Year after year my husband and I faced the same dilemma and would spend hours racking our brains for what to get his mom for Christmas. She'd tell us she has every thing she needs and really what makes her heart happy is quality time together. So we try to give her that when we can. This year was extra special!
She knew we were driving in from Tennessee to be with extended family for Christmas, but we convinced her that when we arrived in Texas we wouldn't be able to connect before she was scheduled to head out of town for the holiday. But my hubs loves planning surprises (I've been blessed many times by his sweet surprises, but that's a story for another time) and we came up with a plan to arrive extra early by driving thru the the night.
I don't know if it was more fun for my MIL to be surprised by our unexpected early arrival or for me, my husband and FIL to plan the surprise. Either way, we were thrilled to be able to spend a few hours together and so we did what we do best - we talked, we laughed, we drank and we enjoyed beautiful Christmas decor all while indulging in a terrific meal at one of her favorite restaurants, Shoal Creek Tavern. It was delicious and a great spot in the DFW area.
The lunch menu has a wide variety of amazing choices and, I noticed, their weekend brunch menu offers a variety of unique items as well. The atmosphere is great and the enclosed patio area was very comfortable even though the temps outside weren’t.
The soup and salad combo was perfect and just the right size for me. The lobster bisque is absolutely to die for! The salad was light and refreshing with the tastiest croutons. Of course, we always order mimosas any time we are out for lunch with Momma Santschi. They're her favorite and these were delicious!
The men each ordered Kobe Steak Burgers and cleaned their plates! They gave it 5 stars and, I'm not gonna lie, I was a little jealous watching them eat those yummy burgers!
Momma Santschi decided to go with the Vaquero Tenderloin Salad. It was the perfect size and the tenderloin was incredibly juicy and cooked to perfection.
I love that my in-laws appreciate the gift of quality time - giving it and receiving it - and knowing that this little bit of extra time together blessed Momma Santschi's heart in a big way, made driving thru the night worth it. Surprising her was pure joy! I'm incredibly blessed and truly enjoy spending time with my mother-in-law.
If you are ever in the DFW area, check out Shoal Creek Tavern and make some special memories of your own. They have a beautiful fire place, several big screens to catch the latest game, a gorgeous bar area and, of course, delicious food!
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