Mother's Day 2015: Where to treat Mom to brunch and buffets

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

Marshall V. King/Flavor574

Mother’s Day 2015 is fast approaching and area restaurants are already accepting reservations for one of the busiest dining days of the year.

According to a report from the National Restaurant Association, nearly one in four Americans will visit some type of eatery during the May 10 celebration. Brunch buffets, in particular, have cropped up across the Michiana region as an easy alternative to the hassles of home-cooked holiday meals.

So, if you’re taking Mom out on the town this year, check out some of the restaurants offering meals fit for the most important lady in your life. 

Amish Acres
1600 W. Market St., Nappanee
574-773-4188

  • Dinner buffet 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Buffet includes bean soup, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, beef and noodles, hearth baked bread, apple butter, salad bar, breakfast bar and waffle station, pies, apple dumplings and a soft-serve ice cream bar
  • Mothers receive a free $20 Amish Acres gift card and a free ticket to a performance of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” 2 p.m., May 10 at The Round Barn Theatre
  • Adults $18.95, children 4 to 11 $1.25 multiplied by the age of the child

AngLes Bar & Grill
25590 S.R. 2, South Bend
574-232-9000

  • Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Adults $12.99, children 3 to 10 $6.50, children 2 and under free

Angler’s Inn at Lunker’s
26324 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg
269-663-3745

  • Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Brunch includes scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, an omelet and crepe station, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, French toast, waffles, salads, Alaskan snow crab legs, smoked salmon, a ham and prime rib carving station and fruits. 
  • Adults $24.99, children ages 4 to 12 $10.99, children 3 and under free
  • A la carte menu available from 4 to 9 p.m.

Antonio’s Italian Ristorante
1105 Goshen Ave., Elkhart
574-295-8424

  • Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Breakfast buffet, seafood bar, salad bar, pasta, chicken, prime rib, ham and desserts
  • Adults $23.95, children 6 to 12 $11.95, children 5 and under free  

Bistro 933 at the Hilton Garden Inn
53995 Indiana 933, South Bend
574-323-2471

  • Brunch buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Adults $22, children 12 and under $11

Cafe Navarre
101 N. Michigan St., South Bend
574-968-8101

  • Brunch menu 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Regular dinner menu 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Reservations are encouraged

Carmela’s at Macri’s
214 N. Niles Ave., South Bend
574-280-4824

  • Brunch buffet begins 11 a.m.
  • Buffet includes carving stations, waffles, omelets, assorted sides, pastas, chicken Marsala, crepes, biscuits and gravy, salads, fruit and pastries
  • Adults $22.95, children 7 to 12 $11.95, children 6 and under free

Christiana Creek Country Club
116 W. Bristol St., Elkhart
574-264-3060

  • Brunch buffet begins 10 a.m., last seating is at 1 p.m.
  • Buffet includes scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, prime rib, chicken bruschetta, salmon Florentine, breakfast potatoes, various vegetables, bacon, French toast, biscuits and gravy, danishes, assorted desserts and a chocolate fountain
  • Adults $17.95, children 12 and under $8.95
  • Open to non-members

Corndance Tavern
4725 Grape Road, Mishawaka
574-217-7584

  • Brunch buffet served 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Adults $29.99, children 6 to 12 $12.99, children 6 and under free

Crystal Ballroom at The Lerner Theatre
410 S. Main St., Elkhart
574-293-1755

  • Brunch buffet with seating times at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Buffet includes prime rib, ham, quiche, sausage, salmon, biscuits and gravy, cakes, chicken Marsala, rice, vegetables, assorted breads, Caesar salad, fruit salad, pies and cakes  
  • Adults $25, children under 12 $15
  • For reservations, call The Lerner Theatre box office at 574-293-4469

Das Dutchman Essenhaus – Saturday, May 9
240 U.S. 20, Middlebury
800-455-9471

  • Buffet 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Adults $13.50, children 12 and under $1.25 multiplied by the age of the child

Fiddler’s Hearth
127 N. Main St., South Bend
574-232-2853

  • Brunch buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Buffet includes beef bourguignon, crab-stuffed salmon pinwheels, assorted vegetables, eggs, sausage, ham, potatoes, scones, jellies, jams, hot cereals, various pettifors and desserts
  • Adults $18, children 12 and under $12
  • Reservations are encouraged

Lux Cafe
2012 Lincolnway E., Goshen
574-534-8045

  • Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Specials (menu TBD) begin at 10:30 a.m.

McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk
333 NIBCO Pkwy., Elkhart
574-293-2830

  • Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Buffet includes a chef-carved flank steak, glazed spiral ham, lemon pepper cod, scrambled eggs, bacon, potato pancakes, stuffed French toast, biscuits and gravy, teriyaki haricots verts, broccoli salad, sweet potato bisque, pasta bar, salad bar and desserts.
  • Adults $24.75, children ages 12 and under $9.50

Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame
1399 N. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend
574-631-2000

  • Brunch buffet in ballroom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Buffet includes appetizers, carving stations, assorted sides and desserts
  • A choice of mimosa or a glass of sparkling wine is included
  • Adults $39.95, children ages 5 to 12 $10.95, children 4 and under free
  • Valet parking is included, tax and gratuity are not
  • Reservations are required

Nelson’s Banquet Hall
607 Nelsons Parkway., Wakarusa
574-862-2184

  • Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Buffet includes traditional breakfast items, salads, assorted hot sides and desserts
  • Adults $18.95, children 6 to 12 $9.95, children 5 and under free 

The Oliver Inn – Saturday, May 9
630 W. Washington St., South Bend
574-232-4545

  • Mother’s Day Tea Party, two seatings: noon and 2 p.m.
  • Menu includes quiche, scones and spreads, assorted tea breads and sandwiches, fresh fruit and various miniature desserts
  • $24.95 plus tax 
  • For reservations, book online or by calling The Oliver Inn

Rulli’s Italian American Restaurant851 U.S. 20, Middlebury
574-825-7222

  • Brunch buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a carnation for each mom
  • Broasted chicken, pasta, pizza, broasted potatoes, soups, salads, fruit and desserts
  • Adults $10.99, children 5-11 $4.99, children 4 and under free

54595 C.R. 17, Elkhart
574-293-0222

  • Complimentary bruschetta appetizer for the table
  • A slice of chocolate Texas sheet cake and a carnation for mom

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
902 E. University Drive, Granger
574-968-9700 

  • Dinner menu available noon to 8 p.m.
  • Mother’s Day menu items include a filet and eggs Benedict and a prime rib special

The Skillet
2212 McKinley Ave., South Bend
574-234-6069

  • Brunch buffet 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Buffet includes made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit crepes, turkey, ham, maple sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, fettuccine alfredo, Polish sausage, assorted sides and desserts
  • Adults $15.95, children $7.95
  • Reservations are required
  • Multi-course take-out meal for six to eight people, $79.95

Swan Lake Resort
5203 Plymouth LaPorte Trail, Plymouth
574-935-5680 ext. 760

  • Brunch buffet seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Buffet includes omelet station, bacon, potatoes O’Brien, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, oysters on the half shell, jumbo shrimp, salads, prime rib, leg of lamb, pork shoulder, beef brisket enchiladas, risotto, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and a dessert display, among other items
  • Kids’ buffet includes chicken strips, tater tot casserole, baked ziti and mini pizzas
  • Adults $32, seniors $25, children 4 to 12 $11, children 3 and under free
  • Reservations are required

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant
620 W. Washington St., South Bend
574-234-9077

  • Brunch buffet 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Prime rib dinner buffet begins at 2 p.m.
  • Adults $30, children 5 to 12 $15, children 4 and under free
  • Reservations are required

Villa Macri Ristorante
255 Toscana Blvd., Granger
574-277-7273

  • Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Adults $24.95, children 12 and under $9.95 

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