By Molly Dunn
By Molly Dunn
By Kaitlin Steinberg
By Molly Dunn
By Kaitlin Steinberg
By Kaitlin Steinberg
By Kaitlin Steinberg
By Molly Dunn
On the Menu
It feels like just yesterday we were rounding up the places to eat on Easter. Now it's time to help you decide where to take Mom out on her special day. A multitude of Houston restaurants are opening their doors on Sunday, May 11, to serve brunch, lunch and/or dinner. So be a planner and make reservations as soon as you can to ensure Mom gets to eat at her favorite restaurant. Although quality time and love show how much you care about your mother, treating her to a delicious meal does, too.
945 Gessner, 281-501-4350
024 Grille will serve its Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for $55 per adult, $45 per senior and $25 for children ages six to 12 (children five years and younger eat for free). Each mother will receive a complimentary mimosa to go along with various breakfast-station items: omelettes, eggs Benedict, pastries, pancakes and more. Other brunch items are grilled salmon and seared chicken breast, cheese and charcuterie boards, lamb chops, and bagels with smoked salmon. For dessert, dip strawberries, pineapple, marshmallows, bananas and dried apricots into the chocolate fountain, or enjoy fruit and white chocolate mousse parfaits, petits fours, macaroons, truffles and slices of cake.
60 Degrees Mastercrafted
2300 Westheimer, 713-360-7757
60 Degrees Mastercrafted will serve a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for $47 per adult and $15 for children ages 12 and under. Armin Safari will provide live music throughout the morning and afternoon.
2040 West Gray, 832-200-1492
21 Waterway, 281-367-1492
Both Américas locations will serve a Mother's Day brunch from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The menu includes a variety of Américas brunch dishes, such as beef tenderloin, a whole roasted pig, waffles, pancakes, empanadas, crepes, smoked salmon, and an assortment of pastries and desserts. Both locations will serve brunch for $49 per adult and $15 per child seven to 11 years old.
25250 Grogans Park, 281-362-0808
Amerigo's Grille, located just outside The Woodlands, will serve an à la carte Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. featuring classic Amerigo's brunch dishes and special chef-prepared spring dishes. Pair any of these with Champagne, mimosas or sangria italiana. Children's menus are available as well.
3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111
Treat Mom to a five-course Mother's Day lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $95 per person. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of smoked salmon with asparagus, cucumber, shallots, crispy potatoes, boiled quail eggs, fried dill and chervil. Next, enjoy foie gras with fig demi-glace and duck confit ravioli, followed by butter-poached lobster and crawfish in a puff pastry, and a third course of wild mushroom and foie gras beef Wellington with pomme croquette, asparagus and a purée of carrots. End the meal with chocolate mousse prepared with Grand Marnier, candied oranges and espresso powder.
Arturo's Uptown Italiano
1180-1 Uptown Park, 713-621-1180
Arturo's Uptown Italiano will serve its traditional brunch items, plus a few special dishes, à la carte from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Regular brunch offerings include Caprese salad, fried calamari, a vegetable frittata, salmon and poached eggs over whole-wheat pancakes with goat cheese, and a pancake-stack lasagna with eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon and a béchamel sauce. Don't forget about the bellinis and Italian mimosas.
1103 South Shepherd, 713-521-2239
Make a reservation at Backstreet Cafe for a three-course brunch. The special will be offered from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $48 per adult and $15 per child ages ten and under. Chef Hugo Ortega is preparing a variety of appetizers, including fried green tomatoes with crab meat rémoulade, and a summer vegetable garden salad with heirloom tomato, roasted corn, grilled zucchini, black olives and goat cheese tossed in a tart lemon vinaigrette. Entrée options range from bacon-wrapped quail with brussels sprouts and white cheddar-chive mashed potatoes to eggs Benedict with soft-shell crab, roasted potatoes and asparagus. For dessert, treat Mom to a blackberry clafoutis with almonds or a chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream.
Benjy's in the Village
2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602
The Rice Village Benjy's location will serve a three-course prix fixe Mother's Day brunch for $38 per person from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Begin with nut-crusted French toast with chamomile whipped cream, Texas molasses and marinated blackberries, then move on to crunchy chicken and dumplings, or grilled snapper with masa spoonbread. Dessert options include Mom's chocolate cake with berries and vanilla bean ice cream, a frozen dessert trio and peach crème brûlée.
