A spot for Mother's Day brunch that's a bit different -- and kid friendly?

City Beer Hall Chocolate Decadence French ToastJamie emails:

Every year or family gets together for brunch on Mother's Day (6-8 adults and 3 children).
This year I'm trying to come up with a unique place that works for kids, but is more than a feeding frenzy around 50 chaffing dishes and 5 year olds in matching khakis lobbing marshmallows and old fruit into a chocolate fountain. Any ideas?

You know, some place should just go all in on the five year olds throwing marshmallows at a chocolate fountain concept. That could be a winner.

In all seriousness, the only thing we'll add for this topic is that if you're thinking about going out for brunch on Mother's Day, MAKE A RESERVATION NOW. Many places fill up. You have about two weeks to go. Do not wait.

Got a suggestion for Jamie and her family? Please share! And, as usual, a sentence or two about why you're suggesting a place can be helpful.

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Mother's Day Brunch at Indian Ladder Farm....plus baby animals!

If you didn't mind a drive, the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery has tableside smores and awesome food, and of course beer! Could make it an overnight?

Tesoro's Cafe on Upper Union Street in Schenectady has a small but excellent buffet brunch on Sundays, plus there is some outdoor seating on the porch. Buffet includes made to order crepes!

Treviso puts out a great brunch every Sunday. They will have a special on Mother's Day. You will not be disappointed. Reservations are highly recommended.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 8, 2016 10:30am – 2:30pm

FARM TO TABLE DISPLAY ~ GRILLED MARKET VEGETABLES TOSSED IN TOASTED SPRING GARLIC & FRESH BASIL ~ SPINACH WALDORF SALAD WITH APPLES, GRAPES CITRUS AIOLI ~ BBQ POTATO SALAD WITH GRILLED CHICKEN, CHEDDAR CHEESE, CHERRY TOMATOES, ONION AND BBQ SAUCE ~ MARINATED OLIVES ~ OVEN ROASTED MUSHROOMS ~ ARTICHOKE SALSA ~ SMOKED SALMON WITH RED ONION, CHOPPED EGGS & CAPERS ~ SPRING PANZANELLA SALAD ~ FRESH BAKED ROLLS & BREADS WITH WHIPPED BUTTERS, MORNING BAKED DANISH & COFFEE CAKES

BREAKFAST STATION ~ CRISPY SMOKED BACON & MAPLE SAUSAGE ~ THREE CHEESE SCRAMBLED EGG AL FORNO ~ ALMALFI HASHBROWNS ~ RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE FRENCH TOAST

ENTRÉE STATION ~ CITRUS ENCRUSTED SALMON OVER LEMON SCENTED RICE PILAF WITH A RIESLING BUTTER SAUCE ~ CHICKEN FORRESTIER – ROSEMARY BRAISED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH A WILD MUSRHOOM VELOUTE ~ SLICED ROAST PORK SALTIMBOCCA ~ THREE CHEESE RAVIOLI ~ SUN-DRIED TOMATOES, SMOKED MOZZARELLA & ROMANO CREAM SAUCE

CARVING STATION ~ TOP ROUND OF BEEF AU POIVRE ~ GINGER LIME MARINATED FRENCHED TURKEY BREAST

SWEET ENDINGS ~ VILLA ITALIA PASTRIES & COOKIES ~ WHOLE & CARVED FRUITS

COFFEE, TEA, SOFT DRINKS INCLUDED

$29.95 FOR ADULTS ~ $15.95 CHILDREN 12 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE ~ UNDER 5 NO CHARGE

8% NYS Sales Tax and Gratuity Are NOT included.

Reservations Recommended

Treviso by Mallozzi’s, 257 Washington Ave Ext, Albany, NY 12205 518.456.0292

Jamie,
Don't forget about your own neighborhood New World Bistro Bar. We're not having a buffet this year. Having our regular brunch menu with some fun specials and of course we are always kid friendly!

Take a picnic to your favorite park! Avoid the crush at restaurants on the busiest day of the year and Mom will have lots more fun. If you don't cook, pick up items to go from the prepared foods section at Honest Weight, Healthy Living etc. Mom will thank you for it!

One of my mom's day favs is Palmer House Cafe in Rensselaerville.

Different and kid friendly, you say?
Hold on to your hat.

The Ruck.

Chef Rachel rocks. And now they have high chairs. And beer. Because, you know, moms.

Dali Mamma is holding a family cooking class on May 1st themed "Cooking for Mom." Its a Mothers day themed cooking class geared towards families. Going to teach how to make truffles and carrot cake with chocolate ganache. YUM!! Hands on class with a take home box for mom. Check out www.dalimamma.com
Low key, fun and very very tasty!! Fun family activity...something to do other than regular brunch. and its the sunday before mothers day so you can still have your sunday brunch together.

THE RUCK HAS HIGH CHAIRS!?!?!?!?!?!?! Those are words I have so longing to hear...............Mercury in retrograde my butt!

Thanks for all of the suggestions guys.

We had a wonderful brunch with decent food and really great conversation. Everyone was happy and no one got chocolate sauce in their hair.

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