Mother’s Day Brunch Round-Up

By Edan Goode (a mom who totally gets it)

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Next to doing housework, the last (and I mean LAST) thing any mom should be doing on Mother’s Day is cooking! Am I right? Not even for your OWN moms, ladies! Mother’s Day is the one day a year, pretty much, when it’s your day to be queen, with love, appreciation, relaxation and pleasure bestowed upon you. Lots of area restaurants are on board with that and are cooking up wonderful meals with food and drink specials in your honor. Reservations are either required or at least highly recommended! Hours vary by restaurant.

Argyll Whisky Beer Moms receive a complimentary Lavender Love cocktail at this casual British gastropub. Mom can also enjoy the Pastry Basket of assorted treats and other brunch entrees.

Blackbelly Market Mom gets a complimentary Prosecco cocktail to accompany the fresh and local farm-inspired dishes served at the East Boulder hotspot.

Bombay Clay Oven Special brunch and specialty drink items for moms, who get to dine for free.

Central Bistro and Bar Full brunch menu plus specials for mom.

Cherry Cricket will be offering all moms a Colorado Brew called Mama’s Little Yella Pils $3. 303-322-7666.

Coohills Enjoy a fixed-price brunch with fresh food stations including coffee and tea. $45 adults. $20 kids ages 4-12. Free, age 3 and under.

Cook Street School of Culinary Treat Mom to an interactive cooking class by professional chefs. Mom will learn how to prepare brunch dishes, followed by feating on a complete meal and cocktails. $89 per person. Gift certificates are also available 303-308-9300.

Guard & Grace Adults get a fixed price, 3 course menu for $45. Children get a 2 course meal for $20.

Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine Feast on homemade breakfast pastries, Humboldt’s variations on the classic Benedicts, fresh seafood options, the signature Humboldt Raw Bar, and fresh oysters for a dollar all day. Top it off with a complimentary Humboldt Mimosa.

MAX’s Wine Dive Enjoy the Famous Southern Fried Chicken, house-made beignets, a Smoked Salmon Frittata and other specials.

Punch Bowl Social Mom can “Bowl for Brunch” for a shot at having her brunch for free. Moms also get a complimentary mimosa upon arrival. Enjoy brunch with everything from a prime rib carving station to omelettes to mac ‘n’ cheese. Adult price is $29.99, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids under 6 are free. Call 303-765-2695 or visit Open Table for reservations.

Session Kitchen Brunch options include the Session Breakfast Burrito, Lox and Tots and Banana Bread French Toast. Drinks include the create-your-own mimosa.  Call 720-763-3387 for reservations.

Stout Street Social Complimentary Mimosa for Mom, special brunch items and drink specials. Call 720-214-9100 for reservations.

Tamayo Have the Bottomless Margarita Brunch and a complimentary Mom’s Day chrysanthemum flower.  Brunch includes unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails for $35. Reservations required at 720-946-1433.

The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver Mother’s get a free glass of prosecco and kids get a build-your-own Pancake Bar.

ViewHouse (Centennial) Mother’s Day buffet brunch including crab eggs benedict, a roasted sage chicken, New York strip steak and honey glazed ham plus a complimentary ViewHouse Mimosa.

ViewHouse (Denver) Enjoy a variety of brunch selections plus the ViewHouse Mule or ViewHouse mimosa.

Village Inn is giving moms a carnation (while supplies last), enabling her to win prizes on their Facebook page and, if you prefer a gift card, you buy one for $25 and get $5.

Zengo Indulge in a  Bottomless Mother’s Day Brunch with a Build Your Own Bloody Bar (Maria or Mary), unlimited small plates and brunch cocktails. Mom receives a Mother’s Day Chrysanthemum to plant. Reservations are recommended, call 720-904-0965.

Happy Mother’s Day! 

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Mooyah

Crowing for Mooyah

It’s fun to discover new restaurants that enable the whole family to eat and with healthy choices to boot. The great customer service we experienced was an added (big) bonus! 

We visited the Denver location of Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes recently (they also have a location in Thornton and Westminster) and found not only a good variety of menu options but also extremely good customer service from the friendly employees.

