Where To Eat: Mother's Day 2013

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One of the best ways to show your mother how much you love her on Mother's Day is to take her out to eat and treat her like the Queen she is. All throughout Houston, you will find an ample amount of opportunities to treat your mother to brunch, lunch and dinner. Here's where you can make Sunday, May 12 a very special day for a very special woman.

Américas 21 Waterway Avenue, Suite 130, The Woodlands 281-367-1492 and 2040 West Gray, Houston 832-200-1492

From 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Américas will serve a buffet brunch featuring classic dishes from Cordúa, and endless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Not only will your mother enjoy the Latin American cuisine, but she will be thrilled to receive a $25 dining certificate.

Backstreet Café 1103 South Shepherd 713-521-2239

Backstreet Café will offer a Mother's Day Brunch including appetizers like crawfish risotto and fried green tomatoes topped with a crabmeat remoulade. Choose from entrees like grilled lamb chops with a lentil salad and stuffed pepper or a bistro breakfast included a grilled 4-ounce tenderloin, two poached eggs, a rosemary potato cake, spinach and a tomato hollandaise. Round out the meal perfectly with a lemon tart or chocolate cake with house made chocolate ice cream, all for $45 per person.

benjy's 5922 Washington Avenue 713-868-1131

Head on over to benjy's for a superb three-course prix fixe brunch featuring starting course choices of smoked turkey hash with porcini hollandaise, a poached egg and forest mushrooms, and French toast with three fruit coulis. Enjoy crispy chicken with banana French toast, cantaloupe and a bourbon glaze, or roasted pork loin with cabbage and cheddar biscuits, followed by mom's chocolate cake and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Benjy's will also serve its regular dinner menu along with specials for Mother's Day.

Bistro Alex 800 Sorella Court 713-827-3545

Bistro Alex in CityCentre will feature its signature jazz brunch on Mother's Day, with a special three-course prix-fixe menu, $3 Bloody Mary's and mimosas and live music from local jazz musician Henry Darragh. Enjoy dishes such as strawberry salad, Cornflakes-crusted chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, grilled steak migas and strawberry shortcake from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $32 a person.

BLU Restaurant & Lounge 2248 Texas Drive, Sugar Land 281-903-7324

BLU Restaurant & Lounge will offer a special 4-course prix fixe menu Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Mother's Day for $55. Choose from creamy potato and leek soup and lobster bisque with plum wine for the first course, followed by a lemongrass shrimp salad and a seared tuna nicoise salad for the second course. Your mother will love to be catered to a roasted Cornish hen entrée with Swiss chard and rosemary ragout, or steamed sea bass with baby bok choy. End the night on a high note with a chocolate mousse cake or apple-pecan cobbler with coconut ice cream.

Damian's Cucina Italiana 3011 Smith 713-522-0439

Damian's Cucina Italiana will be open on Mother's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treat Mom to classic, homey dishes like Damian's spaghetti bolognese, shrimp Damian, lasagna or veal chops.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar 1101 Uptown Park Boulevard, Suite 11 832-668-5808

Etoile will offer a Mother's Day lunch for $50 per person. Choose from a variety of appetizers including gazpacho with shrimp and avocado, and a cold duck foie gras terrine over toasted brioche. Your mother will definitely love the wide variety of specialty entrees, like Maine lobster eggs Benedict with a citrus hollandaise sauce, saffron seafood risotto and duck leg confit. Of course it is not a complete celebration without dessert; choose from a warm chocolate tart, crème fraiche panna cotta and a butterscotch parfait.

Haven 2502 Algerian Way 713-581-6101

Haven offers a Mother's Day Brunch for just $45 a person and $15 for children ages 3-12. Start with brioche French toast with strawberry syrup and vanilla bean Greek yogurt, or smoked pork belly with scrambled eggs and zucchini bread, followed by eggs Boudreaux with a buttermilk biscuit, poached eggs, ham, hollandaise and a creamed green stuffed tomato. Enjoy a variety of cocktails, mixed drinks and desserts, as well.

III Forks Houston Pavilions, 1201 San Jacinto 713-658-9457

III Forks will offer a three-course Mother's Day Feast including selections from asparagus soup and the classic III Forks Salad for the first course, followed by crab-stuffed flounder, fire roasted red pepper chicken and chili-rubbed roast beef tenderloin for the main course. Choose from the chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream or the mandarin orange cake with pineapple and vanilla whipped cream for dessert. Adults must pay $44.95 each and children under 12 cost $15.95.

