Mother's Day Countdown: 16 Days


Some of the region’s finest restaurants really put on the dog for Mom’s big day. Call now for reservations. (Don’t make me nag you like your mother.)

Ella Dining Room & Bar
1131 K St., Sacramento; (916) 443-3772;
Dinner; three-course menu; choices include grilled prawns with artichoke ravioli and truffle broth or French onion soup for appetizer; Alaskan halibut with butter-poached Maine lobster or slow-roasted beef tenderloin for entrée; strawberry-rhubarb pie or cheesecake with cherries jubilee for dessert; special child’s menu
Cost: $60 adult, $20 child
Hours: 4–8 p.m.

Slocum House
7992 California Ave., Fair Oaks; (916) 961-7211;
Brunch; includes fresh pastries and strawberry-mango fruit soup to start; then you choose an entrée from a list of seven (eggs Benedict, grilled filet mignon, Thai poached salmon, etc.); a harpist will perform on the patio
Cost: $29.95 adult, $13.95 child
Hours: 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

The Firehouse Restaurant
1112 Second St., Sacramento; (916) 442-4772;
Brunch; includes a starter buffet of pastries, fruit, brie en croûte, smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail; then you choose an entrée from a list of six (crab cake eggs Benedict, New York strip steak, vegetable frittata, etc.)
Cost: $44.95 adult, $14.95 child (12 and younger), free 3 and younger
Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hawks Restaurant
5530 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay; (916) 791-6200;
Brunch; includes brioche sticky buns, purée of green garlic soup and your choice of entrée (grilled filet mignon, eggs Benedict or grilled shrimp salad) and chilled strawberry soup with mint gelato and shortbread cookies 
Dinner; includes purée of green garlic soup, your choice of entrée (pan-roasted Alaskan halibut, herb-roasted chicken with housemade gnocchi or grilled filet mignon) and chilled strawberry soup with mint gelato and shortbread cookies
Cost: $45 brunch, $55 dinner
Hours: Brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m.