When: Sun., May 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2015
Mother’s Day Brunch at Lungomare There’s no getting around the fact that any restaurant that serves a special Mother’s Day brunch is going to charge a premium for helping you make that special lady in your life feel special. So if you’re going to drop $50 on brunch anyway, why not get your money’s worth and go all-out with a brunch buffet? This year, the waterfront Italian restaurant Lungomare (1 Broadway, Oakland) is offering a particularly sumptuous spread: house-baked pastries, smoked salmon with bagel chips, blueberry pancakes, made-to-order omelettes, smoked ham, octopus salad, shrimp cocktail, and plenty more. If mom is an elite seafood eater, she might be able to eat $50 worth of shrimp cocktail alone. Besides, as anyone who has experienced the awkwardness of a strained family gathering can attest, buffet-style service is the best option for easing domestic tension: Anytime you don’t know what to say, just get up and help yourself to another serving.
Price: $50 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under.