Texas Living

Brunch with Mom in These Gardens

By Lisa Martin 5.5.15

When blissful sunshine beckons in the weeks before the weather starts sizzling, why not indulge in an al fresco brunch with mom for Mother’s Day. These glorious venues located throughout the state are perfect for savoring this special meal in the great outdoors.

Dallas Arboretum

Tucked inside the splendid 66-acre garden of historic DeGolyer House is an eponymous restaurant where diners can eat outside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Notable Sunday brunch selections include brisket Benedict, chicken and waffles, and creme brulee french toast. Prefer something a bit more down-to-earth? The Arboretum allows you to tote your own picnic onto the grounds.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

On the banks of Lake Austin and boasting more than 150 picnic tables and nearly 70 barbecue pits, Emma Long offers several rock gardens that exude a stark, startling beauty. Pre- and post-dining options abound here, such as hiking Turkey Creek Trail, playing volleyball, and swimming beside a waterfall.

Houston’s Food Trucks

Communities from Fort Worth to New Braunfels have helped drive the food-truck trend, but Space City boasts nearly a thousand trucks located everywhere from the Sam Houston Race Park to Crawford Street. Look for brunchy fare from trucks like Breakfast Burritos Anonymous, Melange Creperie and Juice Girl, then haul your vittles to one of Houston’s best-loved gardens, such as Memorial Park near the Houston Arboretum or Hermann Park Bayou Parkland.