Houston Restaurants Prepare Unique To-Go Packs for Mother’s Day 2020
After a very long six weeks, restaurants were finally allowed to re-open dining rooms —at a vastly lowered capacity of 25% guest occupancy — on May 1. While some reopened, with the total number of coronavirus cases still climbing in Houston, some owners are choosing a more cautious approach — and so are many Houston diners.
Here’s the good news: the current situation has spurred restaurants to put together many wonderful Mother’s Day takeout packages. Some are not only multicourse meals but also include add-ons such as mimosas and flower arrangements. Below are some great to-go selections. Place an order, then head curbside to pick up great goodies for Mom.
The Rustic, 1836 Polk: The ready-to-cook Mother’s Day meal kits include a choice of entrée, baby kale salad with lemon dressing, sweet potatoes with salted maple butter, steamed green beans and jalapeño spoon bread. Entrée selections are game hens, served with ancho lime butter, stuffed and bacon-wrapped pork loin with honey mustard glaze and prime rib with horseradish sauce. Each kit feeds two to three people. The cost for the game hens and pork loin is $49.95; the prime rib is $64.95. Options are available for larger families. Full details and ordering information is available on The Rustic’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Orders must be placed by May 6 for pickup May 8 through 10.
Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, 2327 Post Oak: This Houston classic offers multiple to-go options to make Mother’s Day Special. The Salad Sampler Brunch includes whitefish salad, kippered salmon salad, egg salad, veggie cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, fruit and bagels. The cost is $85. Choose the Smoked Fish Brunch and get a half-pound of smoked Nova Scotia salmon, whitefish salad, bagels, cream cheese and accoutrements such as lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, olives and fruit for $95. The New York Brunch comes with a half-pound of smoked Nova Scotia salmon, choice of stable or sturgeon, whitefish salad, six each of bagels and bialys, cream cheese, scallion cream cheese and more for $132. All of the to-go brunches also include a chocolate bobka, quart of orange juice, bottle of sparkling wine and a pound of coffee. The full menu is available online and orders may be placed online or by calling (713) 871-8883. All orders must be made on or before Thursday, May 7.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa, 111 North Post Oak: The “Best. Morning. Ever. Bundle” will make Mom feel like a VIP. It comes with a beautifully packaged Solaya Spa & Salon gift certificate, Jumbo Lump Crab and Gruyère Quiche from in-house restaurant TRIBUTE and a bottle of Miraval Rosé. The cost is $78 plus tax and gratuity and can be ordered online.
Harold’s Restaurant and Tap Room, 350 West 19th: Three options are available for curbside pickup, take out or delivery. Mama’s Family Meal includes Harold’s Farmer Salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Macaroni-N-White Texas Cheddar Cheese and Atkinson Farms mixed vegetables. It feeds two for $60 or up to six for $130. The Spanish Paella comes with Harold’s Farmer Salad and paella with mussels, calamari, chicken, andouille sausage, Gulf shrimp, green peas and rice, plus a bottle of Spanish Cava. The cost is $145 for four to six people and $80 for two. The Beef Tenderloin Medallion Meal includes Harold’s Farmer Salad, beef tenderloin medallions, mushrooms, red wine demi-glace, mashed potatoes and Atkinson Farms mixed vegetables. The cost is $145 for four to six people and $75 for two. All orders must be placed by noon on Friday, May 8. To place an order, call (713) 360-6204.
Postino Wine Café, 642 Yale: Indulge with The Bomb Mom Pack, featuring Sausage Kale Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche, Heritage Grain and Vegetable Salad and an artisan pastry box. The cost is $50 and it serves between four and six people. Special add-ons include a Lobster Roll Kit that includes four brioche rolls, cold lobster salad and petite herb salad for $38 and a D.I.Y Blood Orange Mimosa Kit that serves four for $25. Pre-orders are available until May 8 at noon or until supplies run out. See all the selections and order online, or by calling (346) 223-1111. Pickup is available on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: The dining room of this Houston favorite is closed on Mother’s Day, but several to-go options for two are available. The whole lemon and herb roasted chicken is $65 and the whole roasted rack of lamb is $105. Both include a salad with candied pecans and balsamic dressing, a choice of two sides such as spicy roasted Brussels sprouts, jalapeño and bacon cheddar grits, and roasted cauliflower with curry sauce, and two desserts. Diners can choose from croissant bread pudding, gluten-free lemon bar or the Decadent Chocolate Torte. The Field and Stream Dinner is $110 and comes with a jumbo lump crab cake and the wild mixed game grill featuring American elk, wild boar chops, Texas quail and venison sausage, as well as mashed potatoes and a choice of dessert. The complete menu is online, along with suggestions for wine pairings and add-ons. Call (713) 861-8666 to place an order. All orders must be in by 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Pickup is through the restaurant’s valet entrance. Rainbow Lodge is a valued Houston Food Finder sponsor that made this article possible.
