Celebrating Mother’s Day with Brunch

Trying to  decide on a restaurant for Mother’s Day brunch is no easy task. I for one have several top picks for where I’d like to spend a lazy hour or two, feasting on delectable menu options and sipping bloody mary’s and mimosas with friends or family.

For this Mother’s Day brunch, my mum and I are headed to Market Restaurant in Raleigh. Not only because Chad is an excellent Chef using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, but because this year Market Restaurant has partnered with Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) to host the “Farm it Forward” benefit brunch.

Chef Chad in the news: Market named finalist for Best Dish in NC, Chef Chad McIntyre wins “Local Heroes” award

The Farm it Forward program, “is a new partnership among AHA and local Wake County farmers. Farm It Forward is a community supported agriculture (CSA) program for Wake County citizens who are working to improve their nutrition due to health concerns and who could use extra help financially to make these changes. Through Farm It Forward, they can receive free shares of healthy, local produce for 10 weeks from local farmers” (From the AHA website).

The Sunday May 8th brunch will run from 10am-3pm,  with live music beginning at noon. The menu will feature a “Farm It Forward Frittata and Strawberry Mint Julep, made with all local ingredients donated by local farms Ben’s Produce and New Grass Gardens. All proceeds from the frittata and the drink will be donated to support Farm It Forward shares for community members in need. Ben’s Produce will also sell flowers and bedding plants at Market on May 8 to raise funds for the program.”

In addition to the special Frittata and Strawberry Mint Julep, Market will be offering the menu listed below ( Subject to change based on quantity and availability): 

 French Quarter Style Beignets $7
drizzled with local honey

Stuffed Chai French Toast $10
Honey ricotta stuffed french toast with a chai tea reduction, served with a side of sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage

Farm Hand Eggs Benedict $11
sweet potato biscuits topped with shredded pork BBQ with a poached egg and side of stone ground grits

Whole Wheat Pancakes $9
 pancakes with an apple thyme compote served with a side of sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage (vegan)

Farmers Market Frittatas $10
prepared with local eggs and vegetables topped with Hollandaise and served with side of fruit quinoa (vegetarian)

Grits and “Grillades” $12
creamy stone ground grits topped with house made duck sausage and mushroom gravy

Strawberry Mascarpone Crepe $9
seasoned strawberry and mascarpone crepes topped with a balsamic crème anglaise and served with sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage (vegetarian)

Vegan potato and “chorizo” hash $9
potato hash, onions, peppers and marinated tofu scrambled with vegan “chorizo” and dressed with tomato chutney and a side of fruit quinoa (vegan)

Huevos Mercado $12
slow roasted goat, black beans, sunny side up eggs, salsa verde, avocado, and queso fresco atop fresh corn tortillas

In all fairness, Market is not the only restaurant offering a great brunch, listed below are some other equally fabulous brunch locations (listed alphabetically)

Bella Monica: www.bellamonica.com – 3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh – (919) 881-9778

Brigs: www.brigs.com – 4900 NC Hwy 55, Durham – (919) 544-7473

Crooks Corner: www.crookscorner.com – 610 West Franklin St, Chapel Hill – (919) 929-7643

Dos Perros: www.dosperrosrestaurant.com – 200 N Mangum, Durham – (919) 956-2750

Dos Taquitos Centro: www.dostaquitoscentro.com – 106 S Wilmington St, Raleigh – (919) 835-3593 (SATURDAY BRUNCH ONLY)

Guglhupf: www.guglhupf.com – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd #1, Durham, North Carolina – (919) 401-2600

Jibarra: www.jibarra.net – 327 West Davies St, Raleigh – (919) 755-0556

Market Restaurant: www.eatatmarket.com – 938 N Blount St, Raleigh – (919) 754-0900

ONE Restaurant: www.one-restaurant.com – 100 Meadowmont Circle, Chapel Hill – (919) 537-8207

Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse: www.papamojosroadhouse.com – 5410 Highway 55 – Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, Durham – (919) 361-2222

Piedmont: www.piedmontrestaurant.com – 401 Foster Street, Durham – (919) 683-1213

Scratch Bakery: www.piefantasy.com – 111 Orange St, Durham – (919) 956-5200

The Weathervane at A Southern Season: www.southernseason.com – 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill – (919) 929-9466

Vin Rouge: www.ghgrestaurants.com – 2010 Safeway Street, Durham – (919) 416-0466

I am sure there are many more area restaurants serving a great brunch, if I’ve missed your favorite please add it to the comments section.

Happy Brunching




3 thoughts on “Celebrating Mother’s Day with Brunch

  1. This mum is looking forward to brunching out with her daughter, the Durham Foodie. Durham Foodie is a great chef but even chefs like to eat out once in a while!

  2. All true, but I believe in supporting the local food movement and think Farm it Forward is well worth a morning out of the kitchen, not to mention the Market menu sounds divine.

  3. For curiosity sake, why not make Mother’s Day Brunch? You said your favorite place is in the kitchen and it would undoubtedly cost less?

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