Benjy's on Washington
5922 Washington, 713-868-1131
Treat Mom to a three-course prix fixe brunch at Benjy's on Washington for $38 per person from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The menu features first-course options of French toast stuffed with bourbon mascarpone, strawberries and rhubarb, as well as crispy fish and chips with miso peppers and a tarragon aioli. Second-course options include green tomato Benedict with goat cheese and roasted beets, as well as lamb schnitzel with a mint pesto, smoked yam puree and Asian slaw. Finish the meal with chocolate cake à la mode, blackberry shortcake or an almond milk sorbet with melons and caramel.
Bistro des Amis
2347 University, 713-349-8441
For $45 per person, you can treat your mother to a three-course prix fixe brunch at Bistro des Amis. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
From 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Bistro Provence will serve a three-course brunch for $40 per person; a $20 deposit is required when you make your reservation. The meal begins with your choice of potato and leek soup, salad with heirloom tomatoes and a citrus vinaigrette, or scallops and mango carpaccio. Next, choose from lobster eggs Benedict, beef filet with foie gras sauce, or chicken basquaise. For dessert, order a chocolate and hazelnut mousse tart or a blueberry clafoutis.
Bradley's Fine Diner
191 Heights, 832-831-5939
Try a new restaurant and treat Mom to brunch at Bradley's Fine Diner, where each guest will receive a homemade rhubarb and lemon cream "Pop-Tart" before the meal begins. Choose from starter options like savory roasted onion-thyme dip, olive relish and fava hummus, or cured wild sockeye salmon with potato soufflé cakes. Move on to main dishes of "toad in the hole" made of toasted brioche with Dungeness crab and a farm egg topped with lemon-thyme hollandaise, or lemon buttermilk soufflé hotcakes with chicken apple sausage, pecan butter and Vermont maple syrup. If you didn't get enough sweets throughout the meal, save room for key lime frozen yogurt and mountain huckleberry sorbet served with angel food cake, or a dark-chocolate-banana cake with caramel, hazelnuts and malt ice cream.
Buca di Beppo
5192 Buffalo Speedway, 713-665-2822
19075 I-45 South, Shenandoah, 936-321-6262
Feast on family-style Italian dishes, such as prosciutto-stuffed chicken, spicy chicken rigatoni, ravioli al pomodoro and pizza at Buca di Beppo on Mother's Day. Both locations will open at 11 a.m. to serve lunch and will remain open for dinner until 9 p.m.
1520 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 500, 832-532-5300
2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300
9705 Westheimer, 713-952-1988
947 North Gessner, Suite B290, 713-231-1352
All Houston Churrascos locations will serve Mother's Day brunch beginning at 9 a.m. featuring a multitude of dishes from the traditional brunch buffet menu. Bottomless Bloody Marys, sangria, mojitos and mimosas are included. The brunch buffet at each location will cost $39 per adult and $15 for children ages seven to 12, and will be free for children six and under.
11500 Space Center Boulevard, 281-991-2000
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Cullen's will serve a Mother's Day buffet for $49.95 per adult and $18.95 per child 12 and under. The menu includes starter options such as baked brie in a puff pastry served with dried fruit and a baguette; raw bar options featuring smoked salmon with the works, Gulf shrimp, chilled oysters and Alaskan king crab; as well as hot entrées such as grilled chicken Florentine and baked ziti. Breakfast options include malted Belgian waffles, pastries, eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes. Finish the meal with something sweet like mini chocolate molten cakes or key lime tarts. Purchase flowers for Mom and have them waiting for her when she arrives; green vases cost $64.95 and clear vases are $89.95.
The Devine Affair
14021 Memorial, 281-759-6300
The Devine Affair will host a Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring a three-course prix fixe menu for $39.95 per adult and $20 per child 12 and under (children's menus are available). Begin with shrimp cocktail, zucchini and potato soup, or a spring spinach salad with caramelized pear, crumbled goat cheese and candied pecans tossed in honey dijon vinaigrette. Main entrée options include truffle mushroom risotto; surf and turf of a five-ounce filet mignon and six-ounce lobster tail served with broccolini, horseradish au gratin and Cabernet demi-glace; and a bourbon-marinated French-cut pork chop. Top it all off with peanut butter-banana pudding pie. Each mother will receive a complimentary mimosa.
