Mothers’ Day is, normally, one of the busiest days of the year for Portland brunch restaurants, if not the busiest. But gone are the long lines out the doors, flower-strewn tables covered in egg dishes and waffles, and endless parades of champagne flutes going from bar to tables. As restaurant dining rooms remained closed indefinitely, Portland restaurants and bars are finding new ways to supply moms and mother figures with brunch items and mimosas, whether that’s to-go packages or deliveries of wine and flowers. Here are nine options for Mother’s Day specials in the time of COVID-19.
The Italian institution Ava Gene’s is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch in addition to its usual takeout meal kits and market items. Pre-orders go live on the order website Thursday, March 7, with pickup times from Friday to Sunday. Specials will include a “Breakfast in Bed” box for two at $35, with take and bake potato gratin, olive oil cake with strawberries and whip cream, asparagus and goat cheese strada, and prosciutto. There will also be flower bouquets, mimosa kits, and babka waffles.
Nestled in Multnomah Village, the old school cafe Marco’s Cafe has a Mother’s Day brunch bundle — the bundle is $75 and feeds up to four people, with a quiche, pastries, yogurt parfait, spring salad, truffles, and orange juice. There are some additional add-ons available as well, such as sparkling wine for $10, pancake batter, and coffee for two. Orders should be called in at (503) 245-0199 and need to be placed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Delivery is available for those within a five-mile radius, and orders will go out between 8 and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Bretonic restaurant Normandie has been serving daily takeout dinners, but for Mother’s Day will offer a special brunch basket, as well as delivery options. The brunch package serves three-plus, and includes a spring vegetable and bacon galette (or a vegetarian option), ham brioche, Bayonne ham and pickles, miso-deviled eggs, fruit, and spring salad. The special is $60, with a $5 delivery charge; orders must be placed by the evening of Friday, March 8, with deliveries and pick-up times at available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
Willamette Valley’s Brooks Winery is offering a few special Mother’s Day brunch options for pickup on Sunday, May 10 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Customers can find chicken and waffles, bacon and spinach quiche, and chocolate-dipped strawberries on the menu, and bottles of Brooks rosé or pinot blanc are just $10 with each brunch order. Orders can be placed at (503) 453-1278, and each one comes with a mini-bouquet.
The Nightwood Society
This stunning event space normally plays host to an annual Mother’s Day brunch, but since that’s obviously not happening, the Nightwood Society is packing it up and delivering it straight to homes. The Mother’s Day kit costs $55, serves two, and includes a vegetarian frittata, along with seasonal fruits and vegetables, salad, buttermilk biscuits with cultured butter, ham, and preserves, and oatmeal cookies for dessert. Add-ons like smoked salmon, scones, wine, and flowers are also available. All orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, and can be picked up on Sunday, May 10 between 9 and 11 a.m. Delivery will also be available during those hours for $10.
Portland’s local butchery Olympia Provisions has a number of options for the holiday in the form of pantry kits. For brunch, the restaurant group is offering a Benedict kit, with everything needed to make eggs Benedict at home, including a dozen eggs, OP sweetheart ham, english muffins, “lazer potatoes” (an OP speciality), and hollandaise ingredients and instructions. There’s also a mimosa kit complete with a wine and muffin package, or all three as one grand Mother’s Day gift-box for $105. It’s all delivered by “hambulance” on Friday and Saturday before the holiday.
The intimate bar and bistro Radar remains closed for the time being, but will offer a special’s Mother’s Day brunch on May 9 and 10. The menu, posted to Instagram, includes classic dishes like quiche, frittata, and biscuits with mushroom gravy, as well as some Radar specials like braised brisket with heirloom cotija grits, French toast bread pudding, and rhubarb clafoutis. Add-ons include numerous sides, raw eggs for home-cooking, bottles of sparkling wine, and arrangements of flowers. Orders need to be placed at email@example.com by Wednesday, May 5, and delivery is available for orders of $50 or more within five miles of the restaurant.
Remaining open for to-go pastries and coffees throughout the pandemic, the cute cafe and bakery Hungry Heart has some specials for the holiday — either quiche for two or four, or biscuits and gravy for two or four. Both come as vegetarian or meat options, along with sides and pastries, beverages and options for sparkling wine or mimosa add-ons. Orders are available until 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8 — though they may sell out before that — and order forms are available here.
One of the city’s essential Russian restaurants, Kachka is ready to go for the holiday with a Mother’s Day brunch for two package for pick-up and local delivery. Salat mimoza — a layered salad with salmon, eggs, and potatoes — an egg and onion pirog, roasted baby beets, little gems salad, and a Russian-style chamomile cheesecake are all included. Add-ons include a mug and floral arrangement, mimosa kits, bloody Masha mix, pantry starters, and a Russian tea gift pack. All items are available at the helpful online store.
A local chain of cafes and catering service, Elephants has a large range of Mother’s Day options: shoppers can find all kinds of brunch items, hors d’oeuvres, baked goods, local wines, flowers, gift boxes, and cards, all of which is available for delivery. Orders go out on Saturday and Sunday, and must be made by the day before via the online ordering site.
Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert
Besides its brunch kits, the butcher and restaurant group is offering two different gift packages, including various wine selections, flower bouquets, meat bouquets, and local artisan packages.
A lovely, colorful bistro out near Beaverton, Bethany’s Table is offering a Mother’s Day dinner for two for $110. The multi-course menu, available here, includes options for a pantry board (including almonds, cheese, hummus, and prosciutto), starters like poached lobster salad or asparagus with mozzarella and avocado, entrees like paella, king salmon, or risotto, and dessert. Orders should be placed by Saturday, May 9, with delivery going out between 4 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. There are also options for flowers and single meals available at the site’s blog.
For those looking to get their mother figures something good to drink, mobile bar cart Silver Julep has a special Mother’s Day gift package. Each package includes a bottle of sparkly rosé from Varnum Vintners, a bottle of Silver Julep honey lavender or ginger rosemary cocktail mix, chocolates from Ranger Chocolate, and some hand sanitizer, of course. The cost is $65 with pickup, or $75 with local delivery, and interested parties can order via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 503-974-4091 — pickup address will be shared then.
Rather than having tea service at the wine bar and patisserie or out on the miniature vineyard patio, Pix is building tea service packages for pickup and delivery. Both the shipped and picked-up versions include a sachet of tea along with some macarons and other treats. Those picking up packages will find smoked salmon spread and bacon wrapped dates, cheese, prosciutto-wrapped quail eggs, and other delicate bites, while those opting for shipments will find tinned fish, almonds, and other more transportable goods. The full menu and order details are available here. Shipped orders must be placed by Tuesday, May 5, and pick-up orders are due by Friday, May 8.
A chic, sleek wine bar that opened just before the restaurant shut-down, 45 North is offering two special Mother’s Day wine packages — wine and chocolate or wine and flowers. Each comes with a flight of three curated wines with options for style and color, and will be delivered on March 10. Orders must be placed on the website by Friday, May 8.