Over 100 years ago (in 1914, to be exact), President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day an official holiday. As one might guess, it didn't take long for restaurants, florists, and confectioners to get in on it. In fact, the woman who campaigned for the holiday, Anna Jarvis, was so disgusted by the commercialization of the holiday that she spent the rest of her life fighting to remove it from the calendar. Of course, Mother's Day is here to stay, so if you're going to spend your money, you may as well do it locally, and there are plenty of good restaurants, florists, and confectioners in Oz to choose from!
Twisted Willow is serving up a special brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring a build your own Bloody Marys and Mimosas, special dishes, and a dessert menu that any Mom would love. Eating gluten-free? There are good options on all of the menus! Reservations are suggested -- call (262) 268-7600.
Port Hotel serves brunch from 9:30-3:30 ($26.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids), featuring prime rib, and roasted turkey. Reservations are recommended at (262) 284-9473.
Newport Shores serves brunch from 9:30-2:30, with a special Mother's Day dinner Menu from 4-9 p.m. featuring lobster tail and prime rib. Brunch is $15.95 for adults, $7.95 for children under 12 and $4.95 for children under 6 (children under 2 are free).
Tello's has lunch and dinner specials, and all moms will receive a rose, with no reservations required.
Beanies will have a special Mexican Brunch menu from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., with free mimosas for mom. Call for reservations at (262) 284-7200.
If you're looking for chocolates in Port, Chocolate Chisel has fresh, chocolate covered strawberries available for the occasion, as well as a wide variety of milk and dark chocolates to choose from. You could also try CoCa LeNa for treats, cards and gifts. Jewelry can be found at Sharbuno Jewelers. Also, moms (and grandmothers) are free at the Port Exploreum!
Firehouse Restaurant has a Breakfast Buffet, featuring a made-to-order omelette bar and more, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $16.95/person (Children 10 and under are half price, and children 2 and under are free). Call for reservations at (262) 284-8886.
For flowers, try Lighthouse Florist.
A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Atlas BBQ will have their very first Mother's Day Brunch, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., featuring carved beef brisket, smoked ham and salmon, and more. The cost is $25.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are recommended; call (262) 618-2181.
Flannery's at Fire Ridge in Grafton has Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a free mimosa with the purchase of an adult buffet. Adults are $17.99, and kids 8 and under are $8.99, while children under 4 are free. Reservations are required; call (262) 375-2977.
The Bloomin Olive is where to go for flowers in the Grafton area, and Sweet Trio has all the sweet treats mom might want.
Joey Gerard’s has a Brunch Buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for $36.95 adults, and $17.95 for kids 3-12 years old, as well as a Dinner Buffet from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., which is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 3-12 years old. Call (262) 518-5500 to make reservations.
Cafe 1505 is serving brunch beginning at 9 am, with a final seating at 1:30. Highlights Include breakfast tostadas, baileys mascarpone stuffed French toast, and chipotle lime wild Alaskan salmon lettuce cups, as well as homemade chocolate truffles. Reservations are required -- call (262)241-7076).
Nine's American Bistro will have a Mother's Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m. featuring free mimosas for mom, as well as a chef-attended carving and omelette station, and a separate buffet for kids. The cost is $32.50, $13.50 for kids 12 and under, and free for children under 5. Call for reservations at (262) 518-0129.
A Floral Affair is the place to go for blooms and Get Happy is the place to get chocolate or candy.
Galioto's Twelve 21 will be serving brunch; the cost is $24.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids. For reservations, call (262) 377-8085.
There's always a special caramel apple from Amy's Candy Kitchen or classic candies from Ashley's Confectionery to make mom's day, and flowers from Rachel's Roses.
No No's has brunch from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. For reservations, call (262)675-6960.
The The Islands at Waubeka Fire Hall offers a Mother's Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring beef tips, ham, marinated pork chops, peel and eat shrimp, and more. Adults are $14.95, children 10 and under are $7.95, and children 3 and under are free. Call for reservations at (262) 692-5642.
If Mom is an outdoorsy type, she may prefer a hike at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Sauk Creek Nature Preserve in Port, Harrington Beach in Belgium, or a special hike for Moms, such as the Wildflower Hike at Riveredge.
Happy Mother's Day to all from Ozaukee Living Local!