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Lark Creek Walnut Creek: It really doesn’t get much more American or motherly than this Walnut Creek restaurant that showcases farm-fresh Americana on a plate. Brunch items will include eggs Benedict, cinnamon French toast and fried chicken salad (10 AM-3 PM; 925-256-1234).
Gather: Perfect for vegans, omnivores and locavores alike, this seasonally-driven Berkeley favorite will be serving up special à la carte brunch and dinner specials that run the gamut from sheep osso bucco (yep, you read that right) served with grits cooked in goat whey to a vegetarian spring vegetable dish with sea palm vinaigrette, crispy black quinoa and avocado horseradish purée (brunch from 10 AM-2:30 PM, dinner 5-10 PM; call 510-809-0400).
Joshu-ya Brasserie: Instead of tuna belly and uni, this re-conceptualized Japanese brasserie in Berkeley will run à la carte brunch specials with a more Western twist on Mother’s Day - think eggs Benedict, a pulled pork “samich” and custard French toast. As a bonus, all mothers will receive a complimentary dessert. The regular Japanese à la carte dinner menu will be available from 3-10 PM (brunch 9:30 AM-3 PM, dinner 3-10 PM, 510-848-5260).
Postino: Moms in the 925 can enjoy a two-course brunch comprised of an antipasti and a choice of uovo, pasta or secondi, to be enjoyed either inside or on the patio (weather permitting) at this Lafayette Italian (10 AM-2:30 PM; $30 per person, a $9 kid’s menu will also be available; also serving the regular dinner menu; 925-299-8700).
Marin County and Wine Country
Left Bank: Take the whole family out for Mother’s Day brunch at this Larkspur Frenchie. In addition to its regular menu, it will offer special brunch, lunch and dinner specials such as Dungeness crab ravioli with blue crab bisque. As a nice touch, the restaurant will also set up a makeshift flower market where kids can build a mini bouquet and create a greeting card to take back to the table for Mom (brunch 10 AM-3 PM, lunch until 4 PM, dinner begins at 4 PM; 415-927-3331.)
The Tavern at Lark Creek: This converted Victorian in Larkspur remains the atmospheric spot to beat for Mother’s Day. The tavern will be serving a special three-course brunch that includes choices such as eggs Benedict, savory Waygu steak meatloaf wrapped in bacon and yes, their famous butterscotch pudding ($41 for adults, $19 for tweeners, a children’s menu is also available; 415- 924-7766).
Murray Circle: Boasting amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, this Sausalito resort will be doling two Mother’s Day brunches. Guests can opt for a three-course menu in the main dining room, while parties of eight or more can head upstairs to the more casual Verbena, which will be serving a blow-out brunch buffet. Expect options including omelet, waffle and carving stations, along with a dedicated kids station and complimentary mimosas for the grown-ups, plus special pastries for the ladies (dining room brunch 10 AM-3 PM; $55 per adults, $25 for kids three-course menu; plus an à la carte kids option; buffet brunch 10 AM-3 PM; $65 per person, $25 for kids; 415-339-4700).
Auberge du Soleil: For a the-sky-is-the-limit type of Mother’s Day splurge, consider trekking up to this Rutherford resort with a smashing panoramic valley view for a four-course brunch (11 AM-3 PM; $95 per person, $35 for children; 707-967-3111).
Dry Creek Kitchen: Sonoma-bound (or based) moms can get spoiled at Charlie Palmer’s Healdsburg haunt which will be offering a three-course prix fixe brunch (11 AM-2 PM; $49 per person; kids menus also offered, dinner will also be served from 6-9 PM; 707-431-0330).
La Toque: Ken Frank’s modern French restaurant at the Westin Verasa opens for brunch but once a year - on you got it, Mother’s Day. For the occasion, he’ll be presenting a two-course plus dessert Mother’s Day menu with choices such as a lobster omelet and lemon crème brûlée (noon-2 PM; $65 for adults with an optional wine pairing for an additional $24, 21 and under cost $48; 707-257-5157.)
Peninsula and The South Bay
Arka: Been curious to check out this new contemporary Indian in Sunnyvale headed up by consulting celeb chef Sachin Chopra (also of All Spices)? Use Mom as the excuse. The newcomer will be offering an extensive yet affordable all-inclusive Indian-style Mother’s Day brunch ($14.95) and what’s being billed as the “Ultimate Dinner Buffet” for $18.95 (brunch 11:30 AM-3 PM, dinner 5-10 PM; 408-774-1540).
Dio Deka: Treat mom to a big fat Greek brunch at this swanky Los Gatos haunt which will be open serving the midday meal filled with Greco-Californian à la carte specials you’ve probably never heard of such as Keftethakia - lamb meatballs served with blistered grapes, yogurt and a light herb-broth - and Zambonopita, a crispy puff-pastry stuffed with Virginia smoked ham, green onion, and cheeses, as well as more predictable brunch items such as cinnamon “Greek” toast (brunch 10 AM-2 PM; regular dinner service resumes in the evening; 408-354-7700).
LB Steak: If Mom is a meat and potatoes type, this steakhouse on Santana Row is just thing. In addition to steak and the usual brunch and dinner menus, the restaurant will be pouring “mom-osas” at brunch and specials such as Dungeness crab omelet and surf 'n' turf that includes lobster tail and prime filet of beef (brunch begins at 10 AM, dinner from 4 PM on; 408-244-1180).
The Plumed Horse: For an indulgent spread, cash in some options and take Mom to a four-course champagne brunch with the works ($65 per adult, $45 per child; 408-867-4711).