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Mother's Day Brunch Recommendations from All Over

I asked some of my food critic friends and some of the correspondents from around Serious Eats where they would recommend taking your mom on Mother's Day. Intel poured in from around the country. And I added my own picks, too.

Atlanta

John Kessler, food columnist and feature writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says:

We're going to Watershed, which has a great, often overlooked brunch with cream biscuits, lard biscuits, toad in the hole, poached eggs with spinach and country ham, house-cured salmon, candied bacon. 406 West Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur GA 30030; 404-378-4900; watershedrestaurant.com

A nice new choice might be Parish, a very cool-looking New Orleans cooking spot in an old bleach factory in one of the suddenly new in-town nabes that was all crack houses and kudzu just a couple of years ago. It had a fine roast beef debris sandwich with mustard and pickles, but I think Mother's Day brunch is more. 240 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307; 404-681-4434; parishatl.com

[After the jump, some serious recommendations from D.C., Dallas, Chicago, New York, and L.A. that are worthy of that special lady in your life.]

The best classic brunch in Atlanta is Canoe, which has a spectacular patio on the Chattahoochee on the only pretty bend on the northern (i.e., pre-polluted) part. Plus, we're having the prettiest spring in years here. Owned by George McKerrow, Ted Turner's partner in bison burgers. Nice in-house pastries—muffins, scones, all the viennoiserie you could ask for. 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta GA 30339; 707-432-2663; canoeatl.com

Chicago

Michael Nagrant, our Chicago bureau chief, says:

The Four Seasons: Your mom's been giving you the four-star treatment all your life. Itís time to return the favor. Usually pan-everything style brunches with hot-and cold stations means arid omelettes from overworked line cooks and soggy fruit trays. At the Four Seasons, you get sushi-chef-quality maki, sea-fresh crab claws, airy beignets, made-to-order benedicts, and top-level charcuterie. 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago IL 60611; 312-280-8800; fourseasons.com

Green Zebra: A good egg like your mom deserves a good egg, and from custardy quiche with zingy salsa verde to poached eggs coddled by a mound of creamy Anson Mills grits and smoky mushrooms, the folks at Green Zebra know how to cook 'em. 1460 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60622; 312-243-7100; greenzebrachicago.com

Flo: If your momís had too many mimosas or bloody Marys to celebrate her special day, thereís nothing like the spicy green chile chilaquiles or the Eggs Flo, a thick-cut brioche topped with hefty grilled turkey steak, lemony hollandaise, thick poached eggs, and farm-fresh greens, to temper a potential hangover. 1434 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60622; 312-243-0477; eatatflo.com

Dallas

From Bill Addison, the restaurant critic of the Dallas Morning News:

The Dallas branch of Craft has a terrific brunch. They have a short rib hash I love. For something lighter you can't go wrong with the Scottish salmon. 2440 Victory Ave, Dallas TX 75219; 214-397-4111; craftrestaurant.com

This Argentinian-American restaurant La Duni has a really good brunch menu. Chefs Dunia and Espartaco Borga make great scrambled eggs and a killer sticky bun out of brioche dough. In general Dunia does pastries really well. La Duni Latin Cafe - 4620 McKinney Avenue, Dallas TX 75205; 214-520-7390. La Duni Latin Kitchen & Baking Studio - 4264 Oak Lawn, Highland Park TX ; 214-520-6888; www.laduni.com

Probably my favorite meal at Fearing's is brunch. I don't know if Dean Fearing is going to have his fried chicken on the Mother's Day menu, but moms certainly deserve to eat it. It's that good. 2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas TX 75201; 214-922-4848; fearingsrestaurant.com

Los Angeles

Leah Greenstein, Serious Eats' L.A. correspondent, recommends:

The Hungry Cat: Mom always wanted you to eat your vegetables. Now you can toast her with them! The Cat makes incredible bloody Marys and Marias with boutique spirits and fresh-pressed tomatoes. Pair your libation with oysters, a crab-cake eggs bennie, or their famous "pug" burger. 1535 North Vine, Hollywood CA 90028; thehungrycat.com

Jar: The pot roast hash and eggs and the corn pancakes at Suzanne Tracht's chophouse epitomize elegant comfort food. 8225 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90048; thejar.com

Whist at the Viceroy: Let mom live out her L.A. fantasy with Warren Schwartz's luxe buffet all while lounging in a poolside cabana sipping Champagne. 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90401; viceroysantamonica.com/dining/whist.html

New York City

Serious Eats' Ed Levine says:

Boqueria: Last time I went to brunch there it was empty. Don't know if that's still the case. I loved the suckling pig hash. 53 West 19th Street, New York NY 10011; 212-255-4160; boquerianyc.com

Telepan: Great bread basket, egg dishes, and burger. 72 West 69th Street, New York NY 10023; 212-580-4300; telepan-ny.com

Pig Heaven: Hey, Mother's Day is on Sunday, and I have very fond memories of eating Chinese food on Sundays growing up. Moms like spare ribs and roast suckling pig, too. 1540 Second (b/n 80th and 81st), New York NY 10028; 212-744-4887; pigheaven.biz

Washington, D.C.

Serious Eats D.C. bureau chief, Erin Zimmer says:

Blue Duck Tavern inside the Park Hyatt, because the menu has a feel-good, farm-fresh country vibe. A little extravagant this Sunday, though ($80 a pop), but the buffet includes fresh oysters, charcuterie, and cheese, a salad medley with tableside service of entrÈes like Maine scallops, braised lamb shank, and mushroom-crusted filet with foie-gras sauce. 1201 24th Street NW, Washington DC 20037; 202-419-6625; blueducktavern.com

Georgia Brown's, because its weekly Low Country–themed Sunday brunch is always packed but might be overlooked this weekend with the slew of other options. If mama is on a diet, forget it, because this one ($35) is notoriously fattening, with a three-course feast that includes gumbo, buttermilk-fried chicken, cornmeal-crusted catfish, and a dessert buffet with peach cobbler. 950 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20005; 202-393-4499; gbrowns.com

Lebanese Taverna, because it's a neat, hummos-filled alternative to the normal omelet station. The small, local chain will offer a $29 four-course meal with choice of mezza, salad, entree (like bifteak or salmon meshwi) and dessert (like doughnuts drizzled in honey-saffron syrup). Multiple locations, see lebanesetaverna.com

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