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When it comes to celebrating mom, taking her out to a great meal is an essential part of the plan for Mother’s Day. Sure, you may want to throw in a bouquet of flowers or a handmade card, but a special menu is a part of any Mother’s Day celebration. Here are some of the top dishes around LA to help you honor that very important person in your life – your mom.

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(credit: 118 Degrees)


Fried Avocado Taco
118 Degrees
18636 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 660-1118
www.118degreesla.com

At 118 Degrees, an upscale raw vegan cafe in Tarzana, it’s not just one dish, but a full 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch that comprises one of the best Mother’s Day meals in LA. Start with the delicious Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms made with cremini mushrooms filled with rich walnut pesto and topped with tahini cheese. Then move on to the Fried Avocado Taco rolls on house-made flax tortillas, or the creamy Living Lasagna with its layers of veggies and macadamia nut ricotta. Don’t forget dessert: a sampler of cherry cheesecake, brownie bites, and vanilla fruit parfait will have you both drooling.

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(credit: Bruxie)


Lemon Cream and Berry Waffle
Bruxie
1412 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(213) 555-1212
www.bruxie.com

Bruxie is a delightful casual spot with crisp, savory waffles that are rapidly becoming a legend in Santa Monica. Mom will love the stellar lemon cream and berry waffle, a lush sweet treat that’s packed with fresh fruit and sugary goodness. If you have to pick just one Bruxie waffle, that’s it.

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(credit: Demitasse, Acuna-Hansen)


French Toast & A Mimosa
Demitasse Roastery and Kitchen
1542 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 498-5155
www.cafedemitasse.com

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the elegant and cozy Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen offers a fantastic Mother’s Day Brunch Special that features French Toast and a mimosa. But also on the menu, you’ll find their renowned Eggplant Torta, a simply scrumptious, crisp take on eggplant that also includes arugula, celery root and mustard dressing. Their rich fennel soup is another do-not-miss dish.

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(credit: Inotheke)


Mousaka
Inotheke
600 Broadway Avenue, Suite 101
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-3366
www.inotheke.com

There are no Greek tragedies around at Inotheke, an airy Greek restaurant with a Mother’s Day menu that pays homage to Chef Carolos Tomazos’ grandmother and her classic recipes. Mom will love the rich and savory Mousaka, made with ground beef, eggplant, zucchini and a light yet still decadent béchamel sauce. You’ll want to try the Salmon Kaketo too, made with carrots, leeks, feta cheese, olives, and capers.

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(credit: Osawa)


Baked Soy Marinated Black Cod
Osawa
77 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 683-1150
www.theosawa.com

Serving the finest Japanese cuisine, beautiful Osawa, located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, is a graceful suggestion for Mother’s Day. Treat mom to Kurobuta Pork Ginger, or Baked Soy Marinated Black Cod, served with salad, cold tofu, rice, and miso soup. Both dishes are perfectly prepared and filled with savory flavor. Another lovely dish for mom is the Shokado Bento, a sampling of sushi, sashimi, fish, and meat that allows her to try a little of many delicately created dishes on the menu. The restaurant is serving a complimentary glass of champagne for mom on her special day, too.

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(credit: Sol Cocina)


Souffle Carlotta
Sol Cocina
12775 West Millennium Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(424) 289-0066
www.address.com

Sol Cocina Playa Vista is one of the hottest new restaurants in town, and makes the perfect spot to celebrate Mother’s Day – with a little bit of Ole. This sleek, spacious new Mexican restaurant is serving up Crab & Shrimp Cakes Benedicto, and the rich and creamy Souffle Carlotta, a bread pudding spiked with Patron, made with lemon zest, organic agave syrup, and fresh fruit including mango and berries. Topped with vanilla whipped cream, almonds, and powdered sugar, here’s a dish worthy of raising a Blackberry Ginger Margarita to, as well.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.