Sake kits, French feasts, patio dining, and more
Just like in 2020, Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9, will likely have a more subdued vibe than in years past, with restaurants open in a limited capacity and COVID cases still stubbornly high in the Seattle area. But the day still calls for celebration, and there are many great options out there, whether offering takeout brunch kits, gift package delivery packed with snacks and drinks, or outdoor dining. The places below are listed from north to south, and if there are any newer menus or specials that have rolled out, send us a tip.
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Capitol Hill recently got a newsstand that has some terrific, hard-to-find magazines for sale, as well as other sundries that are often packaged for the holidays. For Mother’s Day, one can preorder a $50 gift box that features plenty of interesting goods, including chocolate-covered potato chips, a potted pansy, an eco-friendly journal, a bottle of Tenuta Guado al Tasso Scalabrone rosé, the spiritual arts magazine Monk, and a choice of another publication that should appeal to makers and creators (Taproot, Kinfolk, or Create Magazine).
Pike Place’s celebrated French restaurant has a takeout brunch box for four available via preordering on its website. And it’s quite a feast: chicken pork breakfast sausages, salmon rillettes, four slices of quiche, yellow potato salad, granola, and freshly baked bread (including rosemary raisin brioche, alongside a honey butter and prawn butter mayo), among other items. For those who want to add drinks to the mix, there’s a “Belle en rose” kit that has parkling wine, pamplemousse liquor, Campari, lemon juice, and candied grapefruit garnish.
The Madison Valley mainstay — known for excellent vegetarian and gluten-free fare — has a take-home brunch box for two. Among some of the items are rhubarb ginger scones, spring mushroom and asparagus quiche, herbed polenta cakes served with grilled nopales, and dark chocolate moose for dessert. Add-ons include mimosa and bloody mary kits, and $20 kids brunch boxes featurig strawberry muffins and tofu scrambles with roasted potatoes.
The sensational sake bar from chef Mutsuko Soma (right next to her Fremont soba destination Kamonegi) offers two boozy take-home kits for pre-ordering. One is a “Japanese Pantry Collection,” which includes smoked shoyu, citrus ponzu, spring shichimi togarashi (a versatile spice, and a bottle of Joto Junmai Ginjo. For moms who are more into mixed drinks, there’s a second option with all the elements one needs to make sparkling sake cocktails, plus some smoked Japanese bar nuts and “mystery” Kit Kat flavors.
Edouardo Jordan’s award-winning Ravenna restaurant has a Mother’s Day “brunch box” for takeout. The full meal features Louisiana Gulf shrimp and Geechie Boy grits, smoked hotlink sausage, ready-to-bake buttermilk biscuits, Yukon Gold potato hash, pink peppercorn and cardamom-spiced strawberry pie, and a jar of lemon marmalade. Diners can add bloody mary kits with pickled okra for $30, which serves four.
With a retail space devoted to plants and housewares, this Pioneer Square bistro is always a good bet for special occasions. There are already Mother’s Day bouquets available online for preorder, care packages in the larder section that include wines and olive oil cakes, and a dine-in brunch option on the restaurant’s covered patio, which includes a musical performance by the LADIES (reservations are going fast).
This upscale Vietnamese restaurant in Bellevue and Capitol Hill plans to serve a few special dishes on Mother’s Day, including an Alaskan King crab and pork noodle soup, as well Muscovy duck pot stickers with nước chấm, available for both takeout and dine-in. The restaurant also recently reopened its popular rooftop patio at the Capitol Hill outpost, which should provide for some nice views if the weather holds up. It’s currently taking reservations.
Queen Anne’s restaurant and live music favorite has a Mother’s Day brunch kit offering for two, highlighted by bake-at-home croque monsieurs, which should make for a simple but comforting meal. There are also eggs from local farm partners, applewood and pecan-smoked bacon, herbs, and a bottle of a natural sparkling wine to wash it all down, as well as some freshly squeezed orange juice. Recipes for assembling the grilled sandwiches are included.