Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
Moonshine fried chicken and waffles

Other than that one time she, ugh, gave birth to you, your mom is usually super annoying -- especially when it comes to your restaurant choices ("Really, Dan? Uchi again?"). Finally shut her up with this: the ultimate Mother's Day brunching guide, tailored entirely to whatever kind of mom you've got

Nervous Regarding the World Mom Eleven Plates & Wine 3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy; West Lake Hills; 512.328.0110 Whisk your mother away from concerns like parking (!) and homeless people (!!) with a trip to Eleven: a West Lake outpost with great views, a serious wine list, and a brunch menu with mom-pleasers like roasted strawberry and vanilla French toast and eggs Benedict bruschetta. No really, do it
Foodie Mom Contigo 2027 Anchor Ln; Central East; 512.614.2260 For the mom that's into tongue, rabbit, and housemade everything, Contigo's expansive patio is a solid choice. And for a less adventurous father who isn't exactly crazy about sage dumplings or white hominy pork pozole, there're still plenty of staples, like biscuits and gravy and a challah bun burger that's one of the best in town. But wait, there's more
Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices Green Pastures 811 W Live Oak; South Austin; 512.444.4747 Mom will appreciate the manicured grounds roamed by peacocks, the fact that her friend's wildly successful daughter got married there, and the grilled trout with crab, spinach, capers, and crawfish bisque. Oh, and they've got you covered as well with their pork belly with BBQ Sriracha and the bourbon/rum/brandy Southern Milk Punch, which will remind your mother just what type of son she's reared. Impress her with peacocks by clicking here
Party Mom Moonshine 303 Red River St; Downtown; 512.236.9599 Nothing makes for a more revelrous time than a horde of hungry Sunday morning-ers fighting over shrimp corn dogs at Moonshine. Also: cornflake fried chicken tenders and Ann's Bloody Mary w/ chipotle and garlic. Party up in the full story
Very Old Mom Eastside Cafe 2113 Manor Rd; Central East; 512.476.5858 For the mother who remembers when farm animals were an everyday thing, hit up Eastside Cafe: an all-natural, family-friendly oasis right in the middle of the Manor Rd hipster hive-mind. The atmosphere is as classic as it gets without being too fancy, the menu is mostly dishes she'll recognize, and the backyard's teeming with homegrown veggies and... ... free-range chickens!!

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1. Eleven Plates & Wine 3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746 (West Lake Hills)

Eleven's a vino-walled, contemporary American resto owned by a pair of Melting Pot vets inspired by their mutual college-jersey number to dish out 11 dinnertime small plates & entrees, plus 11 lunch & brunch options, all conceived by an Austin-raised chef who sharpened his knife skills in Hawaii.

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2. Contigo Austin 2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723 (Mueller)

Contigo Austin strives to bring the ranch to the people, having patrons sit down at large wooden tables on an equally expansive patio to chow down on flawless BBQ, other seasonally diverse menu items, and a long list of craft beer. Open for dinner and brunch, you can enjoy outdoor or indoor seating, as well as some great happy hour specials. Contigo is the perfect place to catch up with friends or bring a more casual date.

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3. Green Pastures 811 West Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

Green Pastures is a classy Austin staple serving French-inspired food, meaning a whole lot of Brie and bleu. Their greatest achievements are their appetizers, including Tempura Maine Lobster Tail w/ wasabi butter and jicama slaw. They've also got an enormous wine list, and a gigantic brunch that's famous state-wide and features everything from BBQ'd salmon to double cheddar and garlic grits.

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4. Moonshine Grill 303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Get your comfort food fix at Moonshine, serving everything from "corn dog" shrimp to cornflake fried chicken tenders to molasses- and chile-cured pork chops with bourbon apple sauce.

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5. Eastside Cafe 2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Eastside's known for their brunch, which features everything from classic migas, to baked Brie with apple chutney, to blueberry blintzes, but their dinner's standout-ish too: crabmeat-stuffed shrimp, and sesame catfish with garlic aioli.

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