In Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala, Mother’s Day or Día de las Madres is a colorful, festive day that’s celebrated each year on May 10.
On Mother’s Day — Haha no hi — in Japan, children traditionally bring their mothers red carnations, a symbol of purity and sweetness.
Families honor their mothers with flowers, gifts and lots of good food during La Festa della Mamma in Italy.
Reserve your space:Tallahassee restaurants stand ready to feed the love for Mother’s Day
Here in Tallahassee, and across the U.S., we’ll be honoring our mother’s with food, flowers and festivities on May 9. While not everyone will be able to hug their moms this year, we have more options than we did in 2020. Vaccinations are here, and more families are getting together. Businesses have opened their doors whether for dining in or outside and you can still get takeout.
We may not be globe-trotting, but thanks to the many restaurants in Tallahassee serving international cuisine, families can give mom (and grandma) the world on a platter.
From Indian dosas to Salvadoran pupusas, the menus at these destinations will spice up your Mother’s Day celebrations. Also, see our roundup of other favorite Mother’s Day destinations in Tallahassee. Hours listed are for Sunday only. Just a tip: Call to make a reservation — quickly — or check for walk-in options.
But whatever you do, what’s most important is to cherish time with your mom. The pandemic has reminded us that family time is indeed precious.
The multicultural restaurant specializes in Indo-Chinese and South Indian cuisine, with vegan options. On Mother’s Day, Aaru’s will be offering a special mega, four-course Thali lunch — a feast with lots of delicacies served in small bowls. It’s served dine-in only on Mother’s Day, from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aaru’s will reopen for its regular dinner service with a complimentary glass of wine from 5 to 10 p.m. Outdoor decks as well as indoor seating available. 1108 S. Magnolia Dr.; 850-350-0129.
Owner Magi Mekaiess describes her dishes as “authentic food from the heart of Jerusalem.” Her kosher menu includes other Middle Eastern dishes like her Mother’s Day specials of Moroccan salmon and Moroccan couscous with chicken. Open noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. 910 Lake Bradford Rd.; 850-807-9895.
Give mom a choice of sushi or a range of Asian fusion dishes representing Japan, China, Thailand and Korea. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Bannerman Crossings Shopping Center, 3425 Bannerman Rd., Unit A102; 850-999-1482.
Pupusas, the famed Salvadoran corn cakes, are prepared with your choice of filling, like shredded pork, beans and cheese and loroco (a Central American vine flower bud) and cheese. Also on the menu: tamales, tacos, quesadillas and Latin entrees. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy.; 850-906-0123.
The restaurant highlights Northern Indian cuisine, with curries, lentils, rice dishes and breads cooked in a tandoor or clay oven. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. 1105-A Apalachee Pkwy; 850-656-7200.
The Tallahassee institution is known for its steak and seafood dishes with Mediterranean and European influences. Owner Georgio Koikos, who has been in the restaurant business more than five decades, also features dishes from his native Greece. Dine inside or outside. Open 1 to 6 p.m. 2971 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-877-3211.
You can take home a feast of classic Korean beef and noodle dishes as well as poke bowls, sushi and Japanese appetizers. Currently
takeout only. Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1179 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-765-8272.
Nora and Sid Getz bring the flavors of their homelands to La Tiendita, and their “lanchonete,” Via Brazil. Nora was born in Mexico City. Sid is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. On Mother’s Day, check out classic Mexican fare and Brazilian steak. Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1840 N. Monroe St.; 850-523-1494.
Owner Edgar Gamez named the restaurant after his mother and grandmother, both named Maria and he shares their homemade recipes, including enchiladas caseras, tamales and family mole sauce. The Midtown Mexican restaurantis open from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. 1304 N. Monroe St.; 850-270-9057.
Launched by restaurateur and chef Lucy Ho, who opened the first Chinese restaurant in Tallahassee, Masa offers Asian fusion dishes including kimchi pork belly fried rice, tempura, pad Thai and a sushi menu. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. 1650 N. Monroe St.; 850-727-4183.
Dine inside or out at Mayuri, with an extensive menu of dosas (an Indian-style crepe), curries, tandoor items and vegetarian meals. The lunch buffet is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the regular dinner menu is available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 1324 Simpson Ave.; 850-402-9993.
The pan-Asian restaurant offers ramen noodle combos as well as Vietnamese pho soup, dim sum and pad Thai on a menu with Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Korean cuisine. Dining in and takeout available. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1660 N. Monroe St.; 850-999-3023.
Look for lunch and dinner specials at Persis, where you can dine in or get takeout. The menu features vegan and vegetarian choices along with tandoor items, biryani or rice selections, soups and Indian breads. Hours 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 3111 Mahan Dr.; 850-877-8899.
Chef/owner Sam Burgess offers a taste of the islands at his new restaurant. He’s best known for his bowls, which are served in a sliced, fresh pineapple with your choice of fillings. Other items include Rasta Pasta, Caribbean patties and gourmet wings. Open noon to 9 p.m. 2037 W. Pensacola St.; 850-454-5404.
The restaurant presents classic Thai food with a complimentary glass of wine and dessert for moms. Open 4 to 8 p.m. 2470 Capital Circle NE; 850-386-7898.
Perros means dogs in Spanish so no surprise that this Colombian restaurant has lots of hot dog toppings, but you’ll also find arepas, empanadas and classic entrees like churrasco, parrillada and bandeja paisa (steak, chorizo, chicharron, plantains, rice, beans, salad, arepa, fried egg). 2010 W. Tennessee St.; 850-421-2378.
Bring your mom an exotic selection of Indonesian, Chinese and vegan dishes from Tan’s, currently open for takeout only. 2743 Capital Circle NE; 850-523-4282.
The family restaurant has a special occasion flair, with inside dining and an outdoor patio. Classic fare and pizza. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. 3596 Kinhega Dr.; 850-894-9919.
Rochelle Koff writes about food and dining at TallahasseeTable.com, on Facebook@TheTallahasseeTable and Twitter @tallytable. Reach her at [email protected].
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