Mother's Day 2012: Where to Eat on the Mother of All Dining Holidays

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She changed diapers, bandaged scraped knees, drove to and from a million extra-curricular activities, cooked, cleaned and still managed to love you as a teenager -- taking your mom out for a nice meal is the least you can do on Mother's Day. Luckily there is no shortage of restaurants in town willing to help you celebrate the woman who lugged you around for nine months. Just remember that everyone and their mother will be dining out this Sunday, so be sure and make a reservation.


Backstreet Cafe 1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239 The Shepherd restaurant ups the ante on its already popular Sunday brunch with a special three-course prix-fixe menu and live music by Bob Chadwick for Mother's Day. Entrée options include Shrimp and Stone Ground Cheese Grits, Pan-roasted Red Snapper, and Bacon-wrapped Quail Benedict served on housemade cheddar-chive biscuit with creamy spinach. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $42 adults / $12 kids ten and under.

Bistro des Amis 2347 University Blvd., 713-349-8441 The Rice village eatery is offering $10 bottomless mimosas and a three-course prix-fixe brunch with breakfast favorites like Quiche Lorraine and Brioche French toast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If mom prefers to sleep in, there's also a three-course lunch menu with heartier entrées like Lamb Osso Buco, Shrimp Niçoise and Beef Bourguignon. $34 adults / $13 kids under 12.

Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial Dr., 713-827-8008 Show your mother la belle vie with the little West Houston bistro's three-course prix-fixe feast, with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and entrée options like eggs Benedict with Lobster and Chicken Basquaise. $39 per person.

Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith St., 713-522-9711 Always a popular destination for special occasions, the downtown restaurant will feature a three-course prix-fixe menu of creole classics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including Turtle Soup Au Sherry or Gumbo Ya Ya to start, entrées like Atchafalaya Crawfish Omelette and Lamb Debris & Sweet Potato Pancakes, and, of course, Brennan's famous White Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert. $55 per person.

Crú Food and Wine Bar Multiple locations On May 13 both the Rice Village and Woodlands locations will host a three-course "Wine Country Mother's Day Brunch." Starters include a Lump Crab Salad and Goat Cheese Beignet, followed by main courses like Bay of Fundy Salmon, Crab & Asparagus Frittata, and Steak & Eggs, followed by a choice of dessert. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $24.95 adults / $12.95 kids 12 and under.

Haven 2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101 Warm a Southern mom's heart with one of Haven's heavenly Free Range Deviled Eggs and a three-course prix-fixe brunch menu with a choice of starters that include their beloved Shrimp Corn Dogs and Sorghum-glazed Smoked Pork Belly, entrées like Migas, Farm Egg Fritatta and Veal Grillades, and a choice of dessert. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 adults / $15 kids.

Kiran's 4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472 Take mom on a culinary trip to India with a five-course feast that includes a starter, choice of soup, options to awaken the palate, main dishes like Tandoori Alaskan Cod and Slow-Cooked Lamb Shank, and Almond & Pistachio Macaroons for dessert. $39 per person.

Khun Kay Thai 1209 Montrose, 713-524-9614 Chef Kay Soodjai pays homage to her mother's wisdom -- a clever lady who "used her noodle" -- with two special noodle dishes available throughout the month of May: The Hot Mama (rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, shredded cabbage, red curry, crushed peanuts and coconut milk) and Italian SpagheThai (a "saucy dish" with lots of vegetables and a choice of meat). Entrées range from $9 to $12.

Mark's American Cuisine 1658 Westheimer, 713-523-3800 The acclaimed Montrose restaurant will host a three-course prix-fixe brunch and dinner on Sunday, May 13. Brunch $59.95 per person / Dinner $79.95 per person.

Mockingbird Bistro 1985 Welch, 713-533-0200 Chef John Sheely's three-course prix-fixe Mother's Day menu kicks off with a choice of soup, salad, Beef Carpaccio and Calamari, followed by main course options like Eggs Riviera, Country Frittata, King Salmon and Mountain Trout, and capped off with a decadent array of desserts for the special lady in your life. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $59 adults / $25 children.