Mooyah

The Mooyah Burger, Turkey Burger, Loaded Salad, Shake and Fries at Mooyah!

There is a large menu board up high, nice and visible while you’re in line. But if your neck is starting to strain, don’t worry, there are menus closer to the register where you order too. We ordered the Turkey Burger (there’s also a Jennie-O Jalapeño Jack Turkey burger available until mid-May with mushroomy-goodness that looks delicious), the Mooyah Burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion strings and Mooyah sauce (kind of a Thousand Island) and the Loaded House Salad. Oh, and the large order of fresh-cut fries was a ton, spread all over a tray which made my husband very, very happy. This exercise-freak man of mine rubbed his hands together when they brought the tray of hot fries saying “this is like a dream come true to me!”

All of our food was great. I loved my irregularly-shaped burger that was clearly not from a pre-formed patty – it reminded me of the burgers my grandma used to make – yum! I appreciated the number of choices, from the type of (baked in-house) bun you can order (white, wheat or lettuce wrap) to the type of burger (beef, turkey, black bean, or hot dog) to extras like cheese, bacon, avocado, veggies and sauces.

The salad deserves special mention because it’s enormous! Food is served on trays, including the salad. You can add a beef, turkey or veggie patty or chicken tenders on top but my husband was happy with the avocado and bacon that came on it, along with tomatoes, mushrooms and a tasty nest of fried onion strings. The only negative was that the spicy ranch dressing seemed to just be ranch with some tobacco sauce and was really nothing special.

Kids can order a Little Burger, hot dog, grilled cheese and chicken tenders with fries or applesauce and a drink.

A visit to Mooyah would not be complete without mention of their ice cream shakes with mix-ins. My daughter ordered the peanut butter cups with hers and it was mixed just enough to get some chocolate-peanut butter goodness flavoring the ice cream but leaving big chunks of candy for scooping – it was quite a dessert.

The atmosphere at Mooyah is sunny and bright with a huge blackboard and kiddie chairs at one end to let kids create to their hearts’ content. However, the kid-orientation didn’t stop one adult patron when we were there from writing a note about how much he loves Mooyah burgers! Nice.

When you go, share #myMOOYAH photos of your meal and your experience with the restaurant. Also, they are having a #MOOMillians Mooyah Millionaire Sweepstakes in which every burger purchased until May 31 enters you for a chance to win a million dollars!

We were given a gift card toward the purchase of our meal to facilitate a review. However, our opinions are absolutely our own.

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Adagio Bakery and Cafe – For the Kids and for You

How often can you go out to eat with your kids and really relax? Not that often. A new restaurant in town has food, prices and atmosphere to keep both parents and kids happy.

Adagio Bakery

Mmmmm, baked goodies!

The name may be familiar to those in the Park Hill neighborhood but the vibe is different. Adagio Bakery and Café has opened a new location in the Hilltop area, on Holly Street, just north of Alameda. In the spot shared by Park Burger and High Point Creamery, Adagio is giving an expanded, sit-down menu experience a good try. You can still pop in and get baked goods to go, like their other location in Park Hill, but this pretty interior and spacious patio calls for lingering.

While there are many delicious baked goods kids (and adults) would love, including more flavors of scone than you can shake a mixing spoon at, the Kids Menu features a choice of pancakes, scrambled eggs, PB&J, hot dog or grilled cheese plus a side of house fries, fresh fruit, cottage cheese and pineapple for $5. The portions are good and the food is great. When the kids start to get antsy, there’s a large chalkboard and chalks set up inside to let the kids get creative.

Of course, it’s not all about pleasing the kids (although it often feels like it is). There’s plenty at Adagio that the grownups will love. When we went, we had the Sunny Side Duck ($12) with duck confit, duck potatoes (fried in duck fat?), chive hollandaise and a drizzle of tart cherry jam. It was rich and delicious. The only thing missing was a piece of toast with which I could have gathered up the yolk and hollandaise instead of licking the plate which was embarrassing. Just kidding.

