4 Great Bars & Restaurants For Moms Who Don't Do Afternoon Tea

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Fri, May 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Chocolate tart with caramel and Maldon sea salt at Proof Bakery - CHRISTINE CHIAO
  • Christine Chiao
  • Chocolate tart with caramel and Maldon sea salt at Proof Bakery
For all that our mothers do for us, we've designated just one day each year for them, which often amounts to a three-hour tea or brunch set that probably appeals more to the stereotype of mothers than anything else. It's easy to overlook the new normal of mother figures in a post-women's lib era that has seen networks trading portraits of mom as June Cleaver for that of Roseanne Connor -- or Claire Dunphy. These are moms often prefer a drink stronger than tea, and maybe with an accompaniment more substantial than mini crustless sandwiches.

The stats don't lie: A study by the National Restaurant Association found that "dinner remains the most popular meal for which to dine out on Mother's Day." Fifty-five percent of us will choose to go out at night. More revealingly, the preferred meal would consist of either steak, seafood or barbecue -- with 34% of moms choosing this category over that of American cuisine and buffets.

It's why for this Mother's Day we gathered the following (in no particular rank) as a jump-start to drink-driven alternatives outside of the average afternoon tea service.

click to enlarge Wine at AOC Winebar - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Wine at AOC Winebar
4. For Wine Connoisseurs: A.O.C. Winebar

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's decade-old A.O.C. Winebar is among the standard by which wine-pairing restaurants are measured in town. From the bacon-wrapped dates to the tomato confit flatbread, the menu features dishes carefully edited to complement the extensive winelist. Varietals from familiar wine regions are all there. 8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (310) 859-9859.

click to enlarge Tortillas florales at Rivera - AMY SCATTERGOOD
  • Amy Scattergood
  • Tortillas florales at Rivera
3. For Cocktail Afficionados: Rivera

Julian Cox's imprint can be found at more than one restaurant bar in L.A., but his handiwork at Rivera is particularly inspired. The mezcal-based Barbacoa with notes of chipotle and lime is practically a meal -- with a strip of beef jerky as garnish. For vegetarians and vegans, the Rivera's Cup and Blood Sugar Sex Magic are similarly lush. 1050 S. Flower St. #102, Los Angeles; (213) 749-1460.

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