Brunch out on Mother’s Day? Here are 5 ideas around Sacramento

Carnitas and trimmings are sandwiched between waffles at The Waffle Experience.
Carnitas and trimmings are sandwiched between waffles at The Waffle Experience. apierleoni@

This is how much we love Mom. Some 80 million adults partake in a restaurant meal for Mother’s Day, according to the National Restaurant Association, making it the busiest day of the year for eating establishments.

But where’s the best spot to take Mom on May 10? It’s a tricky question in a town such as Sacramento with its myriad eating options, whether it’s upper-crust “farm-to-fork” style or dim sum with a perpetually spinning Lazy Susan packed with bite-size foods.

The good news is we’ve helped simplify the work by considering Mom’s personality and the kind of food that she would prefer. Keep in mind that now is the time to make a reservation, as Mother’s Day brunch tends to book up quickly.

Here are five suggestions for Mother’s Day brunch in the Sacramento area:

For the mom who: Relishes the finer things in life. (Don’t even think about a plate of Moons Over My Hammy for her.)

Where to take her: Grange (926 J St., Sacramento)

Nothing says, “Mom, you’re special to me,” quite like a prix fixe menu at one of Sacramento’s most celebrated restaurants.

Grange has won significant acclaim recently, including executive chef Oliver Ridgeway making the “Saveur 100” list of culinary movers and shakers.

Even the most high maintenance of moms can find something satisfying on Grange’s three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu, served in a snazzy cosmopolitan setting that screams “world-class city.” The offerings of this $48-per-person meal include seasonal berry parfait with house-made granola, an omelet showcasing fresh spring veggies and a gourmet dessert bar to finish off this mom-centric feast.

Information: (916) 492-4450;

For the mom who: Wants to kick back near the river with a well-built cocktail.

Where to take her: Crawdad’s River Cantina (1375 Garden Highway, Sacramento)

Perhaps Mom is thinking flip-flops instead of high heels this Mother’s Day. In that case, Mom certainly would be up for an outdoor brunch by the Sacramento River.

Crawdad’s River Cantina’s special Mother’s Day brunch menu features options including puff pastry filled with a smoked salmon scramble, sunny-side-up eggs with roasted asparagus and brioche toast, and a warm orzo salad topped with grilled scallops. Offerings from the usual brunch menu will also be available, such as chorizo tacos and oysters on the half shell. The bar also whips up plenty of tiki-style cocktails that will take mom on a proverbial trip to “Fantasy Island.” Smiles, everyone, smiles!

Information: (916) 929-2268,

For the mom who: Loves Chinese food in small bites.

Where to take her: New Canton Restaurant (2523 Broadway, Sacramento)

Some moms might prefer steamed pork buns to eggs Benedict and the usual brunch fare. That calls for dim sum, the Chinese-style brunch with its small-plate foods and steamer baskets wheeled around the restaurant in carts.

New Canton Restaurant is usually on the short list of best Sacramento dim sum spots, given its array of foods in a Cantonese style (dumplings, steamed meatballs, mango pudding, etc.). But keep in mind the wait can get a bit epic on the weekends, so make sure Mom’s had her coffee before heading over if you haven’t made a reservation beforehand.

Information: (916) 739-8888

For the mom who: Wants some down-home food, but not in a greasy-spoon diner.

Take her to: The Waffle Experience (4391 Gateway Park Blvd. No. 650, Sacramento)

Let’s say Mom simply craves some eggs and waffles, but wants to get beyond “leggo my Eggo” status. The Waffle Experience in Natomas has her covered with a unique spin on typical breakfast items.

Most items are served on or between house-made waffles, be it the “praise the lard” with its pork belly and egg sandwiched between waffles, or a “farmer in the dell” that’s packed with country fried steak, gravy and heirloom tomato. The restaurant’s motto says in part: “We’re not your mama’s waffles,” but she’s bound to like them anyways.

Information: (916) 285-0562;

For the mom who: Would love to get serenaded by mariachis.

Where to take her: Florez Bar & Grill (5900 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento)

The Mexican breakfast alone is worth a trip to Florez Bar & Grill, with its piping-hot plates of huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and more. But the restaurant in an otherwise unassuming South Land Park strip mall has some bonuses in store for the moms being celebrated.

In addition to a special brunch buffet for Mother’s Day, Florez is hosting mariachi performers, who will be playing all day with special songs for the mothers out there. If you need hints for songs en español to request: “Madre Querida,” “Canto la Madre” and “En Tu Dia” are a good place to start. Keep in mind this Mother’s Day fiesta is by reservation only.

Information: (916) 429-6864;

Call The Bee’s Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.