Updated: You Done Good, Mom: A Proper Guide to Mother’s Day Brunch in Dallas

Meridian's dining room, space and impeccable service is a wonderful option for mom.
Meridian's dining room, space and impeccable service is a wonderful option for mom. Alison McLean
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest day of the year at restaurants. Nearly half of all mothers want to go out for a meal with their family, while the other half just want to be left alone for 10 hot minutes.

For those in the first boat, we've pulled together a list of swank, interesting and unique spots for Mother's Day. Be sure to make reservations soon.

Knox Bistro, formerly known as Up on Knox, is chef Bruno Davaillon's ode to the small French restaurants (brasseries) where he grew up in the Loire Valley of France. Their Mother's Day brunch is $75 per person and they have a separate seating and menu for dinner, which is also for $75 per person. There are still a few spots left as of Friday morning; we'd snag those quickly. Make reservations through their website.

Longtime Dallas restaurateur and chef Sharon Von Meter's restaurant, Beckley 1115 in Bishop Arts, is hosting a Mother's Day tea and brunch on Saturday; seatings are at noon and 2 p.m., and will feature four-course savory and sweet traditional tea bites along with tea service for $39 per person. Bubbles are optional. Then Sunday they'll have brunch seatings at 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m. for $49 per person. Book reservations through Open Table. If you're looking for a chill vibe, and neighborhood feel with an exceptional kitchen, this is your spot.

Booty's in Deep Ellum will have a Black Girl Magic drag brunch hosted by Barbie Davenport from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday for a Mother's Day you'll never forget. DJ Dezi 5 will be there. Get tickets for $20 through Eventbrite.

Villa Azur is a South of France-inspired restaurant at the W Hotel in Uptown. They still have some spots open for Mother's Day brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu highlights the vibrant flavors of the French Mediterranean. They'll also have a la carte menu with a Texas frittata, a Villa Azur burger and a blooming pannacotta made with Valrhona white chocolate panna cotta, compressed strawberries and pineberries and hibiscus pineapple consommé.
click to enlarge You can taste the hours spent on Carbone's tremendous lasagna Bolognese. - CHRIS WOLFGANG
You can taste the hours spent on Carbone's tremendous lasagna Bolognese.
Chris Wolfgang
4208 Oaklawn Ave.
Impress Mom with reservations at Carbone's. (That's with an s.) We're talking about the red-sauce Italian restaurant that has been slinging out plates of fabulous pasta for 15 years, not the new kids down the block who are booked with reservations for a month. Call 214- 522-4208 for reservations at Carbone's. Or call ahead to pick up a frozen Bolognese or spinach lasagna and a bottle of wine at 45% off. Watch their website for an updated Sunday dinner menu.

click to enlarge Encina will have a special menu for Mother's Day. - ALISON MCLEAN
Encina will have a special menu for Mother's Day.
Alison McLean
614 W. Davis St. (Bishop Arts District)
This neighborhood restaurant in Bishop Arts District will have Mother's Day brunch items such as blue corn butterscotch pancakes, skillet quiche, house-made English muffins with beef cheek pastrami, deviled egg puree and pimento cheese, all to be washed down with seasonal mimosas. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 469-620-3644.
click to enlarge Japanese pancakes at Harper's - HARPER'S
Japanese pancakes at Harper's
2525 Elm St. (Downtown)
Harper's has gone all-in for brunch, and as part of the Milkshake Concepts brand, this spot knows how to throw a good party while hosting an unforgettable meal. The menu here is globally inspired and the brunch spread includes The Glass Room Omelette Station, which is basically where a chef prepares omelets in a glass room. [Shrugs.] Mom digs stuff like that though, right? Reservations can be made here.

208 S. Akard St. (Downtown, AT&T Discovery Center)
Hawthorn in downtown is a stunning space with floor-to-ceiling windows on one end and a large open kitchen at the other and a swank dining space in between. The Mother's Day brunch menu includes a kolache board, French toast, stuffed squash blossoms, croque madame, beignets and more. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 214-760-1554.

5901 Winthrop St., #110 (Plano) and 1920 McKinney Ave. (Uptown)
Haywire will have brunch from 10 4 p.m. Get their authentic ranch-to-table cuisine from a Gulf shrimp cocktail bar, house-cured smoked salmon, a carving station and a taco bar. Or dive into a smothered chicken, chicken and waffles, white cheddar green chile grits and more. The buffet is $49.95 for adults, $19.95 for ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under. Haywire Uptown will serve the standard brunch menu.
click to enlarge The Mother's Day Drag Brunch at Legacy Hall will have themed cocktails. - COURTESY OF LEGACY HALL
The Mother's Day Drag Brunch at Legacy Hall will have themed cocktails.
Courtesy of Legacy Hall

Legacy Hall
7800 Windrose Ave. (Plano)
Looking for something fun and different? Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Legacy Hall on the third floor. They'll have a special brunch, plus themed cocktails, a fabulous drag show and a meet-n-greet after. Imagine the questions Mom will have after a few drinks. Let her roll, this is her day. Tickets are $60 per person and need to be bought in advance.

