Mother’s Day Dinner in Richmond, VA…

Ok. Sooooo0 there’s no warm weather, pool, hats or drinks with umbrellas but I am getting out of town for the night. I’m headed to Richmond, VA, to visit my mom and take her to dinner for Mother’s Day.  I researched restaurants in Richmond and made reservations at two places:   1) L’Opossum or 2) Max’s on Broad.  Also, it’s not exactly vacation with my mom because we often butt heads but I’m trying to have an open mind so here goes nothing…I’m off to pack now. More later.

I’m back…a little hungover and a lot tired. We decided to try Max’s on Broad last night and boy did we! Needless to say, we are moving a little slowly this morning. We had a great time! From the moment we walked in there was a great vibe in this restaurant. I wanted to tour every part of this unique Belgian brasserie.  Check out the bar! The decor was charming and actually transported me to a Parisian brasserie. The beautifully tiled staircase leading to the second floor was lined with ornate mirrors.  We made our way up the stairs and were seated at an intimate table by a window overlooking the lovely arts district below. We decided on some specialty cocktails. Mom had the Maxhatten which was a twist on a Manhattan.

I’m not a fan of whiskey but she loved it. I had the Paloma—-espolon blanco tequila, grapefruit, lime, soda served long in a collins glass. It was refreshing, delicious, and not too sweet. I ordered the filet mignon which included porcini mushroom, buttermilk bleu cheese, burgundy demi glace, asparagus,  and mashed potatoes. I thought it would be overkill to have so many toppings on this lovely filet but it melted in my mouth.  Mom ordered the pan roasted duck breast with cherry bourbon sauce, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes. It was delicious!  I would recommend either dishes and we both agreed we would order it again. “Those mashed potatoes were delicious, too!” my mom adds (as I’m writing this post).  We had the apple strudel with vanilla ice cream for dessert. I have to say…it was a hearty portion of ice cream which—as an avid fan of ice cream—was very much appreciated! I really hate when restaurants give me a tablespoon of ice cream with my pie. I mean COME ON! I want each bite to have a little ice cream with it. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.

We had a great time and mom was appreciative of all my efforts so it was a WIN WIN for all.  I would recommend Max’s On Broad. Next time I want to try the coconut curry mussels and frites!  Until next time Richmond.  I need to get home to enjoy so that I can enjoy the perks of Mother’s Day!

 

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