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7 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day Differently

The following places are offering special packages, menus, and gifts that'll make any mom's day.

By Gwendolyn Knapp and Timothy Malcolm May 1, 2020

Give Mom some champagne, a few pantry gems, and Kendra Scott gifts from a'Bouzy.

Suffice it to say, your Mother's Day will probably be weird this year. Unless you head to one of the restaurants opening early, chances are you'll Zoom or FaceTime Mom at some point. No big brunch or dinner to celebrate. No mimosa flutes to clink.

Well, you can improvise, and you should. Mom's worth it! The following restaurants, cafes, and hospitality sites are all offering a little something special for Mother's Day (it's May 10, by the way), whether it be a meal, dessert, or gift package with food. If you're spending time with a mom, consider our choices below and celebrate al living room. If Mom lives close by? Pick one of these up and leave it at her door. She'll love it. We promise.


Mom’s been longing for those wild weekend nights spent at a’Bouzy with the girls, and it’s no surprise this Mother’s Day package is as chic and fun as the restaurant itself. The package includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot hand-painted for “Mom” by Kristara Calligraphy, several welcome pantry upgrades—olive oil, aged balsamic, saffron, and sea salt—and her choice between two Kendra Scott gifts: a signature tumbler candle ($206) or a 4-inch-by-6-inch rose gold filigree frame ($254). Order by May 4. 713-722-6889, abouzy.com, 2300 Westheimer Rd.

Backstreet Cafe

While Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught's revered restaurant won't be seating tables on Mother's Day, it will be tempting tastebuds with five different meals for two, like a shareable, 16-ounce tenderloin, with sides like artichoke risotto and charred Brussels sprouts, and two very delectable desserts: chocolate cake and coconut cake ($95). Other entree options include a full rack of lamb ($100), smoked and roasted Cornish hen ($60), salmon ($70), and mixed grains and roasted vegetables ($60). Salad comes with all entrees. A kid-friendly roast chicken ($7), penne ($7), and macaroni and cheese ($7) (hey, adults can absolutely have that too) round out offerings. Pair with a signature bloody mary kit ($35) to top off Mom's Sunday the right way. Order online or by calling 713-521-2239, backstreetcafe.net, 1103 S. Shepherd Dr.

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery

There’s a lot to choose from at Houston’s beloved bistro and bakery. Go big with an epic M-O-M Cake, layers of pistachio cake with pistachio cream and raspberry, cut to spell-out M-O-M ($55), or go small(er) with a dainty strawberries and cream Flower Pot Entremet ($7). You’ll also find DIY cookie kits, brunch and lox feasts, single-serving quiche, and gift bundles featuring local candles and bath items, too. Order by May 7 for pick-up May 9–10. commonbondtogo.com, various locations.

The Houstonian 

A Solaya Spa & Salon gift certificate? A jumbo lump crab and gruyère quiche with a bottle of Miraval Rose? Yes, the Houstonian’s Mother’s Day bundle ($75 for the quiche and bubbles; $50+ for most spa services) sounds like a dream, and you know what's even dreamier? The spa certificates never expire. Mom can use hers in the weeks ahead at Solaya or in the fall when Trellis Spa reopens. Gift certificate purchases over $250 come with free lavender and lemon cookies, too. Order for valet pick-up 3–5 p.m. May 9. 713-263-6500 or [email protected], solayahouston.com/gift-certificates, 111 N. Post Oak Ln.

Rainbow Lodge

The celebrated cabin will be hosting private gatherings that follow state guidelines May 5–17, but it's also pushing a Mothers' Day to-go menu. Just pull the car up the valet lane and pick up your meal, whether it's a special for-two dinner of lemon and herb roasted chicken ($65), rack of lamb ($105), crab cake and wild game mixed grill ($110), or beef tenderloin ($120), or a la carte brunch appetizers and entrees. Add desserts and cocktail kits ($40 each, $35 for mimosas). Order for pick-up 10 a.m.–8 p.m. May 10. 713-861-8666, rainbow-lodge.com, 2001 Ella Blvd.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar 

Two fabulous cooking kits come with a free bouquet of flowers and all the makings for perfect breakfast or lunch for Mom at home: The Breakfast in Bed ($75), with eggs, biscuits and strawberry jam, butter, southern style potatoes, breakfast sausage and bacon; and the Lunch With Mom ($80) including a garden salad, vinaigrette, salmon and chicken breast, asparagus, and oil and seasoning to help you cook. Both feed a family of four, and you can also add on a Massage Heights gift certificate (for Sugar Land and Voss locations). Order by May 6 for pick-up 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. May 8–10. statefaretx.com, 947 Gessner Rd., #B-190.


Maybe your Mother's Day calls for a gourmet meal cooked by Austin Simmons's celebrated team. The Woodlands darling is offering a celebratory family meal ($179) that feeds four. Get smoked sea bass and artichoke dip, roasted whole beef tenderloin, sides of truffle mashed potatoes, parmesan broccolini, and Parker House rolls, and for dessert, Texas peach cobbler. There's also a takeout a la carte menu with entrees like cheddar mac and cheese and dill and lemon salmon. No, you won't find Simmons' iconic butter-poached crab over kimchi pancakes with butter sauce, but you'll just have to get up there when everything is A-OK again. Order by 1 p.m. May 9 for pick-up 11 a.m.–5 p.m. May 10. triswoodlands.com, 24 Waterway Ave., #125, The Woodlands.

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