What do mothers actually like to do on Mother’s Day? NBC News reported a poll that said mom’s favorite Mother’s Day treat is “go out to eat.”
Others include: Not having to do anything, having someone else wash, dry (even on a clothesline) and fold the laundry; cook one or more meals; and gift cards.
Oh, a plant? Plant it with Mom and contribute to her happy memories whenever she looks at it.
And if you far away, do not text or Facebook. Call. Facetime works too.
Should going out sound good, here are some of what Sonoma restaurants are offering on Mother’s Day.
Carneros Bistro at the Lodge at Sonoma
Chef Andrew Wilson will offer a brunch buffet with Belgian waffles, omelets, French toast, Hobbs’ bacon, Caggiano sausage and fruit and citrus quinoa parfait all made to order.
Around the edges will be various stations to include soups and salads. And a broad selection of desserts. $70 adults, $30 children 12 and under. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. 931-2016.
For the first course choose between blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with Bellwether Farms Jersey cow ricotta or Belgian endive and watercress salad with Laura Chenel’s goat cheese.
Second course brings a choice of boneless short rib hash with Cremini mushrooms, potatoes and organic eggs, Dungeness crab cannelloni, or filet of salmon with corn.
$45 adults, $22 children 5 to 12. Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., regular menu dinner from 5 p.m. 241 First St. W., Sonoma 938-2980.
El Dorado Kitchen
A few additions to EDK’s regular menu include shrimp and grits, smoked pork belly, and yogurt parfait with housemade granola and berries for starters; followed by main courses of eggs Benedict, brioche French toast, omelets, salmon corn purée, lobster risotto, Ahi tuna Niçoise salad, filet mignon, a breakfast flatbread with prosciutto and scrambled eggs. Three courses $55. 405 First St. W., Sonoma. 996-3030 or email@example.com.
Glen Ellen Star
Chef Ari Weisswasser offers two special entrées, a foie gras torchon with strawberry-rhubarb preserves and toasted brioche, and a fava bean agnolotti with porcini mushrooms, pickled ramps and hen egg bottarga. Each entrée $26. From 5:30 p.m. 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Reserve at glenellenstar.com.
Ramekins’ Mother’s Day Brunch
Enjoy special stations (tables) making personalized omelets, waffles and wood-fired pizza; a buffet of bagels, petite spring quiches, Little Gem salad, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, spring onion pudding, chicken apple sausage, maple glazed bacon, leg of lamb, brined and roasted Sonoma pork, and a whole buffet of sweets including muffins, pain au chocolat, scones, Watmaugh strawberry trifle, chocolate caramel brownies, and cherry mousse. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. ramekins.com. 933-0450.
Saddles’ Mother’s Day Brunch offers some additions to its holiday buffet brunch such as sparkling wine, a smoothie and yogurt station, smoked salmon and condiments with bagels, lots of oysters, a cold buffet of steamed asparagus, Angel Hair pasta with Bay shrimp and more; that slow roasted Saddles prime rib with horseradish sauce and assorted desserts. $75 adults, $35 children 12 and under. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular menu for dinner. 29 East MacArthur. 933-3191. Macarthurplace.com.
Santé always has the most splendiferous holiday buffets, which this time adds a dodine of foie gras, duck Magret and Mary’s chicken breasts wrapped in Hobbs bacon; a terrine of spring lamb with eggplant, chilled terrine of fresh sea bass, salmon and halibut, plus deviled Field of Greens deviled eggs. $99 adults, $40 ages 5 to 12, free 4 and under. Reserve at 939-2415. At Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in the Springs.