Make Mother’s Day Delicious: The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2016

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the most popular day to dine out for brunch, we’re excited to reveal the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

From restaurants serving traditional dishes and lavish buffets to those making fried chicken and waffles and plant-forward fare synonymous with brunch, the complete list features winning restaurants in 26 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Balthazar in New York, Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach. New York, arguably the birthplace of brunch as we have come to know and love it, comes out on top with 20 winning restaurants, followed by California with 16, Maryland with nine and Illinois with six. Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. boast five apiece, while North Carolina and Texas have four each. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia all have three winners, and Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oregon have two each. Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state are also represented.

American fare, which is closely associated with local farm-to-table ingredients, is extremely popular at the winning restaurants, as are French and seafood-driven menus. However, a variety of cuisines are present including dim sum, Creole, Hawaiian, Latin/Spanish, Low Country, Mexican, and vegetarian. Check out some of the tastiest brunch dishes from the winners in our slideshow below.

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Just in Time for Mother’s Day: The 75 Best Brunch Restaurants in Canada

Best Brunch Restaurants in Canada

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’re excited to make it easier for Canadians to find the perfect place to celebrate mom with the 75 Best Brunch Restaurants in Canada. The awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 275,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 1,700 restaurants across Canada.

The 75 Best Restaurants for Brunch list includes award winners from five provinces. Twenty nine Ontario restaurants, 18 Alberta restaurants, 14 British Columbia restaurants, ten from Québec and four from Manitoba made the list.

In addition to naming the 75 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Canada, OpenTable today released two sets of data on the Mother’s Day habits of Canadians. One set of findings is based on an online survey of 1,568 Canadians conducted between April 18, 2016, and April 21, 20161, while the other is based on reservations made for Mother’s Day 2015 in Canada through OpenTable.

Mother’s Day Canadian Online Survey Findings
Based on an online survey of 1,568 Canadians conducted between April 18, 2016, and April 21, 2016, OpenTable found that:

  • Forty-seven per cent of Canadians who celebrate Mother’s Day will dine out to celebrate this year, on the second busiest dining day of the year across the country.
  • Thirteen per cent of Canadians who celebrate Mother’s Day and dine out try different cuisines/restaurants in their own neighbourhood, while another 13 per cent surprise Mom with a different restaurant every year.
  • Compared to Canadians aged 35 and older, millennials (18-34 years old) who celebrate Mother’s Day are most likely to find at least one part of the day stressful (70 per cent versus 52 per cent). As well, among Canadians who dine out, millennials are most likely to read reviews before selecting a restaurant for Mother’s Day versus Canadians 35 and older (17 per cent versus four per cent respectively).
  • The most common stress experienced by Canadians who celebrate Mother’s Day is finding the perfect gift for mom or an activity that will make mom happy (25 per cent), followed by coordinating schedules so everyone can celebrate together (10 per cent).

OpenTable Canada Findings
Based on Canadian diner reservation data from Mother’s Day 2015, OpenTable found that:

  • Canadians love brunch on Mother’s Day. According to OpenTable diner data, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for brunch reservations. It’s also one of the busiest Sundays of the year to dine out, with three times more reservations booked as compared to an average Sunday.
  • Canadians are procrastinators. Sixty-four per cent of Canadians wait until the week before Mother’s Day to make their reservation. Fifteen per cent of Canadians book their table on Mother’s Day.
  • Mother’s Day is a family affair: It’s the largest group dining day of the year, with an average reservation size of four guests.
  • Canadian OpenTable diners are adventurous on Mother’s Day. In 2015, 78 per cent of Canadian diners made a reservation on Mother’s Day at a restaurant that they had not booked on OpenTable before.

The 75 Best Brunch Restaurants in Canada are amassed from more than 275,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners who dined at Canadian restaurants between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “brunch” category.

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Mother’s Day 2016 Restaurant Offers: Where to Brunch Like a Boss with Mom

Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the world. So why not reward a mom in your life with a delicious meal on Mother’s Day? There are options to suit every appetite on OpenTable in a city near you, and we’re highlighting a few Mother’s Day 2016 restaurant offers here to give you a better idea of how eateries are rolling out the red carpet for mothers on Sunday, May 8.

Aureole, New York, New York
Choose from the a la carte menu or three refined courses for $49 from 11:45AM-2:15PM at Charlie Palmer’s Michelin-starred Manhattan eatery. Moms can take respite in the relaxing, luxurious setting of Aureole’s dining room and indulge in chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware’s brunch dishes like Lobster Benedict with beef tenderloin, Poached Egg and bearnaise sauce, a Soft Shell Crab BLT with pomme gaufrette, avocado, and sauce remoulade, and mainstays including Roasted Cod with braised fennel, spring beans, and an herb nage. Mothers will receive an individual-sized bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale Rosé to enjoy at home.

 Make a reservation at Aureole.

