It's blessedly not too late to make brunch plans for Mother's Day, provided you pounce, like, now. So, slackers, we're making it easy for you: we checked, and as of this (Thursday) morning, all five of these places have tables open for sometime Sunday morning.
Be aware you'll probably have to settle for a spendy fixed-price menu (sorry, we are in the throes of prime brunch season, and hey--you did wait until the last minute), but moms are the best, right? And maybe don't forget to buy a card and some flowers to give her before brunch. She did raise you, after all.
Cap City Diner
1301 Stoneridge Dr. Gahanna
You can still get pot roast at brunch! They make a short rib hash! Everybody's happy. But make this reservation quick. Their Grandview location is already booked, and tables are going fast at this suburban outpost. They're serving a la carte off of their normal brunch menu.
De-NoVo Bistro & Bar
201 S. High St., Downtown
Style-conscious moms will love the chic, big-city feel of De-NoVo's space. Their $35 per person menu ($16 for kids under 12) is heavy on brunch-station staples like pancakes, omelets and bacon, but adds roasted truffle chicken and mini-crab cakes to keep things interesting.
50 N. Third St., Downtown
The swank downtown hotel restaurant's $35 ($25 for kids 5-12), three-course menu is filled with vegetarian and gluten-free options that aren't throwaways: think heirloom beet salad, shrimp and grits or peach creme brulee.
3499 Market St., Powell
The haul to Delaware County may be worth it for Luce's $26.95 menu ($12.95 for kids under 12, a relative bargain.) Check out the mascarpone-topped French toast, pictured above, or other Italian-flecked brunch favorites, like eggs Benedict with pancetta.
2232 E. Main St., Bexley
If drinks are top priorities for her (and you), Barrel 44 has you covered with a $6 mimosa and Bloody Mary special. A caricaturist will be making the rounds all afternoon as you sample small plates off of their regular menu.