It's only my second Mother's Day as a mom, but I feel like I've got this thing figured out: Let me sleep an extra hour, send me off to get my nails painted and take me to a great restaurant.
Of course, the woman you're celebrating may enjoy being pampered in other ways. But because you're here, let's guess that a great restaurant is part of your plan. Here's where to take Mom, Grandma, Step-Granny or anyone else you love dearly in Dallas-Fort Worth on Mother's Day weekend.
For Moms who brunch
The textbook Mother's Day dining experience involves brunch. Why? Brunch is elegant. And brunch encourages drinking wine before noon. So brunch we shall.
(But keep reading, because there are plenty of other times of day to celebrate Mom on Mother's Day weekend. Also, beware that reservations may be required on this busy dining-out holiday, so be sure to check with restaurants ahead of time.)
Bird Cafe: Sample chef Kyle Baker's almond pancakes served with walnut toffee and cinnamon butter, or go healthier with roasted asparagus, grilled ham and poached eggs. Brunch runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mother's Day. 155 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. birdinthe.net.
Cru Food and Wine Bar: How about a wine country brunch that doesn't involve leaving the big city? At Cru, diners choose from three courses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day. Menu options include goat cheese beignets, truffle lobster mac and cheese and chocolate lava cake. Decadent! Cru has restaurants in Allen, Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano. cruawinebar.com.
El Bolero: Choosing what to eat at El Bolero, a Mexican kitchen in the Dallas Design District, will be tough. Tuna tostaditas with mango coulis and avocado puree or pancakes with abuelita chocolate butter? Lobster huevos rancheros or 48-hour short rib with chimichurri? You won't have to pick a dessert; everybody gets deconstructed dulce de leche cheesecake. Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day. 1201 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. elbolero.argconcepts.com.
Ellerbe Fine Foods: Everyone starts with a small Cubano -- that's cured pork loin on a crostini with melted swiss, Dijon and a pickle -- before diving into a three-course brunch. Main courses include a choice of shrimp risotto, eggs Florentine tartine or brisket with grits. Kids are welcome: They get grilled cheese, french fries and dessert. Available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mother's Day. 1501 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. ellerbefinefoods.com.
Fearing's: For brunch with modern Texas flair from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day, longtime Dallas chef Dean Fearing and his team are serving dishes like blackberry barbecue-glazed Texas quail; foie gras with beignets and strawberry-rhubarb jam; and West Texas filet mignon and lobster omelets. Moms who dine at Fearing's will get 15 percent off a spa visit at the Ritz-Carlton. 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. fearingsrestaurant.com.
Lark on the Park: Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day is a la carte, which means Mom can order whatever she likes. We've got our eye on the sweet potato chip crusted fried chicken or the brown butter blueberry pancakes. 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. larkonthepark.com.
Ocean Prime: Take your loved ones to Ocean Prime in Uptown Dallas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day for an a la carte brunch. Consider it special, too: Ocean Prime is open for brunch only on certain holidays. Menu options include French toast, quiche, blackened salmon salad and more. 2101 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. ocean-prime.com.
State & Allen: This quaint restaurant serves Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here's why it's different from the others: Moms get free flowers to take home. And there's a build-your-own mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. 2400 Allen St., Dallas. stateandallen.com.
Table 13: At this restaurant, which describes its decor as "1960s Vegas," diners will find live music all day on Mother's Day. Dining options include bacon-wrapped dates, lobster bisque, shrimp scampi, surf 'n' turf and the like. Mimosas and Bloody Marys cost $5. Table 13 starts with brunch at 11 a.m. on Mother's Day but stays open until 8 p.m. 4812 Belt Line Road, Dallas. table13addison.com.
Truluck's: Brunch at Truluck's starts on Mother's Day at 11 a.m. but you can also go for lunch or dinner, through 9 p.m. that day. This restaurant specializes in seafood, such as a Mediterranean salad topped with crab, shrimp and calamari, though it's also offering short-rib hash browns and chicken-fried steak and eggs. Ask if Mom wants to start with the Mother's Daydream: a stylish cocktail with vodka, lemon juice, mint leaves and more. 2401 McKinney Ave., Dallas; and 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake. trulucks.com.
Lunch with a view
Five Sixty: Put Mom on top of the world by taking her up, up, up to the restaurant inside Reunion Tower. Five Sixty, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, specializes in Asian cuisine. Three courses from 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. on Mother's Day include items such as crab cake Benedict and Korean fried chicken and waffles. 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas. wolfgangpuck.com.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Here, the view is not from above, it's right outside. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is hosting high tea from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Wear hats, gloves and pink attire to add to the fun. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. fwbg.org.
Ser Steak + Spirits: Call ahead before you zoom up to the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mother's Day. Families will find a menu with charcuterie boards, seafood, carving stations and desserts. Kids 4 and younger eat free. 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. sersteak.com.
If she has a sweet tooth
Your mom is sweet in more ways than one. If she prefers to end a delicious lunch or dinner with a sweet treat, make your reservations at these spots.
