Best Restaurants To Celebrate Mother’s Day In Pearland

Carrot Cake at Killen's Steakhouse

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Show the moms in your life some extra love this Mother’s Day with a special meal in Pearland! Choose from casual kitchens serving festive brunches, opt for more elegant spreads for lunch or dinner, or keep things extra relaxed with a visit to one of Pearland’s craft breweries.  Learn more below, and find additional ideas on the Visit Pearland website.

Killen’s Steakhouse, 6425 West Broadway: Surprise Mom with an over-the-top dinner at this sleek steakhouse opened by James Beard Award-semifinalist chef Ronnie Killen in 2006. In addition to exemplary steaks, this chic destination serves a variety of Gulf Coast fare along with stellar wines and cocktails. The patio is available for moms seeking al fresco dining, too. (Please note that, at minimum, business casual attire is requested.) 

Menu highlights include jumbo lump crab cake with lemon butter and jumbo shrimp and Pistachio-Crusted Duroc Pork Chop with labneh and pomegranate molasses. Naturally, steak is well-represented with selections for wet- and dry-aged, along with three types of Wagyu: domestic, Japanese A5 Wagyu from the Kagoshima Prefecture and W. Black Australian Wagyu. Try a bit of everything with the New York Strip Flight that includes four ounces each of wet-aged USDA prime, W. Black Australian Wagyu, Snake River Farm Wagyu and Japanese A5 Wagyu. Sides are no afterthought here, with heaping portions of 13 scratch-made options such as Broccoli and Cheese Risotto, grilled jumbo asparagus, creamed corn and macaroni & cheese. Make reservations online and call (281) 485-0844 for more information.

Overhead view of Tex-Mex bites
The Border Sampler at Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen offers a variety of tastes and textures. Courtesy photo.

Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, 3005 Kirby and 2202 East Broadway: The restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day, and guests can take advantage of two, limited-time specials. First, visit May 6 through 8 for the San Luis entrée. It includes two cheese enchiladas topped with marisco sauce and served with four Veracruz Shrimp, choice of beans (refried or charro) and rice. Then, sign up and register for the Tex-Mex Insider Loyalty Program through 11:59 p.m. May 8 and receive an additional $10 Bonus Reward on top of the regular $25 sign-up reward. This equals $35 on your new Insider Account, which is redeemable on a future visit.

More importantly, Gringo’s is an excellent place to celebrate with a crowd — without breaking the bank. Big families can enjoy lower-cost dishes that don’t skimp on flavor. Favorites include the Fajita Bowl brimming with meat, refried beans, Mexican rice, a touch of chili con carne and queso for only $8.99 for chicken, $9.99 for beef or $9.69 for both. Another option is the Marisco Bowl, which is filled with sautéed Gulf shrimp and crawfish tails, Mexican rice and white wine sauce that is $9.99. Add fajita meat for only $1.99 extra. Combination plates are wonderful for diners who love variety. Try the Summer Special with guacamole, crispy beef taco, bean chalupa and queso chip for $8.99, and beef Burrito Con Queso served with rice and beans for $10.19. 

There are four Family Meals, too, available for pick up. Each starts at $43.99 and feeds two adults and two kids. Each comes with Mexican rice, choice of beans, red and green salsa, queso and chips. Choose from the enchilada meal with one dozen cheese, ground beef or salsa-style chicken topped with choice of chili con carne, poblano cream or queso; tacos that includes one dozen ground beef or salsa-style chicken topped with lettuce, tomato and cheese; chicken fajita that includes chicken fajitas, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese and tortillas (combo or all beef available at additional cost); and Fajita Bowl Casserole made with chicken fajita meat, refried beans, rice, queso, shredded cheese and tortillas (combo or all beef available for additional fee). All meals also include beans, rice, red and green salsa, queso and chips.

Classic cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles
The Good Vibes Classic American Burger pairs traditional flavors with locally sourced beef. Photo by Good Vibes Coastal Kitchen.

Good Vibes Coastal Kitchen, 1329 East Broadway: Treat mom to a laid-back beach-themed bistro (formerly Good Vibes Burgers & Brews) with elevated brunch fare available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Must-try starters include the oversized cinnamon roll served warm and loaded with frosting, and the Beachin’ Deviled Eggs presented three to an order and topped with your choice of crispy fried oysters, bourbon bacon chutney or smoked salmon. Main dishes include shrimp with creamy smoked gouda grits and garlic lemon butter sauce, Crab Cake Benedict and Birria Huevos Rancheros made with short rib birria. Specialty cocktails include two Build-Your-Own options: michelada or Bloody Mary. Reservations are available online or by calling (832) 569-4141.

nachos with toppings and barbecue
A towering plate of barbecue nachos at Big Horn Barbecue is sure to impress mom. Photo by Becca Wright.

