Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day (May 8 this year) remains the most popular holiday on which to dine out, according to the National Restaurant Assn. (NRA), which projects that 75 million American adults will do so this May 8.According to an NRA survey of 1,000 adults, nearly half of moms would pick their favorite restaurant if she were to choose where to go for a special Mother's Day meal. And, more than half of mothers say they enjoy celebrating Mother's Day with a restaurant meal because it gives them a break from cooking at home.

Other findings include: When it comes to meal times, dinner (58 percent) is most popular on Mother's Day; 32 percent will go out for lunch, 24 percent for brunch, and 10 percent for breakfast; one in five Mother's Day diners (19 percent) say they will go out for more than one meal that day, and two-thirds of those dining out on Mother's Day this year say children under the age of 18 will join their dining party.

As to their wishes and preferences on Mother's Day, 51 percent say because they do most of the cooking at home, dining out gives them a break. Twenty-seven percent say they mainly enjoy it because a restaurant is a great place to socialize with family and friends, while 16 percent say that sharing a meal at a restaurant creates lasting memories that other gifts can't. Six percent say they like dining out on Mother's Day because they are foodies and enjoy visiting restaurants on any occasion.


When asked about where they would like to dine for that special Mother's Day meal, 46 percent said they would prefer their favorite restaurant, 22 percent would prefer to celebrate at a restaurant that is kid-friendly, 19 percent find Mother's Day specials the most important factor, and 11 percent would like to visit a restaurant they haven't been to before.The survey also showed that restaurant gift cards and certificates are popular on mom's wish list. Approximately one-fifth of mothers (19 percent) said that is their preferred gift this Mother's Day.

 Since mom loves you unconditionally, make this a special day for her.And don't forget to send her a card.