Note to procrastinators: May 8 is one of the biggest brunch dates of the year.
A smattering of local restaurants (listed alphabetically) offering Mother’s Day brunch on May 8. Make your reservation now.
The Anchorage: Brunch includes breakfast and lunch items. Dessert station, appetizer buffet, and kids’ items. Call 414-431-3554. 4700 N. Port Washington Rd.
All Purpose: Plates include smoked salmon hash, flat-iron steak with roasted fingerling potatoes, and vanilla French toast with champagne berry coulis. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 414-672-6000 for a reservation. 814 S. Second St.
Boerner Botanical Gardens: Take mom to get a great view of the spring flowers in bloom and a brunch spread that will be just as colorful. Enjoy a vast array of exquisite entrees, breakfast classics, and mini-desserts, plus made-to-order omelets and build-your-own bloody marys. Reservations are required and service runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. (JP)
Café Calatrava: For the art appreciator, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s café is offering cuisine fit for a canvas and a view of Lake Michigan to match. Plus, all meals come with a complimentary mimosa to celebrate mothers everywhere. Because even in a museum full of artwork, she created and raised you, a real piece of work, and for that, she deserves a drink. Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 700 N. Art Museum Dr. (JP)
Café Centraal: In addition to the regular brunch options, this Bay View restaurant will be offering mothers complimentary mimosas and champagne. However, they’ll also be handing out free roses, so don’t hesitate to bring Mom to Centraal if her big day needs that extra sentimental kick. Call 414-755-0378 for a reservation. 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (JB)
Capital Grille: Serving pre-fixe brunch specials, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Signature cocktails such as bellinis, grapefruit bucks and classic mimosas can be paired with brunch entrees like lobster frittata and aged NY strip with a fried egg. Drinks and the main course are followed by your choice of flourless chocolate espresso cake, classic crème brulèe or fresh seasonal berries in vanilla cream. Reservations details here. 310 W. Wisconsin Ave. (AJ)
Coast at Zilli Lake & Gardens: Brunch is served station-style, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.. The holiday will start with a build-your-own bellini bar, including an assortment of fresh fruit to pair with white wine, champagne and juices. The main course continues with a surf-n-turf and classic breakfast stations. Varieties of desserts include red velvet cupcakes, frosted lady fingers and more. Menu details here. 931 E Wisconsin Ave. (AJ)
Devon Seafood + Steak: In addition to made-to-order omelet and waffle bars, Devon will feature freshly carved prime rib, a seafood display and their classic brunch entrees. Brunch cocktails will also be available alongside desserts like chocolate strawberries and key lime trifles. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale. (AJ)
Envoy: Featuring all of the classic breakfast staples, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured eats will consist of pancake and waffle bars, a hearty omelet station and, of course, champagne. Prime rib and roasted turkey will be also available hot off the carving station. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, fresh fruit and homemade desserts are sure to satisfy. Ambassador Hotel, 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave. (AJ)
La Estacion: The buffet-style spread includes hot breakfast and entree tables shrimp station, salad/fruit table and desserts. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 319 Williams St., Waukesha. Call 262-521-1986.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Along with brunch items, the restaurant features two distinct twists on classic cocktails for $9: the Bacon & Blue Cheese Bloody Mary (rosemary brown sugar bacon, a blue cheese-stuffed olive, and toasted chipotle rim) and the Sonoma Sparkler (signature passion fruit mimosa). Offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15665 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield. (JP)
Hilton/Intercontinental/Pfister: If you want to take your modish matriarch somewhere elegant, these three Marcus hotels (Hilton, Intercontinental Milwaukee and Pfister) offer a view of the vibrant Downtown bustle from the quiet of highly refined dining rooms. Each menu is different, but all offer decadent takes on classic breakfast and lunch favorites. They do require reservations though, so don’t procrastinate, or as mom would say, “You’ve got until the count of three! One… Two…” (JP)
Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub: Serving 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations here or by calling 414-727-9300. 222 E. Erie St., Suite 100, Third Ward.
North Star Bistro: If their Easter brunch was any indicator, this place knows how to do buffets. The Mother’s Day brunch includes more tasty additions and a DIY Mimosa Bar. Complete with well-executed orange juice substitutes like Blackberry-Raspberry and freshly-cut fruit for garnishing, they’re comping every mom one mimosa on-the-house in thanks for all their hard work. Plus, if Ma is more the savory type, they’ve also got a pretty great bloody mary bar as well. (JP)
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino: Offering brunch specialties at The Buffet (9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) and at Locavore (7 a.m.-3 p.m.). Locavore is serving a special entree of stuffed hash browns with morels, choice of bacon or sausage and two eggs. Includes mimosa and macarons. Call 414-847-8510 for a reservation. 1721 W. Canal St.
Ristorante Bartolotta/Lake Park Bistro/Bacchus: If one course doesn’t aptly show your mother how much you truly appreciate her, treat her to three. Each of these Bartolotta’s restaurants is offering a three-course brunch of upscale fair complete with a perfectly polished atmosphere. Mr. B’s Steakhouse, Harbor House, Joey Gerard’s Greendale, Joey Gerard’s Mequon, and The Grain Exchange are offering brunch buffets as well. Reservation details here. (JP)
The Suburban Bourbon: Go as green as spring this Mother’s Day when the Suburban Bourbon opens its doors early and helps to celebrate motherhood with a fully-packed brunch buffet. They’re offering modern takes on classic Italian and American fare, which is farm-to-table fresh and organic whenever possible. Oh, and did we mention complimentary mimosas for moms? S76 W17745 Janesville Rd., Muskego. (JP)
Tess: Serving 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 414-964-8377. 2499 N. Bartlett Ave.
With contributions by Joseph Boyle and Amber Jorgenson