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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
Mother's Day at Disneyland: Dining Options II - 5/08/01

ONE / TWO


In yesterday's column, I told you about the Mother's Day meal options you'll find at the Disneyland Resort Hotels, and inside the parks. However, that's only half of the story. The Downtown Disney restaurants are also ready to tempt your mom with a variety of special menus and special events. From a Gospel Brunch to dinner and a game, there's something sure to delight your mom. 

All of the following restaurants are located within Downtown Disney District. After brunch, you can take mom shopping at any of the many shops, or stop for a movie at the new AMC theaters. For more information on Downtown Disney, be sure to read my two-part series. Part One / Part Two


ESPN Zone

ESPN Zone

If your mom is a basketball fan, look no further. ESPN Zone is not offering anything in the way of a Mother's Day brunch, but you can bring mom to watch the NBA Playoff game between the Lakers and the Kings. While there is no cover charge listed, MousePlaneteers Alex and Lani added:

(We) unintentionally ate at ESPN during a Lakers playoff game. While the studio side was operating as normal, the bar side was requiring a minimum order of $20 / person. This, presumably, allowed you to keep the seat for 2 1/2 hours even once you were done eating. On the other side they were showing the game, but they would probably usher you out if you tried to sit there for two hours. Don't know if they would be doing this again

ESPN Zone - NBA Playoff Game
Door Time: 2:30 
Call: 714-300-3776


Y Arriba Y Arriba

The Food: 

Mother's Day Brunch - with a Latin flair! The brunch menu offers a choice of one entree, two side dishes, and one dessert for $19.95. Menu selections from past menus have included entrees such as Argentinean churrasco (skirt steak marinated in a traditional sauce made from vinegar, olive oil, garlic and parsley); Chilean corvina (Chilean sea bass served with a hearty stew of cranberry beans, corn and squash); Cuban lechon (roasted pork with mojo sauce); and an adobo-seasoned chicken dish from the Republic Dominica. Side dishes include a variety of beans, rice, corn cakes, and fried tubers and roots. For dessert, you'll could be tempted with flan, Venezuelan sponge cake, or a traditional churro with hot chocolate sauce. The menu is subject to change, and an assortment of appetizers are also available. Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Entertainment: 

If you choose to dine later in the evening, you can enjoy the nightly Latin entertainment. For Mother's Day, the restaurant is presenting the 8-piece Y Arriba Y Arriba orchestra, complete with a cast of 24 dancers. Entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.

Y Arriba Y Arriba Brunch 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Adults: $19.95 
Children's menu available 
Call: 714-533-8272


Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Sunday Jazz Brunch

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

The Food: 

The Brunch Specials menu includes a starter, entree, and dessert for one price. Starters include: gumbo ya-ya, soup du jour, butter lettuce salad and Hambeaux salad. For your entree, choose the eggs sardoux (poached eggs served with creamed spinach, artichoke hearts and hollandaise sauce); lamb chops with b┌arnaise sauce, accompanied by herb roasted veggies; seafood cakes and eggs (eggs benedict, with seafood cakes instead of English muffins); tournedos of beef in black pepper sauce, served with grits, green beans and crispy sweet potatoes; or a crawfish omelet. For dessert, you'll choose between strawberry shortcake and traditional bread pudding with whiskey anglaise. An a la carte menu, and children's menu, is also available.

The Entertainment: 

A strolling jazz trio will entertain Mom, while the complimentary rose is sure to make her feel special. A souvenir jacket, containing Polaroid photos of your family, will be presented to each mom as a special memento. If you visit in the evening, the house band will entertain you, starting at 6:30. If your mom has fond memories of New Orleans, this will be a great treat for her. Be sure to stop back for beignets, served at the adjacent Creole Cafe.

Jazz Kitchen Sunday Jazz Brunch 
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Adults: Brunch Specials, $18.00 - $27.00, depending on entree selected. 
Children's menu available 
Call: 714-776-5200


House of Blues - Sunday Gospel Brunch

The Food: 

A combination of traditional breakfast foods, along with Delta-inspired additions. Your brunch will include pastries and muffins, an assortment of prepared salads, chilled shrimp, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, barbequed chicken, prime rib and ham carving stations, an omelet bar, cheese grits, bread pudding, sweet potatoes cheesecake squares, and more.

The Entertainment: 

The Sunday Gospel Brunch is a tradition throughout the House of Blues chain. The program is a mix of live music, from Rock to Blues and everything in between. If you've never been, it's something you must experience at least once. From the company web site

Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits! Come to the House of Blues and experience our popular Sunday Gospel Brunch, featuring inspiring gospel performances and an amazing buffet to feed the body and the soul... Replenish on Sunday at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch! 

House of Blues Mother's Day Gospel Brunch
Show Times: 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. 
Adults: $33.00
Children 3-11: $17.00
Children under 3: Free
Call: 714-778-Blue


Catal Restaurant - Mother's Day Brunch 

Catal Restaurant

The Food: 

A three-course menu, featuring a variety of starters, entrees, and desserts, all for $20.00. You choose one item for each course. 

First course selections: Lamb and pine-nut sausage with cucumber, tomato mint, and feta cheese; classic Caesar salad, chilled tomato gazpacho with poached shrimp and avocado; or a mosaic of summer fruit with melon "ice".

Main Course offerings: Caramelized banana stuffed French toast with walnut butter and maple syrup; smoked salmon "lox" with traditional accompaniments; "Steak and Eggs" - a Chateau beef steak with scrambled eggs, garlic spinach, melted tomatoes and b┌arnaise sauce; Sicilian rigatoni with grilled eggplant, ricotta cheese and tomato basil sauce; blueberry buttermilk pancakes with a blueberry orange compote; or omelette of artichoke hearts, sun dried tomato, oregano and goat cheese.

Dessert tray: Strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream and strawberry gelee; warm apple tart tatin with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce; chocolate hazelnut crunchy cake with hazelnut sauce; or a trio of tropical fruit sorbets with a coconut cookie.

Catal Restaurant Mother's Day Brunch
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Adults: $20.00
Children: $7.95
Call: 714-774-4442


Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria - Mother's Day Brunch

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria

The Food: 

This is a fixed-price, combination buffet and table-served meal, so you can get a selection of tastes without paying full-buffet prices. The buffet will include a selection of appetizers and desserts, along with a "design your own frittata station". Appetizers will include: seafood and shrimp salads, beef carpacchio, mussels with spicy fresh tomatoes, and a selection of imported cheeses. For your entree, you can choose between saut┌ed salmon with a creamy pesto sauce, stuffed airline breast with lemon-caper sauce, or leg of lamb with sweet-and-sour baby onions. A complimentary glass of champagne is included.

(Note: We called Naples to find out what a "Stuffed Airline Breast" actually is, and the receptionist actually couldn't tell me. A little research at Restaurants and Institutions Magazine's web page revealed that it's simply a chicken breast with the first wing-bone attached)  

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria Mother's Day Brunch
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Adults: $19.99
Children's menu available
Call: 714-776-6200


La Brea Bakery and Cafe

While the restaurant is not offering a special menu for Mother's Day, they are including a complimentary glass of champagne for all moms with their meal. 

La Brea Bakery and Cafe
714-490-0233



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