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway in Katy Asian Town: On Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, take your favorite mom to this popular Malaysian eatery and her entrée is free (with the purchase of another entrée). Prefer to dine at home? No problem — and there’s a special for you, too. Place a curbside pickup or direct delivery order of $50 or more and receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco. Also, just in time for Mother’s Day, Phat Eatery has debuted housemade ice cream in Pandan Coconut with curry sprinkle and Durian flavors. Phat Eatery is a valued Houston Food Finder sponsor that made this article possible.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial: A three-course take out menu is available that includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. The selections include Carrot and Cumin Soup, mixed green salad with pears and bacon bits, wild Norwegian salmon en papillote with homemade mayonnaise, beef Bourguignon, crème caramel and chocolate chip bread pudding. The cost is $29 per person. Orders must be placed by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Curbside pickup is from noon to 2 p.m. or after 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Call (713) 827-8008 to place an order and arrange a pickup time.
Jonathan’s The Rub, 9061 Gaylord: Jonathan Levine’s original restaurant is offering a special à la carte Mother’s Day menu that includes main dishes such as chicken and waffles, lamb chops and chicken pot pie for two. All orders include chocolate-dipped strawberries. Diners can also select from the restaurant’s regular menu. To-go orders may be placed by calling (713) 465-8200. The restaurant is also open for dine-on on Sunday, May 10. Seating is limited to 20 people, and reservations are strongly recommended.
State Fare, 947 Gessner: The comfort-food favorite has a selection of cook-at-home meals for mom. Breakfast in Bed serves four and includes a dozen eggs, four biscuits with strawberry jam and butter, Southern-style potatoes, breakfast sausage and bacon for $75. Lunch with Mom serves four and comes with a garden salad with house vinaigrette, Norwegian salmon filets, marinated chicken breast, asparagus and a seasoning kit. The cost is $80. Guests can add a margarita or Bloody Mary kit for $35 each, a s’mores kit for $20 or six chocolate chip cookies for $10. Each package comes with a small bouquet of flowers. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 6 and can be picked up between Friday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Order online or call (832) 831-0950.
Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith: One of Houston’s most-loved special-occasion spots is offering a Mother’s Day package for two, which includes two choices of starters and entrées for each person, White Chocolate Bread Pudding for two, and bread and butter. Choose from options such a Strawberry Salad with Cayenne-Spiced Pecans, Brennan’s signature turtle soup, Roasted Truffle Chicken, Sugarcane-Smoked Beef Rib with barbecue sauce, pan-seared redfish topped with Louisiana crawfish and filet mignon. All menu items come with reheating instructions. Dinner for two is $100; no substitutions or special orders. Guests can add-on items such as a children’s order of chicken fingers for $10, a Bananas Foster Kit for $21 or a Creole Bloody Mary Kit for $21. The complete menu, including wine selections, is online. Pickup is available Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10. Orders for pickup on Friday and Saturday are due before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Sunday pickup orders are due before Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. Payment is by credit card only. To place an order, call (713) 522-9711 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Hugo’s, 1602 Westheimer: The Mexican favorite is offering several dinners for two for Día de la Madre. Each comes with a shareable salad of frisée, kale, mango, watermelon radish, queso fresco and pepita dressing, a choice of shareable entrée, two shareable sides and dessert. Entrées include Salmón Asado, or grilled salmon with hoja santa and herb sauce, for $70; Cochinita Pibil, or slow-roasted baby pig cooked in a banana leaf with pickled onions and habanero salsa, for $75; Lomo de Res a las Brasas, a grilled tenderloin with mole negro for $95; and Chiles Relleno de Vegetales, or poblano peppers stuffed with roasted potatoes and sautéed mushrooms in a pumpkin seed sauce, for $65. The full menu is available online. Order on the website or call (713) 524-7744. All orders must be placed by May 6 with pickup on May 9.
