Moms come in all styles and shapes. Lucky for us, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to thanking them for all they have done for us. While jewelry or flowers might be the way to go for some, most mothers can be satisfied with a special meal.
Every local restaurant seems to be offering something special for mom this Mother's Day from a buffet with jazz music to a la carte restaurants featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Busy brunches or a la carte meals allow your mom to pick and choose what she would really like to eat for a change.
What better way to say "Thank you" for all the meals cooked, tables cleared and dishes washed than a meal where your mom has nothing to do but relax and enjoy.
Chart House, Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, 609-340-5030. Mother's Day dinner 12:30 to 10 p.m. Featured specials: King salmon with potato leek cakes ($32), pan-seared halibut and shrimp ($40) plus regular menu. Appetizers include a crab, avocado and mango stack ($16). Macadamia-crusted mahi ($32), mixed seafood grill ($37), prime rib Chart House cut, 12 ounces ($38), Callahan cut 16 ounces ($42).
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, 1301 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-9090. Special prix-fixe, three-course menu served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First-course choices include spring wild mushroom bisque, chipotle BBQ-grilled quail, day boat crispy calamari. Second courses: PSI eggs Benedict, local day boat scallops, grilled hanger steak, Lancaster free-range chicken. Desserts: steamed toffee pudding, chocolate panna cotta, lemon "bar," deconstructed banana split. A rose for Mom included. Adults $50, children $25.
Tisha's Fine Dining, 322 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-9119. Mother's Day brunch served 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On the breakfast side: eggs Benedict ($11.50), Jersey omelette ($9.50), French toast bru lee ($9.50), fresh fruit parfait ($8.50), Belgian waffle ($8.50). Small plates: lobster bisque ($13), mushroom risotto ($12), shrimp fritto aglio ($18). Entrees: steak and frites ($18), lobster mac and cheese ($15), Baja tacos ($13), chopped Cobb salad ($15), fish and chips ($15). Kid's menu ($8). Dinner 3 to 8 p.m. A la carte menu includes appetizers: lobster ravioli ($15), award-winning clam chowder ($9), pan-seared local day boat scallops ($15/$33) and Cajun fried oysters ($13). Entree selections include steak au poivre ($32), Thai salmon ($29), peppered shrimp and crab cake ($31), seafood risotto ($32) and gnocchi Bava ($24). Seasonal specials also available.
Dogtooth Bar & Grill, 100 E. Taylor Avenue, Wildwood, 609-522-8383. Brunch served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch favorites: smoked salmon with cream cheese and red onion; Dogtooth French toast; egg and portabello sandwich with toast; omelets your way; Western, Oscar and California omelets; brunch burger; soft fish tacos; black and blue prime rib sandwich; strawberry salad; applewood bacon; honey-smoked ham; fresh fruit. Brunch drink specialties: bloody Mary $5, mimosas $5, pear martinis $7. Fresh flowers for Mom. Dinner specials from 4 p.m. to closing.
Robert's Steakhouse of New York, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, 855-500-ROBERTS. Serving dinner 4 to 10 p.m. Regular menu plus specials: lobster bisque ($19), spring panzanella salad ($16), roasted fillet of halibut ($37), filet Oscar 8-ounce filet with crab meat, bearnaise sauce and asparagus ($57). Dessert sampler for two: mini strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, chocolate caramel mousse bar, citrus panna cotta ($22). Complimentary glass of Prosecco. A signature drink called "Mom's Retreat" made with Belvedere vodka, St. Germaine, creme de noisette and fresh citrus, topped with champagne. Vocalist and acoustic guitar artist Kevin Hilderbrandt 5 to 9 p.m.
