Mother's Day is no time for experiments. Mom wants lunch, good service and, most of all, somebody else to do all the work.
Here are some suggestions:
In Dallas, the Nasher Sculpture Center offers a gourmet brunch and mimosa bar at Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. The menu includes chicken and waffles, crab cakes, smoked salmon croque monsieur, as well as traditional brunch items. There will also be a performance by the Dallas Opera. $45 members; $55 nonmembers, includes admission. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 2001 Flora St., Dallas Arts District. 214-242-5144.
La Duni, the Latin cafe with amazing desserts, will serve brunches at its four Dallas locations. The NorthPark La Duni will have a buffet, $24.95 a person. Try the four leches cafe. The other locations will offer a four-course meal and mimosa toast, $29.95. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. www.laduni.com
Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen will dish up brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for $35 per person. Entrees include smoked ham crepe and jumbo lump crab Benedict, with creme brulee among dessert options. 6130 Luther Lane, Dallas. 214-890-1103, www.kentrathbun.com/blueplate/dallas
In Northeast Tarrant County, Bob's Steak & Chop House will serve its regular menu, including steaks, a pork-chop dinner with applesauce, rack of lamb or fresh seafood; 1255 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-481-5555, www.bobs-steakandchop.com.
Winewood Restaurant offers a three-course menu featuring chicken cordon bleu, salmon or a rib-eye; $29. 1265 S. Main St., www.thewinewood.com.
Even North Main BBQ in Euless has a rose for Mom. Owner Hubert Green, 85, knows moms don't always want barbecue. "But if you can get Mama in here," he said, "she'll like it." The meal is $15. North Main is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; 406 N. Main St., 817-267-7821.
In Arlington, beloved Cacharel's menu includes a choice of almond-crusted tilapia, salmon, chicken-mushroom crepes or beef tenderloin with (of course) a chocolate soufflé; $48.50. 817-640-9981, www.cacharel.net.
Or there's Babe's Chicken Dinner House, serving a choice of fried or smoked chicken along with catfish and other dishes; 230 N. Center St., 817-801-0300, www.babeschicken.com.
Roanoke's restaurant row has Babe's, Hard Eight BBQ and fine-dining Classic Cafe, serving beef tenderloin, roast chicken piccata or basil-pesto salmon; $35. 504 N. Oak St., 817-430-8185, theclassiccafe.com.
In Fort Worth, besides the hotels and buffets, Grace will open Sunday. Choices include eggs Benedict, Texas berry French toast, Kobe beef pot roast or buttermilk-fried chicken; $14-$40. 777 Main St., 817-877-3388, gracefortworth.com.
Bailey's Prime Plus will offer an ambitious buffet that will include prime rib, lemon-roasted chicken, Coca Cola-glazed ham, egg dishes, sides and strawberry shortcake; $49. 2901 Crockett St., 817-870-1100, www.baileysprimeplus.com.
Salsa Fuego will serve a $17 brunch buffet with egg dishes, jalapeño-bacon waffles, chilaquiles and brisket; 3520 Alta Mere Drive (Texas 183), 817-560-7888, salsafuegofw.com.
In Watauga, Chef Point Cafe will feature lobster tail, prime rib, roast duck, stuffed swordfish or lamb chops in mint sauce, plus its popular lobster bisque and escargot. 5901 Watauga Road, 817-656-0080, chefpointcafe.org.
And if all else fails, the Blue Mesa Grill locations will start the regular Sunday brunch buffet at 8 a.m.