Massachusetts: Fin Point Oyster Bar & Grille
> City: Boston
This lively, clubby restaurant and lounge starts serving its breakfast/brunch at 7 a.m. on Sunday mornings, for those who like to get an early start. Besides the usual pancake and egg dishes, both lobster and smoked salmon Benedicts are available, with other choices ranging from avocado toast with poached eggs to steak and eggs with hollandaise sauce. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Greyhounds, among other libations, are on offer.
Michigan: Butcher’s Union
> City: Grand Rapids
Disregard the perhaps daunting name and the motto (“Meat & Whiskey”). This warm, tavern-like place offers on a full-scale, varied brunch menu on which the likes of apple Dutch pancake, French toast, and ham and cheese strata are joined by candied bacon deviled eggs, charred flank steak and eggs, and Monte Cristo fried chicken. A $5 Bloody Mary bar, with a choice of eight different spirits, is available until 3 p.m. One downside for Mother’s Day: No reservations are accepted.
> City: Minneapolis
Wood-fired Argentinean cuisine might not be the first thing you think of for Mother’s Day, but the brunch menu here includes a traditional breakfast sandwich, crab Benedict, and a seasonal omelette as well as leek and gorgonzola empanadas, potato churros, and — if Mom is the adventurous type — blood sausage with grilled bread, chimichurri sauce, and a fried egg.
Mississippi: The Chimneys
> City: Gulfport
Gulfport is Mississippi’s second-largest city (after Jackson, the capital), known for its beaches and casinos. This attractive white-tablecloth establishment combines traditional brunch fare like spinach and broccoli quiche and eggs Benedict with such Southern fare as shrimp and grits and trout with eggs Sardou (New Orleans-style poached eggs with artichoke hearts, spinach, and hollandaise sauce).
Missouri: Krokstrom Scandinavian Comfort Food
> City: Kansas City
This homey and appropriately comfortable Scandinavian restaurant changes things up from the usual brunch menu. This is the place to come in Kansas City for the puffy Danish fruit pancakes called æbleskiver, raggmunk (juniper-braised pork belly with Swedish potato pancakes and sunnyside-up egg), Swedish waffles, and a traditional Swedish breakfast composed of gravlax or pickled herring, dill-scrambled eggs, chilled horseradish potatoes, and cucumber salad.