Local Spots to Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, 2016. To help your family celebrate the day, we’ve rounded up a sure-fire selection of meal settings, which will make Mom feel special all day long.
Breakfast: Connie’s Family Restaurant, 3271 S. Harlem Avenue
Start mom’s day off gloriously with a visit to Connie’s, a Berwyn breakfast staple. Whether you’re looking for a healthy start or an all-out affair, this is the place. The beloved cafe is not your usual breakfast joint. For those with a sweet tooth, try the Three Flags Pancakes, smothered with strawberries, blueberries and apple cinnamon, or go for the Banana Split Waffle, a golden waffle topped with banana, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. But if you’re in traditional, full breakfast style mode, ask for Connie’s Skillet, served with ham off the bone, fresh green peppers, mushrooms, onions and your choice of cheese.
Brunch: La Lupita, 6539 W. Cermak Rd.
Fourteen years ago, Doña Lupita and her son Salvador “Chava” Figueroa took the town by storm with their incredibly authentic, mouth-watering, Mexican cuisine. Hailing from Guerrero, a region renowned for its exquisite moles (ask for their specialty, Mole Poblano) and tasty pozoles (go for its signature Pozole Verde), Lupita first set up a modest shop that included three six-foot tables and just a dozen chairs. Now, the new-look Lupita features a cozy, festive vibe with rich colors throughout the expanded storefront and a cantina-style bar with an impressive roster of tequilas and mezcales. Prices are gentle, portions are appropriate. More importantly, Lupita shows customers her appreciation via that scarce but delectable invention: handmade tortillas.
Lunch: La Notte Cafe Ristorante Italiano, 6822 W Windsor Ave
Chef Giovanni will be crafting a special Mother’s Day menu fit for a queen. La Notte Cafe’s executive chef and owner Giovanni Matteo Mancini has a multitude of recipes which draw on his upbringing in Bari Italy, but also his families ancestral recipes from Rome and Tuscany. He may not have formal training as a chef, but years of experience and ingenuity allow him to bring the essence and flavor of Italy out in his cooking. From noon-7pm, limited seatings are available so reserve your space now. Expect to be treated to delectable seafood with items like calamari or clams to start the meal. Entrees include homemade pastas topped with made-to-order sauces and the proteins will include fresh shrimp, sea bass, veal and chicken.
Dinner: Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits, 6727 W Roosevelt Rd
The influence of France, Spain and Morocco are all wonderfully evident at Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits. After years of success at Spiaggia in Chicago’s Gold Coast, John and Christine Aranza joined forces with award-winning chefs Dan Pancake and Beth Parthridge to bring a distinct Mediterranean style to North Berwyn, where they have created a world-class, gastronomical sensation. As Christine puts it, Autre Monde is “unpretentious Mediterranean food” that also showcases the finest artisan producers of wine and spirits. Seamlessly blending French with Spanish flavors, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Their small plates includes a gallego style Octopus and Portuguese pate Pasta De Atum. They have a delightful patio in the back, and Sunday’s forecast calls for 75 degree weather and sunny skies.
Sweets: Old Fashioned Candies, 6210 Cermak Road
Chocolate is the key to any woman’s heart, and Old Fashioned Candies is a resounding winner as far as local confectionaries go. The family owned shop moved from Chicago to Berwyn in 1976 and has since offered a wide range of sweet delights. Although their Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Turtle Pretzels and Chocolate Frozen Bananas are among their best sellers, the hard candy and gourmet popcorn, including the Berwyn Mix and Caramel Corn, are most definitely worth the indulgence. Sweetest Deal: For those who are not able to spend this day with mom but would still like to send some sugar, Old Fashioned Candies ships via UPS to pretty much anywhere in the world.