Because you love her a bunch, here’s 18 delicious ways to make Mom’s day

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Blueberry pancakes with syrup poured tableside at The Stanley. Courtesy of The Stanley

Because Mother’s Day wouldn’t be the same without Sunday brunch, we’re here with a list of places to go and ways to treat mom on her special Sunday (or on the Saturday before).

If you and your mom are willing to be a little more adventurous and engage in some time outdoors, we’ve thrown in a couple of events to choose from that have a little wow factor. And both include a little booze.

If traditional is your family’s thing, there’s plenty of restaurants to choose from offering buffets or a la carte options for Mother’s day brunch. Some even have extended hours.

Either way, it’s hard to go wrong with something tasty when you’re celebrating.

Outside the box options

The first option isn’t actually a brunch and it isn’t actually on Mothers’ Day, but it does involve flowers, gardens, wine and a beautiful way to spend time with the family, so it certainly covers all the bases.

Wine Walk at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont
May 11, noon – 3 p.m.
For reservations, call 704-829-1294 or email info@dsbg.org
$25 for members or $30 for non-members (admission included)

This spring, thousands of bulbs grace the gardens at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

As guests walk through the beautiful spring gardens, they will receive a wine glass and can sample six wines at stations set up throughout the garden. All guests must provide a valid ID upon arrival. Register in advance online.

Next another out of the box option for mom and the family. Why not enjoy the day Sunday at a lakeside brunch on a local farm.

Brunch on the Pond at Middle Ground Farm

4910 Pageland Highway, Monroe
May 12, noon to 2 p.m.; farm gates open at 11:30 a.m
For more information, email farmerdan138@gmail.com
$50 for adults, $20 for children

Treat mom to this spectacular view and setting in Monroe. Farmers Dan and Meg Kypena are building their dreams toward a working farm with goats, pigs, chickens, fruit trees, hydroponic lettuces and a hemp house — all with an agritourism bend.

The new dock and gazebo take you out to the center of the natural pond at Middle Ground Farm in Monroe, NC. Courtesy of Middle Ground Farm

Chef Taylor Kastl from Tayste Catering will prepare a gourmet menu served from the gazebo. For a sweet finish and something to whet your whistle, Chef Samantha Ward from Wentworth & Fenn and the fine team from Lenny Boy Brewing will be there, as well. Plan to toast Mom over mimosas and walk along the pier overlooking the three-acre pond.

After brunch, if you are interested in a little walk, take a farm tour with Farmer Dan. It will include a visit to the orchard, hydroponic lettuce barn and the hemp grow room. You will also have the opportunity to meet several of the Kypenas’ sweet livestock guardian dogs — especially Otis, who will be offering free hugs.

Restaurant brunches, buffets and more

Lots of area restaurants offering special Mother’s Day brunches for the family to enjoy. To make the details on your favorite spots easy to find, we’ve listed them here in alphabetical order.

300 East

300 East Blvd.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Make reservations online or call 704-332-6507; only parties of up to 6 for Sunday brunch;

All eggs served at 300 East are free range and sourced from local family farms.

The grits bowl at 300 East. Courtesy of Chef Ashley Boyd

Brunch specials here include popular favorites such as the breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, refried beans and cheddar-jack cheese in a whole wheat tortilla dressed with spicy red sauce; or the breakfast pizza features Wild Turkey Farms chorizo, red sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, scallions and queso fresco cheese topped off with fried eggs.

Another classic at 300 East is the locally milled NC Grits bowl, served with your choice of four additions including: Wild Turkey Farms chorizo, Heritage Farms bacon, fried eggs, avocado, diced tomato, salsa, fresh jalapenos, queso fresco, cheddar-jack cheese or chopped scallions.

5 Church

5th and Church streets
Make reservations online or call 704-919-1322
$45 per person or $20 for kids 12 and under; includes a choice of one Bloody Mary or Mimosa and bottomless coffee, soda, tea

Chef Whitney Thomas has just taken the reigns as executive chef in the kitchen at 5 Church in Charlotte, and for Mother’s Day she’s offering all the standard faves. Look for crab legs and oysters on the half shell, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, fresh local greens, fresh local eggs and more all with a la carte sides of Nueskes Bacon or Cheshire pork sausage. There’s a carving station, too, featuring roasted strip loin.