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Bedford & Co., New York, New York
Give mom the gift of bragging rights on Mother’s Day as you take her to chef John DeLucie’s just launched brunch at Bedford & Co. in the Big Apple. The menu features contemporary American cuisine infused with inspiration from DeLucie’s travels to Argentina. The wood-fired grill gives rise to dishes like Eggs in Purgatory and Rotisserie Chicken Salad, and there are also de rigueur dishes like Avocado Toast, Chicken and Waffles, and made-to-order cinnamon buns! Make a reservation at Bedford & Co.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

BOA Steakhouse, West Hollywood, California
Celebrate mom like the celeb she is at hot spot BOA from 11AM-2:30PM. For $60 per person, this lavish buffet includes a selection of BOA’s most beloved dishes, like Mini Goat Cheese Baklava, a raw seafood bar, egg station, a taco bar, and for the first time, a carving station featuring BOA’s signature 40-day dry-aged New York Strip Loin. There’s also a dessert table and special crepe station featuring Vanilla Crepes with Chantilly cream and choice of strawberry chocolate or banana caramel sauce. And mothers will leave with a special gift. Make a reservation at BOA Steakhouse.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

The Cecil, New York, New York
Kick things up a notch with live jazz and a big special on Mother’s Day at The Cecil. Jazz and soul singer Emily Braden performs, and chef JJ Johnson is serving a one-day only (available at brunch from 10AM-3:30PM and dinner from 5:30PM-9:30PM), large-format crispy whole duck for $160 that serves four people. Caramelized Kale Sprouts, Pickled Ramps, Housemade Yeast Rolls, and Pineapple Hot Sauce round out the feast. Make a reservation at The Cecil.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Cook Hall, Dallas, Texas
At Cook Hall, many of the plates are shareable but you may not want to, as they’re so tasty. For Mother’s Day brunch from 11AM-3PM, the specials at this gastropub are delicious and affordable, with Brioche French Toast with sorghum smoked paprika, mixed berries confit, and southwestern spiced whipped cream for $15, Coffee Rubbed New York Strip Steak with a fried egg, country-style potato hash, and peppercorn sauce priced at $20, and the aptly named Mama’s Bread Pudding with Godiva chocolate and Grand Marnier crème anglaise for just $8. Make a reservation at Cook Hall.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

District, Oakland, California
From 11AM to 2:30PM, head over to District for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a bottomless Mimosa for $35.00 ($22.00 for just the buffet). Children 10 and under can enjoy the buffet for $10.00. Menu highlights will include Buttermilk Pancakes with Banana Rum Syrup, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Bourbon Vanilla Brown Sugar, Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy, and Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel, and much, much more. Specialty cocktails will also be available. Make a reservation at District.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Esterel at Sofitel Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
The Mother’s Day Brunch for $59 per person at Esterel, available from 11AM-4:30PM, features carving and omelette stations, a selection of flatbreads, a cold display featuring a smoked salmon and bagel bar, and a tableside a la carte menu. For dessert, indulge in a chocolate foundation with handmade garnishes, French pastries, seasonal cobblers, and pies. Bonus: All mothers are welcomed with a complimentary glass of Champagne and will be treated to other gifts. Make a reservation at Esterel at Sofitel Beverly Hills.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, Hallandale Beach, Florida
Pump up the volume on May 8th with stellar Atlantic Ocean views, a $45 brunch buffet with items like Blueberry Pancakes, Fried Chicken and Waffles, an omelette station, and more, plus beats by DJ YSL. Diners will also receive a complimentary mimosa or bellini. Make a reservation at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails.

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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York, New York
Noho foodie emporium IBAV has a something-for-every-eater three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu for $50. From 10AM-4PM, choose from fresh dishes including avocado toast,  Chia Pudding, Porchetta and Organic Eggs, Soft Shell Crab, and delicious dessert options, such as Warm Rhubarb Crostata and Champagne Granita. Make a reservation at Il Buco Alimentari.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Kingside, New York, New York
Say cheese at Kingside’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet! Start grazing on charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, and move on to a cereal and granola station, cured fish and bagels, signature salads, made-to-order eggs and omelettes, raw bar offerings, and a pasta station, and then choose from a table of delicious desserts. It’s $59 for adults and $12 for children from 11AM-3:30AM. Make a reservation at Kingside.

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10 Things We Learned at the 2016 Cherry Bombe Jubilee

OpenTable had the privilege of being a sponsor of the 2016 Cherry Bombe Jubilee held yesterday at Manhattan’s Highline Hotel. Culinary legends, journalists, small business owners, and more gathered to listen, learn, and get inspired by the past and excited for the future of women in food. Here are 10 takeaways, ICYMI.

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Make soup. The Hemsley sisters of UK catering company Hemsley + Hemsley are huge soup and bone broth advocates. “This should be the first things kids learn to make.”

“Get a job in a kitchen; it makes you a better boss.” Amanda Hess had the privilege of working in a completely civilized kitchen under Jodi Adams, but subsequent gigs weren’t quite as heavenly, and she was inspired to lead based on lessons learned at the former.

Looking for the next big thing in food (or any industry)? Look for white space. Find out what’s missing and fill the void.

Don’t get too judge-y about non-organic labels. A lot of farmers aren’t growing certified organic because they simply cannot afford to lose an entire crop to disease or pests. Their profit margins are already perilously thin; according to the USDA, most farmers make less than $80,000. That’s not much money for folks who need to be a chemist, a scientist, and a mechanic in order to manage their farms.

Mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, is prevalent in the culinary industry. This is due, in large part, to the overwhelming demands of the job. Only 3.5% of respondents to a survey on ChefswithIssues.com indicated that their mental health issues are NOT tied to the profession. If you’re suffering, you can visit the site (founded by foodista Kat Kinsman) for support and resources.

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A restaurant owner will always hire a woman as a chef – if she’s the owner. Back in the day (the day being 1982), female chefs were a rarity – and even more so if they weren’t chef-owners of their own restaurants. The critic Mimi Sheraton counted just one who was a hired gun at the time. Things have shifted, but there’s still quite a way to go.Continue Reading