This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I get a lot of notices about the traditional holiday feast: a buffet with all the usual suspects like seafood bar, carving station(s) and a huge spread of hot and cold mains and sides. Bo. Ring. (There happens to be one single solitary exception … you’ll see!) If you have a foodie mom – the bar’s way higher for you.
Treat her – really treat her – this Saturday and/or Sunday to a meal at some of the best restaurants in the city. Pick any one of these, and you’ll do well. Just call ahead to make sure there’s still availability!
TJ’s Seafood Royal Lane
If Mom’s a seafood fanatic, she will adore this menu! As of early Friday, the restaurant/seafood shop still had availability! Here’s the menu:
First Course Choice of:
Scottish Lox On French Baguette
Herb Butter, Dill Cream Cheese, Fried Capers Pickled Onions & Tomato
Gulf Shrimp & Endive Salad
Green Apple, Candied Walnuts & Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dressing
Heirloom Tomato & Ricotta Salad
Arugula, Balsamic, Walnut Pesto Citrus Herb Ricotta
Second Course Choice of:
Fundy Salmon “Poached & Smoked”
Chardonnay-Poached Salmon Over Hot Smoked Salmon Hash, Creamy Mustard
Spicy Chipotle Crab & Shrimp Migas
Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, Sriracha Pico Luna’s Homemade Flour Tortillas
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Benedict
Old Bay Hollandaise, Grilled Asparagus
Dessert Choice of:
Key Lime Cheesecake
Chocolate Frangelico Bread Pudding
TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill: 6025 Royal Lane, Suite 110. 214-691-2369
Asian Mint and sister restaurant The Mint are throwing a low-key Mother’s Day, but it is simply one of my favorite go-tos in Dallas, so I had to show love. Plus they’re specials sound fantastic! There’s Bacon Pad Thai and Thai Fried Egg ($14) and Star Anise French toast ($10) as well as half-priced bottles of wine all day and $3 Pineapple and Orange mimosas. Win! These deals will be available Saturday and Sunday at Asian Mint from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday only at The Mint from 11 to 3.
Asian Mint: 11617 N.Central Expressway, 214-363-6655
The Mint: 4246 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-219-6468
I just recently brunched at Madrina, and, lemme tell you – the food was incredible! Your mama will surely appreciate their French-meets-Mex cuisine … and their cocktails! Heck, my momma doesn’t even live in Texas, but in celebration of her, I would totally enjoy Madrina’s brunchy goodness this Sunday by myself! Voila, le menu … a steal, at $49.
Starts with a mimosa
Butter Lettuce, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pepitas Vinaigrette
Guajillo Corn Chowder
Setas, Potato Croquette, Queso Fresco
Honey Baked Ham, Oaxaca Cheese, Mornay Sauce, Over-Easy Egg
Scrambled Eggs, Huitlacoche Tortilla Chips, Duck Confit, Poblano Cream Sauce
Smoked Salmon Benedict
Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg, Traditional Hollandaise
Violet Churros and Chocolate Bar
Madrina: 4216 Oak Lawn Ave. 469-513-2505.
If you happen to live around Fort Worth, this Italian eatery downtown is fantastic, and their Mother’s Day brunch is goin’ down Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include Italian Frittata with crispy prosciutto, Italian sausage, peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, burrata and parmesan; Crispy Cardamon Waffles; and Brick Fired Smoked Salmon Pizze with herbed crème fraiche (pictured). Plus $1 Mimosas and Bellinis and Vivo Bloody Marys will be on offer during this Saturday and Sunday affair.
Vivo 53: 525 Taylor St., Fort Worth; 682-207-8700
On Saturday and Sunday, the excellent regional Mexican restaurant with outposts in the Arts District and in North Dallas will feature a special, yummy-sounding dish, the Mother’s Day Migas ($16), starring traditional migas with queso fresco, served with grilled Scottish salmon, fresh avocado tomatillo salsa and fresh tomatoes. The special will be offered each day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. alongside $2 Mimosas, Sangria and Bloody Marys.
Meso Maya: 1611 McKinney Ave.; 214-484-6555. 11909 Preston Road; 469-726-4390.
Does your mom love vintage style? She’ll probably love the retro feel of this Addison restaurant with the supper club feel. As jazz pianist Scott Bucklin’s music fills the room, Mom can enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu ($39.99) featuring her choice of classics like lobster bisque, steak Diane or shrimp scampi. Plus $5 mimosas and poinsettia cocktails will pair oh so well with the mood!
Table 13: 4812 Belt Line Road. 972-789- 9558
One of downtown’s best restaurants, this bespoke gastrotavern’s executive chef Richard Blankenship is offering a tasty special: Roasted Farm Chicken dish with spring vegetables, mustard jus, and St. David’s raclette potatoes made with Eagle Mountain Cheese. Top things off with a Mother’s Day Strawberry Chia Meringue Bar with pecan pistachio crumble and white chocolate for dessert. My suggested appetizer? The epic double cheeseburger – if you can bear to split it with Mom!
