Ah, Mother's Day -- the one day of the year that actually surpasses the restaurant dog and pony show that is Valentine's Day. According to the National Restaurant Association, it's the busiest restaurant day of the year. If you don't believe them just ask anyone you know who works in the industry if they have off this Sunday. Then watch their eyes roll.
Mom deserves better than runny hollandaise and you know it.
My inbox is full of Mother's Day brunch deals from restaurants around town. As restaurants try to cater to more customers than they will have on any other day of the year, keeping up with quality of service is always more difficult. Restaurants don't have it easy, you know. So special holidays like these pressure them to pack in as many tables as possible, turn over tables as quickly as possible, and make up for the following Monday, which I'm willing to bet is one of the slowest days of the year for the industry.
Why would you subject your mother to this? I can't personally attest to the pains of childbirth, but I've heard much about them. (Hi, Mom!) The least you could do is fry your mother an egg in the morning. Maybe even make her a nice mimosa with fresh pressed juice and real Champagne. Mark Bittman at The New York Times has this complete guide to a Mother's Day dinner if you're feeling extra inspired, and if you're not a cook there are still other ways to impress Mom without picking up a spatula.More »