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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: May 3, 2016

Dining Guide: Where to take Mom on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is historically one of the biggest restaurant days of the year, because what Mom wants to cook and clean on her special day? There are of course plenty of options for taking her out in and around Portland, but if you want to make more of a day of it, we’ve included some out-of-town destinations worth the trip.

Written by: Susan Axelrod
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Five Fifty-Five

555 Congress St., Portland | 207-761-0555 | | $$$$
At Steve and Michele Corry’s acclaimed Portland restaurant, an ala carte brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Among the offerings: Stonecipher Farm beet salad with smoked salmon, dill curd and sorrel; French toast with blueberries, cinnamon and mascarpone whipped cream, huevos rancheros and truffled mac and cheese. Children’s menu available. MENU

Eve’s at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel

468 Fore St., Portland | 207-775-9090 | | $$$$
In the heart of the Old Port, Eve’s  will be serving a buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a long list of choices that include cheeses and charcuterie, salads, prime rib, omelet and pancake bars, and for dessert, cobbler, fruit pies and ice cream. $38 per person; kids 6-10 $19; kids 5 and under free. MENU

Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie

106 Exchange St., Portland | 207-805-1469 | | $$$$
From noon to 8 p.m., the steakhouse has a special menu: Lobster salad, petit prime filet mignon or half a rotisserie chicken with baked potato and vegetables, and for dessert, raspberry chocolate mouse. $38 per person.


327 Commercial St., Portland | 207-808-8840 | | $$$
The pan-Mediterranean restaurant celebrates Mom all day, with an ala carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner with specials from 5 to 9 p.m. Start with a pretty Momosa – pear vodka, lime juice, Chambord and prosecco – before tucking into Spanish gazpacho blanco, Moroccan eggs Benedict with braised beef and harissa hollandaise or katayef, a Lebanese pancake with orange blossom syrup and fresh fruit. MENU

Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea

40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth | 207-799-3134 | | $$$$
Take Mom to brunch at this lovely seaside inn. Chef Steve Sicinski offers a buffet menu that includes antipasto, smoked Duck Trap salmon,  classic eggs Benedict, pan-roasted swordfish and a variety of individual desserts $65 per person; $25 children under 12; 5 and under free.  MENU

Cafe Stroudwater (Embassy Suites Hotel)

105 Westbrook St., Portland | 207-775-0032 | | $$$
Offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the a la carte menu includes pan-roasted halibut with blueberry-lime gastrique, yogurt and herb marinated beef tips with tzatziki, feta cheese and kalamata olives, eggs benedict with the option of lobster, salmon or steak, and for dessert, chocolate souffle.


White Barn Inn

37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk Beach | 207-967-2321 | | $$$$
One of Maine’s most spectacular inn restaurants is offering a two-course prix-fixe brunch with optional sides, served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The menu includes eggs benedict, buttermilk pancakes with maple butter and candied pecans, and forest mushroom risotto with Parmesan foam. Among the desserts: skillet brownie sundae, blood orange souffle and strawberry shortcake. MENU

The Velveteen Habit

37 Ogunquit Rd., Cape Neddick | 207-216-9884 | | $$$$
A plant sale accompanies the special Mother’s Day menu at this storied farmhouse restaurant. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., chef Chris Wilcox offers an a la carte menu that includes traditional dishes — corned beef hash with poached eggs, Maine potatoes, peppers and onions — and more modern ones — peekytoe crab benedict with preserved tomato hollandaise, as well as sides, a selection of cheeses and desserts. MENU


Brunswick Hotel & Tavern

4 Noble St., Brunswick | 207-837-6565 | | $$$$
The central location of this modern New England-style inn is ideal for gathering a far-flung group. David Pendexter’s Mother’s Day buffet is served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the menu: lobster frittata, blueberry crunch French toast, and carved rib-eye, spring vegetable risotto. $46, seniors $39, kids $24. MENU

Le Garage

15 Water St., Wiscasset | 207-882-5409 | | $$$
Named for its long-ago life as a automotive and blacksmithing shop, Le Garage has been a local favorite since 1977. Perched on the bank of the Sheepscot River, more than half the tables are on an enclosed, cottage-style porch with panoramic water views. On Mother’s Day, the restaurant is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Specials include: apple, caramelized onion and blue cheese tart, beef tenderloin with roasted shallot demi glace and salmon Wellington.  MENU


2 South Main St., Rockland | 207-596-0770 || $$$$
Celebrated chef Melissa Kelly’s acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant opens for the season on May 5, and it’s a good bet that reservations are filling up fast for Mother’s Day. The menu changes daily; you can expect dishes featuring local pork, lamb, seafood and vegetables — many ingredients sourced from the farm on the property. The serene Parlour Rooms downstairs have views of the ocean, while the lounge areas upstairs have a more casual, lively vibe and are walk-in only.

Pig + Poet at Whitehall

52 High St., Camden | 207-236-3391 | | $$$$
Camden’s newest restaurant reopens for its second season on Mother’s Day with a new chef, Dirk Yeaton, who offers a special menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included are lobster avocado toast with fried egg, spicy kewpie and cilantro, waffle with whipped ricotta and marinated blueberries, and a cheeseburger with maple-glazed bacon and tomato jam.  MENU

Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn

83 Bay St., Camden | 207-236-7008 | | $$$$
At sophisticated Natalie’s, chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens are offering a brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The menu lists some items you might expect — a raw bar and an “eggs your way” station — and some you might not, such as shrimp and grits with charred peppers and sunnyside egg, and chicken ballotine with ginger ponzu. Desserts include honey cheesecake with apricot and bee pollen, fruit nut bread with orange glaze and a peanut milkshake with coconut. $39, children under 12 $20. MENU


49 Lisbon St., Lewiston | 207-333-3835 | | $$$$
If Mom enjoys wine, she might be surprised to find one of Maine’s most impressive cellars in Lewiston. Fuel has 210 bottles on its list, 30 of them available by the glass. Housed in a swanky space in the historic Lyceum Building, Fuel’s bent is classic French cuisine, but the fare is more country than Paris. The house specialty is balsamic-braised pork shank, other standouts are fondue, soupe a l’oignon and escargot. On Mother’s Day, the restaurant will offer its full menu, with specials, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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