87 million adults will go out to a restaurant for a special Mother’s Day meal this Sunday, May 13. Of that number, nearly half are going out for dinner, making it the day’s most popular meal. Thirty-five percent of adults plan on taking their moms to lunch and 24 percent anticipate dining out for brunch. Another 11 percent said they will go out for breakfast.
Taking mom out for a meal is exactly what she wants for Mother’s Day. The National Restaurant Association also asked moms which gift they’d most like to receive on their special day. Here’s what they said:
47 percent want a restaurant meal with family
15 percent picked flowers as their preferred gift
11 percent requested household or home décor items
10 percent chose a restaurant gift card
9 percent selected jewelry
8 percent wanted to receive clothing or accessories
“Mother’s Day is the single busiest day of the year for group dining,” says Caroline Potter, chief dining officer for restaurant-reservation service OpenTable, which recently put out a list of the 100 best places to take mom to brunch.
If you’re looking to help mom splurge without busting your budget, I’ve put together eight restaurants, chains and brands that are offering a freebie of one sort or another for Mother’s Day 2018. The list is in alphabetical order by company name.
1. Fogo de Chão
All mothers who dine on Mother’s Day will receive a dining card for a complimentary full Churrasco lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch on her next visit (redeemable May 14 through July 12; one complimentary card per mom while supplies last). Note: Kids 6 and under dine free at Fogo every day.
2. Gatti’s Pizza
May 11 through 13, Mother’s Day weekend, moms get a free buffet and drink with the purchase of a kids buffet. Gatti’s is currently in 15 states (mostly across the South) with 100 locations.
On Sunday, May 13, mothers across America will receive a free entrée from the Hooters Mother’s Day menu at participating locations nationwide with any drink purchase. Free menu item options may vary by location with select locations offering a buy one, get one (BOGO) for moms in lieu of the free entrée offer.
For the second year in a row, mobile shopping app Ibotta is celebrating moms with a free mimosa on Mother’s Day! Whether you’re brunching with the family or just looking for an excuse to unwind after a crazy day of activities, starting at midnight on Sunday, May, 13, moms can enjoy a free mimosa on Ibotta (up to a $5 value at any bar or restaurant, redeemable through the Ibotta app). It’s Ibotta’s way of giving back not just to the 57 percent of Ibotta users who are mothers, but all moms across the country.
5. Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J is treating moms to a free cup of Pilot Coffee (any size!) for the entire Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 through 13). You’ll need to download (or open) the myPilot app beginning May 11. That’s where you’ll find the offer for free coffee, which you can redeem at the more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America.
6. Red Lobster
Red Lobster’s limited-time gift card offer for Mother’s Day is this: for every $75 spent on gift cards (which come in special Mother’s Day designs), you’ll receive two bonus gifts in return—good for $10 off or a free appetizer—valid on future visits between July through September.
7. Regal Entertainment Group
You’ll get a free $15 Concessions Promo eCard for every $50 in Regal eCards purchased for Mother’s Day. You can purchase eCards online at regmovi.es/mom. Regal eCards have no expiration date and Concessions Promo eCards are valid through June 9, 2018.
TCBY is offering moms across the U.S. the first 6 ounces of their frozen yogurt free in honor of Mother’s Day. You can find the closest TCBY location at tcby.com.