Mother’s Day brunch 2016 in Calgary

Taking Mom out for a relaxing brunch on Mother’s Day is an appropriate way to thank her for all her love, guidance and patient parenting. A number of restaurants are serving extra-special brunch menus on Mother’s Day weekend, 2016. Find one that suits Mom’s tastes and reserve a table early – it’s one of the busiest brunch times of the year.

Aspen Crossing Tree Farm & Garden Centre

AB

A short country drive southeast of Calgary, Aspen Crossing Tree Farm and Garden Centre also features campsites, a gift shop and a Mother’s Day weekend buffet brunch in its stationary, antique Canadian Pacific dining-car eatery. Eats include pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs Benedict, chicken, ribs and pasta. Adults, $17. Seatings: May 7 and 8, 9 am to 3 pm. This is also home base for the round-trip Aspen Crossing Railway train tour. Its onboard champagne brunch is available Sundays starting May 8. Adults, $106; kids, $50, two years and under, free. Excursions run 11 am to 2 pm.

Open Range

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1114 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4

For a meaty Mother’s Day meal, cozy Open Range on Edmonton Trail Northeast is unbeatable. Chef Dwayne Ennest is a proponent of local and sustainable ingredients, and his à la carte brunch includes entree options such as eggs Benedict with crab, roast bison or veggies, as well as duck confit hash with wild mushrooms and truffled white-cheddar scramble. For the kids, there’s “egg breakfast” or French toast. Pair the meal with a selection of sparking drinks including a black cherry mimosa. Seatings: May 8, 9 am to 2 pm. The restaurant is also serving a special Mother’s Day dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm.

River Cafe

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25 Prince's Island Pk, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

Consider a leafy, riverside Mother’s Day getaway at River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park where brunch will be served à la carte. For moms leaning toward breakfast fare, dishes include eggs any style with herbed hash browns and maple-cured bacon. Also available: brioche French toast and eggs Benedict with smoked trout or bacon. Lunch-inflected dishes include mozzarella flatbread, chicken pot pie and a bison burger with onion jam and smoked feta. Seating: May 7 and 8, 10 am to 3 pm.

Heritage Park Historical Village

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1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X3

Overlooking the shiny historical hotrods of Heritage Park Historical Village’s Gasoline Alley Museum, brunch is served on the mezzanine level. Whether or not Mom is an auto buff, she’ll definitely dig the high-octane eats. Choose from buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, back-bacon Benedict, roasted chicken, cedar-plank salmon and much more. Also visit the made-to-order omelet station and the carving station serving Alberta strip loin and Valbella ham. Adults, $33; kids three to 11, $23; two and under free. Brunch attendees receive a discount on Gasoline Alley admission. Seatings: May 8, 10 am to 2 pm.

Azuridge Estate Hotel

AB

Azuridge Estate Hotel is located in the rolling pines near the hamlet of Priddis. Start Mom’s morning with a refreshing country drive just southwest of the city, and roll up at this polished, luxury-lodge getaway in the woods for a beautiful buffet brunch. Your meal will be served with a live harp soundtrack and a family photo portrait. Adults, $89; kids six to 12, $45, six and under, free. Seatings: May 8, 10 am to 1 pm. Valet parking.

Full Circle Pizza & Oyster Bar

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100-933 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5R6

A long, lounge-like eatery featuring an open kitchen, Full Circle is perfumed with the sultry scent of its busy wood-fired pizza ovens. Serving classic pies such as the margherita and putanesca, inventive creations such as the Dr. Octo-Pi topped with grilled octopus and bonito flakes are winning the new eatery (launched December, 2015) considerable buzz. It will officially launch its brunch menu on Mother’s Day. A work in progress until then, Mom can rest assured that the menu will feature its namesake oyster dishes and pizza pies. Seatings: May 8, 10 am to 4 pm.

Wurst Restaurant

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2437 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X5

A sunny and sociable spot on the Fourth Street Southwest restaurant row, Wurst serves a Sunday à la carte brunch suitable for Mom and her whole hungry crew. Featuring Bavarian cuisine with many twists, the menu includes appetizers such as beefy, mouthwatering maultaschen dumplings and lobster rolls. Sharing platters include charcuterie and a mixed grill plate and the highly recommended bratwurst platter. Additional options include burgers, sandwiches, soup-and-salad combos as well as mains that include three types of schnitzel. Seatings: May 8, 10 am to 3 pm.

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