Raise a glass to Mom at these 10 Mother’s Day brunches

Photo courtesy of The Firehouse

Mother’s Day falls on May 8 this year, and we’ve rounded up 10 sweet brunches around the region—with everything from French toast pie to a chocolate fountain—that will help Mom make the most out of her big day.

Dawson’s Steakhouse

Hyatt Regency Sacramento's flagship restaurant is offering a lavish Mother’s Day brunch buffet comprising dishes like sweet peppers stuffed with razor clams, calamari and a piquillo pepper chutney; mint-and-garlic-roasted leg of lamb with porcini mushroom bisque; and warm succotash made with English peas, fava beans, baby carrots and green beans. Plus, check out the restaurant’s taco-making station with fillings like grilled steak, mahi mahi, pork carnitas and pickled jalapenos. If mom craves something more traditional, Dawson’s is serving up made-to-order omelets, malted waffles topped with berry preserves, and certs like crème brûlée, carrot cake bread pudding and chocolate-dipped strawberries. $64.95 per adult; $32.95 per child ages 12 and under (reservations recommended). 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Hyatt Sacramento. 1209 L St. 321-3600. sacramento.regency.hyatt.com

Fat’s Asia Bistro

The Folsom and Roseville outposts of the venerable Fat’s restaurant chain will boast an array of savory Asian-inspired dishes for Mother’s Day, including sushi rolls, dim sum with chicken potstickers, pork shu mai dumplings, crab rangoons and fluffy baked barbeque pork bao, or hot carved meats like wasabi mustard-crusted prime rib, and salt-crusted salmon scented with fragrant "ti" leaves. Or fill up on more classic fare like five-spiced French toast and steamed Alaskan king crab legs. Complete Mom’s meal with a slice of Fat’s signature banana crème pie. $42 per adult; $14.95 per child ages 12 and under (reservations recommended). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fat’s Asia Bistro. 2585 Iron Point Rd. Folsom. 983-1133. 1500 Eureka Rd. Roseville. 787-3287. fatsrestaurants.com

The Firehouse

Treat mom to a Mother’s Day feast on the vine-covered patio of this Old Sacramento restaurant, where new executive chef Matt Love is preparing a three-course meal that begins with a variety of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie meats and marinated, chilled prawns and moves on to a selection of gourmet entrées, like seared Skuna Bay salmon accompanied by a champagne spring pea risotto, or the crab Benedict with tangy tomato jam and crisp French breakfast greens. Finish off the meal with duet of desserts: a rich vanilla bean cheesecake and a steamed chocolate gateau topped with a berry mousse. $49.95 per adult; $19.95 per child ages 12 and under (reservations recommended). 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The Firehouse. 1112 2nd St. 442-4772. firehouseoldsac.com

Formaggio Taverna & Patio

Patrick Prager, executive chef at Formaggio in Rancho Cordova, is pulling out all the stops for this decadent buffet brunch featuring seafood delicacies—like oysters, beer-braised mussels and littleneck clams sautéed in white wine and bacon—and hearty choices like warm, gooey cinnamon rolls, smoked salmon and tender pork belly. Entrées include a three-cheese tortellini with spring pea pesto and green beans in cashew butter or hand-carved, molasses-candied ham paired with a sweet peach mostarda. For a post-meal treat, Mom can dip fruit at the chocolate fondue fountain. $45 per adult; $22 per child ages 10 and under (reservations recommended). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 11211 Point E Dr. Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova. Rancho Cordova. 638-1100. formaggiorestaurant.com

Frasinetti Winery

Raise a glass to Mom at this historic South Sacramento winery and restaurant’s annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring an array of sweet and savory dishes. You’ll find everything from crisp Caesar salad with bay shrimp to fluffy mini Spanish omelets and tangy teriyaki chicken drumettes. Fill up at a carving station offering corned beef brisket, Southern baked hickory ham and smoky tri-tip, or indulge in a selection of sweets, including mini cheesecakes, German chocolate cake and chocolate eclairs. $28.95 per adult; $15.95 per child ages 12 and under (reservations recommended). 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fransinetti Winery. 7395 Fransinetti Rd. 383-2444. frasinetti.com