Wholesome Pies, 250 Assay: As a casual, budget-friendly option, the eatery in Redemption Square is offering a heart-shaped pepperoni pizza with a mini sparkling rosé for $14 for Mother’s Day. Pickup is available at the restaurant, or guests can choose delivery via GrubHub or UberEats. Order online or call (281) 741-0203.
Coppa Osteria, 5210 Morningside: Mother’s Day brunch includes arugula and tomato salad, grilled spring vegetables, casarecce (twisted tube-shaped) pasta with basil pesto and crispy garlic, and lemon poppyseed cake. It’s available for two people for $70; to serve four, the cost is $140, and to feed six it’s $210. Guests can add on options such as Smoked Salmon Pizza ($21) or Chicken Under a Brick (half for $22, a whole for $36). See the full menu here. Pick up or delivery is available for Saturday May 9 or Sunday May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All orders must be placed by Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m. Order online or call (713) 522-3535.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: Multiple dinner-for-two options are available, and each comes with a shareable spring salad, entrée, and two sides, as well as two desserts. All selections are served cold and come with reheating instructions. The selections include grilled full rack of lamb with demi-glace for $100, salmon with chimichurri for $70, smoked roasted Cornish chicken with reduced pan drippings and fresh herbs for $60, the signature Mixed Grains and Deeply Roasted Vegetables served paella-style for $60 and grilled prime tenderloin with a red wine reduction for $95. See the full menu and place orders online or call (713) 521-2239. Orders must be placed by May 6 for pickup on May 9.
A’bouzy, 2300 Westheimer: Get a gift basket that includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label hand-painted by Kristara Calligraphy, olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, saffron and sea salt. In partnership with Kendra Scott, the champagne gathering space is offering the baskets with a Kendra Scott signature tumbler candle for $206 or with a 4″ x 6″ rose gold filigree frame for $254. Pre-order by May 4 by calling (713) 722-6899.
MAD, 4444 Westheimer: The Spanish cuisine hotspot has a three-course menu for Mother’s Day carryout, featuring two starters per person, choice of entrée and dessert. The dish choices include Bravas Tomás (potatoes with spicy garlic and garlic alioli), Manzanilla olives, Suckling Pig Empanadas, and grilled rack of lamb. The full menu is online and the cost is $75 per person. Wine is available for half-off with food orders. Until May 8, customers can also preorder a floral arrangement by David Brown. Dinner orders may be placed online or by calling (281) 888-2770.
Common Bond, 2278 West Holcombe; 1706 Westheimer and 449 West 19th: The bakery and café has a host of sweets and savories to celebrate Mom. The M-O-M cake — a pistachio dacquoise cake with pistachio diplomat cream and raspberry pate fruit — is $55. Get a Mother’s Day DIY Cookie Kit with six sugar cookies, and three colorful piping bags of vanilla frosting for $20. The Mother’s Day Lox Brunch comes with smoked salmon, avocado purée, lemon cream cheese, pickled red onions, hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes and a Mimosa Kit. It serves two and is $40. Pre-order through May 7 for pickup on May 9 and 10. The full menu is online. Guests may also order by calling (346) 327-8393 for the Holcombe location, (713) 529-3535 for Montrose and (713) 357-9397 for the Heights.
Peli Peli: The local South African restaurant chain is not yet open for dine-in service, but meals from it are easier than ever to buy. In addition to offering takeout and delivery from its restaurant locations in Katy, The Woodlands, The Galleria and Vintage Park, Peli Peli boxed meals are available at a growing number of Kroger stores. All of the Kroger meals — as well as to-go orders at the Peli Peli restaurants during all of Mother’s Day weekend — are buy one get one free. The Kroger special runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8 — so stock up ahead of Sunday for the family. The list of which Kroger locations have Peli Peli’s meals is available online.
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille: The Mother’s Day Weekend Steakhouse Smorgasbord includes a choice of three signature appetizers, four entrées, three sauces and three family-sized sides. The dishes include Crab Cake Balls, bacon-wrapped scallops, 14-ounce sliced New York strip, 14-ounce chargrilled chicken, 12-ounce chargrilled salmon, whipped potatoes and macaroni and cheese. The meal feeds four to six people and costs $150. Guests can also add a family-style salad, individual desserts, mimosas and more. Curbside pickup is available Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The full menu and ordering details are online.