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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Derby Day, Mother's Day Brunch, & Bar Crawls

Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

2nd Annual Derby Day Party @ Julep
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1919 Washington

We can’t think of a better place to watch the Kentucky Derby than Alba Huerta’s award-winning Southern charmer. Come dressed in your finest seersucker and sundresses and enjoy a day of juleps and classic derby day cocktails; an oyster roast, raw oysters and champagne, and Southern bites by Julep; gourmet provisions by B&B Butchers; Derby fashions and trunk shows by Southern Gents and Violet Peacock; live music from Whiskey Shivers and Vinyl Ranch; and a viewing of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, all in proper "derby" style. Tickets are $10 general admission or $20 general admission plus a drink ticket, both including a raffle ticket. Four-packs are also available for $60.

Saint Arnold’s Santo de Mayo Pub Crawl

Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.  
2010 Waugh (starting point)

Saint Arnold has moved its annual Santo De Mayo Pub Crawl to the Montrose area. As in the past, this stop will feature two different routes, both of which start at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, and end at Doc's Motorworks, 1303 Westheimer. Your route will include some (but not all) of the following bars: Hay Merchant, La Grange, The Burger Joint, Stone's ThrowRoyal Oak, Pistolero's, Brasil, Poison Girl and El Real.

Heights Pub Crawl
Saturday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Grab your Coppertone and boogie shoes, head out into the streets and get ready for a good old-fashioned Block Party in the Heights. Big Star Bar, D&T Drive Inn, Johnny's Gold Brick, Lei Low, ReHab On The Bayou, Southern Goods and Town In City Brewing are throwing seven epic parties united by a common love of the 1970s and ’80s, great food and music, stellar craft beer and cocktails and continuously running shuttle buses. Pull over at the Down House rest stop to grab a quick bite, use the "relief station" and stay hydrated with a Topo Chico. Get out and meet your neighbors, get to know your bartenders as you party your way through each party stop as you check out drink specials, and get a cool prize for completing the tour. 

Mother’s Day Pop Up Bake Shop @ Oporto Fooding House & Wine
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
125 West Gray

Hit this Portuguese-inspired tapas bar for its first-ever onsite bake shop, where you’ll find pastries including pastel de nata, a Portuguese classic lemon custard baked in a pastry shell; malasadas, madeira brioche doughnut balls dusted in cardamom-vanilla sugar and orange marmalade; and olive oil brioche, made with ham and cheese and served with vanilla butter and quince jam.

Mother’s Day Dining

Save yourself the cleanup and treat those special moms in your life to an incredible meal at one of Houston’s most excellent restaurants. From family-friendly buffets to elegant prix fixe dinners, check out our 2016 Mother’s Day Dining Guide.
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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