Mother’s Day is less than a week away, and what better way to celebrate dear old mom — or celebrate being a dear old mom — than to indulge in a luxurious brunch? The question is, which brunch is the best? While you may already have a few places in mind, we asked members of Austin’s food community to share their ideas.
Personally, I like to indulge a little for Mother’s Day, as does my mom. And nothing says indulgence more than home-style cooking. If I didn’t have to worry about a reservation or a long line, I’d likely be perched at either Counter Cafe for a juicy bacon cheeseburger, or at Jack Allen’s Kitchen for the veritable smörgåsbord buffet (with an extra helping of tomato pie).
But for something a little more refined, head to Eden East for a special Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch featuring a staggered buffet presentation from Chef Sonya Coté. Starting with an appetizer buffet from 1 to 2:30 pm, feast on fresh carrot-orange juice, mini crab cakes, cornmeal fried oysters, pickled farm veggies, and rosemary scones with strawberry jam and beignets with honey.
Following appetizers, there will be a family-style buffet from 1:30 to 2:30 pm with chèvre gelato; French breakfast slaw; Herbs de Provence lamb chops with roasted root vegetables, dill yogurt and dried lemon; rainbow chard frittata with house-made ricotta and wild boar bacon, and more. After brunch, moms will be given a toast before participating in a Mother's Day appreciation "maypole dance-off" to Donna Summer. Reservations required, $100 for brunch.
For a special occasion, you can count on Chef Josh Watkins and his team at The Carillon to deliver excellent food with seamless service. The restaurant is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch with special seating times at 10:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 1:30 pm. Menu highlights include crab cake eggs Benedict served with hollandaise and celery hearts; seared ahi tuna; oysters on the half shell; a smoked strip loin carving station; blue corn crusted-braised beef short ribs served with cilantro, pineapple tomatillo puree, chorizo and charred corn, and more.
Look forward to a complimentary champagne bar with all sorts of fixings for DIY mimosas and more. Reservations required. Adults are $65 and up, kids ages 6 to 12 are $19.95, and kids 5 and under are free.
New east side hot spot LaV is already wowing Austinites with special Sunday brunches. For Mother’s Day, luxurious interiors and a tantalizing wine menu are just the beginning. The French-inspired restaurant will offer a prix-fixe menu for $65 for adults and $15 for children.
The adult meal starts with a complimentary pear bellini as well as oat scones served with strawberry preserves and house-made butter. Brunch is served as a three-course menu with choices including fennel-cured salmon with bagel chips and crème fraiche; crab salad with crème fraiche, herbs and citrus supremes; oak-grilled chicken with roasted fingerling potatoes; or buckwheat crepes with scrambled eggs, caviar and hollandaise.
(For dessert, don’t miss the brioche doughnuts with vanilla bean pastry cream and berry jam, a specialty of Chef Janina O'Leary.) Reservations are required.
- Jessica Dupuy, CultureMap
"For an easy, relaxing brunch on Mother’s Day, I would take my mom to Epicerie. The patio is delightful, and all the natural light in the dining room is lovely in the afternoon. The menu is small, but offers something for everyone. It’s not your typical brunch experience, which may be why I like it so much. For a Mother's Day dinner out, I would take my mom to Lenoir. The food is always fun and tasty, and the whole experience really makes special occasions feel celebrated. You can’t go wrong there."
- Mary Catherine Curren, 24 Diner, Arro, Easy Tiger
"I think a delightful experience is the combo of Chavez and the Four Seasons. The brunch at Chavez is inventive and delicious. You couldn’t ask for a prettier, more airy and bright dining room overlooking the lake. Also, even though mom is certainly worth every penny, the price tag at Chavez won’t break the bank. Save the splurge for the cocktails! After Chavez, take a stroll down the street to the bar at the Four Seasons. They have a well-curated back bar and a very comfortable lounge to relax in and swap stories and memories while enjoying a tipple or two together."
- Jessica Sanders, drink.well.
"Although my mother is not in Austin, I'd probably take her to La Condesa or Olive & June. I say La Condesa because the space is so vibrant and beautiful. The food is great and we can spend the rest of the afternoon shopping on Second Street or taking a walk by Lady Bird Lake. As for Olive & June, I think it would be a nice treat because the service is always warm and on point and I'm a big fan of their desserts."
- Janina O’Leary, LaV
"My top choice would be Texas French Bread. Nice folks, plus a laid back atmosphere and quality food. Its coffee program is one of the best you'll find around town to accompany a meal."
- Sean Henry, Houndstooth
"My mother loves being outside sitting on the patio, so we'd probably go to Contigo. We can get a great daytime cocktail, some biscuits and jam, and relax for an hour or so. The service is friendly and earnest and brunch there is accessible and homey."
- Paul Henry, Houndstooth
"Besides TRACE, I have two great Mother's Day picks. First, Josephine House. It's beautiful and the food is great. Plus my lovely wife LeAnn is the sommelier next door at Jeffrey's. Sometimes it's nice to celebrate in place where everyone knows you. My other pick would be Clark's. Again the ambiance is great, as is the food. Plus, this charcuterie man hasn't been eating much meat lately and so, for selfish reasons, I could have a really great meal there, too."
- Lawrence Kocurek, TRACE