El Tiempo Cantina
2814 Navigation, 713-222-6800
114 Vintage Park, Suite M, 281-374-0500
3130 Richmond, 713-807-1600
1308 Montrose, 713-807-8996
5602 Washington, 713-681-3645
Treat Mom to breakfast at any El Tiempo Cantina location in Houston this Mother's Day. Every mother will receive a complimentary rose and a glass of Champagne to go along with her meal. The Mexican restaurant will serve its regular menu on Mother's Day, so be sure to order those scrumptious crepe-style pecan pancakes — they won't disappoint.
Étoile Cuisine et Bar
1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
Étoile Cuisine et Bar will offer a three-course brunch for $54 per adult (a children's menu is also available). First-course options include the popular foie gras au torchon, crab and avocado rémoulade, and Maine lobster bisque. Entrée options range from Atlantic salmon with spring vegetables to Maine lobster eggs Benedict. Enjoy a warm chocolate tart or vanilla panna cotta with strawberries for dessert.
Federal American Grill
510 Shepherd, 713-863-7777
Federal American Grill is offering two seatings for brunch on Mother's Day; the first is from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m., and the second seating is from 1 until 2 p.m. For $45 per adult and $12 per child, Federal American Grill will serve a three-course prix fixe menu featuring first-course options of Caesar salad, roasted red pepper soup and fried oysters. Second-course dishes include braised short ribs with mushroom risotto, an Akaushi cheeseburger, and brioche French toast with an apple-blueberry compote. Desserts include bourbon bread pudding and crème fraîche cheesecake.
181 Heights, 832-924-4655
Funky Chicken will offer a Mother's Day brunch menu alongside its regular menu from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Order the chicken and waffles to your liking — go all out and get them smothered in mashed potatoes and chicken gravy. Funky Chicken is also offering biscuit sandwiches with chicken sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese, chicken fingers and cheese, or scrambled eggs and cheese. Each item is priced individually.
219 Westheimer, 832-831-0921
Georges Bistro will serve a three-course Mother's Day lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for $45 per person. Choose from first-course options such as lobster bisque, salad with goat cheese toast and duck confit, escargot, or salmon and avocado terrine. Then move on to beef tenderloin in brioche with a red wine sauce, or flounder and crab meat in parchment. Finally, top it all off with a Grand Marnier soufflé.
1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Hugo's will serve a Mother's Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $39 per adult and $15 per child ages ten and under. The buffet will be filled with a variety of authentic Mexican dishes; an à la carte dinner menu will be served beginning at 5 p.m.
Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen
2327 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-871-8883
Take Mom to Kenny & Ziggy's for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The New York delicatessen will serve its specialties all day, including mile-high sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, cheese blintzes and New York-style cheesecake. The traditional black-and-white cookies will be smaller and colored pink and white just for Mom.
Kiran's Restaurant and Bar
4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472
Make Mom feel special with a four-course brunch at Kiran's from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for $55 per adult and $25 per child under 12. Start with tomato saffron soup, followed by your choice of soft-scrambled eggs and a whole-grain muffin; waffles with maple syrup; and a banana-hazelnut compote, or daikon paratha, served with mango pickles and dahi. Order the Tandoori Cornish hen served with saffron rice pulao, Indian vegetables and naan for the third course, followed by saffron panna cotta with an almond macaroon and chocolate twirl for dessert.
240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313
Join L'Olivier on Mother's Day for a three-course brunch for $45 per person and $15 per child (when ordering off the children's menu). First-course options include homemade pâté, house-made smoked salmon, butternut squash panzoti, a goat-cheese salad and shrimp cocktail; entrée options include chicken and waffles with brussels sprouts, a poached egg and Parmesan hollandaise, crab cake Benedict and seared shrimp with black rice; dessert selections include crème brûlée, chocolate mousse, roquefort terrine and marquise chocolate. This brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Mark's American Cuisine
1658 Westheimer, 713-523-3800
Mark's will offer a three-course brunch on Mother's Day for $64.95 per adult and $28.95 per child ordering off the kids' menu. The brunch will be served at three seating times (10 to 11 a.m., 12 to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m.). A prix fixe or à la carte dinner will also be served on Sunday.
Max's Wine Dive
214 Fairview, Suite 2, 713-528-9200
The Fairview location will serve a Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring a fried egg sandwich with three fried eggs, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and black truffle aioli stuffed between ciabatta bread, as well as the famous "RVP" (red velvet pancakes) complete with lemon cream-cheese frosting. Flow Juice Bar will provide Flowmosas made with the store's fresh juice.
