You might think that taking mom out for a meal (or picking up a meal to enjoy at home) is old hat, something only your mom and grandma enjoyed but you would be so wrong.

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This (not quite but almost teetering on middle age) mom is so appreciative whenever my family is able to sit down to a meal that I don't have to shop for, prep, cook, or clean up after.

I love cooking and some of my favorite times with my husband and son have been when we've been hanging out in the kitchen, creating together. However, it takes a lot of planning and energy and sometimes it's nice to have someone else plan out, cook, and clean up after a meal.

If you're a wizard in the kitchen and are all about making mom a fancy meal on Mother's Day (and don't forget the clean-up), more power to you. But, if your culinary skills are limited to boxed mac and cheese and you want to step things up this year for mom, maybe consider taking her out to one of these local restaurants (but whatever you do, do not forget to make a reservation!).

Traditions at the Glen - 4101 Watson Blvd, Johnson City, NY 13790

Traditions will be offering a special Mother's Day Buffet on Sunday, May 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can view their Mother's Day menu here and then make reservations by calling 607-797-2381.

The Lost Dog Cafe - 222 Water St, Binghamton, NY 13901

The Lost Dog Cafe is bringing back their much-loved Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m with a free mimosa or bellini for mom. To make a reservation, email and be sure to include what time you would like to arrive and how many people you will be bringing with you.

The Silo Restaurant - 203 Moran Road, Greene, NY 13778

The Silo Restaurant will host a Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can check out the big menu here and then call 607-656-4377 to make your reservation.

The Relief Pitcher - 197 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY

The Relief Pitcher will be offering a Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 9 from 11:00 am to 1:30 p.m. Learn more by calling 607-203-9998.

Broome County Senior Centers - Various Locations

On Friday, May 7 Broome County Senior Centers will be offering a drive-thru luncheon. The meal will include your choice of sliced turkey or battered fish and comes with whipped potatoes, peas, and an orange cranberry bar for dessert. Meals must be reserved at your local senior center no later than Thursday, May 6. If you’re able to make a donation, the suggestion is $3.50 for anyone 60+ and $4.50 for anyone under the age of 60. No one over the age of 60 will be denied a meal as long as a reservation is made. Learn more about what Broome County Senior Centers are doing here.

The Colonial - 56-58 Court Street, Binghamton NY 13901

Each Saturday and Sunday, the Colonial offers a brunch and bottomless mimosas from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check out the brunch menu here and then give them a call at 607-238-7741 to see if you need to reserve a seat.

Aiello's Restaurant - 2677 Main Street Whitney Point, NY 13862

Join Aiello's Restaurant as they celebrate moms with a variety of specials. You can dine in or order to take out. To make dine-in reservations, call 607-692-4114, and to order take-out, visit their website.

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