Malai Kitchen
Various Locations
In addition to their regular brunch menu, Malai Kitchen is offering specialty Mother’s Day items including seared scallops, pan-seared Alaskan halibut, soft-shell crab curry, Vietnamese coffee cake, strawberry lemongrass martini and botanical garden cocktail. Price varies. Reservations can be made via their website or calling the location of your choice.

Mercat Bistro
2550 Harry Hines Blvd. (Harwood District)
If Mom is partial to a quaint French dining experience in a cozy environment with exceptional service and food, this is your spot. The outdoor seating is lovely, but inside you can watch the open kitchen if you prefer that. They'll have a specialty Mother’s Day brunch entrées like lobster Benedict, smoked salmon crepes, duck confit as well as a special orange tart for dessert. Their regular menu is also available. Reservations can be made on their website or by calling 214-953-0917.
click to enlarge The calabrese sausage is on the Mother's Day special menu. - ALISON MCLEAN
The calabrese sausage is on the Mother's Day special menu.
Alison McLean
5650 Village Glen Drive (The Village)
One of our favorite new restaurants of the year, Meridian will host a four-course brunch on Sunday, May 8, from 11 3 p,m. for $65 per person. The brunch begins with a pastry and breadboard from their stellar in-house bakery. Diners then get to choose from two snacks for the table, one of six main courses including a laminated brioche French toast with catupiry mousse, strawberries and saba. Or go for their stunning Calabrese sausage with crispy potatoes, black beans, cilantro and a sunny-side-up egg. Book through Resy. A credit card is required to reserve, in case of late cancellations (48 hours required to avoid $25 per person charge.)

3311 Oak Lawn Ave.
Just like a bistro that spills out onto the sidewalk in your favorite French neighborhood, Parigi occupies a unique spot in the Dallas dining scene. Get Mom one of their daily special frozen drinks then get their strawberry and brie French toast with a molasses and rum cream and candied pecans all topped with whipped cream. Yum. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, call 214-521-0295.

The Ranch at Las Colinas
857 W. John Carpenter Freeway (Irving)
This ranch-to-table spot will have 12 food stations including a Gulf shrimp cocktail bar, a house-cured hot smoked salmon and a Texas cornmeal waffles station. Repeat: a Gulf shrimp cocktail bar. That beats an omelet bar all day. Brunch from 10 3 p.m., with reservations available through OpenTable.

Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar
2501 N. Harwood St. (Harwood)
This lovely space in the Harwood District has an incredible garden patio. For Mother’s Day, they are offering a three-course prix fixe brunch menu with items such as smoked salmon bagel, red velvet stuffed French toast, short-rib and avocado Benedict and strawberry shortcake. Brunch is $70 per person. Reservations can be made here or by calling 214-782-9807.

Second Floor at The Exchange (Ounce and Ichi Ni San)
211 S. Akard St. (Downtown)
The AT&T Discovery District is quite stunning. Mom will gush for weeks about how you know all the best spots. Ounce and Ichi Ni San on the second floor of The Exchange will have a Mother’s Day brunch buffet with pastries, a smoked salmon station, ceviche, fresh fruit, an omelet station, a prime rib carving station and more. A Flower Cart by Petal to the Metal will be set up outside to offer custom bouquets, flower crowns and single stems for sale. $50 for adults and $25 for kids. Reservations can be made on their website or by calling 972-268-7605.

TJ’s Seafood Market
6025 Royal Lane (Park Cities) and 4212 Oak Lawn Ave. (Highland Park)
TJ's is classic Dallas dining. And they LOVE moms. In addition to the regular menu available at both locations, TJ's Preston Royal is offering specialty items such as challah French toast, migas, lobster rolls, sangria, $5 white cranberry mimosas and more. Reservations can be made via their website or by calling Preston Royal (214-691-2369) or Oak Lawn (214-219-3474).

Toussaint Brasserie
1907 Elm St. (Downtown)
Toussaint recently opened in downtown on Elm Street and the space is beautiful. The French fare is even better. Mother's Day brunch will be available with boeuf bourguignon hash, banana macadamia nut pancakes, lobster Benedict, pain perdue and frozen French 75. Additionally, they'll have pineapple upside-down French toast with macadamia nuts and a spiced rum syrup.

2401 McKinney Ave. (Uptown) and 1420 Plaza Place (Southlake)
Truluck's will have West Coast Dungeness crab (hand-picked) pasta in a creamy tomato sauce along with drink and dessert specials. Mother’s Day hours are 11 9 both the Dallas and Southlake location, and reservations are highly recommended.
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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.
Angie Quebedeaux is a freelance food writer for the Observer. A "ragin' Cajun" from Lafayette, she's been in Dallas since 2002. She is an HR director by day and loves to “laissez les bon temps rouler.”