Holidays are created to celebrate many different occasions - none more important than Mother's Day.
It's that special day set aside for the one who started it all, the woman who cared about us and cared for us for a long time.
And in some cases, the person who happily made the same white bread, yellow mustard, bologna and potato chip sandwich every school day for eight years, just because that's what her son liked to eat.
If you are lucky enough to still have your mom around, here is your chance to do something special for her. Take her out and let her order what she really wants to eat for a change.
Cafe Loren - 23rd and Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-967-8228. Serving 4 to 8 p.m. A la carte menu will include appetizer choices such as spice-rubbed tuna with sesame seaweed salad; grilled lobster tail with fresh corn and goat cheese risotto and pan-seared scallops with potato-apple hash with smoked bacon. Entrees: braised short ribs, pan-seared halibut and prosciutto-wrapped red snapper, housemade veal sausage, steamed clams and fava beans. Dessert choices include apple-pear walnut crisp served with vanilla ice cream; chocolate-mocha bar and baby individual key lime pie with blueberry sauce. Free geraniums to all mothers.
Mussel Bar - Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 855-348-0500. Lunch/brunch served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Maple beignets tossed with cinnamon and clove sugar, smoked salmon Benedict with roasted sweet peppers and chive hollandaise. Dinner served 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Herb- and garlic-roasted spring leg of lamb with wild mushroom risotto cake, wilted pea shoots and yogurt; Atlantic cod en pappilotte with fingerling potatoes, roasted carrots, dill and lobster butter. Complimentary glass of champagne for mothers.
Azure by Allegretti - Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 855-348-0500. Mother's Day piano brunch served 11 a.m. to
2:30 p.m., three-course menu for $55 per person. Appetizers: Maryland crab cake aioli, paradise pawn cocktail or corn chowder. Entrees: Seafood risotto with shrimp, lobster, clams, scallops and crustacean jus; halibut with baby zucchini Provencale, zucchini blossom gratin, roasted tomatoes, caramelized black olives and crispy potatoes or filet mignon rossini, sauteed asparagus and roasted potatoes. Desserts: Strawberry and rhubarb tart; strawberry ice cream and vanilla creme fraiche, Guanaja chocolate mousse, salted caramel, feuillantine, marshmallow, hazelnut gelato, vanilla pot de creme, passion fruit, orange sugar cookie. Choice of one glass of mimosa, Bloody Mary or Bellini.
Amada - Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 855-348-0500. Serving an a la carte menu from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drink specials: Spanish sparkling cava $8, Bloody Marys with guindilla pepper-infused vodka, $8.
Congress Hall - 251 Beach Avenue, Cape May, 609-884-8421. Brunch served in the ballroom, seatings 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults $38, children younger than 12 $13, younger than 3, free. Options include Beach Plum Farm fresh eggs, omelet station, mashed potato bar, carving station with sirloin of beef and roast turkey, farm fresh fruits, vegetables and desserts. Includes one complimentary bloody Mary or mimosa. Room packages are available if mom wants to escape and get away for the night. Congress Hall also is giving one lucky mom a chance to stay for free with a 2-night stay in an ocean view room, breakfast for two at The Blue Pig Tavern and a $50 resort credit. To enter, go to Congress Hall's Facebook page and submit a photo of you and your mother along with a brief caption on why she deserves to win a getaway to Cape May.
The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel - 609-884-5700. Mother's Day prix fixe menu served 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $42 per person. First course choices include Cape May Salt oysters on the half-shell and Beach Plum Farm grilled asparagus salad. Second course: grilled mahi mahi, pistachio-crusted pork tenderloin or grilled marinated farm chicken. Third course: selection of house-made desserts. Guests who make Mother's Day reservations at the Ebbitt Room will be entered to win a free one-night stay at the Virginia Hotel.
Union Park - 727 Beach Avenue, Cape May, 609-884-8811. Mother's Day brunch served 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults $30, children $17. A la carte dinner menu served 3 to
7:30 p.m. Brunch menu includes muffins, Danish, croissants, bagels/cream cheese, assorted cheeses, lox, smoked fish, shrimp cocktail, grilled vegetables, salads, breakfast foods, sliced ham, roasted pork bourbon glaze, grilled chicken, fresh fruit, chocolate mousse, assorted tarts, cheesecake.
