Rule No. 1 this week: Don’t make mom cook on Mother’s Day.
Sunday is the one day to make all the moms out there feel special, so how about treat her to a brunch, lunch or dinner around town? Lucky for you, we’ve made that job a little easier by giving you four different restaurants to choose from.
Amanda’s Farm to Fork
There’s always something special going on at Amanda’s Farm to Fork, and if you're looking for something special to do on Mother's Day, owner of the restaurant, Amanda Browning, has you covered.
The restaurant will be open for two different seatings, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the buffet must be purchased in advance. Adults are $24.95, children 4-years-old to 10-years old are $12.95 and children 3-years-old and younger are free.
“Most restaurants, you go in and you sit down and feel like they’re rushing you out the door so they can flip that table,” Browning said. “The people that are coming to eat at our special events, that table is theirs. So I’m trying to make it so that people who want to spend time with their family or talk, there’s no rush.”
Browning plans to serve some of her staples at the restaurant and some dishes that customers have grown to love. Amanda’s Farm to Fork will have a buffet of Rooster’s fried chicken, sliced brown-sugar ham, slow-cooked green beans, creamy mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, squash casserole, black eyed peas, collard greens, buttermilk biscuits and fresh baked rolls.
“We have a huge buffet,” Browning said.
And then there are the desserts.
The restaurant will serve peach cobbler, chocolate cake, peanut butter pie drizzled in chocolate sauce, red velvet cake and banana pudding.
“I’m known for my desserts, so we’ll have a huge dessert table,” Browning said.
With five children of her own, Browning knows how much Mother’s Day means to moms, so she’s excited to offer something special for the ones that choose to make the trip to her restaurant.
“They know coming here they don’t have to rush,” Browning said. “They can relax and get used to the comforts we have here.”
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12
Where: 5951 Main St, Lula, GA 30554
How much: Adults are $24.95, children 4-years-old to 10-years old are $12.95 and children 3-years-old and younger are free
Over at Luna’s Restaurant on the downtown Gainesville square, there’s a special brunch going on for moms.
Annika Carter, catering manager at the restaurant, said the shop always hosts a Mother’s Day brunch and this year is no different. The buffet meal will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and cost $35 for adults and $15.50 for children 10-years-old and younger.
“It’s a big buffet up in the atrium and both sides of the restaurant are open for brunch guests,” Carter said.
Luna’s will be serving salmon with honey soy teriyaki glaze, sauteed chicken breast with tomato, spinach and bacon cream sauce, sliced honey-glazed ham, chicken tenders with honey mustard, quiche and a prime rib carving station.
Sides like cheese grits, mixed greens, steamed vegetables, deviled eggs, croissants and biscuits will also be available.
The restaurant will have live music in the piano lounge. Carter said the Mother’s Day brunch is usually a pretty big event for the restaurant.
Miniature desserts include eclairs, cream puffs, creme brulee and cheesecake.
When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12
How much: $35 for adults and $15.50 for children 10-years-old and younger
Branch House Tavern
AJ Alboumeh, owner at Branch House Tavern, is always looking for more ways to bring in people to his restaurant. He said Mother’s Day hasn’t always been a very successful day for the restaurant, but he’s hoping to change that this year.
They’ll be open all day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so for the families that go somewhere else for lunch or brunch, Branch House Tavern will be there to treat you for dinner.
“We’ve always done something, but we’ve never had that big of a crowd,” Alboumeh said.
By serving a salmon meal with mashed potatoes and salad for $17.95 for Mother’s Day, Alboumeh hopes more people will consider the Flowery Branch restaurant, especially with it being a local establishment instead of a chain.
And if you’re really looking to treat mom, Branch House Tavern may not be a bad idea — dessert is free for all the moms that eat at the restaurant on Mother’s Day.
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 12
How much: $17.95 special and free dessert for mothers
Braselton Brewing Company
If you think this is the year to try something a little different for Mother’s Day, take your mom to Braselton Brewing Company.
They’ll be open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with live music from Brooke and Mike coming at 2 p.m.
Along with the restaurant's regular brewpub menu, it will offer special dishes for the holiday.
They will offer sweet and smoky salmon, avocado eggs benedict, corn and crab latkes and strawberry cheesecake crepes.
The brewpub isn’t taking reservations, so be sure to get there in time for a table.
Of course, if you’re stuck waiting, Braselton Brewing Company will have all of its regular drinks available for you to pass the time.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12