Big Horn BBQ, 2300 Smith Ranch Road: Dine at this popular spot for hearty barbecue and give Mom a delicious, casual meal of burgers, sandwiches, combination plates, mammoth baked potatoes and salads. Desserts include peach cobbler, pecan pie, cheesecake and more.

This joint’s Party Packs make cooking for Mom a breeze! Simply choose the size needed for your crew, and the experts at Big Horn will take care of the rest. There are six options serving from 4 to 50 people, with prices starting at $69.99. Packs include meat such as brisket, pork ribs, sausage and turkey breast, and sides such as charro beans, Mac ‘ N Cheese, potato salad and Southwest corn. All meals also include pickles, onions, jalapeños, Fresh Baked White Bread and barbecue sauce. Plates and plastic utensils available upon request. Visit the website or call (281) 741-3289 for more information.

Cleo Lounge, 9603 Broadway: This chic cafe with international decor serves à la carte weekend brunch with a variety of savory and sweet selections. Dishes include elevated, modern spins on global recipes. Choose from decadent options such as Braised Shortrib Poutine loaded with thick-cut garlic Parmesan and rosemary potato batons, smoked gouda and mozzarella; Cleo Signature Baby Lamb Chops with sweet soy glaze and yellow rice; or the Mini Monte Cristo, which is a tempura fried combo of Black Forest ham, honey roasted turkey, Swiss and cheddar tucked in to a sweet crepe. There is also shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, French toast and more.

Brunch is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays — when there is also live entertainment. Call (832) 288-2326 for more information and make reservations online.

Dine on a variety of specialties at Grazia Italian Kitchen in Pearland. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Grazia Italian Kitchen, 9415 West Broadway: This warm, inviting restaurant is ideal for special events with its elegant-yet-casual decor and exceptional service. Make reservations for Mother’s Day weekend and treat Mom to handcrafted Italian specialties.

Brunch selections include chicken & waffles with whipped cream and maple syrup or choose from four kinds of Benedict: filet mignon, crab cake, salmon or short rib. Each includes poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise and varying sides such as bacon or grilled asparagus. Lunch-style entrées include Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak, jumbo Gulf shrimp & grits, The Boss Hogg Pizza topped with 40 Clove Garlic Cream Gravy, eggs, Italian sausage, pork shoulder bacon, red onions, tomatoes and basil, and a Breakfast Calzone filled with eggs, pork shoulder bacon, ricotta, basil, garlic and 40 Clove Garlic Cream Gravy. Round things out with fresh cocktails, mimosas, wine and more. Make reservations online or call (832) 230-8873 for more information.

colorful patio with fountains
There’s lots of room for kids and adults to roam on the patio at Jimmy Changas. Courtesy photo.

Jimmy Changas, 3515 Business Center Drive: Help make Mother’s Day a relaxing and enjoyable outing for everyone — kids included — with patio dining at Jimmy Changas. The restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day, and guests can take advantage of two limited-time specials. First, visit May 6 through 8 for the San Luis entrée. It includes two cheese enchiladas topped with marisco sauce and served with four Veracruz Shrimp, choice of beans (refried or charro) and rice.  Then, sign up and register for the Tex-Mex Insider Loyalty Program through 11:59 p.m. May 8 and receive an additional $10 Bonus Reward on top of the regular $25 sign-up reward. This equals $35 on your new Insider Account, which is redeemable on a future visit.

The beautiful, roomy, kid-friendly patio is an inviting spot to dine on traditional Tex-Mex delights. Order family-friendly fare such as the shareable Chango Platter loaded with taquitos, Donkey Wings, Tex-Mex Eggrolls and Gorilla Peppers: stuffed jalapeños filled with cheese, pulled pork and barbecue sauce. There are plenty of entrée choices, too, including combination plates, seafood specials, fajitas, tacos and quesadillas. Eating gluten-free? Ask for the special guide that includes suitable meats, veggies, sauces, fajitas salads and other items. Adults can sip “Wild Margaritas”, like the Prickly ‘Rita with Western Son Prickly Pear Vodka or the frozen Triple Threat Margarita with raspberry, peach and amaretto meltdowns. Cocktails, beer and wine round out the offerings. 

