Mother’s Day in Toronto can be a tear-jerking sentimental celebration, with bouquets of flowers and handmade macaroni necklaces- or it could be a sore spot, a reminder that you are motherless or childless, by choice, or maybe not. Ideally, you have a mom, and/or are a mom, and you choose to willfully submit to being celebrated.
For others, I hope you find peace today, and take some time to self-care. Mother’s Day isn’t for everyone. And that’s okay.

If you are looking to treat mom, or are hoping to be treated and want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs so you don’t end up at Wendy’s (the spicy chicken sandwich is nothing to scoff at though), then scope out this roundup of restaurants and events that are sure to make mom smile.

Chef Paul Boehmer is pulling out all the stops for Mom at his Ossington instiution this weekend. The brunch offering features an optional (mandatory) all you can drink mimosas and bellinis for $25, or $9 Caesars. Yes, you read that right. Brunch is on from 10:30am-4pm. $40 for mom, or $18 for kids under 12. Look for Chef Paul’s refined takes on classics, set in a space that feels more like an art gallery than a restaurant. :swoon:

This glamorous eatery opened in 2015 and has become a celebrated spot for brunch and clever cocktails, lending a distinctly feminine design to the downtown core. The extensive wine list dotted with rosé and all the bubbles to burst any troubles. Carbs are celebrated at this Italian restaurant, not relegated to merely a bread basket- they’re the raison d’etre, with in housemade pastas and pizzas like the margarita pizzette, or brunch faves like the sublime ricotta pancakes that are sure to satisfy.

So your mom is a carnivore. We respect that. STK’s meaty menu – replete with a raw bar, buffet of brunch classics, and a dessert playground. We don’t know what that is, but please no chocolate slides, or fountains. Brunch is on offer but really dinner is the winner- (batman approved) surf and turf with lobster thermador is a treat, here decadent with truffle lemon butter. Open from 10:30am- to 3pm for brunch, or 4pm-10pm for dinner.
Kingston Social
Taboos be damned, the stuff is legal, so let mom get canna-curious with our friends at Kingston Social. Come for the cannabis creations, dosed with precision for maximum fun, and minimum whoaaaaa, where are my hands and what are they doing over there-ness. From 1pm to 3pm enjoy High Tea for a lovely afternoon that’s a little bit of prim and a little bit of proper, and a whole lot of elevated fun! There will be a full tea service, mimosas, tea sandwiches, scones sweets and more.
Il Fornello
Local darling Il Fornello aims to please this Mother’s Day, showering mom in carbs (or salads, but c’mon) but notably, also a very vegan friendly menu, boasting a full menu dedicated to this diet. Chef Margie Cook has concocted a brunch menu featuring egg heavy faves turned vegan friendly, like the Eggs Venny, with tofu pinto bean breakfast sausage, baby spinach and Mornay sauce.
Blue Jays
But the best ticket in town belongs to the boys in blue, who know how to show your mom a good time. Err, that did not sound right, but doing the wave will feel right, and there’s plenty of pampering in between (and during) innings just for ma. Makeup, nails, check check, but more importantly, the first 15,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark will receive an adorable Marcus StroGnome Giveaway!