Through her travels, Chef Lisa came to realize that the best meals of a country are not found in its restaurants. They’re found in its homes, made with love by mothers cooking for their families. So, in addition to Mother’s regular menu where she serves food from mothers around the world, Chef Lisa highlights a different mother each month and features some of her special dishes.

The special mother is called the Mother of the Month (or M.O.M.™), and her photograph, story and menu take a prominent place at the beginning of Mother’s menu. We choose a mother that allows us to take advantage of the seasonal availability of ingredients, such as a Greek mother in the summer months and a Polish mother in the winter months.

If you’d like to nominate a mother to be the M.O.M.™, CLICK HERE and tell us something about her and her special dishes.

M.O.M. Menu



Beef Brisket Sandwich

open-faced on grilled country bread, horseradish mayonnaise,
melted Tillamook cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, pasta salad


Lunch & Dinner

Pigs in a Blanket

kosher hot dogs, puff pastry, stoneground mustard mayonnaise



Beef Brisket

natural beef brisket braised for hours with onions, spices & red potatoes,
seasonal vegetables



Flourless Chocolate Cake

house-made espresso ice cream, white & dark chocolate sauce




mother of the month (m.o.m.)

Belle is an extra special mom, because she’s Chef Lisa’s mother. She was born to Russian-Jewish parents in 1920 in
Philadelphia (her dad died just before she was born). Raised during the Depression, Belle began working as a waitress
when she was 16 years old, then married her boss and became a restaurateur herself. She and her first husband Roy
owned a number of different restaurants where Belle was the cook, waitress, hostess and manager (kind of like Lisa
is today). When they divorced, she opened up her own luncheonette,called “the Little Spot” – with only 3 booths
and 13 stools. She made everything from scratch every day, and waited on the guests, too. She was a trailblazer –
a single mother of two running a successful business back in the 50’s. She met Lisa’s father in 1955,
they married in 1956, she sold her restaurant, and Lisa was born a year later.
Belle passed away when Lisa was only 21 years old, but the memories of her cooking live on. There’s no doubt that
Lisa inherited her cooking abilities from her mom, who hosted numerous family dinners, fancy French buffets for
30 friends, and cooked every night for her family. Lisa still remembers the oohing and ahhing of the family while
they were sipping their matzo ball soup or eating her made-from-scratch chopped liver,
and only wishes her mother was alive today to taste hers.

Nominate A M.O.M.

The M.O.M. menu has been an important part of Mother’s since we opened in 2000.  This allows our guests to experience both new flavors and dishes from around the world and meals prepared with love by mothers cooking for their families.  Our past M.O.M.’s include a wide variety of individuals- mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, friends, and wives- and we’ve even had a few honorary male M.O.M.’s!

If you would like to nominate somebody (or yourself) to be a future M.O.M. at Mother’s, please fill out this form and return it to the host at Mother’s or [email protected].  Once we receive your form, we will contact the nominee (if possible), or you, (if it’s you or if you’d like to be the intermediary) to discuss potential dishes for the M.O.M. menu.

When making menu suggestions, please keep in mind that our M.O.M. menu typically includes an appetizer, salad and/or lunch item, 2-3 entrees (usually a meat, poultry, and/or vegetarian/fish dish) and a dessert.  When making suggestions, feel free to make your list as long as you’d like, but don’t suggest dishes that replicate those on our main menu (even if yours is the best meatloaf in the world, meatloaf is on our regular menu, so couldn’t be offered on our M.O.M. menu).

It’s likely we’ll have a bit of back and forth where I may ask you to list ingredients in a dish to gain a clearer idea of how it might taste, but keep in mind that we won’t need any recipes until after we finalize the menu.

Thanks again for your interest in the M.O.M. program.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have!