Max's Wine Dive
4720 Washington, 713-880-8737
The Washington location will offer its Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The signature items are crème brûlée-battered French toast topped with strawberries and maple syrup, and Anna's Nutella banana crepes.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
1151-01 Uptown Park, 713-840-7900
1201 Fannin, Suite 121, 713-658-8100
791 Town & Country, Suite 160, 713-465-3685
Each McCormick & Schmick's Seafood location will serve a sit-down brunch and brunch buffet on Mother's Day. The menu includes traditional breakfast and brunch items, such as eggs Benedict, and a sweet bananas Foster French toast. Every mother will receive a complimentary chocolate-covered strawberry.
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch, 713-533-0200
Enjoy a three-course Mother's Day brunch for $59 per adult and $25 per child at Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar. The menu will be served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., beginning with starter options such as risotto carbonara and truffle spring pea soufflé, followed by main-course options of potato-crusted trout with spring ratatouille and Louisiana crawfish beurre noisette, lamb tenderloins served with goat-cheese risotto, and an American Kobe beef burger with seared Hudson Valley foie gras and truffle pommes frites. Dessert options include classic crème brûlée with chocolate espresso cookies; flourless chocolate cake with raspberries and white chocolate ice cream; apple bread pudding; and a lemon tart.
Monarch Bistro at Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main, 713-527-1800
Monarch Bistro inside Hotel ZaZa will serve a four-course prix fixe brunch on Mother's Day for $65 per person, beginning with an amuse-bouche of fish and chips, followed by a choice of crab cakes with deviled egg aioli, creamy slaw and jalapeño kettle chips, grilled Texas quail with sweet potato grits, roasted beets or chilled potato-leek soup. The second course features Greek yogurt with melons and berries, and a salad with roasted corn, avocado, grapefruit and queso fresco. Order a savory entrée of Alaskan halibut, chicken breast or beef tenderloin for the third course, or enjoy a breakfast dish of a spring frittata with asparagus, squash and tomatoes, or blueberry and mascarpone-stuffed French toast. Cap it all off with a triple chocolate mousse cake, lemon-blueberry frozen soufflé, or a strawberry shortcake for dessert.
1911 Bagby, 713-652-0711
Mr. Peeples will serve a brunch buffet for $50 per person from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Featured dishes include a raw bar of shrimp, oysters and crab claws, various lunch and dinner entrées, and a dessert station.
2200 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 140, 713-993-9898
This Mother's Day, treat your mom to an Italian three-course meal prepared by chef and owner John Sheely and executive chef Paul Lewis for $59 per adult and $25 per child. Begin on a sweet note with your choice of Italian pastries such as sfogliatelle, panettone, cornetti and ricotta doughnuts, or start the meal with a savory Gulf shrimp and asparagus risotto. Secondi options include pasta with lobster, leeks, zucchini and fava beans; pounded chicken breast with prosciutto and sage; and grilled hanger steak with fried eggs. Finish with key lime budino, chocolate panna cotta, honey semifreddo or a pine nut torte with mascarpone gelato.
2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
From 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Prego will offer a three-course Mother's Day brunch for $42 per adult (a children's menu is available as well). Order pan-roasted Gulf crab cakes with avocado and scallion bianco as an appetizer, then move on to crispy chicken piccata and waffles topped with house-made basil syrup and strawberries, or house-made penne pasta topped with spring vegetables, roasted garlic and olive oil for the main course. Dessert includes miniature versions of passion-fruit petits fours, tiramisu and strawberry shortcake.
1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Quattro will serve its Mother's Day brunch buffet for $89 per person. Featured items include oysters on the half shell, poached eggs with caviar and a chocolate fountain. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are included in the brunch.
2916 White Oak, 713-623-1406
Sale-Sucre's Mother's Day brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for $59 per adult (children's menus are also available). The menu features a cheese plate, Rockefeller oysters and a summer salad for the appetizers; ahi tuna, boeuf bourguignon and rib-eye steak for the main entrée; and fondant chocolate, chocolate cake with pistachio, and vanilla and coffee crème brûlée for dessert.
