Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, which means if you’re not going to cook for Mom, you had better take her out for a meal.
Plenty of nice restaurants are hosting brunches and special meals. They include what I call the “usual suspects,” the nice restaurants that always do holidays up big, including Elbow Room, the Manhattan Steakhouse, Campagnia and Erna’s Elderberry House and Crab Cakes Restaurant in Oakhurst.
But I’ll try to highlight a few places you may not have thought about. As always, reservations are a must because Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants.
• If you don’t mind a little drive,Harris Ranch Restaurant
at Highway 198 and Interstate 5 is hosting Mother’s Day buffet with seating in the outdoor courtyard or indoors.
Obviously, beef is the star of the show here, with oak-smoked prime rib with au jus, creamed horseradish and roasted garlic on the menu. But there’s also lots of seafood, chicken and a couple vegetarian options. All kinds of sides, breakfasts and baked goodies are on the menu, too.
The buffet is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $39.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and younger eat free. Reservations: (800) 942-BEEF.
will host aMother’s Day Champagne brunch
at its downtown plaza under a 100-foot tent. Interesting tidbit: In Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10, no matter what day of the week it lands on, notes director Frank Delgado.
This year it falls on the same day as the American holiday. Arte Américas will celebrate with a menu of Mexican favorites, including chicken and chile verde, with music in the Mexican tradition of the holiday. That means marimba players will serenade guests as they arrive, a trio of musicians will wander the crowd during the meal, followed by an all-female mariachi band.
Laura González, wife of the Consul of México, is the committee chair for this event, which sells out every year. Tickets cost $40 for Arte Américas members, $45 for nonmembers. Details: www.arteamericas.org or (559) 266-2623.
• If mom is a wine drinker, how about lunch outside at a winery?Birdstone Winery
in Madera is holding aMother’s Day lunch
that starts with wine tasting.
That’s followed by lunch, which of course comes with a glass of wine with live music. Lunch is grilled balsamic chicken breast, strawberry spinach salad and a lemon tart or port cake for dessert.
The brunch costs $27 for adults, $17 for children. The catch on this one is that you need to RSVP by Wednesday by calling (559) 970-2060.
, the northwest Fresno sister restaurant toGiuseppe Gallo’s
, is upping its typical Sunday brunch game for Mother’s Day. Brunch will be extended from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant in the same shopping center as GB3 at Palm and Nees avenues.
All the regular favorites will be on the brunch menu, but some extras, too, including a prime rib and ham carving station, strawberry cream cheese French toast, chilled black tiger prawns, and eggs Benedict with black forest ham or shaved prime rib.
Owner Cher Martin promises “tons of desserts,” including the restaurant’s signature limoncello cake. There will also be cannoli, the Italian tube of pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese.
“Cannolis we bust out for brunch only because they take a long time to make,” she says. “I’m already prepping for it.”
Details: (559) 492-3437 or Capo’s Facebook page.