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Mothers Day brunching in Charlotte

With so many Charlotte area chefs and restaurants offering Mothers’ Day Brunching options, I thought I’d get you started with a short list of hidden gems that may not already be on your Mothers’ Day radar. 
Look for updates later this week as restaurants begin to announce menus and Mothers’ Day specials.

As you being to make plans, please remember with crowds and Covid restrictions still in place, to make reservations, if that is an option; and to continue to wear a mask at public venues, unless you are eating , even if you have already been vaccinated.

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Mothers’ Day Hidden Gems take to the Airwaves

I’m delighted as always to share my restaurant recommendations any time of the year with my friends at WCNC’s Charlotte Today. Here is the segment as it aired on Tuesday April 27, 2021.

I taped this segment with show co-host Mia Atkins via Zoom, but you know me, I had to dress it up a bit… so I sat outside on the deck with a Cheers to Moms brunching cocktail in hand.

Girl sitting on steps

My sweet hubby Tom Billotto, not only did the filming, but he doubled as my teleprompter, so I wouldn’t forget all the places I wanted to share! I love this man! Thought you’d enjoy this fun behind the scenes look….

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And now, here is a taste of all the deliciousness I shared with Mia on the show.

Mothers Day Brunching at Hot Box: Next Level Kitchen

Located inside Southern Strain Brewery in Concord at 165 Brumley Ave NE –  Chef Michael Bowling and his team and doing it right if casual, fun and delicious family brunching is what you have in mind. Follow Michael and HotBox on instagram for up to the minute updates on all his Mothers’ Day menu will have to offer.

The Brunch Burger at Hot Box Next Level Kitchen | Photos thanks to Hot Box and Chef Michael Bowling

Regular Sunday brunch menu items at the Hot Box vary but often include Shrimp and Grits, Brunch Burgers, HouseMade Biscuits, quiche, and more.


And, of course, there are always pastries and desserts by award-winning pastry chef Jamie Turner.

Mothers’ Day Brunching at Rosie’s Coffee and Wine Garden

Located at  940 N. Davidson Street – This charming coffee and wine shop is located at the entrance to the historic McGill Rose Garden, in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood. 

sign and garden

Rosie’s offers garden views, coffee and wine, pastries and light snacks; or you can bring in your own picnic brunch to the garden. 

coffee and roses

All seating is outdoors. Open 8am – 8 pm on Sundays. Mothers’ Day plans are in the works, call for details or follow Rosie’s on social media.

garden trellice

Parking at Rosies and the gardens is tight, but when the lot on N. Davidson street is full, don’t panic. There is plenty of room just off Alexander Street in the CATS public parking deck, just a short stroll around the corner.

Every day can be Mothers’ Day at Community Matters Cafe

Community Matters cafe is located in Uptown Charlotte, off Cedar Street at 821 W. 1st Street.


While the cafe is not open on Sundays this is a great place to buy  mom a gift certificate for coffee, pastries and breakfast or lunch; or treat her any other day of the week. 

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Community Matters employs participants of the  Charlotte Rescue Mission recovery programs, so by eating there, you are giving back to the community and helping to teach people a trade and at the same time helping to build Charlotte’s culinary circles. Its a win, win, win.


Mothers’ Day Brunching at Home

A fun childhood memory of mine was always walking up early, sneaking into the kitchen with my brother, Jaimie and making mom breakfast in bed. These last two options for bunching at home, just in case mom wants to sleep in and enjoy a late brunch at home or in bed, will help with the process.

Mothers’ Day Brunching To-Go

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On the Saturday before Mothers’ Day, plan to pick up pastries to enjoy, fresh baked bread to make your own French toast or homemade English muffins to top with your own egg, cheese and bacon or ham if you would like, from Virtuoso Breadworks at 205 Salem St. in Waxhaw, NC


Bake Your Way to Mom’s Heart

Truth is, you already have your mom’s heart, but these sticky sweet homemade cinnamon rolls are sure to sweeten her day! Simply follow my favorite recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls,  and then use the fun technique below to shape them into blooms. the baking times and temps remain the same. Dad and the kids can make the night before to surprise Mom on her special day! The link to my original cinnamon roll recipe is here.

cinnamon rolls

I usually save homemade cinnamon rolls for a snow day post, but since we didn’t really have a snow day this past winter, I’m reaching back to share to help give all the mom’s out there a sweet start to the day. Plus, baking is great way for Dad to bond with the kiddos!

To make the blooming rolls, follow my recipe and once you have the sheets of dough rolled and cut, use this fun technique I found on a reel while scrolling through instagram…

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