800 Bay by Philippe Restaurant & Deck Bar, 800 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-926-3500. Mother's Day brunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Choice of appetizer: smoked salmon salad, Chin's Caesar salad, butternut squash bisque, baby arugula and beet salad, Oyster Rockefeller, mixed greens salad, candies thick-smoked bacon. Entrees: duo of shrimp and scallops, rosemary-scented leg of lamb, steak and eggs, crab cake Benedict, roasted salmon fillet, chicken Wellington, surf and turf, seared mahi-mahi fillet. Desserts: sweet chocolate lava cake, carrot cake, hazelnut and milk chocolate crunch, ice cream and sorbet. $30 per person. Mother's Day Dinner 2 p.m. to closing. Choice of appetizer: crab cakes, smoked salmon salad, Chin's Caesar salad, butternut squash bisque, baby arugula and beet salad, oyster Rockefeller, Asian tuna nacho. Entrees: duo of shrimp and scallops, rosemary-scented leg of lamb, New York strip steak, seared mahi-mahi fillet, roasted salmon fillet, chicken Wellington. Desserts: sweet chocolate lava cake, carrot cake, hazelnut and milk chocolate crunch, ice cream and sorbet. $35
Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-431-0092. Three-course brunch menu 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full menu available 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Choice of appetizer: strawberry and spinach salad, cream of asparagus soup, Harry's house salad, tempura-fried calamari, seasonal fruit plate. Entree: linguini and clams, red or white; poached salmon with cucumber salad and dill creme fraiche; egg tacos; fish and chips; crab quiche. Dessert: Key lime pie, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Brunch menu $20 per person with a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for all moms. Courtyard seating available, weather permitting.
Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, 401 South New York Road, Galloway, 609-652-1800. Mother's Day brunch noon to 3 p.m. Lobster bisque, spring salad display, artisan cheese and charcuterie display, seafood station with fresh shucked local clams and oysters, chilled jumbo shrimp, crab claws. Chefs station: farm fresh eggs and omelets prepared to order, Belgian waffles, cheese blintzes. Carving station: herb-crusted prime rib au jus, honey-glazed spiral ham. Entrees: crispy bacon, country sausage and scrambled eggs. Local flounder Francaise, smoked baby chicken breast, baby shrimp and bay scallop scampi, petite filet medallions. Dessert selection: assorted freshly baked pies, house-made bread pudding, seasonal fruit cobbler, French pastries and mousses. Adults: $49.95 per person, Children 6 and older: $24.95, Children 5 and under: Free. (Tax and Gratuity not included).
Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, Plaza 9 Shopping Center, 1333 New Road, Northfield, 609-646-8189. Special brunch menu noon to 8 p.m. A la carte menu also available. Family-style antipasto misto (choose three): truffled grissini, peppers alla Nonna, arancini, artichokes alla Romana, frittata. Handcrafted pasta: potato gnocchi, sweet pea tortelli. Entree (choose two): flat iron braciole, roast spring lamb, grilled Hawaiian walu. Classic Caesar or spring garlic soup $4 additional per person. $45 for adults, $20 for kids 13 and under.
Mays Landing Golf & Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, 609-641-4411. Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Assortment of fresh bagels, miniature Danishes and oven-baked breads, seasonal fruits, melons and berries, eggs or omelets to order, salads, Belgian waffles, chicken Oscar, pecan-encrusted salmon, seafood scampi. Carving station: herb-crusted pork and prime rib. Viennese table: cakes, pies, cookies and candies. Adults $29.95, children ages 4 to 12 $15.50, under 3 free.
Smithville Inn, 1 N. New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777. Brunch and dinner buffet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner items introduced at 2 p.m. Omelet station switches to a pasta station, breakfast foods replaced by entrees and accompaniments. Brunch: adults $29.95, children $15.95. Dinner buffet: adults $35.95, children $18.95. Children ages 4 to 11 are half price. Open seating.
Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson Street, Cape May, 609-884-5970. Brunch served 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner 4 to 8:30 p.m. $30, three-course, prix-fixe menu in addition to regular menu. Choice of Mad Batter clam chowder, crispy rice shrimp sticks, roasted beet salad, raspberry and goat cheese salad. Entrees: Mahi-Mahi, orange-lavender marinated chicken, crab puff pastry purse, veal scaloppine. Chef's selection of homemade desserts. Coffee/tea.
Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews D., Egg Harbor Township, 609-927-0006 x23. Mother's Day Brunch served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured selections include chef's bread basket at each table, scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, apple raisin French toast, chef-attended omelet station, salad station, carving station with slow-roasted prime rib and baked ham, chicken roulade stuffed with cranberry and sage, baked seafood lasagna, stuffed shells, sweet table. $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for Harbor Pines members and $12.95 for kids. Supervised craft table for the kids.
Washington Inn & the Wine Bar, 801 Washington Street, Cape May, 609-884-5697. Mother's Day Buffet brunch served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, onion and cucumber. Fruit salad, muffins, Danish. Scrambled eggs, bananas Foster French toast, eggs Benedict. Shrimp and pasta with asparagus, tomatoes and lemon cream; grilled mahi-mahi; roasted pork loin andouille sausage stuffing; tarragon chicken salad croissants. Carving station: prime rib of beef au jus. Chocolate mousse, cherry carrot cake, mixed berry short cake, cheesecake. $28 for adults $16 for children.
Il Verdi, Tropicana, Brighton and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-4000. Serving Mother's Day dinner 5 to 10 p.m. First course choice of one: insalata caprese, insalate Cesare, straciatella di pollo. Second course: surf and turf 8-ounce filet mignon topped with grilled lobster. Dessert: amaretto cheesecake. Chocolate-covered strawberries and a glass of champagne. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity
Fin, Tropicana, Brighton and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Serving Mother's Day dinner 5 to 10 p.m. First course choice: Fin's house salad, traditional Caesar salad, lobster bisque. Second course: surf and turf with 8-ounce filet mignon and wild Pacific shrimp. Dessert: Fin's chocolate Jubilation cake. Chocolate-covered strawberries and glass of champagne. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity
Fitzpatrick's Deli & Steakhouse, 650 New Road, Somers Point, 609-653-8155. Mom's Day menu served 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Choice of one appetizer: soup, Caesar or tossed salad. Choice of one entree: 10-ounce lobster tail, 9-ounce center-cut filet or 6-ounce center-cut filet and jumbo lump crab cake. Your choice of Fitz's desserts. Beverage included for moms. $27.95 per person.
W.L.Goodfellows and Co., 310 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon, 609-652-1942. Grand Brunch Buffet served from 10 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties plus savory salads, U-peel shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, cheeses, breads, pastries, cookies. Adults $24.99, kids under 10 $14.99, children under 3 free. Goodfellows will deduct the lowest-priced meal on your guest check up to $15 with a party of four or more ordering brunch or dinner entrees. Limit one comp per check per table. Must mention this to receive. Dinner menu from 2 p.m.
A Touch of Italy, 6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, 609-646-1855. Serving a la carte dinners from 1 p.m. Special menu includes: stuffed mushroom caps ($12.50), clams Posillopo ($11.50), calamari fritti ($13.50), clams Arreganata ($11.50), eggplant rollantine ($10.50). Seafood en Casserola ($26), penne alla vodka with seafood ($28.50), shrimp Fra Diavolo ($26.50). Filet mignon 10 ounces ($33), N.Y. sirloin 14 ounces ($31.50), veal piccatta with jumbo lump crabmeat ($29.50), breast of chicken Sorrentino ($24.50).
Atlantic City Country Club, One Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 609-236-4411. Brunch served 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Selection of fresh fruits, melons and berries. Fresh-baked assorted bagel, smoked salmon and condiments. Antipasto of meats and cheeses. Salads and baked brie with pecans and brown sugar. Omelets made to order. Belgian waffle station. Hot buffet selections: eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, sausage and bacon, grilled salmon, chicken piccata, braised shot ribs, stir-fried spring vegetables. Carving station: roast prime rib of beef au jus, honey-glazed spiral ham, herb-roasted turkey breast. Children's station: cold cereal with milk and berries, chicken fingers and French fries, miniature burgers. Dessert station: chef's selection of miniature pastries, cakes, pies, bread pudding and cheese blintzes. Complimentary red rose for all mothers. Adults $39.95, kids $18.95.
Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, 800 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-Food (3663). Mother's Day brunch served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tropical fruit salad, assorted cheese platter, French toast sticks, pancakes, eggs and omelets to order, tater tots, bacon, sauasage. Meatballs, meatloaf, world-famous wings, scallops, salmon, flounder, U-peel shrimp, oysters, clams and mussels oreganato, crabmeat. Carving station: roasted turkey, ham and prime rib. Chicken Francaise. Pasta station. Antipasto. Dessert fantasy. Adults $21.99, kids 12 and under $9.99.
The Best of Southern Cooking, 613 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 856-696-5500. Mother's Day Mardi Gras celebration runs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat Southern soul food buffet. New Orleans staples include cornbread dressing, fried or smothered chicken, fresh fish, shrimp, mac and cheese, potato salad, candied yams. Desserts include peach cobbler and banana pudding. Sweet tea and fresh squeezed lemonade. Jazz saxophonist Pete Chavez and trio featuring Kenny Gates on organ and vocals 4 to 7 p.m. Mardi Gras beads and door prizes. Adults: $25, senior citizens (65+): $17, kids: (5-11): $8, kids: (3-4): $5, toddlers (2 and under): free.
Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000. Fusion brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One entree plus selections from the buffet. $39 option: pepper, sausage and egg sandwich, brioche French toast, house-smoked pastrami hash and eggs, three-egg omelet or "Wolfgang Slam." $49 option: grilled prime burger, hand-cut linguine with grilled shrimp, almond-crusted Atlantic salmon, braised beef short rib. Buffet selections: assortment of breakfast breads and pastries, fresh fruit and seasonal berries, house-smoked salmon, antipasta, marinated and grilled vegetables, eggplant caponata, prosciutto pie, four-cheese ravioli, stir-fried vegetable lo mein. Market vegetable minestrone, creamy New England clam chowder, assorted salads.
Borgata Buffet, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000. Brunch served 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $27.95 per person. Dinner 4 to 9 p.m. $30.95 per person.
Sultan's Feast, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, 609-449-1000. Mother's Day brunch buffet, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All-you-can-eat selections: made-to-order omelets, carving stations, pasta, dessert station. $19.95 per person. Mother's Day dinner: 1 to 8 p.m. Chef's Grand Dinner buffet: carving station with turkey and ham, steaks grilled to order, shrimp, crab legs, salmon, international selections, dessert display. $27 per person.
Latz's by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-788-8838. Drew's Creperie served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring homemade crepes, quiche and omelets. French press coffees and herbal teas. Dinner served 3 to 7 p.m. Special selections: grilled filet mignon ($30), half-roasted duck with Jasmine rice ($26), flounder stuffed with crabmeat ($28), seafood Pescatore ($30), maple-bourbon-glazed grilled pork chops ($26). All dinners accompanied by Latz's House salad. Latz's Tea at the Top will be served noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. First course: homemade scones with clotted cream and lemon curd. Second course: strawberry salad. Savory course: tomato basil quiche, chicken salad in puff pastry, shrimp and crab salad on a crostini, cucumber and watercress on minted cream cheese, turkey, asparagus on multi-grain bread. Desserts: tea-scented chocolate truffles, petite creme brulee, miniature fruit tart, petite Latz's lemon pie. Selection of 35 teas. Mother's Day option $27 excluding tax and gratuity. All guests will receive an edible Mother's Day gift.
Renault Winery Resort & Golf, 72 North Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, 609-965-2111. Joseph's Restaurant serving 1 to 5 p.m. Seafood, hand-trimmed steaks, veal, lamb, Italian pasta. Full selection of wine, beers and spirits. A la carte menu plus specials. Mothers receive a complimentary sweet treat. Renault Gourmet restaurant serving 1 to 5 p.m. Choice of appetizer, chef-selected pasta and entree. Entree choices include roast filet mignon, shrimp and crabmeat over pasta, rack of lamb lollipop, fresh seasonal fish. Full bar. Live music. Mothers receive a complimentary sweet treat. Three-course dinner for $32. Renault Grand Ballroom buffet serving 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Omelet and chef-attended carving station. New kid's corner with more children-friendly breakfast and lunch items. $31.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 4 to 10 years old.
