Sunday, May 4, 2003

Campbell's Scoop

Make reservations now, for mom's sake

By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Where to eat on Mother's Day:

Your mother's favorite restaurant, of course, if it's within your price range. Your mother doesn't want you to go broke.

Some restaurants carry on as usual on Mother's Day; others feature buffets or special menus to make this day, always a crazy one in the restaurant business, go more smoothly. Here are few ideas for next Sunday:

• The Cincinnatian Hotel, downtown, doesn't usually have a Sunday buffet, but it will splurge for mothers. If you're looking to impress, or if your mom appreciates fine food, this has the most upscale choices.

Before noon, there will be breakfast items such as cherry crepes and omelets, waffles and French toast. Stations will include a choice of salads - lobster and papaya or scallops with avocado and grapefruit. There's sushi made to order, oysters, smoked fish, prime rib, rack of lamb with fig chutney, seafood linguine and an array of desserts including banana chocolate cake, butterfly cookies, Key lime pie and almond tart. Also a Bloody Mary station. You can see the menu at

The buffet will be served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $42.99 per person. Reservations: 381-6006.

• Sturkey's in Wyoming will have a buffet for brunch/lunch/Sunday dinner 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. It will include fresh fruit and cheeses, lots of salads, smoked salmon, fresh baked rolls, Amish chicken, salmon with watercress sauce, smoked pork loin with dried cherry onion compote, carved round of beef, plus plenty of pastries.

Cost: $24.95; $11.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations: 821-9200.

• DeSha's in Symmes Township will have two buffets: brunch 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., followed by dinner 2:30-9 p.m. Both will include ham and roast beef, roasted chicken, smoked salmon, salads, sweet potato casserole and more. The brunch menu also will have omelets, eggs Benedict, grits, waffles and fresh berry cobbler.

Cost: $18.95 for brunch, $21.95 for dinner, $7.95 for children under 12. Reservations suggested: 247-9933.

• Here's something different: Hillforest, a grand Victorian mansion overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, Ind., will serve lunch in its parlors on Mother's Day. The 1:30 a.m. lunch will features a vintage clothing fashion show and a tour of the mansion.

Cost: $25 ($20 for Hillforest members). Reservations (by Wednesday): (812) 926-0087.

• Daveed's in Mount Adams will be open 3-7 p.m. Mother's Day, offering a $45 prix fixe menu of two courses plus dessert (with several choices for each course) If the weather is nice, the wine garden will be open. Reservations: 721-2665.

Mother's Day note: Your mother taught you to be nice, keep your social obligations and not let people down, right? If you make reservations on this most busy day for restaurants, try to keep them. If you can't, let the restaurant know.


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