CBD Provisions: 1530 Main St.; 214-261-4500
Kent Rathbun’s Southern cuisine showplace has a superb line-up for its Mother’s Day brunch at a terrific price, considering the menu and the high quality! Check out the $42 three-course menu:
Grilled Chicken-Creamy Masa Soup with Roasted Corn, Black Beans and Jalapeño Jack
Tomato-Basil Soup with Housemade Croutons
Jasper’s Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons and Oven Dried Tomatoes
Spinach-Baby Kale Salad with Strawberries and Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Jasper’s Greens with Caramelized Shallots and Candied Pecans
Blue Cheese “Chopped Wedge” with Bacon, Maytag Blue Cheese and Goat Cheese Ranch
Vanilla Texas Toast with Strawberry Compote and Maple-Berry Syrup
White Truffle-Aged Gouda Omelet with Cured Ham and Home Fries
Gulf Crabcake “Benedict” with Cured Ham and Thyme Hollandaise
Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich with Focaccia, Onions, Peppers and Pepper Jack
Pimentón Rotisserie Chicken with Garden Vegetable Toasted Couscous and Pan Jus
Smoked Salmon Chilaquiles with Scrambled Eggs, Avocado-Chive Cream and Crisp Tortillas
Baked Cheddar Shrimp ‘n’ Grits with Poached Eggs and Smokey Buttermilk Cream Gravy
Wood Grilled Flat Iron “Steak and Eggs” with Chile-Lime Biscuits and Smoked Bacon Gravy
Mother’s Day Trio:
Pound Cake with Strawberry Preserves
Lemon Bar with Marinated Raspberries
7161 Bishop Road; 469-229-9111
SER Steak + Spirits
OK, so here’s the one Mother’s Day buffet that sounds absolutely fabulous, not just for zigging where most buffets zag, but also for the breathtaking view you’re going to get. Just drool over this menu, going for $65 per person; SER’s brunch is Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
| jamon iberico, fermin spanish chorizo, calabrese salami, Benton’s country ham |
| sharp shooter cheddar, point reyes bleu cheese, dublin karst, local gouda |
|house brown mustard, local honey, peppadews, dried fruits, crackers, breads, pickles|
| dehydrated pear, marcona almonds manchengo cheese, apple sorghum vinaigrette |
| faro, sweet onion, peach, brown butter vinaigrette |
| mesquite grilled vegetables and endive, ebmered shallot herb butter |
| Chef’s selection of farm fresh fruit |
Greek Yogurt Parfait
| banana bread, pie berries, granola |
| foraged mushrooms, smoky tomatoes, asparagus bisque, buckwheat |
TX Chicken & Waffles
| hot quail, sourdough waffles, strawberry pickles |
Shrimp and Grits
| local grits, andouille, spring onion, red eye gravy |
Fried Green Benedict
| fried green tomato, farm egg, bourbon hollandaise |
| tangerine marmalade, pastry sugar |
Biscuits & Gravy
| buttermilk biscuit, pork belly, scrambled egg, black pepper gravy |
FROM THE SEA
| apple mignonette |
| michelada cocktail sauce |
| onion shoyu, sweet onion, truffle |
| whole fried, sauce escabeche |
| mini bagel, confit shallots, deviled egg sauce, smoky tomatoes |
| sarsaparilla glazed long bone rack, apple butter |
“BBQ” Rib Eye
| black truffle bordelaise |
Beer Can Chicken
| bama white bbq |
| apple wood smoked, lamb, jowl, local pecan smoked chili |
| Chocolate baileys torte, Pecan tarts, Almond macaroons, Carrot cake,
Lemon meringue tarts, Truffle pops, Caramel mousse cones, Mini red velvet cupcakes,
Mini chocolate cream pies, Eclairs, Strawberry mousse verrines,
Bread pudding caramel bourbon sauce
SER: 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway (inside the Hilton Anatole Hotel); 214-761-7479
Cru: A Wine Bar
If Mom loves wine, this is a great and cute little spot to bring her for brunch! The wine bar is serving a $30 prix fixe menu that includes starters like goat cheese beignets and white asparagus soup, mains like a cinnamon swirl French toast and crab cake Benedict, and desserts including a lemon tart. A selection of bottomless cocktails can be yours for just $10.
Cru: 3699 McKinney Ave #107; 214-526-9463
I have it on good authority that as of Thursday, there were still seats available at celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s five-star Southwestern restaurant. Here are the highlights, from the release:
Fearing’s Restaurant will offer a flavorful new three-course menu for this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch, highlighted by breakfast and lunch favorites, the cuisine of Chef Dean Fearing and a special gift for mothersfrom The Ritz-Carlton Spa.
Presented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, the menu will feature main course choices of several restaurant favorites, including Pan-Seared Georges Banks Sea Scallops Carbonara, West Texas Mopped Filet Mignon and Petite Lobster Omelet, Roasted Nova Scotia Halibut, and Wood-Grilled Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops. The menu’s Dessert Trio will include a combination of Dark Chocolate Cake with Warm Chocolate Glaze, Lemon Buttermilk Pie with Blueberry Jam and Strawberry Sorbet with Fresh Fruit and Champagne Sabayon.
File under om-nom-nom, y’all. Treat your mom to this magnificent meal, and you can bet she’ll up her birthday/holiday present game this year!
Fearing’s Restaurant: 2121 McKinney Ave.; 214-922-4848