Shore Diner, 6710 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-641-3669. Mother's Day specials served from noon to closing. Entrees: Filet mignon and crab cake or Gulf shrimp stuffed with crabmeat. Soup or salad, bread basket, sauteed string beans, baked sweet potato, beverage. Mimosa cocktail. Chocolate mousse cake. $19.95 per person.
Crabby's Suds & Seafood, 1413 Boulevard (Belcoville) State Highway 50, Mays Landing, 609-625-2722. Noon to closing. Stuffed flounder Imperial, roast prime rib dinner (slow-roasted with carrots and potatoes) served with a choice of two: house salad, baked potato, french fries, steamed fresh broccoli or homemade coleslaw. Choice of bread pudding or ice cream. $30 full-course dinners.
The Reserve Seafood & Steak, Bally's, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 877-346-4642. Brunch served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smoked fish platters with accoutrements, local bagels, grilled vegetable platters, Italian meats and cheeses, grilled and marinated chicken, house-made sushi display, oysters and clams on the half shell, shrimp cocktail tower, chilled crab claws, blintzes, French toast. Blue cheese crusted petite filet, Pan Asian-roasted chicken, prime shellfish cioppino, crabcakes Benedict. Omelets to order, pasta station with artisan pasta. Carving station: rosemary pesto-rubbed rack of lamb, burnt ginger-glazed ham. Chef Deborah Pellegrino's dessert presentation. $45 per person.
Azure by Allegretti, Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-225-9870. Serving 5 to 10 p.m. First course choice of Azure lobster salad, bacon and eggs, jumbo lump crab cake, arugula and radicchio salad. Second course choice: petite filet mignon, seared scallops, spaghetti Jardiniere, frittata. Dessert choice: coffee and donut, guanaja chocolate mousse, vanilla creme brulee. $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Union Park Dining Room, 727 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-8811. Mother's day menu 2 to 7:30 p.m. Three-course menu includes choice of soup du jour, Caesar or field greens salad. Choice of chicken breast with Swiss chard, sundried tomato and goat cheese, St. Laurent salmon or short ribs. Dessert: fruit tart or ice cream. $24 per person. Regular a la carte menu offerings include lobster gnocchi ($20), tartare trio ($20) and foie gras ($20) appetizers. Entree choices include duck duet ($30), South African lobster ($29) and filet mignon ($33).
Pacific Grill, 4801 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, 609-523-2333. Dinners served 2 to 7:30 p.m. Three-course prix-fixe menu. First course: gazpacho, mixed greens or Caesar salad. Second course: shrimp scampi, Kobe burger, braised short rib, chicken carbonara. Third course: chocolate pots de creme, ice cream. $24 per person. A la carte menu includes starters: tempura shrimp ($12), shrimp gyoza ($12) and lobster summer roll. Entrees: Pescado del Dia ($30), Australian lamb racks ($36) and Hanger steak ($26).
The Knife & Fork, 3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-344-1133. Mother's Day dinner 2 to 8 p.m. Regular a la carte menu plus special holiday additions including soft shell crabs.
Rio Station, 3505 Route 9, Rio Grande, 609-889-2000. Featuring Mother's Day specials plus the regular menu. Serving dinner noon to 8 p.m. Serving late-night menu in bar 8 to 11 p.m.
Wharf Restaurant, 708 W. Burk Ave., 609-522-6336. Outdoor and indoor dining. Serving lunch, dinner and late-night. Serving from 11 a.m. Mother's Day special menu and cocktails.
Mickey & Minnie's Inn, 733 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne, 609-965-1877. Serving from 1 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended. Appetizers: crab-stuffed portobello, clams casino. Entrees: veal Oscar, crab imperial, queen cut prime rib, broiled seafood medley, pasta primavera. Desserts: banana cream pie, Irish cream cheesecake, key lime pie, coconut custard pie, chocolate decadence torte, mint chocolate chip ice cream pie.