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Mother’s Day Morsels

(Clockwise from top left) The interiors of High Cotton, Three Little Birds Cafe, and Tattooed Moose; Photographs by (2) Drew Somerville & (1) Ruta Elvikyte

May 9, 2012

Mother’s Day Morsels
We’ve got you covered for last-minute brunch plans

written by Melissa Tunstall

Mother’s Day is Sunday. Don’t panic. It’s not too late to make a plan, but you best do it now, because with loads of proud parents in town for College of Charleston’s Saturday commencement, brunch reservations will be tight. Here’s our guide to ordering up a meal to perfectly match your mama’s (or your grad’s) personality.

High Cotton Restaurant
There’s a reason a classic becomes a classic. And like your mother’s pearls, High Cotton finds success in refined simplicity. Order sweet tea for the table, pass around the Crab Cakes Benedict and Carolina Shrimp and Grits, and show your mother your appreciation for her amidst the Southern elegance of this quintessential Charleston locale. 199 East Bay St. Sunday, 10am-2pm. (843) 724-3815,

Other buttoned-up eateries:
Halls Chophouse – 434 King St., (843) 727-0090,
Palmetto Café – 205 Meeting St., (843) 722-4900,

 Fat Hen
If Chopped and Barefoot Contessa dominate your mom’s DVR, then indulge her in an epicurean brunch. With dishes ranging from Crème Brûlée French Toast to Roasted Butternut Squash Rice accompanied with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes, Fat Hen’s menu will be sure to provide a meal good enough for your gourmand mom. 3140 Maybank Hwy., John’s Island. Sunday, 10am-3:30pm. (843) 559-9090,

More gourmet goods:
The Macintosh – 479B King St., (843) 489-4299,
The Grocery – 4 Cannon St., (843) 302-8825,

Tattooed Moose
Show your Ma a more eclectic brunch. Whether she prefers PBRs or Bloody Marys, Tattooed Moose offers a different take on the traditional. Order up the awe-inspiring Garbage Plate and nosh on meat, cheese, eggs, and veggies, all over a bed of duck fat fries, or sample the sweeter taste of Mike’s Favorite Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast. The unique décor (you may want to give her a heads-up about the, uh, heads up on the walls), along with gourmet ingredient-infused pub grub, provides an offbeat option to the basic Sunday brunch. 1137 Morrison Dr. Sunday, 11:30am-4pm. (843) 277-2990,

Equally cool locales:
Closed for Business – 453 King St., (843) 853-8466,
Moe’s Crosstown – 714 Rutledge Ave. (843) 641-0469,

Lost Dog Cafe
Have a mellow madre whose ideal brunch takes place outdoors with her other child (the furry, four-legged one) in tow? Then head to the beach for some down-to-earth fare at Lost Dog Cafe. Start off sharing the Awesome Cinnamon Roll, but be sure to leave room for Folly’s Original Breakfast Burrito stuffed with cheese, eggs, onions, and peppers or the classic two eggs breakfast known as The Loyal Companion. We have a feeling Fido won’t be getting any table scraps from your Southern meets South-of-the-Border-inspired meal. 106 W. Huron Ave., Folly Beach. Sunday, 6:30am-2pm. (843) 588-9669,

Additional chill suggestions:
Fleet Landing – 186 Concord St., (843) 722-8100,
Morgan Creek Grill – 80 41st Ave.,  Isle of Palms, (843) 886-8980,

Three Little Birds Cafe
Creative mamas will love the atmosphere of Three Little Birds, where pieces by local artists adorn the walls and blank sheets of white paper cover the tables. Pick up a crayon and doodle (your own masterpiece could make it on the wall of breakfast fame) while you wait on fare from the short but sweet menu that includes bacon pancakes and Greek omelets. Three Little Birds Cafe, 65 Windermere Blvd. Sunday, 9am-2pm. (843) 225-3065,

More creative venues:
The Gin Joint – 182 East Bay St., (843) 577-6111,
Sunrise Bistro – 1797 Main Rd., John's Island, (843) 718-1858,

To view our complete Dining Guide, including restaurants from Isle of Palms to Kiawah Island, click here.

Wed, 05/09/2012