Grange Restaurant & Bar

At this downtown Sacramento restaurant inside The Citizen Hotel, executive chef Oliver Ridgeway is prepping a three-course farm-to-fork brunch beginning with scrumptious starters, such as a Nantes carrot and ginger soup with crème fraiche and almond oil, and pastrami-cured salmon with red onion, watercress and warm focaccia bread. Dig into main courses like a Greek-style lamb burger with tzatziki yogurt sauce and feta fries; fried chicken with a spring onion waffle and a side of maple bacon greens; or vanilla French toast with strawberry compote and a lemon curd cream. $49 per person; $25 per child 12 and under (reservations recommended). 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Citizen Hotel. 926 J St. 492-4450. grangesacramento.com

La Provence Restaurant & Terrace

At this Roseville bistro’s celebratory feast, you’ll discover a buffet of breakfast pastries, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, along with a selection of gourmet plates like a crab and asparagus omelet topped with goat cheese béarnaise, and a Scramble Provencal made with zucchini, eggplant and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s smoked cheddar. If Mom is in the mood for lunch, she’ll find options like a shrimp Louie, braised Angus short ribs with hand-cut fries, or the restaurant’s Poulet Provencal featuring roasted chicken seasoned with lemon and tarragon over spelt pilaf. $39 per adult; $12 per child ages 10 and under (reservations recommended). 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. La Provence. 110 Diamond Creek Pl. Roseville. 789-2002. laprovenceroseville.com

Osteria Fasulo

If Mom’s idea of a great Mother’s Day includes sleeping in, this Italian restaurant in Davis is rolling out an all-day, three-course meal that begins with mimosas and freshly baked croissants accompanied by homemade blueberry and apple-cinnamon butters. Save room for the first course, during which families can choose from dishes like vegetarian polenta lasagna with asparagus and Pecorino cheese, or Osteria Fasulo’s smooth roasted tomato soup. Heartier options include the restaurant’s signature house-made ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, or chicken scaloppini topped with prosciutto and a creamy white wine sauce. Italian desserts like panna cotta will also be on hand. $55 per adult; $20 per child 12 and under (reservations required). 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 2657 Portage Bay E. Davis. 530-758-1324. osteriafasulo.com


Brunch at midtown’s Paragary’s starts off with an assortment of breakfast pastries from its bakery, and continues with appetizers like chilled Delta asparagus with a Dijon-lemon dressing, house-smoked salmon on rye toast, or a crisp gem lettuce and strawberry salad with beets, goat cheese and hazelnuts. Moms can also dig into delectable main dishes like savory bread pudding with Gruyère, steak frites accompanied by endives, classic eggs Benedict with a side of breakfast potatoes, or king salmon salad with spring vegetables. $34 per person. $15 per child 10 and under (reservations required). 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 28th St. 457-5737. paragarys.com


This Old Sacramento favorite presents a three-course meal that lasts through 7 p.m., starting with a choice of fresh strawberry and almond salad drizzled with poppy seed vinaigrette, or a rich wild mushroom bisque sprinkled with truffle croutons. Follow up the app with a choice of gourmet entrées, including a fall-off-the-bone rack of roasted spring lamb accompanied by bacon-braised greens; French toast pie filled with strawberry compote; or seared salmon roti with fresh mint pesto and spring pea risotto. Sweet treats include a wild berry shortcake topped with fluffy Chantilly crème or a rich Dutch cocoa mousse cake with caramel sauce. $42.95 per adult; $8.95 per child ages 10 and under (reservations recommended). 10 a.m.-7p.m. Ten22. 1022 2nd St. 441-2211. ten22oldsac.com

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