A few good restaurants for Mother’s Day brunch Sunday, May 11
CityGate Grille in the Calamos Investments building in CityGate Centre is offering a buffet featuring traditional breakfast items, a prime rib carving station, chilled seafood station, kid’s station, and a decadent selection of desserts including the famous chocolate fountain. Adults are $34 and kids are $15. Brunch is being served 10AM to 3PM. For Reservations call (630) 718-1010. INFO: www.citygategrille.com.
Meson Sabika at the Mansion is featuring a tapas inspired buffet with paella, omelets, carved prime rib and an outdoor grilling station (weather permitting), children’s station, dessert and one complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa per guest. Adults are $39.95, kids 7-12 are $14.95, and kids under 6 are complimentary. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (630) 983-3000 x 2. Brunch service begins at 10AM. INFO: www.mesonsabika.com.
Catch 35 in downtown Naperville is offering brunch from 10am to 2pm. Adults are $34.95, Kids 6-12 are $13.95, and kids under 6 are complimentary. Call (630) 717-3500 for reservations. The regular dinner menu is being offered starting at 4:30PM. INFO: www.catch35.com.
SugarToad at Hotel Arista in CityGate Centre offers the “So Not Suburban Brunch.” Some a la carte innovative menu items include peanut butter chocolate pancakes, smoked salmon Benedict, and chicken and waffles. Creative cocktails also are available including a bacon inspired Bloody Mary. Kids options too. Brunch will be offered 7AM-2PM. For reservations, call (630) 778-8623. INFO: www.sugartoad.com.
Heaven on Seven in downtown Naperville will feature its Sunday Brunch menu on Mother’s Day from 10AM to 3PM. Live piano is played from 11AM to 3PM. The regular dinner menu follows brunch. Heaven on Seven is located at 224 S. Main St. Call (630) 717-0777 for reservations. INFO: www.heavenonseven.com.
Casey’s Foods in Naperville Plaza, Washington at Gartner, also can help with Mother’s Day brunch or dinner for a big bunch if you’re planning a gathering at home. Order from the gourmet deli or find special recipes in the butcher department. INFO: www.caseysfoods.com.
Don’t Delay Make Reservations Today
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. It is best to make reservations with an accurate number of diners and specify the number of kids in the reservation. This will minimize delays upon arrival, help the restaurant set up the table appropriately, and make for a quality dining experience.
Plan ahead! Don’t wait until the day before to make a reservation. Restaurants honor reservations on a first come first serve basis.
Most restaurants are very accommodating of dietary restrictions, so give them a heads up when making a reservation if any of your guests have them. This gives the restaurant plenty of time to make modifications to menu items and make your experience more enjoyable.
Don’t be alarmed if a restaurant asks for a credit card to guarantee the reservation. A few dubious diners throughout the ages have made multiple reservations at multiple restaurants for multiple times. And, then decide which reservation to show up for without canceling the others.
Most restaurants aspire to operate on the honor system. If you do have to cancel your reservation, simply give the restaurant a call and cancel. It goes along way in the karma-spelled world of hospitality. It will give a restaurant the opportunity to rebook the table so another Mother may enjoy Mother’s Day.
If your party will be splitting the check, it is appropriate to tell your server at the beginning of the meal. It will make processing your payment much faster at the end of the meal. Servers greatly appreciate this!
Most restaurants will put a service charge on large parties ranging from 18-22%. It is not necessary to tip additionally if a restaurant applies a service charge to your check, though appreciated. Standard gratuity these days is between 15-20%. If your dining experience is really good, it is customary to leave even a little more.