If you (or your mother) live close to downtown, you can go to Checkers for Mother's Day brunch between 10am and 5pm and it can be "your treat" because mothers eat for free (up to $30) when accompanied by a paying guest. Choices include Main Lobster Risotto, Seared Maine Diver Scallops with Moro blood orange, or more rustic fare like Open-Faced Fried Egg Sandwich on grilled sourdough with prosciutto, stewed tomatoes and arugula. There are of course the traditional pancakes and French toast options, but why not indulge?
Taking your Mother to the old Riot Hyatt on Sunset for dinner may seem counter intuitive unless of course she is a nostalgic rocker chick. The sleek Andaz reincarnation houses the very French RH restaurant and they are giving away a a free meal to all new mothers and new grandmothers when they come in with a paying guest. Every guest over 21 also gets a free Bellini, so if you are taking a new mom or grandmom out, you will get a treat for treating them to dinner. Dinner here is served family style, so you will share dishes just like at home, only you don't have to do the cooking or the dishes, and for $55 per adult or $20 per child that is a great deal on dishes like slow braised beef cheek, roasted veal chop, or seared halibut served with artichokes, roasted potatoes, or green beans.
Note that all the free meals do not include taxes, gratuities or alcohol, so please be generous with your servers who are working to make your day with your mother easier and more pleasant (which is a priceless gift, but giving them a nice tip would still be appreciated).