Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a special spot to take Mom out to eat or a memorable, unique gift that she’s sure to love, we’ve got you covered! The Made in Pittsburgh team has rounded up some of the best brunches for Mother’s Day Weekend and local gifts that will show her that you love and appreciate her for all she’s done over the years. Our tip: make those brunch reservations ASAP, pick out a gift that speaks to what makes her smile, and get ready to show Mom some love on her special day!

The Pennsylvania Market

Strip District

The Pennsylvania Market in the Strip District is an excellent choice for treating Mom to a delicious lunch and a refreshing drink, like their rosé sangria shown above! The two-level, European-style marketplace features six separate food stations and a cozy wine bar, where every mom is sure to find something delicious to sip! However, for a memorable gift, treat her to one of The PA Market’s awesome classes and spend a little time learning more about some tasty food and beverages. Currently available for May are “Italian Wine Series: The Marche,” “Beyond the Margarita: Tequila Cocktail Class,” “Tacos & Tequila Tasting,” and “Celebrating National Wine Day.” Visit The PA Market’s website to make reservations for Mom – and yourself too!

The Commoner


Executive chef Dave Racicot of The Commoner has designed a legendary spring brunch menu that will undoubtedly impress Mom on her special day. Selections like French toast with seasonal jam, avocado toast, and the caramelized pork belly sandwich are standouts, but what’s brunch without a beverage? Whether Mom likes to sip something sweet or savory, The Commoner’s brunch cocktail menu is unmatched! The traditional mimosa is always a hit alongside the Bloody Larry (a twist on the classic Mary) and the Aperol spritz. There are also artisanal selectionsl like “The Adventures of TinTin” that features St. Germain and sweet herbal flavors as well as the “Alright, Bud” that pairs Espolon Blanco and mezcal with blueberry lavender tea. (Reservations are strongly recommended.)

Tabbara Chocolates

Point Breeze

Owned by local chocolatier Nancy Tannir, Tabbara Chocolates features a selection of handcrafted chocolates made with fine ingredients that are inspired by the flavors of Beirut, from where Tannir’s family originates. In this year’s Mother’s Day assortment, expect to find some of Tabbara’s classic flavors alongside unique flavors like elderflower with saffron ganache, kalamansi (a green citrus fruit) pate de fruit with kalamansi ganache, and even a raspberry and rose jelly with a white chocolate ganache! We guarantee that Mom will love the eye-catching colors and uncommon flavors in this year’s treat box.

Spirits & Tales


Oakland brassier Spirits & Tales will be featuring a decadent prix fixe menu on Mother’s Day, crafted by executive chef Chris Noonan to feature tons of brunch favorites that Mom will love! The meal begins with sharable warm cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Then, enjoy three courses with plenty of options ranging from the brasserie’s famous French onion soup, smoked salmon toast, bananas foster French toast, and classic quiche Lorraine! Of course, dessert is a must – options inclde a trio of macarons, flourless chocolate truffle cake or a Basque cheesecake. There’s also a special prix fixe for the kiddos as well!

Black Radish Kitchen

Point Breeze

This Mother’s Day, Black Radish Kitchen is partnering with Pittsburgh-based Basic Health International, which is a leading organization in the research, prevention, and treatment of cervical cancer in high-risk communities worldwide. A portion of the sales of their Mother’s Day packages will go toward furthering BHI’s work, so you can treat Mom to a delicious meal at home and contribute to a life-saving mission! This year’s menu serves six to eight and can be modified to suit vegetarian eaters as well. Courses include a savory frittata, a salad with tons of fresh veggies and lemon vinaigrette, pasta salad with feta, brioche French toast bake with berries, fresh fruit with lime and chili salt, and a lemon raspberry pound cake. Visit Black Radish’s website to order and schedule pickup or delivery!

Square Cafe

East Liberty

Square Cafe is one of the most popular brunch spots in the ‘Burgh, but it has more than earned it! On Mother’s Day weekend, you can treat Mom to some of their classics like the smoked salmon scramble, the lemon berry ricotta pancakes, or the Brussels sprout hash on top of cheesy grits! There will be additional specials for Mother’s Day announced throughout the week leading up to the holiday, so keep an eye on their social media. Additionally, Mom can enjoy delicious drinks like the warm honey lavender oat latte or a glass of chilled white sangria!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Kaidia Pickels

Kaidia is a native Pittsburgher and a content writer for a local marketing agency. She loves to travel, try new dishes at local restaurants, and drop in to fitness class throughout the city. She's a die-hard Pens fan as well as an amateur baker and mixologist — sometimes combining both in one recipe!

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