Latin Bites 5709 Woodway 713-229-8369

Latin Bites will offer brunch on Mother's Day, starting with Rocoto Porton Bloody Mary's. Chef Robert Castre will be serving dishes like Latin Bites breakfast, Venezuelan cachapas and arepas. All mothers will receive a complimentary dessert of milhojas, a pastry meaning "a thousand layers." Complimentary valet will also be available. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mother's Day, while the regular menu will also be available all day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Line & Lariat 220 Main 832-667-4470

Hotel ICON's Line & Lariat will host a Mother's Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 12. Enjoy complimentary mimosas, waffle and omelet stations, and a cold station with items like a raw oyster bar, black garlic Caesar salad and Gulf shrimp remoulade. Try items like the buttermilk fried chicken and gruyere mac 'n' cheese, poached Scottish salmon and roast beef sirloin from the carving station, as well as assorted pastries, housemade desserts and complimentary mimosas. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day. The cost is $58 for adults, $25 for children ages 6 through 11, and free for children ages 5 and under.

L'Olivier Restaurant + Bar 240 Westheimer 713-360-6313 Pamper Mom with a four-course prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch at L'Olivier. Chef Olivier Ciesielski will be serving dishes such as housemade smoked salmon, butternut squash panzoti, crab cakes benedict, chicken waffles, chicken crepes and chocolate mousse.The Mother's Day menu is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day; cost is $55 per person.

Los Tios Mexican Restaurant All locations

Los Tios Mexican Restaurant will offer a "Pechuga Rellena," a chicken breast stuffed with spinach and cheese, along with grilled vegetables, Mexican rice and its special cream sauce to top the chicken. Treat mom to this special meal from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., along with a margarita.

Lucille's 5512 La Branch 713-568-2505

Treat your mom to a Southern brunch at Lucille's filled with delicious down-home comfort food a la carte items. Start the brunch with fried green tomatoes and pork belly and waffles, followed by steak and eggs any style, shrimp and grits, a variety of omelettes and bottomless mimosas and sangria.

Max's Wine Dive 4720 Washington Avenue 713-880-8737

Max's Wine Dive offers a Mother's Day Brunch from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring lobster and crab cake brunch specials, along with the normal brunch items al a carte like red velvet pancakes, Southern fried chicken and eggs any style. Listen to Max's Wine Dive's advice and take your mother to brunch because she gave you life, after all.

Pesca World Seafood 2015-J West Gray 713-522-1330

Pesca World Seafood will offer an al a carte breakfast and brunch menu along with two prix fixe menus -- one for breakfast at $25 and one for brunch at $35 -- to help you celebrate Mother's Day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The al a carte breakfast and brunch includes guava croissants, pretzel crab cakes, salmon salad, a three egg omelet, crab cakes Benedict, huevos rancheros and a variety of seafood and sandwiches. The breakfast prix fixe menu includes items like cod fritters, brioche French toast and Venezuelan-style flan with a rum-caramel sauce. The brunch prix fixe menu includes items like shrimp bisque, paella for one and flourless chocolate cake. Each prix fixe menu will be paired with one glass of white ginger and mint sangria or a peach bellini.

Philippe Restaurant + Lounge 1800 Post Oak 713-439-1000

Philippe Restaurant + Lounge will be open on Mother's Day, serving brunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Chef Philippe Schmit's specials from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Brunch specials include chorizo scrambled eggs, vol au vent with tomato, peppers, basil and virgin olive oil, eggs Benedict with bacon or smoked salmon,and Philippe's famous hollandaise. Chef specials include a roasted half-pound lobster with crab bisque, crab meat, asparagus and arugula salad with lobster dressing and surf and turf with braised beef short ribs and prawns a la plancha, soft potato pancakes with mascarpone, Provencale sauce with tomato, black olives, basil and baby artichokes. Philippe's regular dinner menu will also be available during Mother's Day.

Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel 1300 Lamar 713-276-4700

Take your mom to France at Quattro Restaurant as the third floor of the Four Seasons Hotel will be turned into a French kitchen featuring food stations serving crepes, baked goods and cooked meats. Children also have the opportunity to decorate their own cupcakes to give to their mother on her special day.

RA Sushi 3908 Westheimer 713-621-5800 and 799 Town & Country Boulevard 713-331-2792

Don't let a little cash shortage keep you from treating mom to lunch or dinner this Mother's Day. Get outstanding food and drinks with all-day happy hour at RA Sushi, offered from 11 a.m. to close on Sunday, May 12 at both locations. The menu includes 35 sushi, appetizer and tapas items ranging from $2.25 to $7.25, plus a wide variety of beer, wine, sake, and signature cocktails ranging from $3 to $7.

