Want to put an up-to-date spin on traditional Mothers' Day brunches? Plenty of top dining establishments from the Cape to the California coast are planning to offer much more than a standard buffet and bubbly for 2013. From beer brunches in L.A. to Asian fusion in Manhattan, here are 10 specialty brunches that mothers and everyone else will remember.
|Nature of a Good Party, Las Vegas|
If you're looking for all-out lavish with lashings of champagne and celebrity chef sightings a-plenty, the place to be on Mother's Day is Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This event actually is the finale of Vegas Uncork'd, an annual epicurean weekend sponsored by Bon Appetit and featuring the finest chefs in the country. The buffet table will feature house-made terrines, a whole leg of Jabugo ham, and eggs made to order with extras like morels and lobster.
|Kegs & Eggs Brunch at FIG, Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica, Calif.|
Not many places can accommodate beer budgets and champagne high-flyers at the same table and in the same exact moment -- so, huge props to FIG in the Fairmont Miramar, for pulling it off with effortless style. Get a table in the sunlit indoor-outdoor patio, with views of the pool, and prepare to make a half-day of it. You can order vintage champagne and tuna Nicoise for a Benjamin, or go with $3 tacos and draft beer for $15 a person. The $35 bottomless beer brunch is the namesake and happiest medium.
|Kittichai, New York City|
Speaking of bottomless brunches, Asian-fusion landmark Kittichai has always set the standard amongst Manhattan hotels. If you treat Mom to brunch here you'll win full points because the venue is stylish and trend-setting, but not scarily full of itself. Brunch items like Asian five-spice French toast and chili-smoked hangar steak with eggs are paired with bottomless mimosas or Bellinis for $25 per person… an amazing value by Manhattan standards.
|Canape Buffet at Parallel 37, San Francisco|
Augmenting a 3-course prix fixe menu of high-concept New American cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant, a special Mothers' Day "canapé buffet" gives everyone a chance to graze before sitting down to the main meal. There, you'll see what Executive Chef Michael Rotondo does best: artistically plated showcase dishes made from the freshest Bay Area ingredients.
|Mother's Day Fashion Brunch at Turnberry Isle, Aventura, Fla.|
Bottomless mimosas and a lavish buffet, accompanied by trunk shows and beauty touch-ups: Truly this South Florida resort knows how to make moms feel pampered. Fashion styling comes courtesy of Bloomingdale's Aventura.
|Harlem Gospel Choir Mothers' Day Brunch, Foxboro, Mass.|
Of all the gospel brunches on this special holiday, none can out-spirit the renowned Harlem Gospel Choir performing annually at Showcase Live in Foxboro, Massachusetts. More than just mealtime entertainment, this is a show you'll sit up, pay attention to, and remember for years to come. The buffet could actually be a footnote, but it's better than that. The dessert station on its own is worthy of an Instagram, if Mom's hip enough for such techno-foolery.
|Sea Crest's Beachy Brunch, Falmouth, Mass.|
Cape Cod fare is the local specialty that distinguishes this hotel brunch from the rest. Guests will feast on Vermont creamery goods, Maine lobster, Virginia ham and other bounty of the Northeast. Views of Old Silver Beach will underscore the New England flavors, in a bayview gastro-pub named after legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach.
|Bucket List Brunch, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, Calif.|
This stunning Orange County beach resort is organizing bucket list adventures just right for moms -- and we love how easy it is to organize something. Whether Mum's dream is to learn to surf, ride a Harley or cook with a master chef, they can have the experience before or after an all-out Mothers' Day brunch… and then perhaps adjourn to a guest suite for a much-deserved power nap.
|Rancho Valencia – Sweets on the Table, and To Go, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.|
Everybody loves a party favor that you can take home and show off to friends. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa goes the tried n' tasty route, gifting its guests with homemade takeaway jars of spring jam as a takeaway after the special Mothers Day buffet -- which satisfies all appetites with sushi, a Bennie station and Belgian waffles.
|Think Pink at The Pink Pig, Fredricksburg, Texas|
Whether pink's her favorite shade or not, Mom – and all the other ladies in the group – ought to be fully charmed by this themed brunch in the heart of Hill Country. Special menu items for Think Pink include Red Wattle Benedict, farm-fresh eggs over kale with grapefruit vinaigrette, a gorgeous multi-layer rose jam Sofia Cake, and Chef/Owner Rebecca Rather's famous pink ruffle cake (pictured).