Take Your Mom Downtown for Mother’s Day!

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.

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery, Cupcakes in a variety of flavors. The cut off date for Mother’s Day orders is May 10th. 41 W. Fifth St. (513) 335-0898http://www.abbygirlsweets.com

Akash India, Regular Menu, Open 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 24 E. Sixth St. (513) 723-1300http://www.akashindia.net

Blue Wisp,  Serving dinner, plus hear the Keith Karns Big Band from 7:00 to 11:00 pm, 700 Race St., (513) 241-9477http://www.thebluewisp.com

 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) 421-7111http://www.boinabraza.com

 Cincy’s on Sixth, Regular Menu, Open 11:00 am to midnight, 41 E. Sixth St. (513) 621-6200http://www.cincysonsixth.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) 721-4744http://www.firstwatch.com

Iris BookCafe, Regular Menu, Open 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, 1331 Main St. (513) 381-2665http://www.irishbookcafe.com

Istanbul Grill, Regular Menu, Open 1:00 to 8:30 pm. 628 Vine St., (513) 421-5100http://www.facebook.com/Istanbulgrillcincy

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

 Lavomatic Cafe & Wine Bar, Brunch from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, 1211 Vine St. (513) 621-1999http://lavomaticcafe.com

Local 127, Brunch from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 3 courses for $34.95. 413 Vine St. (513) 721-1345http://www.mylocal127.com

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.mccormickandschmicks.com

Moerlein Lager House, Regular menu, open 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way. (513) 421-2337http://www.moerleinlagerhouse.com

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) 621-3111http://www.mortons.com

 MOTR Pub, Regular Menu, Open for brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 1345 Main St. (513) 381-6687http://www.motorpub.com

Mr. Sushi, Regular Menu, Open 4:00 to 9:45 pm, 580 Walnut St. (513) 827-9345http://www.mrsushiusa.com

Nada, Brunch 10:30 am to 3:00 pm; Dinner 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 600 Walnut St. (513) 721-6232http://www.eatdrinknada.com

Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub, Regular Menu, Open for brunch from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 625 Walnut St. (513) 564-9111http://www.nicholsonspub.com

Orchids at Palm Court, Limited availability, Open 10:30 am to 4:00 pm; Brunch $45.95 for adults, kids 5-12 $23.95, Seniors $38.95, 35 W. Fifth St. (513) 421-9100.http://www.orchidspalmcourt.com

Palace Restaurant, Open 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. A la carte breakfast menu with additional a la carte brunch items and extended hours. 601 Vine St. (513) 381-3000.http://www.palacecincinnati.com

Palomino Rotisserie and Bar, Brunch 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; Dinner 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 505 Vine St. (513) 381-1300http://www.palomino.com

The Phoenix, Mother’s Day brunch 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. $29.95 adults, children 12 and under $18.95, ages 4 and under are free. Limited availability. 812 Race St. (513) 721-8901.http://www.thephx.com

Rock Bottom Brewery, Regular Menu, Open 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, 10 Fountain Square Plaza (513) 621-1588http://www.rockbottom.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) 723-0220http://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.com

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) 421-0110http://www.washingtonplatform.com


Businesses, did they miss anything?  I know that Taste of Belgium and 1215 Wine Bar in OTR are also serving brunch– anyone else?