Royal Sonesta Hotel 2222 West Loop South 713-627-7600

Royal Sonesta Hotel will feature a Mother's Day buffet brunch with complimentary mimosas. All mothers will also enjoy a surprise giveaway, plus live music. The buffet will feature dishes such as avocado and quinoa with roasted beets and heirloom tomatoes, chilled melon gazpacho with prosciutto crisp, Peruvian ceviche copa, tuna tartare on wasabi seaweed, cinnamon raisin pecan French toast with blueberry compote, lobster ravioli with cognac butter sauce, tomato-crusted barramundi filet and crème brulee to order. The brunch menu is available on Mother's Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $55 per person, $45 for seniors (65+), $25 for children ages 5 through 12 and free for children under 5.

Sambuca 909 Texas 713-224-5299

Show mom how much you love her with a Mother's Day brunch at Sambuca filled with classic brunch dishes -- sweet and savory. Mom will love the Belgian waffle station with choice toppings like vanilla-infused whipped cream and maple syrup, or the omelet station where she can make it however she wants. Other choices include biscuits and gravy, apricot, prosciutto, mascarpone and spinach stuffed chicken breast, eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. Bloody marys and mimosas cost $3, as well.

Skeeter's Mesquite Grill All locations

From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Skeeter's Mesquite Grill will offer a Mother's Day Breakfast/Brunch for just $10.95 per person and $5.95 per child under 12. The breakfast and brunch will include a 15-foot buffet filled with pancakes, waffles, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, fruit, tamales and will have a made-to-order omelette station.

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop 3701 Travis 713-524-6922 Give Mom the gift of pies for Mother's Day, as Sparrow Bar + Cookshop will be open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 and chef Monica Pope will be offering complimentary mini pies for all moms. Choose from flavors like rhubarb, strawberry, lemon, buttermilk and blackberry.

STRAITS Asian Bistro 800 Sorella Court, Suite 940 713-365-9922

Chef John Sikhattana will be dishing out Mother's Day specials like the ahi tuna ceviche with cilantro, habanero chiles, lime and garlic crostini; STRAITS butter lettuce wraps with crispy soft shell crab or grilled grape leaf beef; blue crabmeat and mango spring rolls with Thai sausage, shrimp chips and fresh Asian herbs; Asian pesto-seared sea scallops with Chinese pork belly sticky rice and spicy red jalapeno curry saucel and grilled kalbi strip steak with tobacco onions and cucumber kimchi. Specials available all day on Mother's Day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Strata Restaurant & Bar 122 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite A 281-379-2889

Make your mom's special day even more special with a brunch buffet at Strata from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. She will love the selection of meats like prime rib, roasted chicken and fish like house-cured salmon and parmesan crusted black cod. Breakfast choices include biscuits and gravy, pancakes, breakfast sliders and French toast sticks. Bring it all together with a chocolate fountain, cheesecake, fruit crepes, cakes and cookies for just $34.95 a person and $16.95 for children ages 12 and under.

Trevisio 6550 Bertner 713-749-0400

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., treat your mom to something nice at Executive Chef Jon Buchanan's Mother's Day brunch buffet featuring cold items like smoked salmon, imported and domestic cheese and antipasti platters, and hot items like butternut squash risotto, cinnamon raisin French toast and potato ravioli with wild mushrooms and a bianco sauce. If mom likes an omelet, she can definitely have one made to order at one of the action stations. The brunch would not be complete without a dessert buffet filled with treats like chocolate truffles, Italian cream cake and white chocolate bread pudding. Each person's meal costs $45, and children ages 7 and above cost $16.

Triniti Restaurant 2815 South Shepherd 713-527-9090

Treat Mom to a four-course prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch menu, and choose from chef Ryan Hildebrand's dishes like corn and lobster bisque, duck rillette, monkey bread French toast, frittatas, Guinea hen and pistachio genoise. Don't forget to add in one of Triniti's housemade bloody Mary cocktails or mimosas. Menu is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12th. The cost is $65 per person.

Up Restaurant 3995 Westheimer, 3rd Floor 713-640-5416

Up will offer three seatings on Mother's Day at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the Mother's Day Champagne Brunch. Each table will receive a gazpacho appetizer with tomatoes, cucumber, lump gulf crab meat and a sherry reduction, a Caesar cardini salad, house cured salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes and a mustard aioli, and lobster truffle mac & cheese all served family style. Each person can choose from grilled Scottish salmon, crispy fried chicken and beef short ribs for a main course and a buffet of desserts. Each adult's meal costs $65 and children 12 and under cost $25.

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