Mother's Day is on Sunday, which, depending on your relationship with dear Mom, is the best day of the year or just another day to hear, yet again, about all the pain you caused during childbirth and the ensuing 18-plus years thereafter. In either case, there are many, many restaurants and eateries celebrating this Hallmark holiday with special brunch or dinner menus, and Los Angeles Magazine has a good roundup of them here. To help you decide where to take even the most persnickety of mothers for a nice brunch, we put together a little flowchart with a few of our ideas. And the chart may be handy beyond this upcoming Sunday: As your mom will no doubt remind you, every day is Mother's Day.
After the jump, a summary of available Mother's Day specials offered by the restaurants in the flowchart.
Saddle Peak Lodge: Even the pickiest of mothers can't deny that Malibu Canyon is a beautiful setting for a nice meal. On Sunday, the restaurant will offer a three-course menu for Mother's Day, which includes a BBQ pork sandwich, buttermilk waffles and strawberry beignets with Nutella for dessert. $55 per person, $30 for children 12 and under. 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, (818) 222-3888.
The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills: If you really want to try to impress your mother, the Belvedere will have "free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne" to accompany its luxurious three-course menu, which includes Grilled Hearts of Palm and Citrus Tapioca Pearls and Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin with Spinach, King Cherries, Black Pepper Pommes Boulangère and Bordelaise Sauce. For dessert, a pastry buffet. $115 per person, $39 for children under 12. 9882 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 975-2736.
The Langham: The Langham hosts a Pink Chocolate Afternoon Tea in its Lobby Lounge, which includes tea sandwiches, scones with proper Devonshire cream and a pink chocolate fountain "with surrounding chocolate sculptural art." $59 per person, $29.50 for children 4-12. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, (626) 568-3900.
City Tavern: A very welcome alternative to all those free-flowing mimosas around town, Eagle Rock Brewery's Ting Su will pair four taster beers with the three courses on City Tavern's "Not Your Mother's Mother's Day" menu. $36 per person. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-9739.
Scarpetta: Scarpetta, home of the $24 plate of spaghetti, promises an "interactive brunch experience" that may or may not be enhanced with bottomless mimosas. $88 per person, $35 for children; add $17 for the bottomless mimosa. 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7970.
Perch: High up on the rooftop of a building, you and your mother can take in the fantastic view of downtown while trying out the restaurant's new brunch menu. There will be live jazz to keep everything lively and bright. 448 S. Hill St., downtown, (213) 802-1770.
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Fig & Olive: Executive Chef Pascal Lorange honors his own mother with a Mother's Day prix-fixe menu inspired by her favorite dishes: zucchini terrine, steak tartar and Francine Salmon and Scallops, among others. $48 per person. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, (310) 360-9100.
Street: Susan Feniger's Street will have a special brunch menu that includes crispy soft shell crab and Danish chestnut popovers, as well as a special "MOMosa" to wash it all down. Order a la carte, or go for the whole menu at $35 per person. 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 203-0500.
FarmShop: For the mom who has everything but breakfast in bed, FarmShop's $220 Breakfast in Bed Kit should do the trick: It includes everything you'll need to make a fancy breakfast at home, from raw materials (Mike & Sons farm-fresh eggs, FarmShop's granola, Black Pig Meat Company Applewood Smoked Bacon) to semi-raw materials (pancake mix) to prepared foods (four scones, four biscuits). You'll also find SQIRL preserves, BLiS maple syrup and Schramsberg sparkling wine. $220. Place order 24 hours in advance. 225 26th Street, Suite 25, Santa Monica, (310) 566-2400.
The Larder at Tavern: The Larder at Tavern's take-away brunch menu serves four and includes quiche with spinach and cheddar; country pork sausage; and a pastry platter complete with Oregon creamery butter. $115. Place orders by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 10. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464.