Demanding Mother's Day brunches
May 11th, 2012
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Were you thinking that this is the year to be low-key about Mother’s Day? That your mom wouldn’t care? Wrong move. Here are some statistics from a recent survey by about what moms want for Mother’s Day.

  • 28 percent want a spa day.
  • 28 percent want a weekend getaway.
  • 11 percent want a new iPad.

That’s in addition to a celebratory Mother’s Day meal, which, according to OpenTable, is probably going to be spelled b-r-u-n-c-h.

Here’s one ray of hope for all those who are thinking that Mom can buy her own iPad: The OpenTable poll also reveals that 65 percent of moms make the dining reservations for Mother's Day.

Take that extra step and make the reservations yourself. The following are some more unexpected suggestions for where to take your mom.

For philanthropists
Café 458 in Atlanta, Georgia, serves only one meal: Sunday brunch, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds and tips from the meal go to the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to helping homeless people become self-sufficient. That meal can include scrumptious dishes like shrimp benedict; sweet potato hash and eggs; and a black bean and egg breakfast sandwich. The Café 458 motto: "Where eating out can be your good deed for the day."

For high-rollers
Bally's Steakhouse is exactly the right place for those who think the only place to celebrate Mother’s Day is Las Vegas. For $85 per person, you can hang out at Bally's Sterling Brunch, where you can graze on sturgeon caviar, lobster, sushi, omelets, beef tenderloin and beverages, including Perrier Jouet Champagne. Only problem: You have to get up before mid-afternoon. They only take reservations until 1:30 p.m.

For caviar freaks
Petrossian in Los Angeles knows their fan base. The $60 Caviar Brunch starts with a glass of Champagne (those bored with straight Champagne can opt for a lavender mimosa or bellini). The first course is 12 grams of sustainable caviar; the second course is a smoked salmon bagel with a choice of caviar, caviar scrambled eggs or caviar flatbread. Even the dessert course includes caviar - well, it’s labeled "espresso caviar," and it sits atop vanilla panna cotta, so presumably it’s not a fish product. But if you're not willing to take that chance, you can play it safe with almond crème brulee.

For bacon heads
Sage General Store in Long Island City, New York, doesn’t just do Sunday brunch. They also do Bacon Brunch on Sundays (and Saturdays, for those who want to celebrate Mother’s Day with their bacon-loving mom a day early). The three-course, $25 prix fixe is geared "for the true bacon lover.” Course one is a bacon trio sampling (Neuske’s applewood smoked Dewig's slab, Ham I Am peppered bacon and bacon marmalade). It’s followed by a Dewig’s bacon BLT and bacon marmalade, a grilled bacon and cheese sandwich with Ham I Am peppered bacon or a bacon mac and five cheese. The third course is a double chocolate and bacon brownie with Jack Daniels whipped cream. They don't serve alcohol, but their menu says, "Hint - there's a liquor store next door."

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  1. Tracey Bortner

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    May 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  2. Leila

    I bought myself a new Ipad. That is all I really wanted besides for my youngest son to clean his bathroom.

    May 14, 2012 at 10:22 am |
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    eggs spinache and cheddar cheese inside crossants / strawberries and EGYPTIAN TEA & the BIBLE by my side!

    May 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
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