Thursday, April 25, 2013

Re-updated: Mother's Day plans

The National Restaurant Association says more than one-quarter of American adults will eat out on Mother's Day and about 7 percent will get restaurant takeout or delivery -- meaning 80 million American adults will eat restaurant meals this Sunday. It's the No. 1 holiday for dining out, says the group.

Let's hope they don't ALL end up at these:

The Liberty will do a three-course brunch (menu is here) for $24.95. 1812 South Blvd.; 704-332-8830.

Cosmos Cafe at Ballantyne will host a Mother's Day buffet 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $29.95 ($8.95 for kids 12 and younger), with carving station, omelet station, chilled seafood and more, plus live music and drink specials. 8420 Rea Road; 704-544-5268.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge hosts afternoon teas 1-5 p.m. May 10 and 11, with a special menu: $32 for adults, $15 for kids 4-12. It will also offer a Mother's Day brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for $59.50 per person ($29.50 kids 5-12; free for 4 and younger). Brunch reservations required; 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; 704-248-4100.
Saffron will give a $10 gift certificate to mothers who dine at the restaurant on Mother's Day, either at the lunch buffet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or for the a la carte dinner, 5-9 p.m. 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.; 980-297-7722.
Bistro La Bon will expand its usual Sunday Smorgasbord for Mother's Day, with prime rib, shrimp cocktail and roasted Scottish salmon joining Swedish meatballs, brioche French toast, chocolate waffles, house-cured gravlax and more 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $26 ($12 for children); reservations encouraged; 1322 Central Ave.; 704-333-4646.
Mama Ricotta’s hosts a buffet 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a carving station, mozzarella bar and signature dishes (and will reopen at 5 for dinner). $23 ($12 for those younger than 12); 601 S. Kings Drive; 704-343-0148.

Mimi’s Cafe will give $10 gift cards (good for six weeks) to all Moms who spend at least $25 on an after-4 p.m. meal May 12, and wine will be half off. 10244 Perimeter Pkwy.; 704-509-5911.

Passion8 plans a three-course Mother's Day brunch for $35, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with dinner 5-7 p.m. 803-802-7455; 3415 Highway 51 N, Fort Mill.

The Ritz-Carlton offers a tea 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11 and 12 at Urban Sip: tea sandwiches, warm scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, and sweets, plus a children’s tea menu. $32; $12 for children under 12; 201 E. Trade St.; 704-547-2244.

Blue will do brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with live jazz, for $39.95 ($14.95 for kids 6-12 and free for younger). 704-927-2583; Hearst Plaza uptown.

AZN Azian Cuizine's will offer a buffet brunch with "an Asian flair" 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (with dinner menu after that), plus a $10 gift card for each mom who attends. Buffet is $29.95 for adults, $10.95 for younger than 12; 980-819-9819.

e2 plans a brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. that will include bananas Foster pancakes, andouille and crawfish omelets and more. 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts; 704-414-4787.