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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.