Take your mom to brunch at a metro Phoenix restaurant this Mother's Day.

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Written by Faith Miller Category: Lifestyle Issue: May 2016
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What’s the best part of Mother’s Day? The easy answer is “time with Mom.” After a bit of soul searching (or stomach growling), you might find what you really mean by “time with Mom” is “brunch with Mom” – or “brunch with kids,” as the case may be. Here are some scrumptious options organized by personality type.

For the health-conscious mom: True Food Kitchen

Healthy moms (and company) will revel in this Scottsdale eatery’s nutritious new brunch menu. With a wide array of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, True Food caters to special diets. Try the smoked salmon on grain bread with tzatziki cream cheese, tomato, onion and capers, or the quinoa Johnny cakes with banana, maple syrup and Greek yogurt. You can keep it classic with the huevos rancheros, market scramble, breakfast burrito or gluten-free muffin – all made with organic, well-sourced ingredients. True Food Kitchen also offers a variety of healthful smoothies and juices. The “Natural Refreshers,” which range from grapefruit-cinnamon soda to vanilla-lemongrass sparkling tea, can be paired with organic and gluten-free spirits so you can toast to Mom’s good health. Locations: 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-774-3488; and 15191 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-265-4500, truefoodkitchen.comBrunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


For the DIY mom: Barrio Urbano’s “Make Your Own Mimosas” brunch

Barrio Urbano, a hot spot for authentic Mexican recipes crafted by award-winning chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, offers $9 bottles of champagne and $4 Bloody Marys and margaritas for Sunday brunch. To go with your custom-strength mimosa, try the molletes, a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a bolillo roll filled with boca negra-style black beans and topped with longaniza sausage, cotija cheese, onion, avocado and tomato with jocoque cream. Other tantalizing possibilities include the huevos rancheros, steak and eggs paired with beans and potatoes, and breakfast burritos with chorizo or slow-cooked beef brisket. A lighter option is the fruta estilo Tijuana, freshly cut fruit served over cottage cheese and topped with honey and granola. Location: 5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-287-9000, barriourbanophx.com. Hours: Drink specials, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays; breakfast, 9 a.m.-close Monday-Sunday.

 For the charitable mom: Mother’s Grace Brunch

On April 28, the Mother’s Grace Foundation hosts a champagne brunch with shopping and a guest speaker at the Paradise Valley Country Club. Donations from the brunch and a portion of vendor proceeds go to the foundation, which provides immediate assistance to families faced with life-threatening illness, natural disasters and loss. Michelle Moore-Fanger founded Mother’s Grace after a cancer diagnosis in 2008, followed three weeks later by her son’s juvenile diabetes diagnosis. She said during her illness she was lucky to have a good job and good insurance, but the experience made her determined to help other moms facing similar hardships. “Moms just need help when they’re sick,” Moore-Fanger says. Mother’s Grace can provide assistance to moms within as little as 72 hours of receiving a request. The foundation’s services are as diverse as the families’ needs, and can include financial help, counseling, auto repairs and dentistry. The brunch event is by invitation only, but anyone interested in attending can email the Mother’s Grace Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Location: 7101 N. Tatum Blvd., Paradise Valley. Hours: 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. April 28

For the early bird mom: Miracle Mile Deli

This family-owned deli recently introduced several new items to their breakfast menu. In addition to signature dishes like latkes Benedict, pastrami hash and Challah French toast, Miracle Mile’s menu now includes entrees like the Southwest breakfast quesadilla (with scrambled eggs, homemade beef chorizo, melted cheese and grilled onions), the Ole Oy Vey Huevos Rancheros (two crisp tortillas topped with two eggs sunny side up, black beans and homemade salsa), and blueberry and candied walnut pancakes. On May 8, mothers get a free slice of pie with entree purchase, and can choose from a variety of flavors, including apple and cherry. Location: 4433 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-776-0992, miraclemiledeli.com. Hours: 7-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.