Flanders Hotel - 11th Street and Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-399-1000. Mother's Day buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Adults $33.95, children 12 and younger $15.95, 3 and younger free. Soup station, cold food display, gnocchi station, carving station, chef specialty entrees, children's station and dessert station including ice cream action station. Emily's Ocean Room breakfast buffet 8 to 11:30 a.m. Adults $16.95, children 12 and younger $8.95
Harbor Pines Golf Club - 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township, 609-927-0006. Mother's Day brunch. Serving 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $26.95 per person, children (10 and younger) $12.95. Omelet station, classic breakfast entrees, prime rib carving station, deluxe diner entrees, cheesecake dessert bar, craft table for kids. For reservations call 609-927-0006 ext. 23.
Atlantic City Country Club - One Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 609-236-4465. Brunch served 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Adults, $39.95, children 5 to 12 $17.95, under 4 free. Complimentary red roses for all mothers.
The Washington Inn - 801 Washington Street, Cape May, 609-884-5697. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $28 for adults, $16 for children. Reserve online, www.washingtoninn.com. A la Carte Dinner served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Assorted bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, muffins, scrambled eggs, croissant French toast, seafood pasta, prime rib of beef au jus, brown sugar-mustard glazed country ham, whipped sweet potatoes, chocolate mousse, white chocolate apricot bread pudding, mixed berry shortcake.
Shore Diner - 6710 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-641-3669. Mother's Day specials served from noon to closing. Oven-roasted filet mignon and crab cake or Gulf shrimp stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat for $19.95. Includes soup du jour or garden salad, freshly baked bread, sauteed string beans, baked sweet potato, unlimited coffe, tea or iced tea and homemade chocolate mousse cake.
Tisha's - 322 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-9119. Mother's Day brunch 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., dinner 3 to 8 p.m.
Renault Winery - 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, 609-965-2111. Seven-course gourmet dinner served from 1 to 6 p.m. at Renault Gourmet Restaurant. Includes special appetizer, homemade soup, pasta, sorbet intermezzo, gourmet salad and two wine samplings with choice of entrees: chicken involtini, olive oil- poached Chilean sea bass, cocoa ancho-rubbed grilled filet mignon, Australian rack of lamb, grilled veal chop or Maine lobster strudel. Joseph's Restaurant will be serving an a la carte menu from 1 to 6 p.m. Entrees include chicken margarita, veal Francese with lemon crab fondutta, grilled Australian lamb T-bones, double cut pork chop, veal chop Milanese, frutti di mare freschi, ciopino, shrimp and scallops with charred red pepper pesto, and 14-ounce rib eye with cippolini onions.
Jay's on Third - 9836 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, 609-368-1000. Serving 3 to 8 p.m. A la carte menu includes golden beet salad, toasted quinoa, crumbled feta, mache lettuce, aged balsamic, basil flavor; soft shell crab tempura, spring vegetable salad, spicy lemon vinaigrette; local scallops, oyster mushroom risotto, edamame, shellfish-tarragon sauce; grilled lamb T-bone, black cherry tapanade, English peas, confit pototoes, lemon dijon. For moms, complimentary dessert: pavlova, baked meringue with lime fruit curd, strawberries, vanilla chantilly and toasted coconut.
Mays Landing Country Club - 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, 609-641-4411. Mommy's "Queen for a Day" brunch served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $28.95, children (ages 4 to 10) $15.50. Brunch includes fresh bagels, miniature Danish, seasonal fruits, salads, eggs to order, carved herb-crusted pork and prime rib au jus, waffles, chicken Oscar, pecan encrusted salmon, seafood Newburg, vegetable medley, pasta station, Viennese table with cakes, pies, cookies , and candies. One lucky mom will win "Queen for a Day" Fraser gourmet take-away dinner for up to 8.
Cuba Libra - The Quarter at Tropicana Casino & Resort, 2801 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, 609-348-6700. daily brunch menu begins on Mother's Day. Mondays to Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to
3 p.m., Fridays to Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch dishes will include: soufle de panqueque, oven-baked pancake souffle with fresh berry salad, whipped cream and Cuba Libre 5 Year Rum molasses; churrasco Benedict, grilled chimichurri-marinated skirt steak with over-easy fried eggs, buttered and toasted brioche and tomato-Hollandaise sauce; cobbano salad, warm-roasted pulled pork with sweet plaintain salpicon, hearts of palm, organic grape tomatoes, bacon, cabrales cheese, hard-boiled egg and scallions with light mustard vinaigrette; and Miami frita, a Cuban-style burger of ground beef and Spanish chorizo, stacked with tomato, lettuce, mojo de ajo and mustard on toasted Cuban bread, served with kennebec shoestring potatoes. Dishes range in price from $8 to $17.
