Cod cakes for Mom at Mirador

Mother’s Day Edition: How to brunch (and beyond) with the one who brung ya (into this world)

Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means, almost by definition, brunch. (As if the gays need a reason to go to Sunday brunch.) Here are some ideas about how to celebrate with Mom… including a number of dining options beyond the usual teacakes-and-mimosas, and some that go beyond the one-day-a-year specials.

One out-of-the-box suggestion? Meal and a movie with the mater. The Alamo Drafthouse — which opened two more North Texas locations in the past month, bringing the total to four — is offering three different screenings at three of its locations, each featuring a different film … and each with a very gay twist. The Cedars location will screen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Lake Highlands location will screen the drag classic Mrs. Doubtfire and The Sound of Music will be at Richardson. Each screening also features its own specialized menu, which you can check out at

The much-buzzed-about Bullion marks la fete des meres with a three-course menu created by chef Bruno Davillon that includes a selection of apps (among them a lobster cocette), steak frites, pain d’or (that’s French toast to you) and a dessert. It will be served 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Another one of the more acclaimed newer restaurants in town, Mirador at the top of the Forty Five Ten boutique in Downtown, will serve a variety of dining options from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., contained with its rotating menu of seasonal favorites, like a tomato soup, lobster roll, cod cake and farro bowl.

Some of the decadent rolls from Cinnaholic.

If you don’t wanna go out or scramble for a reservation, bring brunch to mom from Cinnaholic. The Atlanta-based purveyors or gourmet cinnamon buns now have three North Texas locations, and their creations are among the most indulgent delights you can imagine: Huge, frosting-smothered rolls available in a rainbow of flavors, from chai to cream cheese, in addition to topics like fruits, nuts, and cookies. We’ve tried everything from a simple orange-glazed bun to elaborate towers of decadence, and walk away wanting more. Most surprising of all? Each bun is 100 percent vegan. Visit for locations.

Celebrate the day before Mother’s Day at Parigi — the Readers Voice Award-winner for best dining experience — by helping the bistro commemorate 200 years of Veuve Clicquot Rose with specially priced bites and bubbles all day.

Coming soon, but after Sunday, is an event you can enjoy alone or with mom: Taste Addison, the annual celebration of the eateries that help define the North Texas town. Some of the items you should definitely check out: Khao soi noodles from Thai Orchid, the Chimayo market corn (a sort of elotes-on-a-stick) from Blue Mesa Grill and meatballs from Public 972. In addition there will be a beer hall, test kitchen and live music from headliner Casey Donahew. It runs May 18–20. Visit for the schedule.

You can also pick and choose your favorite foodie events with the annual Savor Dallas, which kicks of May 17 at the Farmers Market and and continues through a brunch on May 20. See the entire lineup at             

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