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Mama’s Night Out

This year, Mother’s Day turns 101 years old. But why not try a new approach to celebrating your special day?

Ready to try something new this year? Now, we’re not suggesting you boycott the gifts, macaroni necklaces and flowers – you deserve those. We’re talking about the terrifying Mother’s Day brunch scene. For most Houston restaurants that serve brunch, Mother’s Day is the busiest service of the year. Families are out in groups, pleading with hostesses, cramming parties of six into tables for four.

We suggest something new, something a little more adult, a bit more … mom?

Perhaps you’d enjoy an evening out with your significant other – sans kiddos – the evening before. You know, when you get to put on lipstick and not unfasten car seats, tote around a diaper bag or look at yet another basket of chicken nuggets. A few hours away for a date night could be exactly what you need.

This year let your kids give you a “night off” with a group of friends or your spouse. The next morning, while you drink mimosas at home and serve bowls of Chex to your brood, you can tell them how much you enjoyed their gift and give them the details on your fabulous night out. You can skip the brunch crowds on Sunday, celebrate with your ducklings at home in the backyard with a Slip ’N Slide or take your gang to the movies.

Your job is to present your household with this Mother’s Day wish, book a babysitter (maybe share one with some friends if you’re going out as a group) and make a Saturday night reservation. Here are our suggestions for Mama’s Night Out.

Table for Two (Just Us)

Peska Seafood Culture: Brand new on the block, Peska’s focus is seafood from all over the world. If fish is really your thing, you’ll want to look at the seafood they have for retail sale and chat up the seafood sommelier. Ask about their house-made adult popsicles. Galleria area: 1700 Post Oak, suite #190 peska.us

Triniti: Break out that faithful little black dress and enjoy a few cocktails at their Sanctuari Bar upon arrival, before your dinner reservation. Upper Kirby: 2815 South Shepherd, trinitirestaurant.com

Bistro Menil: This is definitely a place that buzzes at brunch (occasionally you’ll see a baby foodie), but dinner service is quite adult. Montrose: 1513 West Alabama, bistromenil.com

A Booth, Please (Good for a Group)

Añejo: If $50 fajitas sound outrageous, consider how much most buffet and fixed-price brunches cost on Mother’s Day: $30 to $50 per person. So share the fajitas and dip into this new upscale Tex-Mex joint’s tequila selection.* Uptown Park: 1180-1 Uptown Park Blvd., anejotexmex.com

Corner Table: Are you gluten free, vegan or on the paleo diet? Or, do you prefer to eat like a normal person? Chef Ja’Nell Witt has made her mark at Corner Table with amped up specialty menu items for those who have diet restrictions. But don’t be fooled – classic carnivores can go to town on Corner Table’s grass-fed beef filet with pink peppercorn jus. River Oaks: 2736 Virginia, cornertablehouston.com

Coltivare: Coltivare doesn’t take reservations, but they’ve got quite the cocktail selection and a lovely patio in the edible garden where you can relax until they have your table ready. That means you can truly experience a leisurely cocktail or two before your Italian meal – unrushed. The Heights: 3320 White Oak, coltivarehouston.com

*We all know tequila can lead to more children, so proceed with caution.

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