It's Mother's Day on Sunday. Buy your mom a card, call her on the telephone (texts and Facebook messages do not count!), and if she's nearby, treat her to something special, like a bottomless pitcher of mimosas. Trust me. I'm a mom, and I know what moms like. Now the question is, where will you take your favorite gal this Sunday? For a list of every brunch place in town, click here. Otherwise, pay attention, because time is tight and it's the College of Charleston's graduation weekend. If you haven't already made plans, you could be in trouble, unless you take our advice.
At Fleet Landing, they'll have the full lunch menu but we think mom should indulge in something decadent like the lobster quiche or the creme brulee French toast. And make sure you get her a mimosa or a bloody mary. You'll be the apple of her eye. Brunch is from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and they are still accepting reservations.
Another solid downtown destination is Oak Steakhouse on Broad Street. Sunday brunch takes place from 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. and has many of the indulgent dishes you'd find on the full-blown dinner menu. Like that whole fried lobster. Seriously. A WHOLE FRIED LOBSTER. They take it and drop it in the fryer and you will die it's so delicious. If you can't get over there for brunch, make plans for Sunday supper. They've started serving a three-course menu for $38 and half-priced bottles of wine. Not a bad way to wind down the weekend.
Another favorite brunch spot is The Grocery on Cannon, which will be serving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (on both Saturday and Sunday). This weekend's specials include Huevos en Cazuela (Mexican-baked eggs) with spicy chorizo, confit potatoes, Sea Island eggs, manchego, and green tomato salsa verde. Arriba. Mamacita's got to like that. Another bonus of the Grocery? Free and copious parking.
One place that might not be too busy on Sunday is the Moe's Downtown Tavern, which is opening for its first brunch of the summer season. They'll have crab cakes and eggs benedict, pancakes, shrimp and grits, and pretty much anything you might need to make your mom happy. Plus beer. Moms like beer, too, you know.
If you've been wanting to treat your mom to Husk, well, fuggheddaboutit. The best restaurant in all of America (according to Bon Appétit not Alan Richman) is already booked up for Sunday, but they will seat walk-ins. Good luck with that. But if you do score your mom a table, you can bet you'll be her hero for a long time as she indulges in some amazing Southern cooking or maybe just that dang Husk cheeseburger.