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Where to Dine in Houston This Mother’s Day 2016

Show your love and appreciation by treating the mothers in your life to a special meal. From elegant prix-fixe feasts to family-friendly brunch buffets, here's where to dine in Houston this Mother's Day:

Artisans Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111  
This elegant French restaurant will be serving a six-course meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $95 per person. Indulge in dishes such as house smoked salmon roulade, mushroom and goat cheese ravioli, and butter poached lobster.

Aura Brasserie, 15977 City Walk, 281-403-2872
Enjoy an elegant Mom's Day three-course brunch ($45 per person) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights include pork belly and diver scallop, loaded lobster bisque, braised lamb shanks, duo of flounder and Mediterranean sea bass, and crème brûlée. A children's menu, featuring pasta, petit filet or sliders with soda and dessert, will be available for $15. 

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239
Chef Hugo Ortega will offer a special three-course menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m this Mother's Day ($48 per person, $15 per child). Enjoy dishes such as roasted cauliflower risotto, shrimp and grits, Southern fried chicken and gingerbread waffle, and rhubarb strawberry cobbler, all alongside live jazz by Bob Chadwick. The restaurant will also be offering a 3-course Mother’s Day Weekend Dinner Tasting Menu on Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. Highlights include lump spring vegetable salad, crab cakes with red pepper beurre blanc, grilled beef tenderloin with truffle butter and a chocolate and caramel tart with passion fruit ice cream. Cost is $45 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008

Enjoy a three-course, multiple choice Mother's Day lunch menu full of seasonal French treats for $39 per person. Guests can enjoy dishes such as goat cheese and tomato confit tartelette, duck à l’orange with spring vegetables and Crème caramel. Brunch will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, 713-522-9711
Honor mom with a NOLA-style brunch or dinner. The multi-course prix-fixe brunch ($56) will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features delectable Southern dishes like turtle soup, Texas wild shrimp remoulade, Texas Hill Country ham and tableside-flambéed bananas foster. Dinner will be offered from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a la carte pricing on house favorites.  

The Capital Grille, 5365 Westheimer, 713-623-4600
840 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, 713-463-5051

Both The Galleria and Houston CityCentre locations will be open this year from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. offering a full dinner menu in addition to a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch menu for both children ($15) and adults ($49) being served until 3 p.m. For the appetizer course, guests can choose between menu items such as a cup of spring artichoke bisque or bibb stack salad. Diners can then select from a range of items for their main course including bone-in dry aged New York strip with fried egg, pan seared salmon, eight ounce filet mignon or The Grille’s lobster frittata. Brunch concludes with decadent dessert choices, such as classic crème brûlée or flourless chocolate espresso cake.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak #160, 713-622-9996 
Join this coastal Mexican kitchen in celebrating Mother's Day with an elegant and overflowing brunch buffet. Special features include marinated vegetable salads, chicharrones stews, enchiladas, seafood-stuffed poblanos, rotating egg dishes like chilaquiles with eggs and migas, cocteles, ceviches, plenty of succulent seafood offerings and desserts. The brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is $45 per adult and $15 per child plus tax and gratuity. Live music by Ikaru. The restaurant will also be offering a 3-course Mother’s Day Weekend Dinner Tasting Menu on Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. Highlights include ceviche verde, fire-roasted lobster, and coconut cheesecake. Cost is $55 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Ciao Bello, 5161 San Felipe, 713-960-0333

Treat Mom to a prix fixe, three-course menu from open until close. Indulge in refined Italian fare like Beef Cheek Hash with peas, potatoes, onions, peppers and fried egg; Challah Egg Sandwich with house cured lamb pancetta, taleggio and primavera salad; and Crabcake Benedict, a jumbo lump crabcake topped with hollandaise sauce. The menu is priced at $39 per person.

D'Amico’s Italian Market Café, 5510 Morningside, 713-526-3400

Enjoy an authentic Italian meal this Mother’s Day with dishes including everything from fresh housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and delicious meat and seafood entrees to specials and dessert. The restaurant will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

Damian's Cucina Italiana 3011 Smith, 713-522-0439
In addition to a full a la carte menu, Damian’s Cucina Italiana presents a special prix fixe, three-course menu in traditional Italian-American style. Begin with an antipasti option like Lobster Bisque with a touch of sherry wine. Then, choose from a selection of Piatti Forti, including the Filetto Di Manzo, a 6 oz. filet mignon grilled with ammoghiu served with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes and Shrimp Damian with white wine and butter served with fettuccine alfredo. Finish your meal with a choice of sweet treats Italian Cream Cake, Damian’s classic pecan studded cake with creamy mascarpone filling. Cost is $49.95 per person.

The Dunlavy, 3422 Allen Pkwy, 844-386-5289
Enjoy a beautiful and tasty brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $65 per adult, $25 for kids 12 and under.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood, 12848 Queensbury, 832-200-2380
2800 Kirby, 713-874-1800

Both the West Ave and CityCentre locations will be open this year from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. offering a full dinner menu in addition to brunch being served until 3 p.m. The three-course brunch menu ($49 per person and $15 for children) also includes fresh baked cinnamon rolls to share. Choose between menu items such as thinly sliced smoked salmon served with capers and picked red onions or crisp fried green tomatoes served with fresh lump crab, as well as a range of delicious offerings including lobster quiche, pan-seared steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, and desserts like Banana Foster Cake.

