Gift Her A Unique MOMent for Mother’s Day: Orange County Brunch And Diner Specials

Plan to wine & dine Mom on her big day? Check out what O.C. restaurants have planned Sunday, May 8 for on-site dining & to-go deals.

ACAPULCO RESTAURANT & CANTINA: Treat madre to an all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day brunch 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8, featuring ham & tri-tip carving station, build-your-own tacos, made-to-order omelets. Also offered $5 cadillac margs, Bloody Marys, micheladas & unlimited champagne. $34 adults/ $12 kids. Location in Costa Mesa. Website & reservations here.

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BALBOA BAY RESORT: Mother’s Day brunch (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) planned May 8 in Grand Ballroom & Terrace. Among highlights are eggs Florentine, crepe Suzette station, seafood display, sushi bar & live music. Tickets start at $110 for adults & $55 for children 12 & under. Valet parking included. 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Bookings via Eventbrite.
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BAR LOUIE: Mother’s Day Sunday brunch to feature $2 mimosas until 3 p.m. at participating locales. Website here.Also for a limited time, purchase e-gift card online, and get back $5, $10 or $15 in bonus. Location at District in Tustin.
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BILLY’S AT THE BEACH: Wine & dine Mom aloha-style with such island-inspired, brunch specials as Hawaiian French toast, crab Benedict, seafood tower and honey-glazed ham — all while enjoying waterfront views. Reservations & info. At 2751 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach.
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BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE: A Mom’s Day gift: All moms who dine in May 7-8 will receive a free, stemless wine glass with 2022 “Happy Mother’s Day” logo. Plus, purchase $50 eGift card through May 8 & receive $10 bonus card that can be redeemed from May 9 to June 19. For those celebrating at home, BJ’s also offers takeout family meals & range of catering options that serve up to 12. See website. Find locations in Orange County.

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BLUSKY RESTAURANT & BAR: Chef Edgar Beas is prepping three-course, prix-fixe menu, inspired from Basque Country of Spain, for Feliz Día de las Madres. The dinner ($125 per person) will be May 8 4 p.m.-8 p.m. First course options: Pulpo A La Plancha (charred octopus); Esparragos Blancos De Navarra (white asparagus, perigord truffle); or Tartar De Fletan (halibut tartare, oyster cream, sea bean, caviar). Entrees choices: squid ink rice, cuttlefish, scallop, prawn, espellette ($55); monkfish, clams, guindilla pepper; grilled spiny lobster, confit potato; or rack of lamb. Dessert: burnt Basque cheesecake; or Catalan custard. Info & menu details here. At Radisson Blu Anaheim, 1601 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. Reservations via OpenTable.
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BRISTOL FARMS: Orders due May 5 for the grocer’s takeout Mother’s Day brunch, with in-store pick-up May 8. The meal pack is $70, serves eight, and includes two quiches (Lorraine or Florentine), fruit salad & two blueberry loaves. Order online here. Also available are long-stem roses, artisanal chocolates, specialty candies, freshly baked macarons, red velvet bundt cake & The Cookie Take & Bake dough. Find locations in Irvine, Newport Beach & Yorba Linda.

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BRU GRILL & MARKET: Weekend brunch will be served Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., follows by dinner 3 p.m. – close. Brunch dishes include house-made cinnamon rolls, deep-fried Brüssels sprouts, hot wings, avocado toast, buttermilk pancakes, waffles (including a red velvet version!), chicken chilaquiles, “The Hangover Burrito,” “Cali Omelet,” eggs Benedict, biscuits & gravy & more. Info here. At 23730 El Toro Road, Lake Forest.
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BUCA DI BEPPO: Takeout packages offered Mother’s Day weekend for pick-up or delivery May 6-8. Serving five, to-go special ($65) includes bread and choice of salad & pasta, plus dessert. Another version ($75) includes same, but with added entree. See here for details & order deadlines and links. Locations: Brea; Garden Grove; Huntington Beach.
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BUTCHER’S HOUSE: Chef-owner Jeoffrey Offer’s Mother’s Day menu features classic dishes from his hometown in Toulouse in the south of France. Look forward to such specialty brunch items as dry-aged prime tomahawk,rack of lamb and roasted salmon. With indoor & outdoor seating. Reservations online here. Located at SoCo Collection, 3221 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.