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - 550 Country Club Drive, Galloway, 609-965-1800. Call Diane for reservations at ext. 1137. Brunch buffet served from 9:30 a.m. to
3 p.m. Adults $27.95, children 4 to 10, $13.95, children younger than 3 free. Omelet station; carving station with prime rib of beef and slow-cooked turkey; salad bar; u-peel shrimp raw bar; Sunday morning favorites, bread and pastry display. Fresh flowers for mom. $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys.
The Palm - 2801 Pacific Avenue at The Quarter in Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, 609-344-7256. Open 4 to 9 p.m. A la carte menu includes crispy calamari fritti, Louis "Gigi" Delmaestro salad, veal martini, big chocolate seven-layer cake. $25 bonus card to use toward next visit between May 14 and June 30
Steve and Cookie's By the Bay - 9700 Amherst Avenue, Margate, 609-823-1163. Serving 3 to 8 p.m. Every mom will receive a Mother's Day gift. In addition to the regular menu there will be several special appetizers, entrees and desserts. Reservations at 609-823-1163 or online at www.steveandcookies.com
Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa Hotel - 19 Jackson Street, Cape May, 609-884-5970. Brunch served 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., a la carte dinner served 4 to 8:30 p.m. plus three-course price fixe menu $30 per person. Appetizer choices include: Mad Batter clam chowder, roasted beet salad on baby arugula, baby spinach salad, tempura shrimp, crispy fried eggplant. Entrees include: creamy lobster risotto, seafood lasagna, pan-seared scallops, braised short ribs, jerked roasted chicken. Chef's selection of homemade desserts.
Ram's Head Inn - 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-652-1700. Serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults $39.95, children (12 and under) $19.95, children under 2 free. Special three course dinner served 2:45 p.m. to closing. Brunch includes: carved lamb, ham, and prime rib, salad station, raw bar, omelet station, dessert display. Dinner selections include appetizers: beef carpaccio, smoked duck breast, sauteed prawns, or jumbo lump crab cakes; entrees: prime rib, filet mignon, pan-seared halibut and stuffed shrimp. Desserts include apple cobbler, flourless chocolate cake and key lime pie.
W.L. Goodfellows and Co. - 310 East White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-652-1942. Mother's Day Grand Buffet Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults $24.99, children (10 and younger) $14.99, younger than 3 free. Unlimited trips to breakfast and brunch favorites including made-to-order omelets, apricot-stuffed French toast, buttermilk pancakes, rotating displays of seafood dishes, pasta, Italian, country-fried chicken, chicken pot pie with biscuits, chilled salads, fresh baked breads, sweets and desserts.
The Steakhouse - Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, 609-441-5575. Three-course tasting menu $65 per person. Choices include spring greens and goat cheese salad, Jersey flounder with a chardonnay butter sauce and strawberry shortcake.
Sammy D's - Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, 609-441-5402. Serving up special strawberries and cream Belgian waffles for mom, $12.75.
Scarduzio's Steak-Sushi- Lounge - Showboat, Atlantic City, 609-343-4330. Serving 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $39.99 per person. Selections include shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half-shell, lamb chops, prime rib, made to order options and raw bar. Offering chocolate truffles to all mothers.
The Reserve - Bally's, Atlantic City, 609-340-2350. Serving Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. around the beautiful sixth-floor atrium grand piano. $39.99 per person. Buffet includes petite filet, lobster salad, imported meats and cheeses, crab cakes Benedict, chocolate brownie waffles and made-to-order tapas.
Nero's Tuscan Steakhouse - Caesars, Atlantic City, 800-223-7277. Serving 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $49.99 per person. Brunch items include hand-carved lamb and prime rib, smoked fish and caviar station, crab crusted Scottish salmon and classic desserts tiramisu and cannoli.
Cafe Roma - Caesars Atlantic City, 609-348-4411. Offering a flower to all mothers and a three-course prix fixe menu that includes salmon or steak and a lemon blueberry tart.
Atlantic Grill - Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, 800-223-7277. Special three-course menu for Mom with options like burrata mozzarella, truffled gnocchi, Chilean sea bass and a hazelnut crunch bar, along with some of the best views in the city.
