Want more options for your Mother’s Day celebrations? Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen in Penn’s Landing has a Mother’s Day brunch AND dinner to accommodate your plans with Mom.
What’s on your agenda for Mother’s Day?
Now, I have nothing against brunch. I love brunch. There is a special place in my heart for Eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers made with freshly squeezed OJ. But Mother’s Day is one of those few days of the year when I get to call the shots and plan what I want to do for the day, and I don’t particularly want to stop for brunch in the middle of the day. You feel me?
I also do not love the idea of having to cook dinner that day. Or do dishes.
Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen invited a group of Philly Social Media Moms for a complimentary tasting of their Mother’s Day Dinner, which solves that problem. We were able to enjoy a free Moms’ Night Out and try a selection of drinks and foods from the menu.
The Mother’s Day Dinner is still buffet style and still fabulous, but scheduled so that we can enjoy our Mother’s Day meal at the end of the day before going home, hopefully tired and pleasantly full (and in my case, probably a little tipsy. Don’t worry, I won’t drive).
AND, it’s less expensive than the brunch!
I will admit I am relatively easy to please in the food department, but Rope & Anchor really puts out a beautiful presentation and the food is good. Even the coleslaw was mind-blowing. I actively miss the coleslaw and wish I had more.
I can’t eat seafood, so I can’t speak to how well it was prepared. I can say that it was stunning and I sort of wished I could have some.
There were no losers when it came to food choices, as far as I was concerned. The pasta salad was so much more than a token nod to the vegetarians; it was tasty and very generous with the cheese. The chicken was *genuinely and without exaggeration* the most tender chicken I’ve ever had. The beans were perfectly crisp. The various sauces and gravies were delicious.
Because it looked so pretty (and unlike the lobster and fish, unlikely to cause me serious distress), I tried the tofu plate. The accompanying roasted veg were, unsurprisingly, very yum—I love roasted veggies—but I’m not usually much of a tofu fan.
Granted, the fact that these look just like slices of cheesecake may have had some subliminal impact, but let’s just say I ate a ton of tofu and I liked it.
I grew up in Little Italy, blocks from Mrs. Robino’s. I went to St. Anthony’s church, elementary school and Padua Academy and the Italian Festival was blocked out in red letters on my calendar. My best friend at the time worked at Pastabilities.
I tell you this by way of explaining that I have very particular feelings about cannoli.
Rope & Anchor knows how to make a cannoli. And cheesecake. And macarons. And mousse-in-a-delicate-chocolate-cup.
Hungry? Good, because that’s the state you want to be in when you arrive. I’m not kidding. You are going to want to eat all the things.
The full Mother’s Day Dinner menu in nice big print is available here (5 to 8pm).
The full Mother’s Day Brunch menu is here (noon to 3:30).
Brunch is $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids ages 5 through 12. Dinner is $39.95, $14.95 for kids.
Kids ages 4 and under eat free!
You can call 215-521-6509 to make your reservations, or reserve online on the Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen website.
Rope & Anchor is located inside the Hilton at Penn’s Landing. There is parking available at the hotel. If you can’t make it for Mother’s Day dinner, I highly recommend you get there whenever you can. The food really was fantastic and I imagine it’s especially lovely to be seated outside by the water on a warm summer night.
And maybe check out the view from the roof of the garage before you go 🙂 Philly, you so pretty.