Mother’s Day — not Valentine’s Day — is the most popular day to dine out, according to the National Restaurant Association, which reported last year that 92 million Americans planned to visit a restaurant on the annual Sunday holiday.

Here are some ideas for where to take mom this Mother’s Day, which is May 13:

London Chop House

A special four-course menu is available, plus live entertainment with the T-Bone Paxton Trio and the Brand McNett Trio. Noon-6 p.m. 155 W. Congress, Detroit. (313) 962-0277.

Apparatus Room at Detroit Foundation Hotel

Recently named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best new hotels, the Foundation Hotel’s Apparatus Room will host a buffet brunch on May 13. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $65, $30 for children under 12. 250 W. Larned, Detroit. Book via Open Table or call (313) 800-5600.

New Armenian at Antietam

Tonic and Juice pop-ups inside of Antietam, which closed as a restaurant in March. They’re serve a five-course Armenian meal including mezza, salad, soup, entree and dessert. 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 and 3:30 p.m. $55 per person; tickets purchased in advance. 1428 Gratiot, Detroit.

The Pink Flamingo

A mobile restaurant made of an airstream trailer serves farm-to-table meals at a community garden. There will be vegan and vegetarian options, plus jazz and reggae music and a bonfire. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2746 Vermont, Detroit.

Red Dunn Kitchen

Featured Mother’s Day brunch items like crab cake Benedict, vegan biscuits and gravy and “mom-osas” cocktails made with fresh fruit puree. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch, 3-10 p.m. dinner. 1331 Trumbull, Detroit. (313) 887-9477.

Punch Bowl Social

Buffet brunch with omelet and taco stations, breakfast foods, pastries and more. Free mimosa for mom, plus a chance to bowl a strike for a free meal. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $25, $12 ages 6-12. 1331 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 749-9738.

The Roostertail

Bishop Brothers Events presents this Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch with live music and food, plus a release of butterflies along the river to remember departed mothers. 2 p.m. $74.95, $39.95 children younger than 12. 100 Marquette, Detroit.

Frame at Joebar

Frita Batidos chef Eve Arnoff will host a series of dinners at Hazel Park pop-up kitchen Frame. She’ll serve Cuban-inspired street food, family style. 6 p.m. May 12 (sold out) and 4 and 7 p.m May 13. $50, plus tax and service fee. Frame is inside Joe Bar at 23839 John R, Hazel Park.

Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Taphouse This Michigan sour-beer maker’s Royal Oak restaurant is offering a buffet with carved sirloin, omelet station, roasted salmon, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, ham, desserts and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25, $20 age 55 and up, $10 age 12 and younger. 419 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6250.

Mr. B’s Gastropub

Mother’s Day brunch with bottomless mimosas ($12 extra). noon-2 p.m. $13.99, $3.99 kids. 215 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 399-0017.

Ocean Prime

Expanded hours for the holiday, with a special brunch that includes blackened salmon salad, white truffle caviar deviled eggs, crab and eggs and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 2915 Coolidge, Troy. (248) 458-0500.


On May 13 moms get the first six ounces of their froyo on the house. Find the closest store at

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