8 Impressive Prix Fixe Menus for Mother's DayBy Marcy de Luna
May 6, 2014
There’s still time to make your reservations for a Mother’s Day meal on Sunday, and we've got your go-to list for Houston's top prix fixe menus.
Benjy’s on Washington
Three courses for $38 per person includes starter options like French toast stuffed with bourbon mascarpone and strawberry rhubarb or crispy fish 'n' chips. Next up, try the green-tomato Benedict with goat cheese, roasted beets and hollandaise, or lamb schnitzel with mint pesto, smoked yam purée and Asian slaw. Of the dessert menu, you can’t go wrong with blackberry shortcake (5922 Washington Ave.; 713-868-1131).
Backstreet Cafe is a Houston favorite for brunch and celebrations, including Mother’s Day. From 10 AM-3 PM, for $48 per person ($15 for children ages 10 and under), the special three-course menu will feature first-course items like the summer vegetable garden salad and oyster chowder. Our main-course picks are the seared scallops with corn purée and crisp apple-smoked bacon or the bacon-wrapped quail with white cheddar-chive mashed potatoes and charred Brussels sprouts. End on a sweet note with mocha meringue cake, butterscotch bread pudding and a list of others (1103 S. Shepherd Dr.; 713-521-2239).
Celebrate Italian-style at Prego, located in Rice Village. The cost for the Mother’s Day three-course meal, available from 10:30 AM-3 PM, is $42 per person. The first-course menu offers the likes of the pan-roasted Gulf crab cake and crispy chicken picatta and waffles with basil syrup and strawberries. Entrees include potato gnocchi tossed with braised lamb and ragout, and penne pasta with a vegetable medley of mushrooms, peas, radicchio and asparagus tossed in roasted garlic and olive oil. Finish with a miniature trio offering of passion fruit petit fours, tiramisu and strawberry shortcake (2520 Amherst St.; 713-529-2420).
The buffet at Churrascos is $39 per person (children ages six to 12 are $15 and children under six are free), where you can get your fill at the beef-tenderloin carving, omelet, pasta and crêpe stations. You’ll also enjoy items like whole roasted pig, plantain-crusted chicken and more. Save room for tres leches and delirio de chocolate miniature desserts. An endless brunch cocktail option is yours for an additional 12 bucks (multiple locations).
60 Degrees Mastercrafted
The brunch of ranch-to-table fare at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted is $47 per person ($15 for children 12 and under) from 10 AM to 4 PM (2300 Westheimer Rd.; 713-360-7757).
The five-course Mother's Day lunch at Artisans, from 11 AM-3 PM, is $95 per person. Your meal begins with an amuse-bouche of smoked salmon, asparagus, cucumber, shallots, crispy potatoes, boiled quail eggs, fried dill and chervil. Foie gras and duck confit ravioli plus a puff pastry of lobster and crawfish follow. Round three is a mushroom and foie gras beef Wellington, and the finale is a luxe chocolate mousse made with Grand Marnier and candied oranges (3201 Louisiana St.; 713-529-9111).
Treat mom to a Mother’s Day brunch at one of two seatings: 11 AM-noon or 1-2 PM. Priced at $45 per person ($12 per child), the three-course prix fixe menu starts with your choice of a Caesar salad, roasted red-pepper soup or fried oysters. Example main courses are braised short ribs with mushroom risotto and an Akaushi cheeseburger. Our pick for dessert is the bourbon bread pudding (510 Shepherd Dr.; 713-863-7777).
From 10 AM-3 PM, mom will enjoy a Mother’s Day feast at Cullen’s. The buffet, $49.95 per person ($18.95 for children ages 12 and under), offers an assortment of goodies like baked ziti, a cold seafood bar, Belgian waffles and eggs Benedict (11500 Space Center Blvd.; 281-991-2000).