Fuze Restaurant & Mirage Lounge - 7888 Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-368-1919. Open 4 to 9 p.m. Appetizers include scallops with pear-parsnip emulsion and port, tuna tartare with scallion pancakes and salt-roasted beets with goat cheese and arugula. Entrees include braised short ribs with creamy parmesan polenta and tomato jam, wild king salmon with crab, heirloom tomatoes and pesto potatoes with lemon nage, and a signature whole-roasted stuffed branzino fileted tableside. Free flower for mothers.
Fuze/Italian Ristorante -2109 Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-796-5543. Open 4 to 9 p.m. Appetizer choices include gratin of escarole and beans, sauteed asparagus with aged provolone, prosciutto di parma antipasto plate. Entrees include sea bass puttanesca, veal a la Fuze with crab, shrimp and scallops Francaise-style. Homemade mozzarella, sausage, pasta and charcuterie. Free flower for mothers.
Latz's by the Bay - 801 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, 609-788-8838. Mother's Day brunch served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A la carte brunch menu includes organic Jersey Farmer's Omelet with heirloom tomatoes and Valley Shepherd's basket cheese, eggs Benedict, Bay Avenue Special fresh-fried oysters, chicken salad and baby organic greens, Turkey and cranberry, banana Foster pancakes and challah french toast. Special: crab and asparagus organic egg omelet with Hollandaise sauce, home fried potatoes, and scone, $14.
The Inn at Sugar Hill - 5704 Mays Landing-Somers Point Road, Mays Landing, 609-625-2226. The Inn will be serving dinner from 1 until 7 p.m. on Mother's Day. A la carte menu with some Mother's Day specials. All moms will be treated to a complimentary small plate dessert from the menu.
The Historic Smithville Inn - 609-652-7777. Continuous buffet runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brunch buffet: Adults $29.95, children $18.95, dinner buffet begins at 2 p.m. Adults $35.95, children $18.95. At 2 p.m. dinner items will be introduced, the omelet station will switch to a pasta station and the breakfast foods will be replaced with an array of entrees and accompaniments. Accepting limited reservations of parties of 10 or more with a credit card to secure the reservation. Parties of nine or less can check in at the hostess desk that day, where they will be given an estimated time of wait. The Village will be open and you are welcome to walk around while waiting.
Tomatoe's - 9300 Amherst Avenue, Margate, 609-822-7535. A la carte menu begins at 3 p.m. Spring salad of Boston bibb, roasted beets, rhubarb and orange segments with goat cheese and vanilla vinaigrette, $9.50; appetizer of fried oysters Rockefeller-style, $13.50. Special entrees: lemon pepper and panko-crusted Branzino with a grilled risotto cake and a spring vegetable sautee of asparagus, peas, spinach and celery, $29; lobster and shrimp island-style: 1/2 lobster tail and three jumbo shrimp marinated in coconut milk and spices, grilled and served with charred corn salsa and lime buerre blanc, $36, and veal tenderloin Saltimbocca-style with herbed quinoa and a wild mushroom reduction, $36.
Mickey & Minnie's Inn - 733 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne, 609-965-1877. Serving from 1 to 10 p.m. Prime rib, veal Oscar, weiner schnitzel, sauteed chicken breast, walnut-encrusted salmon. Homemade desserts include chocolate decadence torte, banana cream pie, key lime pie, red velvet cheesecake, coconut custard pie.
McCormick & Schmick's - 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City, 609-441-5579. A la carte menu. Complimentary truffles for every mother.
Charlie's Bar & Restaurant - 800 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-3663. Brunch served 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $24.99, kids 12 and under $11.99. Antipasto, assorted cheese platter, breakfast specialties, eggs and omelets, wings, pasta station, carving station with turkey, ham, and prime rib, raw bar with u-peel shrimp, clams and oysters on the half shell. Dinner specials 4 p.m. to midnight include a complimentary glass of champagne for mom.
Watering Hole Cafe - 6494 Weymouth Road (Route 559), 609-625-9300. Bring your kids, kite and mother to Kite Day at Watering Hole Cafe from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Enjoy listening to live music from Dark Horse while taking in the sun on the restaurant's outdoor deck starting at 2 p.m. Specials last all day and come with house salad. Enjoy a succulent Dungeness crab bowl, 1 ½ pounds in butter garlic wine sauce, $19.99; an 18-ounce T-bone served with a pierogi or baked potato, $14.99; tuna teriyaki served on a bed of sauteed spinach, $12.99; shrimp or crabmeat scampi with linguini and garlic bread, $12.99; roast porkloin platter with potato or pierogi and vegetable, $9.99. If it rains, the kite-flying event will be moved to the following week. Call 609-625-9300 for more information.