Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
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"Crap! The Bed Bath and Beyond in the mall just closed! Mother's Day is ruined!" is what you would say if you didn't have this ultimate guide to Mother's Day brunching in Dallas, catered specifically to your very specific mom. Enjoy

Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices The Mansion 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd; Oak Lawn; 214.559.2100 If you want your mom to love you, you're either gonna need to make way more hug coupons than that, or spend triple digits at The Mansion. This link involves buttermilk biscuits and gravy with jalapeno sausage. Also, reservations.
Foodie Mom Nick and Sam's 3008 Maple Ave; Uptown; 214.871.7444 Nick and Sam's menu of rare cuts of meat (Ohmi Wagyu!) will keep her occupied just long enough for you to work on your "Why it's OK to be 32 and single, and what's it matter that your last girlfriend was a shiksa, anyway?" speech. Your Nick and Sam's primer (plus reservable table!) awaits
Nervous Regarding the World Mom Hotel St. Germain 2516 Maple Ave; Uptown; 214.871.0740 Escort her to Hotel St. Germain, where you've gotta don a jacket (moms like it when you dress up) to dine with a view of a walled-in garden courtyard. Somehow, the hotel isn't made of elderflower liqueur
Party Mom Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa 2332 Leonard Street; Uptown; 214.550.9500 Brunch with mom out by the pool can go a long way towards making her happy/kinda sunburnt. Also, pools = bikini-clad girls who're hopefully younger than your mom
Very Old Mom The Pyramid 1717 N Akard St; Downtown; 214.720.5249 Hit The Pyramid, where the relatively quiet atmosphere'll let her wonder aloud if anyone can really make a career as a journalist... relatively quietly. If the Egyptians could've built this pyramid, they would've

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1. The Mansion 2505 Pacific, Dallas, TX 75219 (Deep Ellum)

One of Dallas's finest restaurants, the Mansion's been serving up good ol' American fare with a French twist for decades. Brunch with bottomless mimosas packs a punch for your brain, your belly, and your wallet, but it's all worth it thanks to buttermilk biscuits and gravy with jalapeno sausage, eggs, and hash browns. If you're aiming to impress, the Brunch Tasting Menu culminates in the Dessert Buffet, a behemoth that features goodies like French macarons and pistachio financiers. Lunch and dinner boast savory items like Wagyu Strip sided-up with smoked duck fat fries (it's no wonder it's called the Mansion).

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2. Nick and Sam's 3008 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

An Uptown steakhouse founded by Ray Phil Romano, Nick and Sam's has steak, seafood, and complimentary caviar (!).

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3. Hotel St. Germain 2516 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

If you consider wearing a jacket to dinner similar to dining in a cage, at least you'll have plenty of company in said cage, as men are required to wear a coat and tie at the restaurant at Hotel St. Germain, mostly because the place is pretty class, like, bedecked with crystal chandeliers, crystal glasses, and candles classy. Dinner is an $85 prix fixe and the menu rotates monthly, like when-it's-in-season Maine lobster tail on pasta they whip up in-house, with some olive oil-poached fennel and Sauce Americaine. For dessert, you might be lucky enough to snag the Paris-Brest with praline mousseline and hazelnut semifreddo in a chocolate cage, so, come to think of it, maybe being stuck in a cage isn't so bad after all...

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4. Hotel ZaZa 2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

Order steak on Wednesday and get another entree for $10, or go for their "Dinner's Best" menu offering dishes from ZaZa's past like Backyard Sunday Fried Chicken.

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5. Pyramid Restaurant and Bar 1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

The Pyramid is a classy joint (don't touch the crazy tree-art!) where you can enjoy locally sourced cuisine and the quiet comfort of The Fairmont Dallas's upscale vibe. Plus complimentary valet parking. They've got a killer brunch, with everything from Croque Madames to huevos rancheros, cornering the market on Franco-Mex (Mexi-French? Frenchican?) weekend midday hybrid-meal dining.