Poor mom—she's overworked, under-appreciated, and her big day falls during shelter in place. She needs some TLC.
If you are lucky enough to spend this Mother's Day together, plan an epic brunch, fancy lunch, or family dinner to celebrate. If you must toast her from afar, consider shipping a lovely cake or send over some high-end takeout. Here's our curated list of what to order around the Bay Area.
Head's up: Many of these Mother's Day specials are available by pre-order only; don't procrastinate!
Frenchie Lunch & Pastries from ONE65
Fete maman in Française style with a delightful lunch from downtown SF's Gallic culinary mecca. The four-course Mother's Day lunch menu ($130/two, $260/four, $390/six) includes a crispy onion tart, seafood salad, beef tenderloin, and raspberry cake—plus a box of chocolates. Or, indulge her sweet tooth with a special package ($85) that includes a six-inch cake, a bottle of Champagne, and chocolates. // Lunch is available for pre-order by Saturday for pick-up only on Sunday, May 10th; all orders are available for pickup and delivery. Order at bbot.menu 1165 O'Farrell St. (Tenderloin), one65sf.com
Fried Chicken Feast from "Accarrino's To Go" via SPQR
While you're probably used to epic pasta from classy Italian spot SPQR, these guys can make a mean fried chicken too. They take a whole or half bird and fry it up and prepare it with different seasonings -- for mom, it's going to be a Calabrian Hot Chicken version, inspired by Nashville's traditional recipes. Make sure to order a bottle of Ferrari bubbly to complete your celebrations. PS: another local Italian restaurant, A16 has planned a special Mother's Day Picnic menu; ordering is available through Wednesday in SF and Oakland. // Whole chicken ($64), half chicken ($32), bottle of Ferrari Brut ($26) or Brut Rose ($36) can be ordered via Google form. Pre-order from 12pm Thursday to 5pm Saturday, or until they sell out. Pick-ups from 3pm to 8pm on Sunday. 1911 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), spqrsf.com
Brunch Kits from Gap Year at Nico
Let's get that breakfast in bed going for mom! Gap Year at Nico is putting together lavish brunch spread options to celebrate. Dishes include baked egg with smoked salmon and cauliflower ($26); a crêpe kit with batter, fresh strawberries, strawberry preserve, Chantilly, and almonds ($24); a chocolate sourdough babka ($25); pâté en croûte with fermented carrots and mustard ($18); and even caviar service with blini batter and traditional accoutrements ($110). Need something to drink? Their French 75 cocktail kit has you covered ($42). // Pre-order via Tock. Pick-up 4pm to 7pm on Saturday May 9th; 710 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), gapyearatnico.com.
Truffle honey crepes from Truffle Shuffle
For this meal, there's some assembly required, but who doesn't love a good ole cooking sesh with mom? The Truffle Shuffle specializes in goods like truffle salt and truffle honey and has adapted these tasty ingredients into cooking kits and classes that shuffle weekly. This Sunday, put together a tasty brunch spread via their live digital cooking classes. On the menu, crepe suzette with brown butter truffle honey and a grapefruit cocktail. Bonus: They're even sending a mini flower arrangement to celebrate. // The brunch kit ($55) can be ordered for Saturday delivery. Live classes are at 8am, 10am, and noon via Instagram and Zoom; on truffleshufflesf.com.
Fine dining from Atelier Crenn
What better way to celebrate Mom than with a world-class meal from a Michelin-starred chef? Dominique Crenn has just added a brand new to-go menu for her fine-dining restaurant Atelier Crenn. Goodies in your Crenn Kit include Bleu Belle Farm vegetable soup, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, sliced brioche, and a dessert by pastry chef Juan Contreras. Should you want to get a beverage as well, add on a blind tasting kit with three half bottles of vino for a fun activity and great drinks. You'll get a Court of Master Sommelier Certified tasting grid and a sealed envelope with details from the restaurant's somm so you can test your tastebuds. // Crenn Kits ($38 per person) and blind tasting kits ($75-$125) can be ordered via Tock. Pick-up from 3pm to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday; 3127 Fillmore St. (Cow Hollow), ateliercrenn.com.
Japanese eats from Ippuku
Get ready to finally get your Japanese food fix with the tasty options at Ippuku. Get mom their daily bento box ($15), an omakase chef's pick of five meat skewers ($18), squid ink fried rice ($10), Japanese curry ($10), or chicken dumplings ($10). She'll probably appreciate it if you get some beer or sake too. // Order by calling 510-665-1969 for pick-up Wednesday through Sunday from 4pm to 7:30pm; 2130 Center St. (Berkeley), ippukuberkeley.com.
Asian Fusion Feast from Hawking Bird
Go big with a spread of Southeast Asian dishes from the devilishly good Hawking Bird. Grab a few fried chicken sandwiches with chili jam and fresh green chilies, tofu in yellow curry, garlic noodles, and blistered green beans, and mom'll be sitting pretty. This spot is a great option if you're doing your meal planning at the last second, no pre-order necessary. // Open for orders from 11:30am to 8pm daily. Orders can be placed via Caviar and Doordash or by phone at 510-593-2376 for pickup; 4901 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), hawkingbird.com.
Dungeness Crab Spread from Boudin Bakery
Crab season is ending early this year, so take advantage of a reason to celebrate and dive into a smorgasbord of succulent crab meat while you have the chance. OG restaurant Boudin Bakery is bringing the Fisherman's Wharf experience to you with Boudin sourdough, Caesar salad, pasta marinara, fresh steamed Dungeness Crab, drawn butter, and homemade cocktail sauce—plus bibs. // Dungeness crab feasts ($99 for two people, $198 for four) and bottles of Sonoma Cutrer ($25) can be ordered by calling 877-988-1849. Pre-order from 8:30am to 4pm, Monday through Thursday. Locations participating include: Almaden, Fremont, Roseville, Sacramento, San Francisco (10th & Geary only), Santa Rosa, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Walnut Creek and Vacaville; pick-up is 11am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday; boudinbakery.com.
Farm-to-table from Long Meadow Ranch
Sweets from Miette
Okay this one is technically not a full meal, but Miette is launching a new Ship-a-Cake service and we can't contain our excitement. As of Friday, May 1st, we can now order cakes and candies to be shipped or available for curbside pickup. For Mother's Day, we suggest picking up a selection of their best sweets or a lush cake to round out your main meal. The Mother's Day gift box includes lavender shortbread, floral meringues, rose Turkish delights, a rococo chocolate neroli bar, a box of Pastiglie Leones candies, and rose bud gummy candies. For cakes, options include the Tomboy Cake and Scharffen Berger Cake. // The Mother's Day Gift Box ($40), Tomboy Cake ($50), Scharffen Berger Cake ($55) and other goodies can all be ordered via miette.com.