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5 last-minute Mother's Day specials to treat the moms in your life

Uchiko is one of a few places around town you can pick up a dessert special for mom. (Uchiko/Instagram)

News flash: Mother's Day is this Sunday. Don't worry if you forgot, these Austin businesses have you covered on the last-minute gifts front. These specials are so nice, mom won't even know you waited until the day before to celebrate her.

Here are a few places that are celebrating moms this year.

Intero, 2612 East Cesar Chavez Street

If you want to make the mom in your life feel special, get her some chocolates that are (almost) as pretty as her. East Austin Italian restaurant Intero is doing a special Mother's Day carryout brunch featuring bougie brunch tartes, beet and chocolate muffins, chianti braised wagyu beef, specialty cocktails and free chocolates for mothers who dine in. For carry out, menu items serve 4-6 people and Intero is offering a Zoom chocolate tasting class. Place your orders by Friday at 4 p.m. before they run out!

Texas AVA Tasting Room, 12345 Pauls Valley Road

Combining two local Hill Country wineries, C.L. Butaud's and Wine for the People, Texas AVA is offering a free glass of rosé to all mothers who go in for a tasting. One glass is never enough though, so you can enjoy flights from one or both of the wineries, allowing you to experience 100% Texas wines. Tastings last about 60 minutes and tickets are $25 per person. Reservations are encouraged—your mom will thank you.

Tiny Pies, multiple locations

Tiny Pies is pulling out all the stops for Mother's Day this year with some delectable tarts and not-so-tiny quiches. On this year's menu: quiche lorraine, vegetarian quiche, mixed berry tarts and strawberry rosé tarts. Best of all, these goodies are made for sharing so it's a gift for everyone. They also have gluten-free options. Pickup times will be on May 7-9 so place your orders by Friday at 5 p.m.

Trace, 200 Lavaca Street

Give the mom in your life an experience she'll never forget at Trace's "Drag Your Mom to Brunch." Hosted by drag queen Vylette Ward, this restaurant inside the W Hotel is treating mothers to a glass of free bubbly and an 80's-themed show. It wouldn't be a drag show without a full cocktail menu, complete with saucy drinks like the "kilt lifter" and "naughty chocolate milk," as well as plenty of fancy food options like lobster grilled cheese and brunch burgers. Showtimes are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. so don't forget to make a reservation!

Uchiko, 4200 N. Lamar Blvd

If you're looking to show mom you really love her, Uchiko is putting together a box of sweets that delivers the message without needing words. This box will set you back $95 but is filled with six handcrafted, decadent sweets: a salted caramel candy bar, matcha cassis tart, citrus petite cake, raspberry white chocolate bombe, apple tartin and a chocolate hazelnut choux. That isn't all—the box will also come with a bottle of 2020 Gris Blanc Rosé. Call the restaurant at (512) 916-4808 to order yours and pick up on Saturday or Sunday.

And if nothing else, don't forget to call the mothers in your life!


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