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CAFE SEVILLA: The Spanish-influenced eatery to host Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., accompanied by live Spanish guitar. Menu to include Spanish eggs Benedict (poached eggs, Spanish jamón Serrano crisp & saffron hollandaise on Kalamata olive loaf); short rib hash topped with two fried eggs; & breakfast-meat paella, with pork tenderloin, sausage, chicken, flat iron steak, saffron bomba rice & two fried eggs. All moms receive complimentary glass of champagne, too. Follow link here for reservations & details. Location in Costa Mesa.

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CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN: CPKs are offering a way to show your love for Mom: heart-shaped, crispy thin crust pizzas. The special is for dine-in only May 8. DetailsLocations listed here.
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CASTAWAY: On Mother’s Day from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., diners can enjoy a seafood-driven, four-course brunch ($92 per adult/$35 for children) or a la carte dinner from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Among dishes are marinated tomato ricotta tartine, little gem salad, whole snapper & strawberry short cake. Bottomless mimosas can be added. Info & bookings here. At 1250 E. Harvard Road,Burbank.

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CHART HOUSE: A three-course, prix-fixe dinner planned May 8 ($69 per person) with choice of soup or salad, dessert and entree options of prime rib, Macadamia-crusted mahi with peanut sauce, Moroccan mahi, fresh fish, surf & turf, Chilean sea bass, coconut shrimp, scallop & shrimp linguine or salmon. Reservations & menu details here. Location: 34442 Green Lantern, Dana Point.

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CORNER BAKERY: On Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8, the matriarchs of your family will recieve complimentary bakery item with purchase of lunch or dinner entrée. Or surprise Mom with with breakfast in bed & order from an array of to-go breakfast items, including limited time offer of Blueberry Topped Pancakes. Website here. See locales in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest & Santa Ana.

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DESCANSO RESTAURANT: Enjoy Mother’s Day with brunch inside or on outdoor patio with live music, or in Plancha Room for interactive dining experience, with such Mexican brunch classics as huevos rancheros, made-to-order on traditional Plancha in front of guests. 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. Book online here or by calling (714) 486-3798.
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DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT: Mother’s Day falls on a Sunday, and … kids, 12 and under, eat free on Sundays with minimum $10 purchase at participating locations. One kids’ meal per check. The offer is for dine-in, delivery and carryout orders. Use code KEFOLO at online checkout. Not valid with other coupons, offers, discounts or promos. See website here. Location finder here.
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DISNEYLAND RESORT PARKS: Celebrate Mom at the happiest place on Earth with Mother’s Day brunch & dinner at Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, brunch with Minnie Mouse & friends at Disneyland’s Plaza Inn or brunch & dinner, with character visits, at Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel. Reservations underway. Or stop by GCH Holiday Cart at Grand Californian for such Mother’s Day-themed treats as chocolate-covered strawberries, macarons & cookie shots with milk or liqueur. Info here. At 1460 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim.
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EDDIE V’S: A special Mother’s Day prix-fixe, three-course brunch menu planned May 8 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with entree options of lobster quiche Florentine, roasted avocado with jumbo lump crab or steak and eggs. (Adults $55/children $16.) Mimosas, Bloody Marys & bellinis also available, along with a la carte menu. Location in Newport Beach. Reservations here.
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EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE: Treat Mom to brunch at eater that earned Michelin Guide acclaim as a “culinary microcosm of the distinctive regions of Mexico.” On Mother’s Day, a la carte brunch classics to feature Mexican ingredients, flavors & line-up of specialty cocktails with Mexican spirits, plus $18 bottomless mimosas. Brunch begins at 10 a.m. with live entertainment 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Reservations online here. Located at 301 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana.
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EL POLLO LOCO: Here’s a Mom’s Day deal: Purchase $50 e-gift card & a free eight-piece Family Meal, with chicken, two large sides, tortillas & salsa. Offer runs May 5-9, and can be redeemed via restaurant website or app.Location finder here.

