Mother's Day is, historically, one of the busiest days in the restaurant industry. Because the holiday always falls on the second Sunday in May, it's been a tradition to take Mom to lunch or brunch instead of dinner. It's not too late to book a table for this Sunday, when mothers all over Kansas City get the special treatment they deserve.
For sheer glamour, there's the American Restaurant (200 East 25th Street, 816-545-8001), which still has a few reservations available for its three-course brunch menu, priced at $38 per person.
DeDe Shields hadn't planned to be open for Mother's Day at her ten-year-old Platte City restaurant Shields Manor Bistro, but when the phone calls started, she changed her mind. Shields has been baking all week to prepare for Sunday's brunch -- reservations are absolutely required -- from noon to 4 p.m. at the 19th-century house on Platte's City's main drag (121Main, 816-858-5557). Shields says she'll be seating guests inside as well as outside on the patio for the buffet brunch, priced at $23 per person.
In the afterglow of last week's Royal Wedding, why not treat Mom to a British-style afternoon tea? The Teahouse & Coffeepot (4309 Jefferson, 816-756-2868) will be serving bottomless cups of tea and a variety of dainty foods -- finger sandwiches, mini desserts, scones with Devonshire cream -- from 2 to 5 p.m. A few reservations are still available, and this teahouse requires at least a 24-hour notice. A three-course tea is priced at $19; a four-course tea (with a choice of quiche or cake) is $25; and the five-course tea (which includes both quiche and cake) is $30.
Another local venue offering afternoon tea on Mother's Day is Shabby Hattie's Tea Room & Boutique in downtown Parkville (113 Main, Parkville, 816-587-1044). Owner Marcia Cherrito will be serving only tea that day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and, yes, there are a few reservations still available. For $17.50 per person, the full tea includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, mini quiche, sweet and savory scones, soup and a special dessert.
The Horizon's Buffet at Ameristar Casino (3200 Ameristar Drive, 816-414-7000) is the most elaborately laden casino buffet in the city and will be serving brunch on Mother's Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (dinner is served from 3 to 9 p.m. that night). No reservations are taken, so if you're hungry, get in line early.
Why not treat Mom to a bit of dim sum? Pine & Bamboo Garden in Shawnee (10915 Shawnee Mission Parkway, 913-268-9545) has traditional pushcart dim sum service but doesn't take reservations for Sunday dim sum. Expect it to be very busy between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The same goes for Bo Lings on the Country Club Plaza (4800 Main, 816-753-1718), which offers traditional dim sum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This restaurant will take reservations for parties of six or more.