Tasting notes

Posted on 11 May 2006 at 8:12pm
By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer

Sunday offers numerous Mother’s Day brunches; Norma’s Cafe turns 50



Even for Sunday brunch, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse offers wine-and-food pairing options.

She endured 13 hours or painful labor to give birth to you. She hugged you when you came out to her and smoothed things over with your dad. The least you can do it take her to brunch on Mother’s Day.

The second Sunday in May is traditionally one of the busiest for phone calls, flowers and dining out for good reason. Restaurants pull out all the stops for nice brunches some very affordable, some wonderfully extravagant to let you say, “Thanks, Mom,” any way you choose.

Here are a baker’s dozen to consider all scouted by Dallas Voice. Most require or recommend reservations and offer Mother’s Day seating from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Alessio’s, 214-824-2200. If your family is Italian, or you just enjoy traditional Mediterranean food, Alessio’s is back with a $32 menu providing a choice of appetizer, soup or salad, main course and dessert.

Amuse, 214-428-7300. Enjoy a ‘smores fondue or any of the other charming, tasty items on the menu.

Clay Pit, Addison, 972-233-0111. For something unusual but simply delicious, try this contemporary Indian cuisine, which offers, meat, fish and vegetarian options, all under $19.

Daddy Jack’s, 214-653-3949. Seafood and grill items are served along with mimosa and bloody Marys.

Ferrari’s, Addison, 972-980-9898. Italian brunch demands a bellini, which Ferrari’s offers along with a buffet of antipasti, entrees and desserts.

The Grape, 214-828-1981. The romantic Lower Greenville bistro provides a long-stem rose to mom with a three-course menu under $25.

Local, 214-752-7500. The Deep Ellum hot-spot introduces its new monthly Sunday brunch with an introductory meal on Mother’s Day.

Maguire’s Uptown Grille, 214-220-1130. The recently re-christened M Bar and Grill holds its first brunch for mom under the new name.

Metro Grill, 214-261-6000. The Uptown eatery serves a special brunch.
Nana, 214-761-7470. Splurge with a meal at the Anatole’s signature fine-dining locale, with a four-course a la carte menu for $70 per person, including champagne.

Pappas Bros., 214-366-2000. Even for brunch, the steakhouse offers food and wine pairings, like surf-and-turf with an Australian Grenache for a touch of indulgence.

Parigi, 214-521-0295. Bring mom to the gayborhood for an a la carte menu that includes blueberry and macadamia waffles.

Tijuana Bar & Grill, 214-443-9293. Brunch buffet with both morning and afternoon items is $15 for adults ($11 for seniors), including flowers for mom.

Norma’s Cafe has been an Oak Cliff institution for a long time 50 years, to be exact. On May 15, owner Ed Murph will roll back prices on some items to 1956 levels, like chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes for only 95 cents.

This week’s Burning Question is: What will the Dallas Observer do without Dave Faries? The dining writer has packed his bags and moved to Prague.
On Wednesday, Bravo’s hit show “Top Chef” begins the first of a two-part finale that pits a straight contestant (Harold) against a bisexual woman (Tiffani) and a gay man (Dave). Let the crab claws come out.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 12, 2006.

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