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EL TORITO: Enjoy all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day brunch 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8, with ham & tri-tip carving station, build-your-own tacos, made-to-order omelets, $5 cadillac margs, Bloody Marys, micheladas, unlimited champagne & more. (NOTE ONE EXCEPTION: Marina del Rey restaurant offering four-course, prix-fixe brunch menu for $34.) Website here. Locations in Anaheim, Corona, Cypress, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Orange, Tustin, Westminster & Yorba Linda.

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EUREKA!: Treat Mom to “Mommy’s On a Break” cocktail paired with $35 prix-fixe menu. Starter choices: crispy, glazed Brussels sprouts; spinach & artichoke dip; or mac n’ cheese balls. Entree selections: Fresno fig burger; spicy chicken sandwich; cowboy burger; veggie beet burger; or cobb salad. “Mommy’s On a Break” blends tequila, blood orange, yuzu, Grand Poppy Amaro, rosemary & lemon. Mother’s Day special runs May 4-10. Website. Locations include Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach & Irvine. 

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FARMHOUSE AT ROGER’S GARDENS: A seasonal frittata or French toast for brunch, along with all-day menu, can be ordered for Mother’s Day dine-in or takeout. Signature cocktails & bottle of bubbles also offered. Info & booking details here. At 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona Del Mar.
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FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE: Mother’s Day special offered May 7-8, with three-course menu featuring salad, dessert and filet mignon paired with choice of crab-stuffed shrimp or lobster tail scampi. Dinner menu and children’s three-course available all day. Also offered for pick-up or delivery. Restaurants in Anaheim & Newport Beach.
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GELSON’S MARKETS: The supermarket is a one-stop Mother’s Day shop, offering flower bouquets, chocolate-covered strawberries & takeout meals for reheating at home. Options include brunch menus with salmon, quiche Lorraine, vegetable quiche & crab cakes, plus sides of fruit, bread & pastries. Pre-orders due May 6 for pick-up May 7-8. Locationsthroughout Orange County. Ordering links here.
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GRACIAS MADRE: Chef Justin curates Mother’s Day (and Mexican Mother’s Day) vegan menu with such highlights as “Coco Pollo” Mexican jerk-marinated, coconut-crusted cutlet & cilantro lime rice ($22.50), coconut tres leches ($11.50), stuffed mushrooms ($14.50) & more. Craft cocktails, including “Para Mi Madre” with tequila, Pomp & Whimsy, blueberry hibiscus tea, soda water & fresh blueberry, also offered. Plus moms are welcome to take home the flower arrangement on the dining table. Specials offered Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 & Mexican Mother’s Day, May 10. Reservations via OpenTableor at 949-386-8100. At 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

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HARPOON HENRY’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: For seafood-loving mamas, dine with waterfront views indoors or on the patio. Lunch & dinner service includes such specialties as clam chowder, calamari steak, salmon, shrimp Louie, cioppino, mahi-mahi and lobster, plus burgers & salads. Reservations here. At 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point.
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INKA MAMA’S PERUVIAN CUISINE: Treat Mom to such exotic specialties as empanadas, ceviche, chicken tamale, Macho Fish (pan-fried halibut topped with sautéed shrimp & calamari in spicy, garlic, yellow chili sauce), Tallarin de Mariscos (pasta sautéed with Peruvian mahi mahi, calamari, shrimp, green beans, broccoli & more) and Chaufa de Carne(Peruvian fried rice with beef, scrambled eggs, green onions, ginger, black bean sauce and soy sauce). See menu & booking info here. Location: 26676 Portola Pkwy., Foothill Ranch.
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JOE’S CRAB SHACK: A four-course, Mother’s Day menu offered May 8, with prices based off entree selections. Options: Land and Sea ($45); Shrimp & Seafood Ensemble ($52); Joe’s Classic Steampot ($64); Dungeness Crab Bucket ($69); plus add-on lobster tail for $17. Meals also include starter, salad & dessert. See here for details. Restaurant in Garden Grove.
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KRISPY KREME: Just in time for your Mother’s Day brunch, the chain brings back its Sundays-only special: “Cinnamon Sundays.” The Original Glazed Cinnamon Roll is available individually or in four-packs. This is a Sunday-exclusive item, and the big day for Mom is Sunday, May 8! Info here. Location finder here.
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LA VIDA CANTINA: Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch with such authentic Mexican cuisine as La Vida Burrito Chicken or Carne Asada, chile verde pork, fajitas & carnitas, plus bottomless mimosas & Bloody Marys or full cocktail menu. Reservations at 949-612-2349 or via website here. At 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa.

