he title of mom extends far past motherhood. It also carries the duties of chauffeur, doctor, teacher, and chef. With all those job titles, it's a must to put some effort into praising her every year and making sure she stays out of the kitchen on her special day. Breakfast in bed can feel played out – so why not let her sleep in and instead take her to brunch?
You can't cut any corners when it comes to celebrating Mother's Day – so it's better to make reservations in advance of the big day, Sunday, May 8. Houston's best brunches are gearing up for a family-filled arena - here's where you should go.
Pondicheri: If mom prefers a more glam brunch experience, this buzzy Upper Kirby restaurant will add some color – and spice – into her life. She’ll love the chefs' picture-perfect dishes and the Bake Labs sweet treats. Plus, as a woman-run establishment, owner Anita Jaisinghani knows just what mom needs, and that’s the restaurant's Mother’s Day gift box, which comes with skin oils, and baked goodies, including the infamous Crack Balls. Menu specials start at $12. Gift box is $50.
Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby Dr., B 132.
Bloom & Bee: After you surprise mom with a Deep Knead massage from The Spa at Post Oak Hotel, you can head to the main lobby for a three-course brunch that will serve as the perfect backdrop for a mother-daughter day. With a view overlooking the hotel pool, shades of pink sprinkled throughout the restaurant, and a full bar with cocktails perfect for the occasion, you and mom will be set for the ultimate photo-op. Entrees include vegetable wellington, corned beef hash and eggs, and grilled Alaskan salmon. Plus, indulge her in some sweet treats at the dessert buffet, offering Praline Paris Brest, Pina Colada Verrine, and Hummingbird Cupcakes. $75 per person.
Bloom & Bee, 1600 W Loop S.
The Warwick: Who doesn’t love a complimentary mimosa? The newly opened Galleria restaurant will hand mom the well-deserved cocktail when she walks in the door. Don’t be surprised if she says the restaurant feels familiar, it’s the same building as the former Houston’s restaurant. The cozy booths are great if you want to have a a more intimate time with mom and express your love for her over succulent plates such as the Hawaiian Ribeye, Charbroiled Gulf Oysters, and the Snapper Orleans.
The Warwick, 5888 Westheimer Rd.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant: Tell mom to get dressed to the nines and take her to this Washington Corridor restaurant. The stellar wine cellar will indeed have her favorite red or white, or she can sip her complimentary Bellini. Don’t forget to request a handy purse rack so mom has somewhere to store her bag and keep her hands and arms free for gifts and hugs. Ask to sit on the patio, where you'll get to enjoy live music and a picture with the longhorns out front for a memorable Mother’s Day photo.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington Ave.
B.B. Lemon: Your mom won’t lift a finger at B.B. Lemon – except to eat those delicious blue crab beignets and to drink her on-the-house mimosa. Sit outside to appreciate the good weather and the live music under the cabanas, and be sure to tell mom she can order whatever she wants, even if that means a dozen oysters on the half shell.
B.B. Lemon, 1809 Washington Ave.
Turner’s: Old-world charm and sophistication are the characteristics that embody this Galleria area diner. Brunch here is a dining experience like no other. Executive Chef Robert Del Grande and Chef de Cuisine Jose Valencia curated a menu with Turner's reserve caviar, steak tartare, and monkey bread french toast. She will dine while being serenaded by Henry Darragh and Barry Sames, who will perform live. $250 per person.
Turner’s, 1800 Post Oak Blvd. Entrance on Ambassador Way.
The Annie Cafe & Bar: This bustling Uptown eatery is the epitome of class; moms will get to bask in the sophisticated ambiance from the dimly lit indoor dining room to the patio. Plus, Moms get a free mimosa or Bellini, while the kiddos are occupied with the balloon artist on site.
The Annie Cafe & Bar, 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Suite #6170.
NoPo Café, Market & Bar: This quaint North Post Oak restaurant shouldn't be overlooked for brunch with mom, especially if she's a casual diner. You're met with beautiful decor and an inviting ambiance when you walk in. And what mom doesn't want to be welcomed with a cocktail? Satisfy all of her tastebud's desires–whether smoked salmon + schmeer, steak & eggs, or buttermilk pancakes — she'll leave feeling satisfied.
NoPo Cafe, Market & Bar, 1244 N Post Oak Rd Suite #150.
Ouisie’s Table: Families are notorious for passing down antiques, and Ouisie’s Table reflects that, from the menu to the decor. The Southern restaurant has just the right touch of elegance, and some quirkiness too. There’s a porcelain dog named Patience that’s placed throughout the restaurant, and a red dress called Miss Ruby that the owner’s sister wore in a 1958 debutante ball in Houston. Expect rustic dishes like cornmeal pancakes, grilled beef tenderloin and eggs, and chicken fried chicken. As an additional gift, Ouisie’s will present each mom with a boxed chocolate at the end of the meal. If mom is looking to escape the crowds Sunday, Ouisie’s entire menu will be available to-go. Orders should be placed at least several hours in advance of the desired pick-up time.
Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe St.