The Mother of All Brunches

. May 1, 2017.
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All I want for Mother’s Day is for someone else to cook and clean up. That is just what I received when my family took me to Weber’s Restaurant for brunch. Weber’s Boutique Hotel on Jackson Road, has been serving Ann Arbor since 1937. Children who grew up going to Weber’s with their parents now bring their families back, especially on Mother’s Day.

A timeless tradition

My family of four was seated in the restaurant’s main dining room. Comfortable elegance exuded from the upscale booths and tables covered in white linens, surrounded by dark wood. Natural light shone from the sky lights in the dramatic vaulted ceiling. A pianist played melodies from Disney movies and the 1980s.

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“Is this ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan?” I asked my husband, also a member of Generation X.

He nodded as we started swaying in our booth to the music.

“And you were worried about us embarrassing you,” my 10-year-old daughter commented.

It’s true. Before entering Weber’s I cautioned my children, 10 and 13, to be on their best behavior. Yet along with refined, Weber’s is warm and family-friendly. Moderate dancing while the pianist plays is acceptable.

Patrons can indulge in the Mother’s Day buffet in the restaurant or Weber’s ballrooms, which accomodate larger parties of up to 40 people. Reservations are strongly recommended, as it is the second busiest day besides Thanksgiving. The Mother’s Day buffet costs $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 5-11, and is free for ages 4 and under. Prices include a nonalcoholic beverage.

A beautiful buffet

The buffet is replete with fresh fruit, greens, pasta and potato salads, plus baked goods such as brownies and coffee cakes, most made on-site in Weber’s bakery. There is an oatmeal bar with assorted toppings and hot food including vegetable lasagna, sausage links, Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, potatoes, corned beef hash, and biscuits and gravy.

That’s not all. A golden malt waffle bar tempts with toppings such as whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruit and syrup. A carving station offers Dearborn ham. On Mother’s Day, Weber’s offers  special dishes such as salmon and beef stroganoff, not normally served at Sunday brunch, as well as more desserts.

For our first trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet, my daughter picked sausage, eggs, cantaloupe and waffles. My son chose ham, eggs, corned beef hash and waffles. I tried fruit, eggs, a biscuit, sausage, potatoes and a pistachio muffin. My husband selected ham, eggs, corned beef hash and more.

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Everything was pleasing and, importantly, still warm.
“How good is that sausage?” my husband asked.  “Mine is excellent!”

On my second trip I indulged in waffles with whipped cream and chocolate chips, a slice of ham, and coffee cake. This plate was more delicious than the first. The ham was savory and flavorful; the cinnamon coffee cake, buttery and sweet. The waffles melted in my mouth.

Our server removed our plates and refilled our drinks often. I liked the pleasing taste of Weber’s blend of Paramount coffee. What was our family’s only concern? Not overeating!

For a timeless brunch that’s sure to become a family tradition, treat your Mom to Mother’s Day brunch at Weber’s.

The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: Mother’s Day reservations are strongly recommended. Call 734-665-3636.
Noise level: High
Bathroom amenities: Changing tables in various men’s and women’s
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes, plus lemonade, juices, and pop
Kids’ menu? The sky’s the limit with the buffet.
Anything healthy for kids? Fresh fruit, salad, eggs
Food allergy concerns? The kitchen can cook anything offered on the buffet separately to avoid cross contamination. Speak with your server or the manager.

Weber’s Restaurant
3050 Jackson Rd. | (734) 665-3636
Mother’s Day Brunch: Restaurant 9am-1:30pm;
Banquet Rooms 10am-2:30pm
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