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LAS BRISAS: Treat Mom to three-course, prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch at iconic, cliffside restaurant. $85 per person. Starters include: seasonal fruit; lemon poppyseed cake; salmon, corn mousse or spicy tuna tostadas. Entree selections include: Florentine Benedict; traditional Benedict +$6; smoked salmon Benedict +$8; lobster Benedict +$15; steak & lobster enchiladas; French toast; prime rib; huevos rancheros; & lamb chops +$10. Several dessert options, too. Add-on choices: oysters (half dozen – $27 or dozen – $45), plus bottomless mimosas & Bloody Marys – $15. Reservations here. At 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

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MACARONI GRILL: Mother’s Day weekend specials will include gorgonzola steak and Amalfi grilled salmon. Go herefor info. Restaurants will open at 11 a.m. Location in Tustin.
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MANGIA BENE CUCINA: Dine in or order takeout with such dishes as surf & turf, with steak & prawns, lobster ravioli, calamari salad, lasagna alforno, linguini & clams, pollo marsala & salmon. There’s a kid’s menu, too. Website & ordering links here. At 27281 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel.
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MAYOR’S TABLE AT LIDO HOUSE HOTEL: Executive Chef Riley Huddleston is prepping three-course, Mother’s Day menu ($60 per person), with mini, high-tea “sandos” & quiches for the table, plus such second-course selections as crab Benedict, lamb, egg scramble or “Tower of Ricotta Pancakes.” Dessert selections offer strawberry cake, blueberry cheesecake with honeycomb tuile & Dutch baby. Add-on options: dozen oysters; or crab legs. Reservations online here. Located at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.
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NORMS: The legendary, SoCal restaurant chain since 1949 will celebrate moms with the Bigger Better Breakfast ($10.99), hotcakes stack ($6.99), or chilaquiles verdes ($10.99). Plus, every mom dining May 6-10 will leave with “Every Mom Wins” scratchers — all loaded up with prizes like BOGO offers, $5 off next visit or grand prizes of $500 shopping spree, Apple Watch, spa day or $150 NORMS catering gift cards. Find locations in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach & Orange. Website here.

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NORTH ITALIA: Just in time for Mother’s Day, the eatery launches new spring dishes & cocktails. Among brunch & dinner standouts: hanger steak tagliata with charred broccolini & Tuscan bean ragu; caprese sandwich; sweet corn & fontina with roasted corn & white polenta. See here for info & reservationsLocale in Irvine. 

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ORANGE HILL: The O.C. hilltop hideaway will celebrate moms May 8 from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. with Mother’s Day four-course brunch. $89 for adults/$35 for children. Among offerings: seafood selections, French toast, whole snapper & triple chocolate cake. $30 bottomless mimosas can be added. A la carte dinner served 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., featuring wild mushroom pappardelle pasta & Faroe Island salmon. Info & reservations here. At 6410 East Chapman Ave., Orange.

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OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: A special Mother’s Day menu runs May 4-8 with such dishes as filet with shrimp “grilled on the barbie” or coconut-style; prime rib; option for adding lobster tail to any entrée; Peach Bellini with vodka, peach puree & blood orange juice topped with prosecco, strawberries and mint; and the new “Thunder & Lightning” pecan brownie with ice cream & chocolate sauce. Website. See locations throughout Orange County.
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RED LOBSTER: Celebrate Mother’s Day at home with “Create Your Own Family Feast” takeout ($54.99), that serves four with choice of three seafood dishes, two sides & Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Select from shrimp scampi, grilled shrimp, coconut shrimp, fried whitefish, salmon & more. Or step up to “Ultimate Family Feast” ($124.99), with lobster tails, crab legs, shrimp scampi and “Walt’s Favorite Shrimp.” Order info here. Also offered through June 26 is gift card — for every $50 spent on Red Lobster gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online, receive bonus coupon for $10 off order of $30 or more from June 27 to Aug. 31. Location finder here.