Original Ninfa's on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd., 713-228-1175 On Mother's Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chef Alex Padilla is serving up a special à la carte brunch menu of Tex-Mex temptations like Mexican French Toast, Tacos con Huevos, Huevos Rancheros, Fried Quail, Texas Pecan Pancakes and Torta de Jaiba -- and a rose for every mother. Entrées range from $8.95 to $14.95.

Ouisie's Table 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264 Because your mom deserves the best, owner Elouise "Ouisie" Jones put together a special à la carte Mother's Day menu of her most popular dishes -- including a skewered Bison with peanut sauce appetizer and entrée items like Roast Rack of Lamb, Crab Cake Benedict and her famous Chicken Fried Steak. Served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prego 2520 Amhearst, 713-529-2420 If your mama's not into meat, the Rice Village contemporary Italian restaurant is offering a three-course vegan/vegetarian menu as well as a more traditional prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch and live music by Danny McKnight. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular $42 adults / $12 kids; Vegetarian $30 per person.

RA Sushi Multiple locations Both the Highland Village and City Centre locations will toast motherhood with happy hour prices all day long (from 11 a.m. to close) on May 13.

Tila's 1111 S. Shepherd, 713-552-7654 Treat your madre to flowers (free with a reservation) and a special Mother's Day menu with entrées ranging from $19.95 (Shrimp Chipotle) to $31.95 (Chilean Sea Bass with 3 Grilled Shrimp). 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Triniti 2815 S. Shepherd, 713-527-9090 Celebrate Mom with a special five-course pre-fixe brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start with a choice of soup, salad or smoked salmon, followed by a variety of decadent plates like French Toast and Brie, Biscuits and Lamb Sausage Gravy, Poussin Confit Hash, and an array of lavish desserts. $65 adults / $10 kids 12 and under.

Union Kitchen Multiple Locations On Sunday, May 13, both the Bellaire and Memorial locations will host a Mother's Day brunch, with a special à la carte menu that includes Eggs Benedict five different ways, a multitude of omelets, and specialties like House Smoked Salmon, Paul's Favorite Breakfast Sandwich and Green Eggs and Ham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entrées range from $8 to $16.


Brady's Landing 8505 Cypress, 713-928-9921 Brunch buffet, Bloody Marys and mimosas. $39.95 per person.

The Grove 1611 Lamar St., 713-337-7321 Brunch buffet served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35 adults / $20 kids 3-12 / free for kids two and under.

Hugo's 1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744 Día de las Madres brunch buffet and live music by Viento. $39 adults / $12 kids ten and under.

Karl's at the Riverbend 5011 FM 723, 281-238-9300 Brunch buffet served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $25.95 adults ($32.95 with champagne) / $16.95 kids 10-14, $9.95 kids 6-9, free for kids five and under.

Latin Bites 5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369 Peruvian brunch buffet. $45 adults / $20 children 6-12 / $8 children five and under.

Line & Lariat -- Hotel ICON 220 Main, 832-667-4470 Brunch buffet served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a rose for mom and live entertainment. $58 adults / $25 kids 6-11 / free for kids five and under.

Quattro -- Four Seasons Hotel Houston 1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700 Brunch buffet served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $79 adults / $39.50 kids over five / free for kids under five.

The Tasting Room 1101 Uptown Park, 713-993-9800 Texas-style brunch buffet served from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and specials on mimosas (regular or frozen), frozen sangrias, micheladas and bloody beer. $19.99 adults (pre-sale $15.99), $6.99 kids 16 and under.

Trattoria Il Mulino -- Westin Hotel Memorial City 945 North Gessner Rd., 832-358-0600 Brunch buffet served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with bottomless mimosas, bellinis or Bloody Marys. $29.95 per person.

Trevisio 66550 Bertner (John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons, 6th Floor), 713-749-0400 Brunch buffet served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40 adults / $16 kids 5-13.

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