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