SAN DIEGO—Like a great little black dress, Mother's Day brunch is a classic that never goes out of style.
Whether you want to pamper Mom with an elegant champagne brunch or treat her to something more hip, like brunch and a live band, you'll find something to suit her tastes among these eight great San Diego eateries.
Rock Mom's world with a tribute to female R&B legends performed by The Anthology House Band. Dine on upscale comfort food such as Dungeness crab Benedict, house fried chicken and waffles, and pastries including gooey raisin brioche cinnamon rolls.
1337 India Street, Little Italy. (619) 595-0300; Brunch is $24; cover charge $10.
2. Eclipse Chocolat:
Eclipse is offering one of the sweetest Mother's Day specials in San Diego. Though technically not a full brunch, this is too good not to include. For only $20, guests will be treated to a tasting flight of 10 different petit fours including chocolate-stuffed balsamic strawberries, rich brioche coffee cake and cabernet poached D'Anjou pear. Moms and grandmoms will also receive a free champagne nectar bellini and complimentary refills on any desserts they like.
2121 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego. (619) 578-2984. For more information, check out the Eclipse blog, complete with the Mother's Day menu. $20 per person. Seatings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. Hornblower: Sweep Mom off her feet with a Mother's Day live jazz and champagne brunch. This two-hour yacht excursion includes a full brunch buffet with assorted pastries, egg dishes and sides as well as carving stations, a salad bar and a dessert bar. You'll enjoy free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider while you listen to live jazz music performed by the Elliott Lawrence Jazz Trio.
$67.95 adults; $40.77 children ages 4-12; children under 3 are free. Boarding time morning cruise: 9am; Cruising time: 9:30-11:30am. Or boarding time afternoon cruise: 2pm; Cruising time: 2:30-4:30pm. Boarding location: 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego (across from the San Diego County Administration Building). Visit their website for more information or to book a cruise.
4. Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
For a gift that keeps on giving, take Mom to Loews. After feasting on a brunch of custom crepes, omelets and waffles, as well as sushi, shellfish, and carved meats, Mom will be presented with a $20 DonorsChoose.org gift card. Once she logs on to the non-profit website that supports public school teachers, she can choose an educational project that is special to her.
4000 Coronado Bay Road. For reservations, call (619) 424-4444. $60 adults; $30 children.
Help Mom forget all about her worries with a relaxing brunch in the country. Ponte's offerings include a Belgian waffle bar, omelet bar, various salads and a cutting board with prime rib, baked ham and Alaskan halibut. You'll also enjoy festive brunch cocktails including mimosas, sangria, and grape sparklers while you listen to soothing live jazz music.
35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Winery: (951) 694-8855. Mother's Day reservations: (951) 252-1770. $49 per person, $44 per wine club member. $25 for children under 12 and $22 for Wine Club children. Children will have their own buffet with kid-friendly fare.
To honor moms, the Prado will transform itself for its splendid Mother's Day brunch featuring complimentary champagne for everyone. Furniture will be arranged to accommodate numerous food stations including: omelets al a carte, a sushi bar, an assorted salads and antipasto bar, a carving station with pork loin and prime rib and a novel whipped potato martini bar featuring a martini glass filled with whipped mashed potatoes and toppings of your choice. Save room for the chocolate fountain it's not to be missed.
1594 El Prado, San Diego (in Balboa Park). (619) 557-9441; $54.95 adults; $15.95 children ages 6 to12. Children under 6 eat free and may choose from a kid-friendly menu.
You'll enjoy rustic, European dishes in a cheerful, casual setting at Savory. After enjoying a complimentary fizzy flute of sparkling wine with pomegranate, orange juice, or elderflower, you'll have a variety of delicious choices at their buffet. Appetizers include baked fruit cobbler, a charcuterie platter with homemade mustard and a seafood rice salad, while hot entrees include a duck confit hash, savory mac-n-cheese with black forest ham and lamb chops with rosemary potatoes.
267 N. El Camino Real (Suites A and B) Encinitas, CA 92024. (760) 634-5556. $35 adults; $17.50 children ages 5 to12; children under 5 eat free.
Terra's full brunch includes coffee and three glasses of champagne or mimosa. Once Mom unwinds with her bubbly, she'll savor classic dishes with a modern twist such as cranberry walnut French toast, chicken chorizo scramble and chocolate crepes with moscato strawberries and basil whipped cream.
3900 Vermont Street, San Diego (in the Hillcrest Trader Joe's shopping center). (619) 293-7088. $35 adults; $12 children ages 6 to12; Children under 6 eat free.