Nearly every breakfast place has a breakfast burrito and it always surprises me how they can all differ so much. Adagio makes a big one with bacon or sausage or veggie,

Adagio Bakery

Spinach, goat cheese and mushroom all come together in this delicious omelette.

with home fried potatoes, scrambled egg, red peppers and sweet onion ($9). My favorite of the bunch was the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette with herbed potatoes, creamy Havarti cheese, spinach, tomato and a mushroom ragout ($9). It’s a little, half-moon dream come true for mushroom and goat cheese fans like me.

Adagio offers a breakfast menu until 11am with entrees, breakfast and specialty sandwiches. Then at 11am, panini, salads and other sandwiches get added to the offerings. The Roasted Turkey with Pesto, provolone, caramelized onion and tomato sounds good, as does the Salami and Pepperoni with mustard, provolone, oven roasted tomato and caramelized onion. All panini are $9 and are served with mixed greens or coleslaw. Salads such as the Beet Salad with roasted red, yellow and candy striped beets, goat cheese, mixed greens, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette ($8) sound tasty and are probably beautiful too.

Adagio has a great reputation for their baked goods so we couldn’t leave without trying some of them too. The coconut macaroons are luscious and the biscotti make every warm drink a happier thing. The mini-banana bread loaf was just like mama used to make. The variety of scones is staggering and the flavors change all the time but just consider ones like chocolate raspberry, banana chocolate chip and blackberry honey…you probably can’t go wrong with any of them. I’m nuts for Adagio’s granola now with toasted coconut and pecans. I could have mixed some with yogurt or in oatmeal or something wonderful but I just reveled in its purity in a bowl with milk. So good.

Because the prices are reasonable, the food good and the atmosphere kid-friendly, you’ll actually be able to linger and enjoy, even with the kids. There are parking spots behind the building and on the street.

Adagio Bakery and Cafe is located at 217 South Holly Street, Denver.

 

 

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Burgers, Fries and Kids By Edan Goode

A hamburger and fries are basic and essential to American cuisine. Think about it – they are easy to prepare at home, can be purchased and consumed in ones’ car on the run and can also be ordered in a nice, sit-down restaurant. They are one-size-fits-all good! Of those three ways to enjoy a burger, I like going out to a restaurant best. I recently discovered a great place for a burger, fries and much more that also had a great kids’ menu that was more than your basic meal for the young ones.

For adults, you can create your ideal burger starting with what type of patty you want including angus beef, turkey, lamb, salmon,

Burgers for grown-ups but russet and sweet potato fries for everyone - so delicious!

Burgers for grown-ups but russet and sweet potato fries for everyone – so delicious!

bison and veggie. Then add the kind of toppings you want from cheeses, greens, sauces and even what type of bun you want. Oh, the infinite power of getting just what you want!

The russet fries are great but the sweet potato fries are over the moon delicious! Get a small order of each so you can go back and forth deciding which you like better until they are all gone and the decision is out of your hands.

There are other, non-burger choices at TAG Burger Bar too if, for some odd reason, you don’t want one. There’s also a Sunday Brunch that looks awesome.

Even though we parents deserve dinners away from the kids, this is one of those places where you can feel like you’re having an evening out, but it’s also okay (and encouraged) to bring the kids too. TAG Burger Bar’s children’s menus are more extensive than the usual with nary a dinosaur-shaped chicken nugget in sight. Instead, for lunch or dinner, kids can choose from items like two angus sliders with fries, a pizza bagel, a PB&J, a quarter of a rotisserie chicken and a side of fruit. During the weekend brunch, it’s all of those choices plus scrambled eggs and bacon, french toast and pancakes. Meals range from $3-5!

Top off the meal with a milkshake and add in 50-cent scoops of old-fashioned candy like Whoppers, Reeces and M&M’s. Kids will have a heyday deciding what they want from the old-fashioned candy jars located behind the bar. Yum!

Shake it up. The Mint Chocolate is made from real mint at TAG Burger Bar. Imagine mixing in scoops of candy into these! Heaven.

Tag Burger Bar is located at 1222 Madison St. http://tagburgerbar.com. This place is popular. I’d recommend making reservations.

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