Did you get caught in such a tizzy over Cinco de Mayo that you forgot to book plans for Mother's Day? Fear not: CultureMap has compiled a go-to list for wining and dining the most important woman in your life.
-Break out of the ordinary bouquet boredom while cutting your carbon footprint as you visit the local flower vendors at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Unique blooms are available from Billabong Flower, Cuts of Color and Animal Farm. Bonus: Bruce from Orchid Obsession will be giving away complimentary orchids to all the moms that stop at his booth.
-If the Sunday Discovery Green Urban Harvest Farmers Market is more your scene, swing by between 12 to 4 p.m. to smother mom in gifts, like soaps from the Pampered Sisters and plump blackberries from the Houston Regional Market Growers. Moms like to shake their hips from time to time — fortunately, this week features hula hooping lessons and music from Smythe and Taylor.
Dining for Downtown Divas
-If you'd rather leave the chopping to somebody else, just skip over to The Grove for a picnic platter, meyer lemon and ricotta pancakes or a classic skirt steak and eggs, topped with tomatillo and queso fresco.
-Moms make the world go 'round, so what better place to celebrate her than at Houston's only revolving rooftop restaurant? The 360-degree view at Spindletop is the perfect accompaniment to the four-course Mother's Day lunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Brunch is $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids.
-On Hearsay's "Acknowledging Mom" menu are such lady-like dishes as grilled mahi mahi fish tacos, a spinach, sundried tomato and goat cheese omelet and crab and avocado quiche. Don't forget to order a round of Jamaica or Tamarind "Mom"osas or "Hot Mama" pepper-infused Bloody Marys.
-Louisiana oysters, wild mushroom salad and crab-stuffed Maine lobster are just a few of the standouts from the Eddie V's Mother's Day brunch menu, available at both the CityCentre and West Ave locations. Or go all out with a 16 oz. prime New York strip au poivre with cracked black peppercorn and cognac sauce. Eddie V's is not usually open for lunch, but on Mother's Day, the special menu is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Keep it classy at Sullivan's, where the fam can dine on such steakhouse stalwarts as triple cut lamb chops, 14 oz. ribeye and bananas foster bread pudding. And just because the lunch starts at 11 a.m. doesn't mean it's too early for an expertly shaken martini fit for a queen. Cost is $39.99 per person.
-Heirloom tomato cocktail with roasted corn, cucumber, onion, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño and radishes; harvest green salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette; shrimp-stuffed artichoke bottom; roasted poblano corn chowder — those are just the appetizers of the enticing menu conjured by chef Hugo Ortega at Backstreet Café, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By the time she gets to strawberry almond shortcake with mascarpone ice cream, Mom will understand the meaning of "pampered." Cost is $42 for adults.
-Mockingbird Bistro's three-course prixe fixe menu, offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes soft-scrambled eggs over smoked salmon bruschetta with chive Hollandaise, country frittata with crawfish, asparagus, gruyere cheese and garlic mashies and Kurobuta Pork Chop with stone-ground white grits, rainbow chard and apple bourbon sauce. Cost is $59 for adults.
-Treat your matriarch to brunch at Hotel ZaZa's Monarch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bold ginger beef tenderloin, lobster beignets and almond waffles with chocolate butter pair nicely with a bottle of bubbly or one of the bombast brunch cocktails.
-Who knew that chef Philippe Schmit could be such a mama's boy? Duck into Philippe Restaurant + Lounge for duck two ways, surf & turf and fennel flan with spring vegetables.
-Uptown moms head to RDG for octopus ceviche, an in-house smoked fish platter or red fish topped with a pan fried egg. Naughty ones are free to indulge in a plate of "hang over eggs." Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-In honor of the woman who does it all, 51Fifteen is pulling out all the stops with such indulgences as beef medallion benedict and baked Texas goat cheese salad. Get things started with an order of Chef Silva's applewood smoked salmon and a few watermelon mojitos. Moodafaruka performs throughout the entire brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Arturo's will serve its classic dinner menu, along with three tempting entrees: lobster bianco, grilled veal chop and snapper melone — a fresh take on the fish, topped with diced cantaloupe, honeydew and jumbo lump crab meat.
-At once low-key and luxe, Prego offers a cozy enclave to celebrate with the family. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., chef John Watt offers a three-course contemporary Italian menu with such highlights as farm-raised pheasant breast with spring peas and sweet potato gnocchi and panna cotta profiteroles. Cost is $42 per person.
. . . And a bit of nosh
-For 364 days of the year you show your mom nonstop chutzpah — but today, treat her to Hungarian goulash. Or a skyscraper pastrami sandwich. Or the world's largest éclair. All are available at the NY-style deli, Kenny & Ziggy's.
-If your mom likes mixing alcohol with baked goods (and what mom doesn't?), then head to McGonigel's Mucky Duck, where duck waitress Allison will pair wine/beer with cupcakes on the patio from 5 to 8 p.m. The handheld desserts are from the oven of Jody Cakes.