Edgar’s Hermano at The Whitehall Hotel, 1700 Smith, 713-739-8800 (x 6200)
This hidden gem now open in The Whitehall Hotel will offer an a la carte brunch featuring their signature Mexi-South cuisine, plus live music, complimentary professional family portraits with purchase of brunch (will receive a 5X7 print day of), complimentary valet and specialty Bloody Marys. Reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

El Tiempo Cantina  
All locations will be open regular hours and offering a long stem rose to any mother dining on Mother's Day.

Enoteca Rossa, 4566 Bissonnet, 346-204-4403
Celebrate mom with an Italian-style a la carte brunch featuring complimentary dessert from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu of freshly made pastas, made to order frittatas, coffees and espressos is sure to please.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808

Enjoy a special brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dishes including Foie Gras Au Torchon (foie gras torchon, dry prune mousseline, toasted brioche), Filet De Sole Meunière (filed of sole “meunière”, roasted cauliflower, snow peas, roasted Peruvian potatoes) and Profiteroles À La Pistache (pistachio profiteroles, hot chocolate sauce). Cost is $68 per person.

Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 5427 Bissonnet, 713-665-2222  
A four-course brunch will be served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m for $68 per person and $20 for children 4-12. Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly followed by dishes such as seared tuna flowers, peppercorn ribeye and poached pear.

Ginger & Fork, 4705 Inker, 713-861-8883  
Enjoy a four-course multi-choice menu from this hot new Hong Kong-style restaurant with dishes including pork-filled puffs, spicy tofu noodles, steamed sea bass, filet mignon strips and chocolate mousse cake. Cost is $39 per person.

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, 350 W. 19th, 713-360-6204
Harold’s will be serving up a $45 four-course brunch (plus tax and gratuity) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A kid’s menu will be available for children 12 years and under for $13. Mom will be treated to a complimentary MOMosa upon arrival, plus a starter for the entire table. Highlights from Chef Antoine Ware’s Mother’s Day menu include an appetizer of house made Pork Tamales topped with Creole sauce and Oaxaca cheese, as well as a Croque Madame entrée with a side of house-cut fries. Guests can cap off their meal with either PB&J Bread Pudding or a Strawberry Crumble featuring Prosecco-macerated Covey Rise Farms strawberries.

The Houstonian Hotel – Grand Ballroom, 111 N Post Oak, 713-680-2626
Bring mom to dine in the beautiful Grande Ballroom with selections such as herb-rubbed prime rib, rack of lamb, crawfish cakes Benedict, smoked salmon with crab roulade, caramelized banana crepes with Nutella and a plethora of brunch classics. Top off your bountiful meal with delectable soufflé cake, tarts and Texas blueberry cobbler, among other treats (including complimentary Champagne and mimosas for those 21 and over). Cost is $79 for Adults and $35 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under dine free. Brunch prices are subject to 23 percent service charge and sales tax.

The Houstonian Hotel - Olivette, 111 N Post Oak, 713-685-6713
Olivette Restaurant in The Houstonian Hotel is serving a special seated Mother’s Day menu with individually priced options such as crawfish bisque, chicken fried Texas quail, Gulf Coast crab cake, Texas Angus filet mignon, Berkshire pork chop, pan-roasted bronzino and all-time-favorite, banana french toast with fresh berries and vanilla maple syrup. Finish with the pastry chef’s signature German chocolate cake tower with coconut pecan sauce and milk chocolate ganache, classic cheesecake or blueberry galette with cream cheese dough and lemon custard ice cream.

The Houstonian Hotel – Manor House, 111 N Post Oak, 713-685-6840
The elegant and historic Manor House Restaurant with its Southern Creole style has its own special menu for mom including Gulf Coast seafood gumbo, crawfish enchiladas and prime rib or veal short rib with fava bean risotto. Dessert Choices are classic vanilla crème brulée and the pastry chef’s signature German chocolate cake tower with coconut pecan sauce and milk chocolate ganache, all for $58 per person, plus tax and service charge. 

Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
¡Feliz Dia de las Madres! Celebrate Mother's Day by enjoying the famous bounteous brunch buffet of authentic regional Mexican cuisine at Hugo's. The buffet will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with live music by Viento (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Cost is $42 per adult and $15 per child plus tax and gratuity. The restaurant will also serve an a la carte dinner menu beginning at 5 p.m. In addition, there will be a three-course Mother’s Day weekend dinner tasting menu on Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. Highlights include Gulf crab tostadas, savory yellow mole with wild mushrooms and hazelnut-mandarin bomb with chocolate and mandarin sauce. Cost is $45 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Hungry’s Café, 2356 Rice, 713-523-8652
14714 Memorial, 281-493-1520
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Hungry’s and they will treat your mom to a free dessert (offer available at both the Rice Village and Memorial locations). Choose from delicious, hearty omelettes, signature croissant French toast and fresh-squeezed juice mimosas.

Kenny & Ziggy's, 2327 Post Oak, 713-871-8883

The whole family can enjoy a relaxed Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch or dinner in Kenny & Ziggy’s comfortable, casual and vibrant atmosphere. Try their house specialties including sky-scraping sandwiches, entree salads, smoked fish, stuffed cabbage, Hungarian goulash, chicken soup and Kenny & Ziggy’s famous chopped liver. And don’t forget to save room for New York-style cheesecake and the "world’s largest" éclair. All moms who dine on Mother’s Day will get a complimentary pink and white cookie, a special version of the restaurant’s classic black and white cookie.

L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar, 240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313
Enjoy a delightful brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($55 per adult, $25 per child).

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