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Local restaurants offer cake, quiche and cocktails so Mom can celebrate (safely) in style

Let’s face it … if ever there was a year that mom deserved a great Mother’s Day, 2020 is surely the one.

Of course, it’s also shaped up to be one of the hardest to orchestrate, in more ways that one: no restaurant seatings for brunch, gift-getting is uniquely challenging and (dad’s beware) the kids are NOT coming home with those nifty and ever-endearing cards (and other arts-and-crafty creations) from school.

So in an attempt to help you roll up your sleeves and get it done right for your leading lady during these troubled times, we put together this handy list of Mother’s Day specials from local restaurants around the 6–5–0 area code. We figure if you can sort the meal…the rest will fall into place (…we think).

Get to it sooner than later (we’re already seeing things sell out) and check back for updates as new info is coming in on Phase 2 of shelter in place.

[Editor’s Note: Want to be included on this list? Email [email protected] with your details.]

First things first—because they’re selling out quick—Palo Alto’s Prolific Oven (yes, it’s back!!) is offering Mother’s Day bake-at-home kits for cookies, cake and assorted frosting. Order for pickup on Thursday, May 7 — but better hurry.

Brunch kits are all the rage this year and there are some good ones to choose from. Vino Enoteca in Palo Alto is featuring a brunch box with makings for a Swiss chard frittata, quick bake croissants and sparkling wine for Bellinis (as well as a bottle of rosé….just because). Pickup is Saturday between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ludwig’s German Table in San Jose is offering Mother’s Day brunch boxes for either two or four people featuring deviled eggs, fish cakes, quiche and a lot more. Also available: a variety of boozy packages for making mimosas, cocktails and punch.

Selby’s in Redwood City is offering a variety of brunch options, including bagel and pastry boxes, Bloody Mary makings and strawberries and cream. Order ahead for pickup.

Go big with the Bird Dog bundle, which features brunch, dinner AND drinks, with quiche, a whole chicken and mimosas (amongst a lot more). Order for a Saturday pickup in Palo Alto … comes with tulips, too!

MacArthur Park in Palo Alto is launching to-go service with a special Mother’s Day menu featuring a wide array of entrees, a family-style BBQ dinner and a selection of wines. Reserve your meal by pre-ordering before May 8.

The good folks at Original Joe’s of Westlake are offering a big family meal featuring roasted pork loin, scalloped potatoes and (…wait for it…) mini-butter cake with chocolate dipping sauce (well…if you know, you know). Order by Thursday, May 7.

La Viga Seafood in Redwood City is taking pre-orders for their family style meals with a wide range of options from enchiladas to empanadas (and don’t sleep on the Pulpos Salteados…just saying).

The Greedy Ant Gourmet in Belmont is featuring a Mother’s Day mole meal special, available for pickup between 3–7 p.m. on Sunday. Sandwiches, salads and their many fine cheeses are available, as well.

KitchenTown in San Mateo has a deep and diverse menu for Mother’s Day, featuring entrees (braised lamb shank, handmade agnolotti with ricotta), baked goods (chocolate croissants, berry crisp) and grocery items, too. Curbside pickup on Saturday morning, May 9.

Johnston’s Saltbox in San Carlos is offering an array of enticing options with a breakfast-in-bed menu, Bellini bar, roasted tenderloin family meal and more. Pre-order for pickup on Saturday, May 9.

The ever-savvy folks at Eureka Mountain View not only have a range of food and drink options —including family meals, booze kits and bourbon barrel cake—but are including a free Mother’s Day card with every order this weekend.

Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has returned as a drive-through market and is offering a variety of Mother’s Day kits with croissants for baking, quiche, coffee and flowers. Pickup is on Saturday May 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Post in Los Altos is offering up a pair of kits for Mother’s Day brunch featuring quiche, crab cakes and everything you need for a cooking a full eggs breakfast. Plus, you can add in flowers or sparkling french rose. Available for pickup or delivery.

Madera Restaurant in Menlo Park is resurfacing to provide a special takeout champagne lunch for Mother’s Day. Email for full details and how to order.

John Shelsta’s Loveforbutter pop-up is taking orders now for his signature baked goods and also offering a full Mother’s Day Box with assorted pastries, Mimosa kit and Dutch pancake setup (plus, a rose for mom). Pickup is Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Howie’s Artisan Pizza in Palo Alto.

Donato Enoteca has a special menu featuring artichoke ravioli, sea bass and pork tenderloin, as well as a featured list of wines from Il Borro. Reserve by Friday at 8 p.m. and then pickup Saturday morning between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Pizzeria Delfina is offering Mother’s Day Bellini kits composed of chilled prosecco and blood orange mix, for pickup or delivery. (Available for orders beginning Friday.)

The folks behind Alhambra Irish House in Redwood City and Stephens Green in Mountain View are offering a Mother’s Day brunch with lots of options, including roast leg of lamb, Maine lobster and chocolate-covered strawberries. Add on some sangria or choose from a variety of wines (at 50% off).

Nobu in Palo Alto is offering a Mother’s Day bento box with a variety of featured sushi (and comes with a Nobu apron, too). Order between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., delivery by PostMates.

Need those special desserts? Sweet 55 in Half Moon Bay has a selection of high-end artisanal chocolates and other compelling confections. Order ahead.

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