By Tony Leodora
So, you are looking to take a special Mom out for brunch or dinner on Mother’s Day. You have been bombarded by all of the radio and television commercials. You have read all of the ads in the newspapers.
Instead of ending the confusion, all of the information has just contributed to a condition of sensory overload.
With that in mind, we – at GolfTalk Live – have consulted with our official culinary expert, Nick Giovanangelo. By day he is the proprietor of Inside Jewelers on West Chester Pike in Broomall. By night he is Nicky G, our traveling gourmand … leaving no stone (or plate) unturned.
Here is his list (and comments) of the Top 10 places to enjoy a culinary celebration of Mother’s Day … as heard on the May 6 version of the GolfTalk Live radio show.
- Farmer’s Daughter at Normandy Farm, Blue Bell – It is the No. 1 rated Sunday brunch in the Philadelphia area … and they put out an extra-special effort for Mother’s Day. However, reservations are a must and they sell out fast.
- Marshaltown Inn, West Chester – This historic inn on Strasburg Road just drips with atmosphere. It dates back to 1814 and specializes in American fare.
- The Concordville Inn, Glen Mills – This is another great brunch spot, dating back to 1777. Legend has it that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin stayed there.
- Trattoria Giuseppe, Newtown Square – This bustling restaurant on West Chester Pike is a favorite BYOB stop. It is famous for its southern Italian fare. Nicky’s pick: the veal pizzaiola.
- Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Radnor – There are many high-end steak houses in the area but this is, by far, Nicky G’s favorite.
- The Lobster House, Cape May – For those taking Mom to the Jersey Shore for the weekend, there is no more famous spot than this seafood restaurant on the waterfront.
- Sea Grill, Avalon – For another Jersey Shore choice, you can’t go wrong with this Avalon favorite. The unique touch: the menu is posted on the wall. Diners go up to the kitchen window and tell the chef what they would like. Then the food is served at the table.
- La Veranda, Philadelphia – Located on the waterfront at Christopher Columbus Boulevard, this upscale Northern Italian restaurant features tuxedo-clad waiters and tables with a view of the Delaware River.
- Panorama, Philadelphia – Just a few blocks north of La Veranda, in Old City, this classic Italian restaurant features the city’s finest wine bar – with 120 wines on tap and more than 150 wines by the glass. And the gnocchi are spectacular.
- Erin Pub, Norwood – Nicky G says he added this Delaware County staple for his Irish friends. It features seafood and prime rib at affordable prices.
Of course, all that did was inspire the host of GolfTalk Live to create his Top 10 list of Mother’s Day dining options – all with a golf twist. The final eight spots on the list are outstanding outdoor dining venues:
Tony’s Top Ten:
- Borderline Restaurant, Bethlehem — Although the only non-golf course location on the list, owner Chris Valianatos is an unabashed golf nut. The only thing he likes more than golf is food – as evidenced by the Mother’s Day menu at his BYOB family restaurant in the Lehigh Shopping Center. Affordability is the key: prime rib at $19.95 (queen) and $21.95 (king) or 12 oz. lobster tail at $27.95. And all dinners include stuffed baked potato, soup and salad bar.
- The Restaurant at Westover GC, Jeffersonville – Another very affordable stop, a Mother’s Day special such as lobster tail stuffed with crabmeat ($27.95) is served in a civilized setting
- Farm House Restaurant, Skippack – This indoor/outdoor favorite at Skippack GC features unique items such as rack of lamb and veal schnitzel.
- The View at Morgan Hill, Easton – The expanded deck overlooks Morgan Hill GC and provides a spectacular view of the Lehigh Valley and into New Jersey. Specials include a 12-ounce New York strip steak for $23 … or add a lobster tail for $10 more.
- Harbor Pines GC, Egg Harbor Township – This South Jersey club is public, but with a very private feel. Their Sunday brunch is $33.95 and includes items such as shrimp scampi and pecan-crusted salmon.
- Atlantic City CC, Northfield – The Jersey Shore’s oldest golf course has seen its clubhouse remodeled lately to include an elegant dining patio and deck. The Mother’s Day brunch is $39.95 and includes prime rib and pan-seared grouper.
- Sand Barrens GC, Swainton – On Route 9 just outside of Avalon, this local favorite features a deck that overlooks a large pond and the golf course. Its $34.95 brunch includes items such as jumbo lump crab cakes and prime rib.
- McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links, Egg Harbor Township – Those preferring a more relaxed atmosphere and casual fare will like this spot, still offering a great view of the golf course.
- Sea Oaks GC, Little Egg Harbor Township – Just outside Long Beach Island, this golf course and boutique hotel offers a great menu, including its famous Jersey Cioppino.
- Markley Grill at Bella Vista GC, Gilbertsville – Another historic venue, reservations are always a must at this spot because the patio fills quickly.