It's a little bit breakfast, a little bit lunch, and it's socially acceptable to drink before noon in public. Yes, my friends: Brunch is a beautiful thing. And Easter Sunday is the mother of all brunch celebrations.
When it comes to Easter in Houston these things we know for sure: Easter egg hunts -- with highs already climbing into the mid-80s -- should never involve real eggs. And if you want to get your brunch on this April 8 at any of the restaurants listed below, you're going to need a reservation.
EASTER A LA CARTE
Ninfa's on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd, 713-228-1175 The Original Ninfa's Easter brunch menu, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features a choice of Pecan Pancakes with Agave Syrup, Corn Waffles with Eggs and Bacon, Mexican French Toast, Fried Quail, and Torta de Jaiba (Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce, Queso Cotija, Oven Roasted Potatoes and Mexican Herbs). Entrees range from $8.95 to $14.95.
Smith & Wollensky 4007 Westheimer, 713-621-7555 In addition to the regular menu, the steakhouse will feature a special Easter menu with hearty selections ranging from $35 (Smoked Salmon) to $105 (Double Cut Ribeye).
Tila's 1111 S Shepherd Dr, 713-522-7654 The Easter Celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt and a special menu featuring favorites such as Chile en Nogado and Chicken Manchego with Mole Sauce. $19.95 to $29.95.
Union Kitchen 4057 Bellaire Blvd, 713-661-0025 Special $6 Easter menu and hourly prize drawings for the kids. Adults can order from the regular brunch menu, which includes four different styles of Eggs Benedict, a lobster omelet, a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, and carafes of mimosas.
Valentino at the Hotel Derek 2525 W Loop South, 713-850-9200 Valentino's Easter feast includes a choice of entree, complimentary mimosa or bellini, and an assortment of buffet selections including charcuterie, berries, yogurt, salad, smoked salmon and mini-desserts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $28 to $42. Kids 5 and under eat free from the buffet.
EASTER PRIX FIXE
Ava Kitchen and Whiskey Bar 2800 Kirby, 713-386-6460 Three-course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35 adults / $15 kids (separate menu).
Backstreet Cafe 1103 S Shepherd Dr, 713-521-2239 Three-course prix fixe menu and live jazz with Bob Chadwick from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $42 adults / $12 kids.
Benjy's Multiple locations Three-course prix fixe menu from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $35 adults / $15 kids.
Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial Drive, 713-827-8008 Three-course prix fixe menu from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $39 adults / $20 for two-course kids menu.
Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith Street, 713-522-9711 Three-course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $55 per person.
Denis' Seafood House 9777 Katy Freeway, 713-464-6900 Choice of Crawfish & Cheese Grits, Egg Casserole, French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Cheese & Crabmeat Crepes. Seatings at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. $20 per person, $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Feast 219 Westheimer, 713-529-7788 Roast leg of lamb with mint sauce, roast potatoes, roast vegetables and Brussels sprouts or vegetable moussaka, followed by bread pudding. Reservations available between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. $19.95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar Multiple locations Three-course prix fixe menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $34.95 adults.
Haven 2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101 Three-course prix fixe menu with complimentary amuse bouche (hint: it's one of Chef Randy's legendary deviled eggs) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40 adults / $15 children.
Mark's American Cuisine 1658 Westheimer, 713-523-3800 Three-course prix fixe menu. Two seatings, $54.95 adults / $22.95 kids under 10.
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar 1985 Welch, 713-533-0200 Three-course brunch menu served all day. $59 adults / $25 kids 12 and under.
Prego 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420 Three-course prix fixe menu and live jazz guitar by Danny McKnight from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $42 adults / $10 per child.
Triniti 2815 S Shepherd Drive, 832-582-5958 Five-course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 per person.
EASTER BRUNCH BUFFET
The Barbed Rose Steakhouse and Seafood 113 East Sealy Street, 281-585-2272 Brunch buffet. $36 per person.
House of Blues Houston - Gospel Brunch Grand Music Hall, 1204 Caroline Street, 888-402-5837 Southern-style buffet and live gospel music with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. $48 adults / $22 kids 3-12 / free kids under 3.
Hugo's 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744 Brunch buffet, Easter egg hunt, and live music by Viento from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $39 adults / $12 kids.
Karl's at the Riverbend 5011 FM 723 Road, 281-238-9300 Brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $29.95 adults / $16.95 kids 10-14 / $9.95 kids 6-9 / Free for kids 5 and under.
Kiran's 4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472 Brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45 adults / $25 kinds under 12 / Free for kids 5 and under.
Las Alamedas 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., 281-347-3030 Brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $39.95 adults / $12.95 kids 10 and under.
Line & Lariat - Hotel Icon 220 Main Street, 832-667-4470 Brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with "bottomless" mimosas. $49 adults / $20 kids 8-12 / free for kids 7 and under.
Moody Gardens Hotel Galveston Seven Hope Boulevard, 409-741-8484 Brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and take part in the Moody Gardens Easter Egg Hunt. $42.95 adults / $32.95 seniors / $19.95 kids 4-12 / free for kids 3 and under.
Quattro - Four Seasons Houston Hotel 1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700 Brunch buffet with Bloody Marys, mimosas, and champagne for adults and ice cream and milk shakes for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $79 adults / $39.50 kids 6-12.
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Ristorante Cavour - Hotel Granduca 1080 Uptown Park, 713-418-1000 Brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $75 adults / $35 kids 5-12 / free for kids 4 and under.
The Tasting Room - Uptown Park 1101 Uptown Park Blvd, 713-993-9800 Brunch buffet including coffee, juice, and one mimosa (per adult) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $19.99 adults day of / $15.99 adults pre-sale / $6.99 children 16 and under.