10 Best Bets for Easter Brunch in Houston

Don't get caught like an Easter Bunny in the headlights with no plans this Sunday
April 15, 2014
by Marcy de Luna

Don't get caught like an Easter bunny in the headlights with no plans this Sunday. These restaurants and hotels all have availability for Easter brunch, sure to please even the pickiest of peeps.

Cook & Collins
The restaurant's inaugural Easter brunch will be served this Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Choose from à la carte items like the $15 BBQ Breakfast, a meaty offering of pork belly and root-beer barbecue plus sides of creamy mac 'n' cheese, a blackberry muffin and a cinnamon crumble, or the $13 Elvis Pancakes loaded with bananas and peanut butter and accompanied by banana syrup. From the Easter cocktail list, get things hopping with the $12 Chocolate Bunny Martini, a velvety concoction of whipped vodka and dark chocolate Godiva Liqueur enhanced by fluffy marshmallow and sweet chocolate shavings (2416 Brazos St.; 832-701-1973).

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
The over-the-top three-course pre fixe menu at Mockingbird Bistro, priced at $59 per person, starts with the likes of a spring-pea soufflé and jumbo lump crab dish. Move on to main course selections such as Scottish salmon with roasted cauliflower and lamb tenderloin in rosemary sauce with goat cheese risotto and caponata (eggplant). Amongst the list of after-dinner sweets: Godiva White Chocolate Cheesecake and Granny Smith Apple Bread Pudding. Brunch is from 11 AM to 3 PM, and ages 12 and under are $25 (1985 Welch; 713-533-0200).

Bistro Provence
A basket full of French treats awaits you at Bistro Provence this Sunday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. For $44 per person, feast on béarnaise petite beef fillet with roasted potatoes and fresh peas, poulet aux écrevisses - a chicken dish with a crawfish cream sauce and a side of fluffy rice pilaf - and more. Reservations secured by a deposit are required (13616 Memorial Dr.; 713-827-8008).

Tony Mandola's
If the thought of dining on a fresh Gulf Coast catch of seared halibut in delicate herb sauce ($30) or sautéed Gulf Coast shrimp in a crushed pomodoro tomato sauce with rosemary-Parmesan grits ($24) doesn’t have your mouth watering, the country-style Benedicts with poached hen’s egg, smoked salmon and a shredded Cajun-spiced potato hash cake ($16) should do the trick. Brunch is from 10 AM to 3 PM (1212 Waugh Dr.; 713-528-3474).

Line & Lariat
Located inside Hotel Icon, this elegant space is ideal for every kind of occasion. This Easter, join them for a holiday brunch buffet complete with bottomless mimosas and sangria as well as omelet, waffle, carving and seafood stations. Save room for an assortment of fresh fruit, pastries and desserts. Children will have a hopping good time too, with a special visit from the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt. Brunch is from 10 AM to 2 PM and the cost is $65 for adults and $20 for children ages eight to 12 (220 Main St.; 713-224-4266).

ARA Restaurant
Delicious options abound at the recently refurbished Royal Sonesta Hotel this Easter Sunday with some special creations by executive chef Peter Laufer. Begin with starters like the citrus lobster salad or the peach-stuffed French Toast. Expect to see entree choices such as 44 Farms beef tenderloin à la Benedict and roasted duck breast on spring vegetables. The rolling dessert cart includes a rich crème brûlée and heavenly raspberry and black currant cheesecake. The brunch buffet is available from 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Prices are $48 for adults, $40 for seniors and $20 for children ages five to 12. Children under five are free (2222 West Loop S.; 713-627-7600).

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Del Frisco’s is serving up a multicourse meal from 11 AM to 3 PM just for the Easter holiday. The three-course menu is yours for $45 per person. An appetizer of beefsteak tomatoes and sliced onions dressed in vinaigrette and crumbled blue cheese is a good start to your meal. Next, try the filet mignon Benedict with poached eggs on a toasted English muffin in hollandaise sauce or the banana- and mascarpone-stuffed French toast. From the dessert list, finish with the banana bread pudding. A children’s menu is available for $10 (5061 Westheimer Rd.; 713-355-2600).

Nut-crusted French toast with fruit coulis, crawfish and sausage gumbo, country-fried chicken with gorilla bread pudding, banana-coconut parfait with marshmallow...and the list of items on the prix fixe menu at Benjy’s on Washington goes on. Enjoy this deal, just $36 per person, Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM (5922 Washington Ave; 713-868-1131).

The Tasting Room
Guests are invited to enjoy Easter brunch specials, priced from $15 to $25, at The Tasting Room CityCentre this Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The variety of “eggquisite” dishes includes braised lamb shank with creamy polenta and spring vegetables and Creole eggs Benedict with housemade biscuits, grilled tomato, andouille sausage and Creole mustard hollandaise (818 Town & Country Blvd.; 281-822-1500).

Special guest the Easter Bunny himself will be at Brennan’s this Sunday. There’s also a dining deal: from 10 AM to 3 PM, $60 gets you an appetizer, entree and dessert. Begin with Tabasco-smoked rabbit and sausage gumbo, then choose from hearty entrees like pecan-crusted mahi mahi and molasses-lacquered Hill Country quail with deviled Louisiana blue-crab stuffing and Bulleit bourbon glaze. It’s worth saving room for dessert, especially the bourbon pecan-pie sundae (3300 Smith St.; 713-522-9711).