Angeline’s

303 S. Church St.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$40 per person

Angline’s is directly off the lobby entrance at the Kimpton Tryon Place Hotel in Uptown Charlotte. You can also enter the restaurant directly from the street-side patio.

A delicious Sunday brunch buffet in one of the newest hotels in Uptown Charlotte located directly across from the BBT Ballpark.

Fruit topped granola and Yogurt from the Sunday Brunch menu at Angeline’s. Photo by Peter Taylor, courtesy of Angeline’s

Keeping to the restaurant’s Italian American theme, offerings include a tempting assortment of crostini: avocado and prosciutto, tomato and anchovy, and whipped ricotta and pistachio; plus a breakfast play on a classic bread salad in Angeline’s waffle panzanella with heirloom tomato, mint, basil, pickled onion and watermelon radish. Look for breakfast lasagna, prawns and polenta, pasta dishes, a carving station and more.

Bulla Gastrobar

4310 Sharon Road
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Make reservations online or call 704-837-4422

Fanciful french Toast from the Sunday brunch menu at Bulla Gastrobar. Courtesy of Bulla Gastrobar

At Bulla Gastrobar, you can celebrate with you mom all day long. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. for brunch (one hour earlier than their usual brunch hours), and then the fun continues on through dinner. In the evening, Mom can indulge in Bulla’s special paella menu for Mother’s Day dinner. Plus, all moms who come to celebrate at dinner will receive a $20 gift card to be used at a subsequent visit.

Global Restaurant

314 Main St., Pineville
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For reservations, call 704-835-1072
$39 per person (20% gratuity will be added for party of 6 or more)

Chef and owner Bernard Brunet, his wife, Shannon, and their son, Xavier, run this chef-driven restaurant on Main Street in Pineville. The historic building that houses the restaurant offers two levels for dining, plus an outdoor streetside patio.

The brunch for Mothers’ Day begins with a welcome basket of pastries — a Viennoiserie assortment — at each table. A three-course meal of offerings follows. Selections include a solo egg benedict with heritage farm ham and a local farm poached egg with house made hollandaise; Angus strip roast beef au jus, with potatoes “à la Lyonnaise” and charred pole beans; and a fudge brownie topped with NC drunken strawberry brown butter and finished with a crispy oat crumble.

Haymaker Restaurant

225 S. Poplar St.
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Make reservations online or call 704-626-6116

Well-known Benton’s bacon is featured on several of the Mother’s Day brunch dishes at Haymaker in Uptown. Courtesy of Haymaker Restaurant

Chef William Dissen’s Mother’s Day menu includes a host of locally sourced a la carte offerings including bacon fat beignets with cinnamon sugar and raspberry sauce; a fried green tomato BLT made with Benton’s bacon and house-made pimento cheese piled high on slices of a whole wheat pullman loaf with hand cut chips; or cornmeal fried catfish served with butterbean and boiled peanut stew, Benton’s country ham, tomato conserva, bay oil and a herb aioli.

Start the celebration with a Champagne cocktail or any other classic brunch cocktail offerings.

Le Cochon D’or French Bistro

201 W. South Main St., Waxhaw
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Call 704-256-5382 or make reservations via Opentable.com
$38 per person

Waxhaw’s newest French restaurant is offering a three-course seated brunch for mom with delicious selections at every turn. Just a few of the items on the menu include duck confit crepes with roasted mushrooms and a truffle bechamel; fried oysters with a sauce gribiche and watercress; vegetarian benedict with roasted mushrooms and baby spinach topped with a poached egg and hollandaise; and Alsatian sausage gravy with chicken schnitzel, mixed garden greens and fresh radish.

Finish with a sweet treat for mom in the guise of a molten chocolate cake with crème anglaise or a strawberry tart with strawberry sorbet.

Living Kitchen

2000 South Blvd.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No reservations necessary; for more information, call 704-333-0008

Perhaps you are looking to treat Mom and the family to an organic, plant-based experience for brunch this Mothers’ Day. Look no further than Living Kitchen for an a la carte vegan brunch menu.

Acai bowl. Courtesy of Living Kitchen

The selection includes breakfast and lunch options, including the acai bowl; avocado toast with cucumber ribbons, cherry tomatoes, red pepper flakes and olive oil; or chia waffles with a specially made sprouted oats, banana and chia blend, coconut whipped cream, chocolate and dulce de leche.

