We doubt you're one to delay planning your mom's (or mother-in-law's, for some of us) special day. So if you know somebody who hasn't, this is for them. And since ladies deserve only the best, we went the fancy schmancy route. Now go make that call; we can't do all the work. Well, maybe for a fee . . .
The Golden Truffle – Costa Mesa (pictured)
Chef Alan Greeley is the man, and we don't care if we sound like a broken record. His meals are executed with thought and precision off Newport Boulevard. There is a cozy, rustic charm to The Golden Truffle, making it ideal for families with good taste. His three brunch courses include sweet snap pea soup with pancetta creme fraiche, sauteed Tasmanian salmon with Camambert herb salad and lemon virgin olive oil, and a double dark chocolate pot de creme with crushed strawberries. They say reservations are a must for the $46 meal. (949) 645-9970.
Tamarind of London – Newport Beach
Elevated Indian cuisine may not have crossed your mind for Mother's Day. Office workers are accustomed to lunch buffets, but Crystal Cove Promenade's posh establishment is ready to educate you beyond tikka masala. If the guest of honor prefers seafood or vegetarian options, look no further. You'll still find meaty dishes like lamb seekh kabob, but charbroiled swordfish and coconut prawn curry sound better. All $45 meals are served with smoked eggplant, black lentils and tandoori bread or rice. And don't forget the full bar. (949) 715-8338.
Motif – Dana Point
If you haven't checked out the Sunday buffet over at The St. Regis Monarch Beach, it's about time you did. At $115, it's a pretty penny that's worth the drive. From a 45-topping pancake station and dim sum bar, to Mediterranean selections and a wicked dessert spread. They pull all the stops for big spenders– a rose for mom, complimentary family photos, plus children's craft activities will round out your meal. Did we mention the $40 gift card good towards their spa or golf course? Included. (949) 234-3320
Bistro Bleu – Anaheim
Okay, we're including one a la carte place for your moderately-priced budget. Anaheim locals know where to find classic French fare at David Kesler's spot. Hot Belgium chocolate souffles and cheesy French onion soup bookend a quaint brunch. The priciest point is a hand carved, New York sirloin roast served with Cabernet sauce, sauteed vegetables and baked potato for $18. (714) 826-3590
Fig & Olive – Newport Beach
You can rush to pick up her present beforehand when booking at Fashion Island's trendy eatery. Providing both brunch ($40) and dinner ($52) three-course, prix fixe menus, the time to dine is flexible. We're eying the octopus a la Gallega, thinly sliced and braised with black olive, basil and Pimonton lemon dressing. If you're really running late, their retail side includes novelties like eclectic CD compilations and Mandarin-scented soy candles.