Take Mom Out on the Town

A few ideas to help you solve the Mother's Day dilemma.

Mom are tricky creatures: though they are quite often the people who have done the most for us and have always been there when we needed them, they are the least likely to let us know when they need or want something. Mother’s Day in turn becomes a harrowing scurry to find the perfect gift or take mom out to her favorite restaurant, having no idea what it is she really wants. To help ease the Mother’s Day quandary, we’ve gathered a few ideas on local outings and eats mom may enjoy this Sunday.


Several restaurants in South City are offering special menus for Mom Day. If any of these restaurants sounds like a place your mom would like to go this Sunday, call ahead and make a reservation as soon as possible.

This South San Francisco favorite is serving its regular menu of fine Italian foods and will be open for their normal business hours, 5pm to closing. If you want to make a reservation with them, you must have a party of five or more.

Hungry Hunter is a local destination for mouthwatering steaks and this Mother’s Day they’ll have special holiday hours from noon to 8pm and will be offering a special prix fixe menu which can be viewed on their website. There is a $30 per person option and a $39 per person option, all coming with a soup or salad, freshly baked breads, a peppered “Martini” shrimp cocktail to start, four entrées to choose from and a chocolate mousse cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 

Located inside SFO’s Holiday Inn, Houlihan’s will be offering a special fixed menu for $28.95 per person including your choice of several soups or salads, a surf and turf entrée with optional steak upgrades for an additional $6.00, and your choice of dessert. 

Gunter’s on El Camino Real will be offering its full menu in addition to rosemary lamb chops and shrimp scampi with spaghetti, specially being served up for Mother’s Day.


Call this paint-your-own ceramics studio ahead to book a day for you and mom (or mom and her friends) to custom-make your own vases, magnets and more. Or if you would rather just bring your own creation to her, select from one of their pre-fired pieces. The studio is closed on Sundays, but reserving a day later in the week helps extend mom’s special treatment a little further, which is a gift in itself.

Stock up for a picnic at your favorite neighborhood park with goodies from this independently-owned favorite. Grab some sandwiches and salads to share, and don’t forget a bottle of wine from the adjoining convenience store.

Scrap the quiet traditional dinner and treat mom to a much-deserved night out at this festive Filipino eatery and lounge. Enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine, order her a cocktail and see if you can goad her into getting onstage for karaoke.

Whatever you decide to do with Mom this Sunday, make sure she feels your love and appreciation. That’s really what Mother’s Day is all about.


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