Mom Deserves a Splurge This Sunday

Here are a few ideas.

How many meals has your mom cooked for you over the years? The calculation might startle you. Let's be very conservative and estimate only one home-cooked meal a day (say dinner), every day to age 18: one meal a day X 365 days X 18 years = 6,570 meals. [Not counting leap-year days.—Ed.] Really. Add pancake breakfasts and after-school snacks, and, well, you get the idea. Serious guilt may begin to set in. Some rich food (your treat) may help in this situation, and really, whom better to spoil? A smattering of ultra-fancy, or simply super nice, places around town are spiffing up their menus to impress Mom. Below are a few to choose from. (If you yourself are a mother, these menu details might tempt you to splurge on yourself.) Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Mother's Day Is Sunday, May 13 The Barking Frog features a lavish menu with lobster bisque, mini Kobe beef burgers (maybe not only for the kids), and a croque madame (Gruy ère, Black Forest ham, fried eggs, and brioche). Prices vary. 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-2999, WOODINVILLE As Campagne's press release says, "Mother's Day is a French tradition...inaugurated by Napoleon and made official in 1950." (Who knew?) Their brunch menu includes French French toast, wild morel mushroom scrambled eggs, and Dungeness crab and leek quiche. Prices vary. Brunch: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; dinner 5:30–10 p.m. 728-2800.86 Pine St., PIKE PLACE MARKET Stuff yourself silly at the Brunch Rotunda at icon Grill. A few of the many tempting options include Joe's Scramble, with house sausage, mushrooms, spinach, and "molten cheese sauce"; grilled wild King salmon; and rhubarb-almond griddle-bread pudding. $26.95 for limitless visits to the buffet and choice of entrée; $17.95 buffet or entrée only. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 1933 Fifth Ave., 441-6330, DOWNTOWN If your mom's here from out of town and you want to fold brunch plans into a waterfront visit, Ivar's Acres of Clams Buffet brunch might be the place to go. Brunch items include freshly shucked oysters, a carving station with alder-roasted prime rib, and made-to-order crepes and omelets. $26.95 includes tulips for Mom; $14.95 for kids ages 6–12; children 5 and under are free. 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Pier 54, 624-6852, WATERFRONT Masala of India Cuisine offers a Mom's Day buffet including butter chicken, pakoras, and lamb curry. $14.95. Masala of India Cuisine, 539 N.E. Northgate Way, 417-1118, NORTHGATE Sazerac hosts a Mother's Day brunch offering roasted asparagus, andouille sausage, and pit-smoked hams. $35; $12 for children under 12. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 1101 Fourth Ave., 624-7755, DOWNTOWN Steelhead Diner stays open late for Mother's Day, offering both brunch and dinner options. The menu features "Squimbled eggs" (poached eggs with Dungeness crab hollandaise) and eggs Ellensburg (eggs over easy with chicken-fried steak and sausage gravy), as well as their fantastically juicy, messy burger, which might be nice accompanied by a platter of sweet, rich collard greens. Prices vary. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. 95 PineSt., 625-0129, PIKE PLACE MARKET The All You Can Eat Platinum Brunch Buffet includes a wide variety of foodstuffs, from a carving station with roast beef to sushi to a "live" omelet station with eggs Benedict. $29.95 adults, $13.95 for kids 6–12, children 5 and under are free. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Yama at the Galleria, Bellevue Galleria, 550 106th Ave. N.E., 425-453-4007, BELLEVUE Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail

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