Reid’s Fine Foods

4331 Barclay Downs Drive
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Reservations at 704-377-7686
$30 for adults; $12.99 for kids under 12

Photo courtesy of Reid’s Fine Foods

Enjoy brunch with mom at the SouthPark location of Reid’s with a Sunday brunch buffet that will include a honey glazed ham carving station and a full dessert spread of cakes and pies.

Roots Cafe

2135 Southend Drive
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12
For reservations, call 980-260-3111

Celebrate Mama’s Day at brunch with a list of locally sourced ingredients at Roots Cafe in Charlotte’s Southend neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday.

Roots regularly offers weekend brunching, but this weekend they are making it special with the following specials: local strawberry cream brioche knots; North Corner Haven smoked sausage and local potato strata with poblano cream and green tomato salsa.

Sante of Matthews

165 N. Trade St., Matthews
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For reservations, call 704-845-1899
$32 adults, $15 for children 10 and under

Sante is a chef-owned restaurant located in the heart of Matthews. This three-course seated brunch offers choices for each course, and the menu features local products, produce and proteins.

Tempting offerings include spring asparagus soup; sautéed potato gnocchi with braised fennel and spinach with mushroom cream sauce; brioche French toast with local breakfast sausages, maple butter, local strawberry compote and spiced pecans; and raspberry lavender panna cotta just to name a few.

The Stanley

1961 E. 7th S.
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
For reservations, call 980-299-2741
$40 per person and up

Springtime salad from the brunch menu at The Stanley in Charlotte’s historic Elizabeth neighborhood. Photo by Peter Taylor Photography, courtesy of The Stanley

The Stanley —owned and operated by James Beard nominated Chef Paul Verica and his son, Alex — puts out a terrific locally sourced brunch menu every Sunday. But the team is pulling out all the stops for Mothers’ Day. The Stanley is opening early for Mothers’ Day with a three-course seated menu for adults. They are also offering an a la carte menu for kids under 12.

Brunch offerings at The Stanley vary from week to week as the menu is determined by what chefs find from each week’s harvest of local farmers, but know there will be doughnuts freshly made to order for as long as they last.

Toscana Ristorante Italiano

6401 Morrison Blvd.
For reservations, call 704-367-1808
$35.95 adults; $15.95 for children under 12

See the next item for more information.

Via Roma

7416 Waverly Walk Ave.
11a.m. – 3 p.m.
For reservations, call 980-245-2166
$35.95 adults;  $15.95 for children under 12

These two sister restaurants, Toscana at Shops in the Park and Via Roma at the Waverly Shopping Center, are both in the family of Conte Restaurant Group restaurants. Celebrate Mother’s Day brunch with a seated three-course meal and a kids menu, too.

Brunch starts with platters of three different appetizers to share, then each guest selects a second course such as benedict mare, a classic eggs benedict with freshly made crab cake and tarragon buerre blanc sauce, served with grilled asparagus; Gnocchi with tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and chicken, if desired; or the bistecca, a grilled filet mignon, arugula, balsamic glazed onions, tomato, avocado and red wine vinaigrette. Finish the celebration with an assortment of desserts for everyone at the table to share.

Upstream Charlotte

6902 Phillips Place
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$44.95 adults; $17.95 children, 12 and under

Another big brunch buffet with a little something for everyone. To start, there’s three different tapas-sized portions of sliders, pumpkin pancakes with praline eggs benedict and a butternut rice cake will be served at each table.

Then the buffet starts with a five-item craving bar followed by veggies and sides, and an antipasti station with over a dozen items. But that’s not all — look for eggs, waffles and more; plus a raw bar and sushi station. But it’s not over till everyone makes their way through the 12-item dessert bar. Plus, every mom leaves with a complimentary box of chocolate cookies.

WP Kitchen + Bar

6706 Phillips Place
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For reservations, call 704-295-0101

WP Kitchen + Bar is excited to welcome back some fan-favorites for a special Mother’s Day brunch. From the smoked salmon pizza dill cream, caviar and chives to shakshuka, a delicious brunch dish of eggs baked in tomato sauce, there’s something for everyone.

Crispy chicken on a buttermilk biscuit, pimento cheese, smoked bacon and breakfast potatoes is one of the favorites on the brunch menu at WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place. Courtesy of WP Kitchen

Other Mothers’ Day specials include donuts with vanilla-lemon glaze and seasonal filling; crispy chicken on a biscuit; or maybe Farm & Sparrow stone ground grits with sharp cheddar and chives.

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