While waiting on the food to arrive, kids can play on the playground as parents sip on their adult beverages while relaxing in classy wooden lounge chairs. Although reservations are not available, guests can visit the website ahead of time to join the waitlist,  and then request patio seating upon arrival.

Shrimp and grits at Magnolia Cajun Comfort
Savory Shrimp N’ Grits at Magnolia Cajun Comfort is an outstanding example of this prized, traditional Gulf Coast dish. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Magnolia Cajun Comfort, 1807 Broadway: Like a cozy hug from Mom, the dishes at this classy-yet-casual spot are full of love — and good flavor. Visit for lunch or dinner to enjoy Louisiana, Texas and Gulf Coast staples. Start with Bacon Wrapped Shrimp stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeños and finished with a bourbon-molasses glaze, Boudin Eggrolls with pepper jack cheese sauce or the Appetizer Sampler loaded with two each of boudin balls, crawfish pies, bacon wrapped shrimp and fried green tomatoes. Second-course favorites include chicken and sausage gumbo, Chef Steve’s Seafood Soup and the Seafood Cobb Salad featuring crabmeat and shrimp.

Choose from decadent entrées such as New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, 12-Ounce “Cajun Style” Black Angus Ribeye with chipotle-lime butter or Shrimp and Scallop Scampi. There are pastas and sandwiches, too, along with desserts such as pillowy beignets with powdered sugar and honey, rotating bread pudding and three kinds of cake. Visit the website to order dishes to go for an at-home celebration.

bowl of pasta
The Campanelle alla Panna at Taglia in Pearland. Courtesy photo.

Taglia Fresh Italian, 3115 Dixie Farm Road: Planters filled with fresh flowers and Italian music add homey ambiance to the breezy, covered patio at this Italian locale. Its name comes from the words “cut it”, which reference the breaking of bread at the beginning of a meal. There is much more than bread to enjoy here, however, and the extensive menu includes dishes for every taste, along with a full bar of cocktailsbeer and wine.

Starters include Crispy Calamari & ShrimpManicotti BitesMediterranean Hummus and the Board layered with prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, salami, parmigiano, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, grilled zucchini, olives, cherry tomatoes, grilled pita and fig jam. Entrée staples include customizable pastaslasagnaspaghetti carbonaraeggplant parmigiana and gamberoni alla griglia (jumbo grilled shrimp). There is also an Ancient Grain Bowl featuring quinoa, arrow, wild rice, rye and wheat berries, paninispizzas and calzones plus an array of desserts such as gelato and cannoli. Visit at night when the glow of string lights beckon guests to relax and wind down. Dogs are welcome, but patio space is first-come first-served.

pint of beer held up in front of a large star background
Visit BAKFISH Brewing Company for tasty beer, coffee, hearty sandwiches and more. Courtesy photo.

BAKFISH Brewing Co., 1231 Broadway: Does your mom love craft beer? For a laid-back Mother’s Day outing, head to Pearland’s oldest craft brewery for family- and dog-friendly fun. Sip on local beer or specialty coffees and fill up on gourmet sandwiches that are prepared onsite. The rotating and seasonal draft list is ideal for Texas weather   It features quirkily named brews such as Defying Gravity double IPA, Texas Tall Boy lager, The Highest Of Fives blonde beer, ¡Mas Lucha! Mexican amber lager, and a passionfruit guava hard seltzer called Swim Shady

To eat, choose from eight deli sandwiches such as spicy turkey, bacon grilled cheese, Reuben and the vegetarian-friendly Caprese. The BAKFISH Kitchen is open weekdays from 5 p.m. to close, and from noon to close on Saturdays and Sundays. There are visiting food trucks, too! Guests are encouraged to bring festive extras such as cakes, desserts and finger foods, but please purchase main meals from the kitchen or onsite food vendor. 

On Friday, May 6,  celebrate Mother’s Day early  with bites from the Sauce Time food truck from 5 to 9 p.m and music starting at 6:30 p.m.

The covered patio seats plenty of guests — and their leashed dogs — with a variety of picnic tables that seat up to 10. If planning ahead, BAKFISH accepts reservations for the patio, but these are not required.

You can also check out the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau dining website and social media for the latest updates. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There is even a YouTube channel with videos that take you right to the people and places that make Pearland a great food and drink destination!


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