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
3701 Travis, 713-524-6922
Chef Monica Pope has created a three-course prix fixe menu for $35 per adult and a kids' menu for $15. First-course options include deviled eggs with crab Louie, carrot-roasted garlic-potato soup and shiitake mushroom dumplings with bleu cheese honey cream. Second-course options include sugar-cured salmon stacked with a potato cake, herb omelette, herbed mascarpone and pickled red onions; crispy chicken with potatoes, eggs Benedict with strip cut sirloin steak plus a spinach-bacon scone; and lamb meat loaf cupcakes served with yellow corn grits and a spicy red chile chutney. Choose from a selection of desserts, such as a luscious vanilla pot de crème with hazelnut pfeffernuts cookies, an extravagant affogato with caramel semifreddo, salted caramel sauce, popcorn, cacao nibs and toffee, or a simple plate of chocolate truffles. Don't forget to pair any of these dishes with a drink special, such as the Salty Dog (Texas grapefruit and vodka with a salted rim), or a Texas 75 (Champagne, Treaty Oak rum, Paula's Texas lemon and a lemon spiral).
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300
6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295
The Westheimer location will offer a breakfast from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Mother's Day weekend. The menu includes various breakfast plates with scrambled eggs, Mexican sausage and chorizo, each served à la carte.
The Woodway location will serve a brunch buffet on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The buffet includes breakfast stations serving made-to-order pancakes and eggs, breakfast tacos, salads, omelettes, enchiladas and desserts. This brunch buffet costs $19.95 per person; don't forget about adding a mimosa for $5.
The Tasting Room — CityCentre
818 Town & Country, Suite 100, 281-822-1500
The CityCentre Tasting Room location will serve a Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a variety of specials priced between $18 and $20. Dishes featured in the brunch include a grilled six-ounce pork tenderloin filet and lobster eggs Benedict.
The Tasting Room — Uptown Park
1101-18 Uptown Park, 713-993-9800
Pamper Mom with a special brunch buffet at the Uptown Park location of The Tasting Room featuring crawfish étouffée, brioche French toast, pan-seared salmon and creole bread pudding. The brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $44.99 per adult and $19.99 per child 17 and under, with children ages five and under eating for free.
Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
1212 Waugh, 713-528-3474
This Mother's Day marks the 90th birthday of Ninfa Laurenzo, Mama Ninfa. In honor of her mother, Phyllis Mandola, wife of Tony Mandola, will have Tony Mandola's serve a menu featuring Ninfa's orignal dishes and Mama Ninfa's favorite dishes on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11. Enjoy seafood crepes filled with shrimp, crab meat and lobster; Sicilian-marinated pheasant breast stuffed with Parmesan and artichokes; shrimp and grits with mushrooms, bacon and spring onions; as well as the original tacos al carbon, chicken flautas and chimpancingas and empanadas filled with ham, pico de gallo and mozzarella cheese. Items are priced individually.
4601 Washington, Suite 130, 281-501-3237
TQLA will offer a Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring eggs Benedict, pumpkin-seed-crusted French toast, blue corn pancakes, a giant cinnamon roll with raisins and almonds, chicken-fried chicken with eggs, and migas. Make your own Bloody Mary, or sip on a frozen peach bellini.
Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse
201 West Bay Area, Webster, 281-557-9999
12000 Southwest Freeway, 281-277-9292
Each Tradição location will serve Mother's Day lunch and dinner for $48 per adult. The meals include selections from the Brazilian steakhouse's signature meats, such as beef ribs, Angus top sirloin, lamb chops and Parmesan pork, as well as the salad bar and sides.
6550 Bertner, sixth floor, 713-749-0400
Trevisio will serve a Mother's Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $45 per adult and $16 per child ages six to 12, with children under six dining for free. Cold buffet items include smoked salmon, yogurt and granola, breads and pastries, and fruit and cheese; hot buffet items include butternut squash risotto, cinnamon raisin French toast and scrambled eggs. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a selection of desserts including miniature éclairs, panna cotta, Italian cream cake, biscotti and chocolate truffles. Coffee, tea and orange juice are also included in the buffet.
2815 South Shepherd, 713-527-9090
Triniti will offer a brunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for $75 per person on Mother's Day. Entrées for children are $10. Start with the French toast with Speculoos butter, banana caramel and cinnamon marshmallows, then enjoy foie gras with doughnut holes topped with pink icing, bacon brittle and redeye syrup for the second course. Choose from a petite beef filet with twice-baked potatoes, crab and smoked trout pastrami eggs Benedict on a rye English muffin, chicken paillard with a wild mushroom tart, or pasta fagioli for the third course. Dessert options include a selection of chocolates, cakes, a parfait made with sheep's-milk yogurt, honey ice cream, mango passion fruit and granola.