Friday, October 19, 2018
Dining

Need a last-minute Mother’s Day reservation for Sunday? We got you covered.

How do we express our love and gratitude to the women who brought us into this world? Clearly itís with brunch and bottomless mimosas. Many big brunch buffet go-toís are already fully booked by now, but hereís a potpourri of options that are still likely to have availability.

TRADEWINDS

This one youíve got to make reservations for: At the TradeWinds Island Grandís Grand Palm Colonnade from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. prepare yourself for a major eating event. "Beginnings" include house smoked fish, snow and Jonah crab claws and marinated clams and mussels, then there is a whole raft of traditional breakfast dishes with twists (griddled cheese blintzes with blueberry compote, vanilla French toast), soups and salads, a carving station (prime rib, ancho honey mustard-glazed turkey breast), then a heap of other entrees and sides (including a chefís table with spins on pho), followed by a broad showing of desserts (mousse shooters and fruit trifle "cocktails"). $49.95, $44.95 seniors, $24.95 children 3-10. 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-6461.

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK

Mom feeling lucky? The Seminole Hard Rock celebrates Motherís Day on Sunday with special menus, entertainment and a car giveaway. At Council Oak Steaks & Seafood from 5 to 10 p.m., a three-course menu includes a choice of appetizers (insalata di frutti di mare or citrus scallop crudo, both $19); two entree choices (linguine and clams, $45, or Chilean sea bass and prawns, $52) and salted caramel-Frangelico cheesecake ($12). And at the Rez Grill, special items from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. include Bentonís ham ($17), eggs Benedict ($18), stuffed French toast ($13), the Rez burger ($16), pork French dip ($17), king crab ($21), local yellowtail snapper ($33), spice cake ($9) and lemon curd ($9). And Mom might get a kick out of specialty cocktails like "When We Were Young" ($7) and "Hot & Dirty" ($7). 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.

OCEAN PRIME

Call for a reservation because this one might get full. Ocean Prime Tampa is set up for some serious mother-pampering from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mom can launch her brunch experience with a blood orange mimosa ($9) or a signature Bloody Mary (with a jumbo shrimp garnish, $14). For brunch, smoked salmon and bagel for $18, blackened salmon salad for $20, French toast for $15, quiche with spinach for $14, crab and eggs with an English muffin for $19 or braised short rib surf and turf with lobster claw for $22. 2205 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 490-5288.

DON CESAR

The Don CeSar is offering it two ways this year, with brunch and dinner. The Motherís Day brunch (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in the King Charles Ballroom offers everything from a raclette and prosciutto station (you know, the Swiss melted cheese stuff) to dipped cheesecake lollypops. Nosh on beef brisket and bone-in turkey breast, shrimp cocktail, Jonah crab claws and East Coast oysters. $85 (includes unlimited champagne and parking), $34.95 children. Sea Porchís Motherís Day dinner buffet (2 to 9:30 p.m.) features jumbo shrimp cocktail and East Coast oysters; an Italian pasta station; beef brisket and bone-in turkey breast; and hummingbird cake, lemon tartlets and passion fruit and mango pavlova. $65 (includes unlimited champagne), $26 children. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-1881.

PORTILLOíS

Feel like eating at home and avoiding the crowds, but still want to bring, or send, her something special? Portilloís, the restaurant chain known for Chicago-style favorites, has also made a name for itself with a classic chocolate cake. For Motherís Day, the heart-shaped version is available in stores ($15.99) and for delivery nationwide ($39.99). Order at portillos.com or call toll-free 1-866-986-2333.

SEA DOG

Sea Dog Brew Pub in Treasure Island is showing its love for Mom with a bottomless brunch featuring prime rib, peel and eat shrimp, shrimp and grits, eggs Benedict and a dessert bar. Moms get a complimentary mimosa with purchase of an entree (nonmoms can add a bottomless drink package for $15). $25, $12 kids 7-12, free for kids under 6. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 9610 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 954-7805.

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