Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Even more for Mother's Day? You bet...

* Gallery (at the Ballantyne Resort) offers brunch for $39.95, with a lineup including Lowcountry shrimp and grits; silver cod with parmesan gnocchi; chicken; filet with sauteed mushrooms; crème brulee of the day and more. 704-248-4100.

* The second Cosmos Café opens May 6 at 8420 Rea Road, in the Robinson Farms development. The menu will be essentially the same as the uptown original’s (300 N. College St.; 704-372-3553), with a kids’ menu added, and dinner will be served nightly, plus lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. 704-544-5268. Both locations will offer for Mother’s Day a $24.95 menu from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. that includes eggs, a carving station of roasted steamship of beef, Scottish salmon and pork loin, plus sides and miniature pastries.

* Charlotte Marriott SouthPark (2200 Rexford Road) offers several meals for Mother’s Day: breakfast buffet or a la carte, and brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for $29 ($25 for seniors, $12.95 kids 7-12, free 6 and younger). On that menu: eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, omelet and waffle stations, striped bass with crab, beef roulade and more. 704-364-8220.

* Sante (165 N. Trade St., Matthews) will open for brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with a $14 brunch ($9 for those younger than 10), then reopen for dinner from 5-8 with its regular dinner menu. 704-845-1899.

* Mama Ricotta’s (601 S. Kings Drive) will offer Tuscan salad, an omelet station, a buffet including French toast and housemade Italian sausage, a carving station, pastas, desserts and more. $17.95 ($10.95 for children); 704-347-4904.

* Copper (311 East Blvd.) will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with its regular lunch menu. Also new here: a 900-square-foot patio in front of the restaurant, adjoining its shady side porch., with both tables and lounge furniture. 704-333-0063.

* Blue (Hearst Tower uptown) offers brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with carving stations of ham and whole roasted salmon, chicken and sausage paella, breakfast foods such as egg casserole and waffles, a cold buffet and more. $34.95 ($12.95 children, free for 6 and younger); 704-927-2583.

* Both Cantina 1511s (Dilworth, 704-331-9222; and StoneCrest, 704-752-9797) offer a special menu that includes shrimp and crab tostada; chicken enchilada suiza; ribeye fajitas and more.