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.

PRIX FIXE AND A LA CARTE

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.

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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.

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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.

Location Info

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bistro Des Amis

2347 University Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cru

2800 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

4100 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Khun Kay Thai Cafe

1209 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mark's American Cuisine

1658 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Original Ninfa's On Navigation

2704 Navigation, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Prego

2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

RA Sushi

3908 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

RA Sushi

12860 Queensbury, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tila's

1111 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Triniti

2815 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Union Kitchen

4057 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Union Kitchen

12538 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brady's Landing

8505 Cypress St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Grove

1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Karl's at the Riverbend - CLOSED

5011 FM 723, Richmond, TX

Category: Restaurant

Latin Bites

5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Line & Lariat

220 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Quattro

1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Uptown

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Il Mulino - CLOSED

945 Gessner, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trevisio Restaurant

6550 Bertner St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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5 comments
Master Dragon
Master Dragon

Best place to eat on Mother's Day - home. Restaurants on Mother's Day are a freaking nightmare. Unless you can't cook (there are people who can't cook!?) , don't subject your wife, mother girlfriend...whatever, to the mobs in the streets. Actually DO something for Mom. For those who can't cook and insist on delving headlong into madness, there are many good restaurants listed above.

Jakeisha Wilmore
Jakeisha Wilmore

A few more to consider:

Bistro Alex: Three courses for for $35 from 11am-4pm

Blu (2248 Texas Dr, Sugar Land): Serving brunch for Mother's Day from 11am-3pm with a variety of omelettes, quiches, and pancakes for under $13. Each entrée is served with a complimentary mimosa. Also during Mother's Day weekend, Blu is offering a three-course menu for $45.

Straits (800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy): serving a four-course dinner for $35 from 11am to 10 pm. Moms receive a complimentary glass of champagne.

Philippe Restaurant + Lounge: is offering a a few specials entrees for brunch and dinner ranging from $18 - $25.

Discgolfer22
Discgolfer22

10 free boneless wings for Mom's at Hooters!!

Densmore
Densmore

Bistro Alex all the way.

Big Brunch at the Marriott Westside.

L'Olivier.

 

Tim
Tim

If you will allow me to resume my role as unpaid and unaffiliated publicist for Charivari, I would suggest that you add them to the list under prie fixe / a la carte.

http://charivarirest.com/mothe...

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