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Where to Dine for Mother’s Day 2021 in Austin

Rick Martinez

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Let's get something straight right from the get-go.

You wouldn't be here if it wasn't for mom. Am I right?

So with Mother’s Day 2021 right around the corner on Sunday, the 9th of May, what better way to spend a day with mom than with some fine fare. There are a number of Mother’s Day specials being offered by Austin restaurants and businesses that promise to make your weekend extra memorable.

But for now, we're going to talk about food.

Good food.

We’ve compiled a list of nationally known restaurants as well as local favorites, for those looking to splurge or budget. There are options for everyone from 4-course meals that will keep you in luxury to fast food deals with great taste.

So without further ado, here are some Austin restaurants that mom will love (and so will you!)

Chez Zee American Bistro

All walks of ATX life love Chez Zee for it's fanciful décor and dressed-up American comfort food.

The menu offers a safe range of favorites from around the globe: pasta primavera, lemon trout, spinach-artichoke dip.

Happy hour specials and live piano music make dinner a special, and festive affair for mom's special day.

Start with crab meat quesadillas and chicken beignets with Dijon dipping sauce, move on to a favorite main course is the double-cut pork chop with fig reduction and sweet potato pudding.

The signature crème brûlée french toast is as wonderful as it sounds.

My fav is the lobster eggs Benedict, ending with a treat from the bakery.

Where: 5406 Balcones Dr. (Northland Dr.)

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

A definite ATX destination, Eddie V's boasts polished service, fresh upscale fare, and top-notch entertainment.

Mom may prefer to dine in the lounge to catch the live jazz and take in the scene while tucked away in a cozy corner table or high-back leather banquette.

Seafood lovers should start with the shellfish appetizer (yum!), a tower of Maine lobster, shrimp, oysters, and jumbo lump crab.

If shellfish isn't mom's thing, opt for one of the hand-cut steaks, paired with an expertly shaken martini.

For a special steak and seafood occasion and for mom, make reservations at the bees knees of downtown dining.

Where: 9400 B Arboretum Blvd.


Next to City Hall, this chic eatery next door attracts lots of downtown folks and foodies looking for real Austin food.

And the ATX'ers know that they get it in a variety of savory and down-home barbecue choices, house-made charcuterie, and other modern dishes made with local, sustainable ingredients.

Make mom proud with the house-smoked jalapeño hotlink, the homemade pimiento cheese, or a bountiful salad starring slow-smoked chicken.

If it's dinner, then the tender ribs---not your everyday ribs, but fennel- and coriander-rubbed pork ribs with maple-glazed apple and roasted fennel slaw will do you right.

If you visit at night, take mom to the bar for live music, wines and creative cocktails.

Fancied-up barbecue that's so good, your mom will want to come back the next day.

Where: 401 W. Second St. (Guadalupe St.); Schneider Bros. Building

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

One of my personal favs in Austin, Moonshine is all about down-home fare and good drinks, and also offers one of downtown's most popular brunches.

I recommend the warm kale and bacon dip or the roasted garlic bulbs served with toast points, goat cheese and marinated red peppers.

Mom approved.

And the jalapeño hanger steak and a chicken and waffles plate makes me salivate just reading the menu, and don't forget the green chile macaroni and cheese.

Where: 303 Red River St. (E. Third St.)
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The restaurant inside the W Hotel is hosting an ‘80s-themed drag queen brunch moms hosted by Vylette Ward. Each mom gets a free glass of bubbles and a bouquet of flowers. 

After all, isn't it time mom saw a drag queen show?

The focus on fresh ingredients makes for an ever-changing menu, though Niman Ranch lamb is nearly always a top feature, perhaps presented with an eggplant curry and minty yogurt. Grouper and drum courtesy of the Texas Gulf are good candidates for a side of roasted street corn with aïoli and cotija cheese.

Modern cuisine created with an intense focus on locally farmed, foraged, and crafted ingredients.

Where: W Austin; 200 Lavaca St. (W. Second St.) 


Steak. Who doesn't love a great steak and if this is you then Flemings is your place.

Make this Mother’s Day as special as she is with their 3-course menu featuring a hand-cut Filet Mignon paired with your choice of Crab-Stuffed Shrimp or Lobster Tail Scampi. O-M-G!

Make this Mother’s Day as special as she is at Flemings.

Where: 320 E. 2nd Street

Culinary Dropout - Austin

Mom will love this place.

At Culinary Dropout, raise your glass to moms and families coming together for a very special day indeed.

Join us at dinner, with a signature cocktail and where slow braised 36-hour pork ribs are a perfect pair.

A place where food and music are life, sit back with mom and chillax while you and your fam enjoy good food and fun. Come hang out and stay with us a while.

Where: 11721 Rock Rose Ave.

Goodall's Kitchen

A local American bistro located inside Hotel Ella, Goodall's is the perfect spot for casual indoor/ outdoor dining on mom's special day. Goodall's offers a classic American dining experience that combines Hotel Ella's historic charm with a modern Austin sensibility, and if I must say, mom will surely approve.

The fried chicken sandwich with creole aioli on a challah bun is heaven.

Mom will certainly want to come back.

Where: 1900 Rio Grande

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