Where to Dine in Metro Detroit This Mother’s Day  

Local spots offer up special menus, tea parties, wine tastings, picnic baskets, and more
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Customers can add on Chicken Piccata in Lemon Caper White Wine Sauce to their Mothers’ Day Brunch-to-Go package at Andiamo. // Photograph courtesy of Andiamo 

This Mother’s Day, consider treating mom to a special meal. Local spots like PizzaPlex, 5th Tavern, Rugby Grille, and more are offering tasty specials and events you won’t want to miss. For more details — including specifics about COVID-19 safety protocols — visit each restaurant or venue’s website or call ahead using the numbers below.

PizzaPlex 

This Mother’s Day, PizzaPlex is hosting a virtual event from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Chef Nathan Hannon in which attendees will learn about the fundamentals of pizza making. Hannon will also teach a lesson on Italian wines and answer questions in a Q&A segment. Everyone who signs up will receive a PizzaPlex prep box with two bottles of wine, two premade dough balls, ingredients to make two additional dough balls, and toppings for four Margherita pizzas. Tickets are $85 and available for purchase online. There are only 14 spots available for this class, so those interested in attending should register ASAP. Virtual event; eventbrite.com

Stella’s Table 

Mother’s Day specials at Stella’s Table in White Lake, which is open for brunch and dinner on May 9, include broccoli and cheddar quiche with fresh fruit garnish, goat cheese fritters, pork shank, scallops, and a banana toffee tart. Reservations for dine-in service can be made online or by phone. Stella’s Table, 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake Charter Twp., 248-698-2400; stellasatablemi.com 

Packard Proving Grounds

There are three seatings — 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. — for Packard Proving Grounds’ Mother’s Day brunch. The menu includes a spring salad, Tuscan chicken medallions, bacon and breakfast sausage links, O’Brien potatoes, mac and cheese, and roasted vegetables. Guests can also enjoy omelet, waffle, and dessert stations, and coffee, teas, and fruit juices. Along with good eats, Packard Proving Grounds will be offering tours of its historic space and a photo op in front of a classic Packard car. Tickets are $35 per person for those 12 and older. There is no cost for kids 5 and under, and tickets for those ages 5 to 12 are $12. Guests must purchase tickets online ahead of the event. Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township; 586-739-4800; packardprovinggrounds.org

Rugby Grille 

The Townsend Hotel’s restaurant is offering take-out and dine-in options for Mother’s Day. The $110 Mother’s Day Dinner To Go package feeds two people and includes Faro Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette, rolls with butter, Dijon Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Potato, Leek, and Fennel Gratin, roasted spring vegetables, and Maracaibo Chocolate Mousse. Cocktails can also be added to the package. Meanwhile, those who wish to dine at the restaurant can reserve a table online to enjoy a four-course meal. The Mother’s Day menu includes options such as Grilled Peach and Ricotta, Smoked Salmon Nicoise, Pan-Roasted Amish Chicken Breast, and Valrhona White Chocolate Mousse. Rugby Grille, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-5999; rugbygrille.com

Andiamo 

Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch or dinner at Andiamo’s this year. The restaurant’s Mothers’ Day Brunch-to-Go is $29.95 per person and includes an oven-ready meal with Dearborn brown sugar glazed sliced ham, French toast strata, thick-cut applewood bacon strips, and more. Enhancements — including wine and additional dishes like Chicken Piccata in Lemon Caper White Wine Sauce — can be added on for an additional cost. Orders must be placed by May 5. Andiamo Warren and Andiamo Bloomfield are also taking reservations for plated brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9. Those interested in visiting the restaurants can call either location to reserve a table. For dinner — taking place from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day — all Andiamo locations are accepting dine-in reservations, which can be placed over the phone or online. Andiamo, multiple locations; andiamoitalia.com/mothersday  

Frame 

If you’re looking for a spin on typical Mother’s Day dining, then consider picking up a specially curated picnic basket from Frame. The Hazel Park spot collaborated with Alexandra Clark of Bon Bon Bon, Kacee Must of Citizen Yoga, and Jackie Victor of Avalon Breads to come up with three different baskets for unique “dream picnics.” The wicker picnic baskets include goods from local businesses like Sister Pie, Zingerman’s Creamery, Monger’s Provisions, Aunt Nee’s, and DeVries. The baskets, which are $135 each, are meant for two people and can be picked up at Frame or a to-be-determined location on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham on May 8. Customers can also add wine bottles, cocktails, and picnic blankets to their purchase for an additional cost. Frame Hazel Park, 23839 John R Road, Hazel Park; framehazelpark.com

5th Tavern 

5th Tavern’s Mother’s Day Brunch includes a carving station and made-to-order stations for omelets, Belgian waffles, and crepes. And buffet offerings include prime rib, a shrimp display, a sweets table, a cold salad bar, and more. Brunch is $29 for adults, $17 for kids ages 4-12, and free for kids 4 and under. The restaurants are taking reservations for parties of six or less, and all guests will have an hour and a half time block to dine. 5th Tavern Bloomfield Hills, 2262 S. Telegraph Road, West Bloomfield Twp.; 248-481-9607; and 5th Tavern Clarkston, 7228 N. Main St., Clarkston; 248-707-6111; 5thtavern.com

Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room & More 

Tonia’s is hosting two events to celebrate mom this year. The tea room’s Mother’s Day Tea Party takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:45 on May 8 and gives guests unlimited hot beverages, a cup of soup, a salad, and a two-tier tray of tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and fruit. Tickets are $39 for adults and $29 for children 7 and under. Then from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Tonia’s is holding a Mother’s Day Luncheon, which includes unlimited hot beverages, a scone per person, a choice of luncheon menu (there are three options available), dessert, and a specialty drink. Tickets are $35 for adults and $27 for children 7 and under. Prepaid reservations are required to attend both events, and guests can reserve their spot by calling Tonia’s. Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room & More, 118 W. Third St., Rochester; 248-652-8595; toniasvictorianrose.com   

Jimmy John’s Field 

With baseball off the schedule this Sunday, Utica-based Jimmy John’s Field is playing host to a Mother’s Day Brunch. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 9, the socially distanced outdoor event is presented by Francis Ford Coppola Winery and includes a brunch menu with items such as scrambled eggs, spring fruit salad, and pork sausage. The event will also feature a bundt cake station, and guests can purchase alcoholic beverages — including a Coppola Sofia Brut Rose Signature Mimosa and the Sofia Brut Rose with Pineapple and Cranberry Juice — for an additional cost. Tickets are $100 for a table of four guests and $150 for a table of six. For $50 more, you can also buy a gift package for mom that includes a Pink Unicorns baseball cap, a bottle of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, flowers from Thrifty Florist, and a family photo on the field. Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road, Utica; 248-601-2400; uspbl.com

St. Julien Winery 

This Paw Paw, Michigan-based winery’s Troy tasting room is hosting a six-course pairing event on Mother’s Day. The courses are charcuterie, Cajun boil, Caribbean pork, steak bites, blackened salmon, and white port. Guests can choose between a dry or sweet wine flight pairing. There are two seatings for the event — one at 1:30 p.m. and another at 4 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person, and guests must call to reserve their spot. St. Julian Winery, 518 W. 14 Mile Road., Troy; 248-951-2113; stjulian.com

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