My mom *loves* to come downtown now. When I first moved downtown, once in 1999 and then in 2007, she thought I was taking my life into my hands. As downtown has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years, she’s gotten excited too. She loves Senate and Mayberry and Lackman, she talks about visiting the Netherland as a kid (and how many parts of it haven’t changed much, like the Arcade and the Palm Court. She loves that Fountain Square has something happening every night, and she loves brunch at Nada. I’m not sure what Mom and I are doing for Mother’s Day this year, but the folks at Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. have provided a list.
Boi Na Braza, Mother’s Day special includes unlimited servings of various cuts of meat and an unlimited salad bar. $34.95 per person. Open noon to 8:30 pm, 441 Vine St. (513) 421-7111. http://www.boinabraza.com
Cafe at the Taft Museum of Art, Mother’s Day Brunch from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Brunch prepared by Taft Executive Chef Mark Bowers and served in the Museum’s garden. After brunch, visit the just- opened exhibit Ohio to the White House: Photographs by Matthew Albritton. 316 Pike St. (513) 352-5140. Museum entrance is free on Sundays.http://www.taftmuseum.org
First Watch, Mom gets a free box of chocolates when you treat her to breakfast, brunch or lunch on Mother’s Day. While supplies last. Open 7:00 am to 2:30 pm, 700 Walnut St. (513) 721-4744. http://www.firstwatch.com
It’s Just Crepes, Regular Menu, Open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, 39 E. Court St. and 151 W. Fourth St. (513) 632-7373
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Brunch served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and includes two chef inspired omelets, eggs benedicts, stuffed French Toast and Salmon O’Brien. 21 E. Fifth St. (513) 721-9339. Open 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. http://www.
Morton’s the Steakhouse, Open 2:00 to 9:00 pm. Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Menu for $59 per person on Sunday, May 13 only. Morton’s Salad or Caesar Salad, Entree Selection (Choice of one) Single Cut Filet Mignon, Chicken Bianco, Honey Chili Glazed Salmon Fillet, Colossal Shrimp Alexander, Chicken Christopher, Choice of one vegetable or potato, Choice of one dessert. Morton’s full dinner menu also available. 441 Vine St. (513) 621-3111. http://www.mortons.com
Trattoria Roma, 3-course meal for $22.95 for Mother’s Day includes soup/ salad, choice of Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna, Linguine Bolognese, or Gnocchi alla Vodka, choice of dessert (tiramisu, cannoli, cheesecake, chocolate tort, chocolate mousse). Kids’ menu too. Open 3:30 to 9:00 pm. 580 Walnut St. (513) 723-0220. http://www.trattoria-roma.com
Via Vite, Brunch 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; terrace seating if weather is nice. Regular lunch menu with specials for appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. 520 Vine St. (513) 721-8483.http://www.viaviterestaurant.
Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant,; Jazz brunch featuring Lori’s Egg Bake, Fried Chicken, Carving Station, salads and more. Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 1000 Elm St. (513) 421-0110. http://www.washingtonplatform.
Businesses, did they miss anything? I know that Taste of Belgium and 1215 Wine Bar in OTR are also serving brunch– anyone else?