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RITZ-CARLTON LAGUNA NIGUEL: A decadent, Mother’s Day brunch planned Sunday, May 8 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), featuring caviar bar, salads, salmon, Mediterranean chicken, sushi, Belgian waffles & desserts, plus ice cream sundae bar. $225 per adult/$112.50 per child 3-9. Reservations via Tock. Location: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.
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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: A Mother’ Day weekend, prix-fixe menu, starting at $57 per person, offered May 6-8. Starters include salads or lobster bisque. Entree options, plus sides: steak & shrimp; steak & lobster; or twin tails. Chef’s selection desserts. See here for info & reservations. Locationsinclude: Anaheim & Irvine.
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SAJJ MEDITERRANEAN: Kids eat free Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8, with purchase of entree & drink. On the children’s menu: chicken rice bowl, with protein choice & two toppings; cheese quesadilla; and mac & cheese. All kids’ meals include organic juice box & snack. Website here. Location in Irvine.
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SEASONS 52: On-site Mother’s Day brunch (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) to feature such a la carte entrées as crab & cheddar quiche, French toast with bacon, shrimp & grits, plus brunch cocktails. Available for takeout are Mother’s Day Green Boxes To Go, (serve four to six with reheating instructions) with choices of apricot-glazed ham, salmon or beef tenderloin, plus salad, sides & chocolate-dipped strawberry desserts. Make dining reservations, or order to-go options by May 2 for May 7 pick-up. Locale in Costa Mesa.
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SOLSTICE: Celebrate Mother’s Day brunch & dinner, with such specials as quiche Lorraine, lemon ricotta pancakes with mixed berry compote & black truffle chicken pot pie. During lunch & dinner, all moms to receive complimentary house-made soft truffles, plus hand-tied bouquet of flowers can be pre-ordered. Reservations online here. At 18555 Jamboree Road, Irvine.

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SUSHI II: Treat Mom to a Japanese dining experience with Mother’s Day, prix-fixe menu ($150 per person). Master Chef Susumu Ii is meticulously preparing a seasonally inspired experience with appetizer plate, grilled dish, simmered dish & eight pieces of nigiri. Reservations required here. Located at 100 West Coast Highway,Newport Beach.
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SUSIECAKES: Bakeries are prepping variety of Mother’s Day treats, including cupcakes, mini cupcakes topped with buttercream rosettes (24 hours notice needed) and Mother’s Day cakes in vanilla, red velvet or carrot cake. Locations in Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel & Newport Beach. Website & ordering details.
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TANNER’S RESTAURANT AT PASEA HOTEL & SPA: Mother’s Day brunch is planned with indoor & outdoor seating and menu specials including greens, eggs & ham, carrot cake French toast, salmon bagel & more. Check here for info & reservations. At 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.
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TCBY: Moms get a free, 6-ounce cup of frozen yogurt Mother’s Day, May 8, at participating stores. The deal is in-store only. Location finder here.

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THE PIE HOLE: Treat Mom to the pie shop’s signature Pie Holes — bite-sized pies with pie filling inside, baked in butter crust & topped with specialty glaze. Four flavors, Nutella, strawberry, blueberry & apple, can be purchased 24 pack ($79.95) or ordered for shipping via Goldbelly. Website here. Locations in Orange & Anaheim. 

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URBAN GRILL & WINE BAR: Mother’s Day brunch is 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., with dinner service 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Among brunch selections: skillet scramble with potatoes, sausage, egss & tortillas; strawberry & cream crepes; Urban Benedict featuring poached eggs, ham & chipotle Hollandaise. Dinner options include lamb, lettuce wraps with chicken or tofu, calamari, flatbreads, pizzas, salads, rib-eye, pork chops & more. Info & reservations here or via Opentable or call 949-340-2055. Takeout also offered. At 27412 Portola Pkwy., Foothill Ranch.
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URBAN PLATES: The first 50 moms who come in Mother’s Day will get roses, and the first 180 will receive complimentary chocolate pudding. Plus two new seafood dishes on menu: Roasted Barramundi Sea Bass Plate; and Wild Ahi Niçoise Salad. Locations include Aliso Viejo, Brea, Irvine & Tustin.
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YOGURTLAND: The frozen yogurt chain is running Mother’s Day promo. For every $25eGift card purchased May 2-7, receive $5 bonus card via email for future visits May 8-31. Find info here.

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