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Family Brunch
Veranda Grill at Beau Rivage
649 Rivage Promenade
800-628-7080, RSVP required
Celebrate the day with a family-style, Southern brunch at Beau Rivage Golf and Resort, just south of Monkey Junction. The Veranda Grill, housed in a spacious resort that looks like it should be a part of an antebellum plantation, offers a casual pub atmosphere and gorgeous outdoor seating.

Breakfast Special
Saltworks II
4001 Wrightsville Ave. • 392-1241
At the newly renovated Saltworks II, Mom can enjoy a quiche with her choice of grits, hashbrowns or sliced tomatoes, plus a Mimosa or glass of orange juice for only $8. The rest of the family can try their version of the low-country classic shrimp and grits or biscuits and gravy. Bon appétit!

Luncheon Cruise
Henrietta III Riverboat • Dock/Water streets
343-1611, RSVP required
All aboard an hour-and-a-half cruise on the Henrietta III, touring the scenic Cape Fear River, narrated by the Captain, followed by lunch: the Riverboat Deli Buffet. The meal includes a crisp tossed salad, baked French rolls, Southern-style potato salad, cookies, coffee and tea. A variety of deli meats, cheeses, breads and assorted condiments will be available for sandwiches. The cruise begins boarding at 11:30 a.m. leaves the dock at noon; $25 for adults and $12 for children.

Buffet of Indian Cuisine
Tandoori Bites
1620 S. College Rd. • 794-4545
Receiving the 2011 honors in encore’s reader poll as Best Indian Restaurant, Tandoori Bites will offer an extended Mother’s Day buffet, with additional entrée items available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As of press time, the chefs hadn’t decided the official addendums, but nothing will disappoint here. They have delicious vindaloo shrimp and chile naan, along with the traditional chicken tikka masala and Baingan Bharta, along with homemade paneer.

Moms Eat Free!
Mixto • 5 S. Water Street • 399-4501
Dishing out “fun, food and fiesta,” as Mixto’s motto goes, this contemporary Latin restaurant is really giving dads, sons and daughters something to cheer about: Mom’s meal is free on Mother’s Day! Details are still being worked out by the restaurateurs, but we do know the food will tantalize, as it is prepared by Eric Gephart, voted Wilmington’s Best Top Chef 2010.

Waterfront Dining and Live Music
Bluewater Grill
4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach
256-8500, RSVP recommended
From classic American fare to delectable seafood, Bluewater serves all their meals with a side of great views. Set snuggly beside the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge, along the Intracoastal Waterway, this restaurant boasts lunch menu items like a roast chicken BLT, or a grilled shrimp and seared pineapple sandwich. For dinner, Mom can enjoy entrées like coconut chicken, topped with honey mustard and fruit salsa.
Plus, Central Park will begin playing on the outdoor patio at 4 p.m. The band’s scope includes covers of Chairmen of the Board, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles and even Lady Gaga. Mom won’t want to miss out on this musical feast (and the shrimp is pretty good, too)!

Dessert Cruise
Wilmington Water Tours • 212 S. Water St.
338-3134, RSVP required
Every mom needs something sweet on Mother’s Day, and she can get it on a one and half hour cruise along the Cape Fear River for dessert. Treat Mom to cheesecake, cream puffs and eclairs. Cruises run at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $15 a person.

Free Cheesecake!
Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen
420 Eastwood Road • 792-6720
Chef Chris Lubben knows cheesecake about better than anyone in town. He will give a slice of his handmade vanilla flavor to the first 50 moms that dine at the Cosmic Kitchen on May 8. We suggest starting with an early brunch at 9 a.m.

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