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This year, know exactly where to take mom out for Mother's Day. Keep in mind that a lot of places will have big crowds, to avoid long lines remember to call ahead and/or make reservations.

Here are some of my mom-pleasing recommendations, and they come from experience. First off when my mother Alice was alive she wanted to go to Golden Corral and she wanted a big table for the family to sit, eat and converse.

As for the mother of all my 8 children. My dear wife Donna has her favorites but if it's Mother's Day it's got to be Red Lobster. Word of warning (cause it ain't pretty) my wife can eat her weight in steamed or boiled lobster and don't get your hand in the way you just may lose it, and no that's not what happened.

Okay, let's get started, I recommend for Mom's sacred day the following:

Miguel's Tex-MexCafe

Miguel's Mex-Tex Cafe has a 'Mom Favorite' called Steak Ranchero one of the best steaks in the Big Country if you ask me. Have mom try the Honey Chipotle Salmon or the ever-popular Fajitas De Miguel. As a matter of fact, everything on Miguels' menu is incredible. Miguel's has a very relaxing atmosphere too, it's a must for Mother's Day.

Located at 3001 S. Danville Drive, call (325) 698-8100, and they're open Sunday-Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am - 11 pm.

Taylor County Taphouse

The Taylor County Taphouse is featuring their famous dishes like their incredible Steak Diane, their delicious Wicked Chicken, or a vegan favorite Taphouse Pasta. They will be offering their awesome breakfast and lunch combinations. Remember they also have some tasty cocktails like a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, and Tequila Mockingbirds. Leave some room for dessert.

Located at 4002 Catclaw Drive, call (325) 704-2500, and they're open Monday-Thursday from 3 PM - 10 PM, Friday - Saturday 11 AM - 11 PM, and Sunday 10 AM - 10 PM.

Lytle Land & Cattle Company

Lytle Land & Cattle Company is serving their world-famous mesquite-grilled steaks. Lytle land & cattle is famous for its Sharon's rib-eye steaks, tenderloin medallions, seafood, and huge chicken fried steaks. They also have a full-service bar, carrying the most popular wines and beers. Remember, leave room for dessert.

Located at 1150 East/South 11th Street, call (325) 677-1925, and they're open 11 AM - 9 PM Sunday.-Thursday and Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral has such a wide variety from their signature Sirloin Steak, Bourbon Street Chicken, Perfect Pot Roast, Meaty Meatloaf, Fried Chicken, and Fried Fish to their big salad bar. Check out their dessert bar.

Located at 4357 S. Danville, or call (325) 692-4592, and they're open Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 7:30 am-11 pm, and Sunday 7:30 am-10 pm

Red Lobster

Another one of mom's favorites is Red Lobster. This is the place we all love to go to for special occasions. Red Lobster does not take reservations.

Located at  1280 S. Clack, call (325) 695-1191, and they're open Sun-Mon 11 am-10 pm and Fri & Sat 11 am-11 pm.

Copper Creek

If mom's in the mood for white linens on the table and some steak and lobster then give Copper Creek a try. On a side note, Copper Creek changed from white to black linens recently. Nonetheless, Copper Creek is a real nice place.

Located at 4401 Loop 322, call (325) 692-4424, reservations welcomed, they're open Mon-Thu 11 am-10, Fri & Sat 11 am-11 pm, and they are closed Sundays, except for holidays but open Mother's Day Only 11 am-3 pm.

Perini Ranch Steakhouse

This place is top of the list for moms that know what they want. Tom Perini will make sure there's plenty of prime rib, his world-famous beef tenderloin plus all the other Perini  Ranch Steakhouse favorites.

Located at 3002 Highway 89 Buffalo Gap, call (325) 572-3339, reservations required, and they're open Tues-Thurs 5 pm-10 pm, and Fri-Sun 11 am-10 pm


If mom is more in the mood for some excellent Mexican food, then Abuelo's is a great place, with their signature plates and their famous papas.

Located at 4782 South 14th St, call (325) 692-4776, and they're open Mon-Thu 11 am-10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-11 pm, and Mother's Day Only 11 am-3 pm.

Olive Garden

If your mother prefers pasta and some tasty garlic breadsticks then the Olive Garden is a great place. Mom's always like the lively atmosphere and their delicious dishes.

Located at 3210 South Clack, call (325) 691-0388, and they're open Sun-Thu 11 am-10 pm, and Fri & Sat 11 am-11 pm.

The Cracker Barrel

The Cracker Barrel is also an awesome idea because mom got to do a little shopping prior to dinner. the Cracker Barrel has such a varied menu from breakfast to supper, they've got you covered. Besides who would turn down a piece of Cocoa Cola Cake?

Located at 1602 TX-Highway 351, call (325) 672-02804, and they're open Mon-Sun. 6 am - 10 pm.

Little Italy

If mom likes veal and an awesome cannoli after dinner, then Little Italy has your mom in mind. Who could pass up Luigi's friendly hospitality and relaxing atmosphere on Mother's Day.

Located at 1417 S. Danville Dr, or call (325) 692-8117, they're open Mon-Sat. 11 am-10 pm, and  Sunday Brunch 11 am-2:30 pm including on mom's special day.

Happy Mother's Day!

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