Morgan Hill, 100 Clubhouse Drive, Williams Township: Mother’s Day brunch, with breakfast breads, danishes, muffins, bagels, doughnuts, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted asparagus and ricotta quiche, baked oatmeal, New England clam chowder, Caesar and mixed greens salads, roast beef carving station, parmesan-crusted cod, lemon and rosemary roasted chicken, vegetable creole pasta, seasonal vegetables, roasted red skin potatoes and assorted desserts. Three seatings available (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.). $45; $22, ages 4-12. 610-923-8480 ext. 19; theviewatmorganhill.com.
The West End, 750 N. West End Blvd., Richland Township: Mother’s Day buffet, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 8, includes prime rib and turkey carving stations, made-to-order omelettes, fresh waffles with toppings, farmers egg casserole, eggs Benedict (classic or spinach and tomato), pancakes, home fries, sausage and bacon, creamed chipped beef with biscuits, French toast casserole, house-made mac and cheese, oven-roasted salmon and spinach with a dill cream sauce, chicken piccata, chicken cajun pasta, chicken tenders and sidewinder fries, baby back ribs, shrimp scampi, rosemary roasted potatoes, vegetable medley, pasta salad, mixed greens salad, assored cookies, brownies, cheesescakes and fresh fruit. $36.95; $14.95, ages 4-12. 267-347-4003.
Windows on 6th at Americus Hotel, 555 Hamilton St., Allentown: Mother’s Day brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8, featuring omelet station, carving station (prime rib, roast turkey and sweet honey-glazed ham), salad bar, fresh baked breads, muffins, pastries, yogurts, granola, fresh fruit, soup du jour, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, clams on the half shell, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, poached Faroe Island salmon with champagne dill cream sauce, seared chicken breast (with caramelized fennel, blistered grape tomatoes in savory red wine sauce), fingerling potatoes, smashed trio potatoes, grilled asparagus with Hollandaise, vegetable medley and specialty cakes and pies. $40; half price for ages 5-12. 610-437-2327.
Some other spots to consider: Ashley’s Signature Restaurant in Easton, The Bayou in Bethlehem and Easton, Beck’s Land & Sea House in Bushkill Township, Borderline Family Restaurant in Bethlehem, Böser Geist Brewing Co. in Easton, The Dime in Allentown, Edge in Bethlehem, Emeril’s Chop House in Bethlehem, Fiorentina Grill in Breinigsville, Iron Mule Restaurant & Bar in Williams Township, Kingfish American Bistro & Wine Bar in Bethlehem Township, Marblehead Chowder House in Palmer Township, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar in Bethlehem, Melt in Center Valley, Notch Modern Kitchen & Bar in Lower Macungie Township, Ringers Roost in Allentown, Rios Brazilian Steakhouse in Nazareth, The Shelby in Lower Macungie Township, Slopeside Pub & Grill in Lower Towamensing Township, Spinnerstown Hotel in Milford Township, SURV in Forks Township, Top Cut Steakhouse in Center Valley and The Trapp Door Gastropub in Upper Milford Township.