Carso: This restaurant at the Hilton Granite Park hotel in Plano calls its Mother's Day offering from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. a Champagne brunch. Good start, right? Bubbly is only the start: Next come cheese plates, croissants, grilled meats, egg dishes and sushi. Don't forget dessert: a pastry table will be stocked with panna cotta, butterscotch pudding, flourless chocolate cake, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate eclairs and tiramisu shooters. Oh, yes, and a chocolate fountain! 5805 Granite Parkway, Plano. dallasplanogranitepark.hilton.com.
The Mercury: Mother's Day at the Mercury, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starts with buffet-style brunch with items such as sushi, chicken enchiladas and smoked salmon. But the restaurant then offers one of the longest dessert menus we've seen this year, with sweets that include chocolate mousse cake, white-chocolate cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries, caramel flan, pecan pie and more. The restaurant is opening especially for Mother's Day; it's usually closed on Sundays. 11909 Preston Road, Dallas. themercurydallas.com.
Urban Donut: Does Mom love doughnuts? If you plan in advance, you can send your mom a doughnut bouquet -- which is like a floral bouquet but much more delicious. Customers can personalize their bouquets by choosing the flavors of doughnuts, frostings and fillings. A bouquet of seven doughnuts costs $34.99 and needs to be ordered by May 11. 2805 Allen St., Dallas. urbandonutdallas.com.
Freebies for Mom
There is such thing as a free lunch at certain restaurants celebrating Mom in Dallas-Fort Worth. Check out these places where families can find deals.
El Fenix: Purchase any entree at El Fenix and moms get free sopapillas. El Fenix is celebrating 100 years in business in 2018; feel free to offer Mom a history lesson while you're there. At all El Fenix locations in D-FW. elfenix.com.
Fogo de Chao: Visit any of the Fogo de Chao restaurants in D-FW on Mother's Day between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., and each mom will go home with a free gift card, good for one lunch or dinner in the future at Fogo. The restaurant is a churrascaria that specializes in generous portions of meat and seafood. Restaurants in Addison, Dallas and Plano. fogodechao.com.
Pizza Inn: If you're part of the rewards club, here's the deal: Buy one adult buffet, get one free for mom. It's valid on Mother's Day only, and for only one mom. More than a half-dozen locations in D-FW. pizzainn.com.
Pluckers Wing Bar: Each mom gets a free entree, side and non-alcoholic beverage, up to $15 in value, at Pluckers. The catch: Families have to post a family photo to Facebook or Instagram, marked with the hashtag #Pluckers. It's a good option for a quick meal, especially if you've got kids in tow. All day on Mother's Day at seven restaurants in D-FW: in Addison, Allen, Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine and Plano. pluckers.com.
Tupelo Honey: This Frisco restaurant is celebrating Mother's Day all weekend. From May 11 through 14, anyone who orders an entree after 4 p.m. gets a free dessert. 6725 Winning Drive, Frisco. tupelohoneycafe.com.
Great restaurants to try anytime
Perhaps Mom isn't picky about whether she goes to brunch or lunch. Check out these hot spots in around D-FW -- great for date night, ladies night, any night. Her night.
In Dallas: Try Sixty Vines, the new wine-and-dine restaurant that just opened at the Crescent in Uptown Dallas. Or Gung Ho, the so-hot-right-now Chinese-American restaurant with fun cocktails and shareable food. Or, if you call ahead: Alice, one of Dallas' sexiest spots for drinks and dinner.
In Fort Worth: Have you taken her to the Shops at Clearfork yet? Two ideas: B&B Butchers and Restaurant for an upscale steak dinner or Fixe Southern House for down-home food. Before or after, stop into some of the shops within walking distance, like Francesca's or Kendra Scott. (Or Louis Vuitton: Ooh la la!) End with a sweet bite at Joy Macarons or Amorino Gelato.
In Collin County: Have you been to seafood restaurant The Keeper? It's a gorgeous spot in Plano, owned by the same folks who operate Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco and more. If you're not going on a weekend, stop in for Tiki Hour (happy hour) for good prices on mussels and seafood campechana. In adorable downtown McKinney, Patina Green has been delighting people for years. And in Frisco, don't miss Italian restaurant Da Mario or Mediterranean spot Zaytinya.
In Grapevine/Southlake: Take her on a wine tour. On Main Street in Grapevine, you can go door to door from one spot to the next, making an afternoon out of it. Finish at Messina Hof, which has nice views from the patio.
In Irving: The chic Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is always a good choice, especially for a short staycation. (Note that the restaurant LAW is your eating option; it replaced Cafe on the Green.) Or, stop into the massive Ranch at Las Colinas to sip wine on the patio. If Mom prefers a dinner and a concert or dinner and a movie, head to Toyota Music Factory or Alamo Drafthouse.
If you live in another area of D-FW and would like a restaurant recommendation near you, reach out to me on Twitter at @sblaskovich.