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Brunch with mom on Sunday
Area restaurants offer several options to celebrate Mother's Day
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On May 14, a wide array of dining options are available to take the stress of cooking off moms in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Last Saturday, several foster and adoptive moms even experienced a special brunch of their own as they gathered at Lakewood Baptist Church. Teresa Grimes, minister coordinator for Jochebed’s Hope at Lakewood, explained the event was “truly a gift” to those special mothers.

And now all moms throughout the area can experience the same kind of treatment Sunday as their loved ones take them to one of the various Mother’s Day brunches in Hall County.

Scott Dixon, chef and owner at Scott’s Downtown in Gainesville, said he only has two brunches a year at his restaurant: one on Easter and one on Mother’s Day.

“We are reservation-only for Mother’s Day Brunch and will sell out as we always do,” Dixon said. “I do not overbook or make my table turns too close in time so that people don’t have to wait for their tables or feel rushed.”

With so many restaurants busy like Scott’s, other local places are taking reservations, too, and bound to fill up quickly.



When: Brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 109 Bradford St. S, Gainesville

Menu: Omelets, pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict

Cost: $20.17 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 to 12

More info: Accepting reservations. 770-532-0001 or



When: Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: 200 Main St. SW, Gainesville

Menu: Prime rib served with au jus and creamy horseradish sauce, salmon, eggs Benedict, French toast with wild berry syrup, sausage links, roasted yellow squash, carrots, zucchini and peppers, omelet station with a choice of toppings, mini eclairs, mini cream puffs and chocolate mousse.

Cost: $36 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-8

More info: 770-531-0848 or


Scott’s Downtown

When: Grand buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 131 Bradford St. NE, Gainesville

Menu: Chilled seafood display with steamed shrimp, crab claws and oysters on the half shell, salads, smoked salmon, omelet station, eggs Benedict, bananas Foster, French toast, bacon and sausage, hash brown casserole, carved prime rib, chicken cacciatore, bourbon salmon, assorted vegetables and a dessert display

Cost: $33.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 5-12 and free for children younger than 5

More info: Reservation only. 770-536-1111 or


Lanier Islands

When: Brunch from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Menu: Made-to-order egg station, nutella and banana-stuffed brioche French toast, salad station, herb-rubbed slow-roasted rib of angus beef, cornbread-stuffed turkey breast, vegetable dishes, and build-your-own brownie sundaes.

Cost: $61.95 for adults, $49.95 for seniors ages 62 and older, $29.95 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and younger.

More info: Seatings for Mother’s Day brunch at Lanier Islands will be every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. To make reservations, call 770-945-8787 or email


Carl House

When: Brunch at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Where: 1176 Atlanta Highway, Auburn

Menu: Salads, roasted pork loin with brown sugar mustard glaze, Southern fried chicken, oven-roasted turkey breast with cranberry and orange relish and mushroom sauce, grits, scrambled eggs, garlic mashed potatoes, Florida orange sunshine cake and sea salt caramel cheesecake.

Cost: $37.50 for ages 13 and older, $19.95 for ages 6 to 12 plus tax and service charge and free for children 5 and younger

More info: Reservations required by May 12; 770-586-0095 or

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