Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 8, requires a few things: flowers, a nice card, and most importantly, brunch. Fortunately, there’s a ton of different ways to do the latter in Austin. Show her the love by making a reservation at one of these fabulous restaurants. From omelet stations to pancakes and free-flowing mimosas, this day is basically the Olympics of brunching. Here is a list of places where you can really do it right:
The always amazing and over-the-top Jeffrey’s is kicking it up a notch on Mother’s Day, with truffle deviled eggs, lobster and caviar blinis, a carving station with wood-grilled tenderloin, and, the main attraction: a roving mimosa cart. Enjoy a relaxing meal with mom accompanied by Margaret Wright on piano in the lounge. Call 512-477-5583 for reservations. Price is $80 per person.
Of course, right next door to Jeffrey’s is the beautiful little cottage restaurant known as Josephine House, and it’s a fantastic place to take your mom. Seriously, all moms love this place. The decadent brunch here will include options like lemon ricotta pancakes with berries, maple syrup, and housemade cultured butter; and steak and eggs with a sunny side up egg, roasted fingerling potatoes, and avocado chimichurri. We’re drooling! Complimentary mimosas are also available upon request. $45 per person. Call 512-477-5584.
Goodall’s Kitchen is offering a three-course prix fixe brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a choice of an appetizer, main, and dessert. A quick scan of the menu, and the perfect order looks like: warm sugar and Nutella donuts, shrimp and grits, and strawberry cobbler with ice cream to finish. Get it all for $44. Call 512-628-4400 for reservations.
While not technically brunch, we still had to put this one on the list. If you want to treat the mother in your life to a classy affair, make a reservation for Mother’s Day Victorian Tea at The Driskill. Each afternoon from 3-5 p.m. starting on Thursday, May 5 until Mother’s Day, enjoy traditional tea service, including tea sandwiches, petite fours, French pastries, and champagne. Make a reservation by calling 512-391-7227. Prices are $46 for adults and $26 for children ages 12 and under on May 5 and May 6, and $56 for adults and $33 for children ages 12 and under on May 7 and 8.
For a delicious, buffet-style brunch for the entire family, try Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Mother’s Day brunch, featuring everything from an omelet bar and shrimp bisque to coq au vin and braised short ribs. As a bonus, there will be chocolate-dipped strawberries for mom, and a buffet just for the little ones. Call 512- 329-7906 to make reservations. Prices are $66.95 for adults and $24.95 for children 6-12; children under 5 eat free.
Another great family friendly option is The Carillon between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Featuring breakfast favorites like eggs benedict and berry pancakes, plus a cold seafood bar, a carving station with wagyu beef, and a children’s buffet. Adults pay $65, kids ages 6-12 are $25, and kids 5 and under eat free. To make a reservation, call 512-404-3655.
Lonesome Dove on Colorado, is the second location of Chef Tim Love’s famous western restaurant. They’ll be serving up a three-course brunch with highlights like Elk-Pork Feting Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Hollandaise. The meal will kick off with freshly squeezed orange juice, a screwdriver, or a mimosa for Mom. Price is $56 and brunch runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 512-271-2474 to reserve a table.
Last, but certainly not least, Central Standard Kitchen & Bar is doing their classic American thing with favorites like bacon fat cheddar biscuits, gulf shrimp cocktail, eggs benedict, and prime rib roast. Price is $45 per person with complimentary valet at South Congress Hotel. Reserve a table online or call 512-942-0823.
Above, from top: Central Standard Kitchen & Bar; Josephine House, photo by Casey Dunn