Mother’s Day is just around the corner. While I’ve always enjoyed this weekend in the Myrtle Beach area (our mid-May weather is some of my favorite), it’s obviously sweeter now that I have children of my own. And even more fun because there are so many ways to celebrate here along the Grand Strand! Below is a round-up of just some of the spots worth checking out for brunch or lunch this Mother’s Day:

House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch will feature a Mother’s Day brunch and live entertainment by Glory from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes: jalapeno cornbread, peel and eat shrimp, made-to-order omelets, chicken, and waffles, hand-carved smoked honey baked ham, Creole chicken jambalaya, Chinese chicken salad, and more. Tickets are $37 for adults and $18.50 for kids ages 4 to 10. Reservations recommended. Call (843) 272- 3000 for more information.

Sea Captain’s House

Dine at the historic Sea Captain’s House for a Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 12. The brunch at Sea Captain’s House will feature Lowcountry Eggs Benedict ($13) and Eggs Benedict ($10) plus Bloody Mary or Screwdriver ($4). Bonus: If you eat at this seaside restaurant, you can take some great pictures with mom on their oceanfront lawn. Call (843) 448-8082 for reservations.

Gulfstream Cafe

Gulfstream Cafe will serve a Mother’s Day Brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. The brunch buffet will include roast beef, ham, fried cod, scrambled eggs, cheese grits, Belgian waffles, fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil and a Balsamic glaze, smoked salmon with capers, omelets and more. The brunch buffet is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids. Reservations are recommended. Regular dinner menu reservations will be available from 3-9 p.m. Bonus: The view can’t be beat. Dining alongside the beautiful inlet is a memory Mom’s will cherish forever. Reservations can be made online at Open Table.

Dead Dog Saloon

Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Dead Dog Saloon. Situated along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, it’s a great spot to choose if you’d like a before- or after-brunch walk along the water. The buffet is $21.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids 12 and under and includes coffee, tea or soda. Call aheads only. (843) 651-0664.

Croissants Bistro and Bakery

This popular Myrtle Beach restaurant is already well-known for its excellent brunch offerings any time of year and makes a great option for Mother’s Day diners. Our favorites include their crab cake benedict and shrimp and grits. Entree prices range anywhere from $8 to $16, and reservations can be made by visiting their website

Waterscapes at Marina Inn

WaterScapes at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is hosting a Mother’s Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. Brunch items include salad and fruit, oysters on the half shell, pepper crusted beef tenderloin, roasted pork, omelet and shrimp and grits stations, eggs benedict, a children’s buffet, and much more. The cost is $32 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 4 to 12. Call (843) 913-2858 for reservations.

New York Prime

New York Prime will open for brunch on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner from 3 to 10 p.m. The brunch menu will include seafood crepes ($13.95), crab cake benedict ($14.95), seafood omelet ($14.95), fresh berries and creme fraiche ($10.95), and more. Their regular menu will be available for dinner. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 448-8081.

Two other fun events that have caught our eye include a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Hook and Barrel on Saturday, May 11. While this awesome restaurant will also feature a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, I’m thinking I’ll check them out for the tea on Saturday. Presented by the Horry County Literacy Council, the event will feature a book reading and signing by local author Lyn Feola Rumage, a boutique auction, 50/50 raffle and miniature sandwiches and desserts. For more information, check out their Facebook event here (

Another alternative Mother’s Day celebration that has my attention is Mother’s Day at Myrtle Waves Waterpark! Moms get in free with paid admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s plenty of time to relax in the Lazy River or have a drink in the beer garden while Dad chases kiddos. For more information, check Myrtle Waves Waterpark out online at