Mother’s Day, Food and Fun

Mother and Baby

May is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. For most people reading this article, your mothers probably mean a lot to you. If they are still living, spend some extra time with them if possible (not just in May, but other times too). Having been raised by your mom, you should know a lot about what she likes and dislikes. Take that into consideration as you plan what you want to do for her. Moms, like the rest of us, have to eat and with Cinco de Mayo this month you should definitely put Mexican food near the top of the selection list (unless your mom does not like Mexican food). So where to go for Mexican food in the Birmingham area? If you are going somewhere along Highway 280, Superior Grill, or Little Donkey are good choices. One benefit of Superior Grill is that it is a large enough restaurant that mom probably will not have to wait long for a seat. Little Donkey, closer to Greystone, has some great choices such as their fish tacos and other fresh food.

If you are a little further up Highway 280 then the Tex-Mex style Chuy’s at The Summit, or Cocina Superior at Brookwood Mall are two good choices.  For downtown Birmingham, getting a bite to eat at Uptown Birmingham’s Cantina Laredo is a great choice. Weather permitting, the upstairs outside dining area of Cantina Laredo can provide an enjoyable atmosphere for some of their food. El Barrio is also a strong option in the downtown area. For those who wish to eat Mexican food in the Hoover / Pelham / Alabaster area then there are several great options. Iguana Grill in Hoover has good food and interesting décor. A newer entry into the Hoover market is Baja California Cantina & Grill, and those who have eaten there have typically given it strong recommendations. Finally, if you want to catch a live performance along with tasty food, you can usually do that on the patio of Margarita Grill in Pelham.

If you and your mom wish to do more than eating out, then there are many things you can do around Mother’s Day Weekend near Birmingham. If she enjoys soccer, you can take her to see the Birmingham Legion play. There is also a guided walk around Sloss Furnaces where you both may learn something new. Also taking place on Mother’s Day weekend is an evening with Gladys Knight, the 67th Annual Rose Show, the Regions Tradition, plus other events taking place in Birmingham.  You can also consider visiting one of the Farmer’s Markets in the area. One of the main things is to spend time with your mother and let her know how much you appreciate her. While you are at it, do not forget honoring the mother of your children (particularly if your children are too young to come up with ideas to honor their mom on their own).