Mother’s Day in Toronto is a mixed bag of whatever your heart desires. Normally, I’d be screaming from the third baseline, but with the Jays out of town this year I’m bucking the footlong dog for more inspired options. From at-home eats to elevated options, tuck into some of Toronto’s best restaurants and take the day off!

INSPIRED MOTHER’S DAY EATS IN TORONTO

Do it for the ‘gram! Liberty Village will be all smiles on Mother’s Day at OEB Breakfast Co. A pro photographer will be snapping away while you sip on a Mom’osa (sparkling wine, coconut rum, pineapple wedge). With to-die-for Eggs Bennys, fluffy Pancakes and towering French Toast, it’s a splendid start to any Sunday, but especially this special one.

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Banana Cream Pie French Toast at OEB

Covid weary for venturing out? We see you. Consider calling in the catering gurus at Toben Food by Design. Soups, salads, sweets and proteins, create a memorable and relaxing day honouring mom and keeping her out of the kitchen for once. Don’t forget dessert, a Brown Butter Apple Cheesecake is a crowning finish.

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Consider adding a meal or two for the following week as an added bonus- Toben Food by Design

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Fittingly named after Anthony Walsh’s own dear mother in law, Leña checks a lot of boxes for their beautiful surroundings, busy Eaton Centre storefront (let’s go shopping!) and Argentinian food. Chef Laura has crafted a loveletter to moms everywhere with her sweet and savoury offerings, including the Jambon Croissant, with idiazábal cheese, quince jam, baby gem lettuce and truffle butter. Posh cocktails are impressive and day altering.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Montreal steak spice, quinoa, apple at Joni Restaurant.

Posh palates will love the refined atmosphere and luxe ingredients incorporated on the menu at Joni Restaurant. Brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, take a stroll through Yorkville and spend some quality time in this effortless land airy lounge.

Sweet moments with your flock call for ovens firmly turned off. Leave the baking to Craig, who pays homage to his Newfoundland mother through each batch of freshly baked cookies. Honing his craft from her original recipe, there’s a perfect version of Craig’s Cookies to call your own. I suggest the sweet and unexpected Cherry Blasters. 🍒

Thoughtful and detailed ventilation and vaccination protocols are only the start! It’s Canada’s longest running drag brunch hosted by none other than Erin Brockobić! Windows are wide open, giving Church Street dwellers a looky-loo at the dazzling sights and sounds at Glad Day Bookshop. Get tickets for either show, 11:30am or 2:30pm. Tickets are available thru Eventbrite.

All images by Libby Roach.