It’s Back — Houston Restaurant Weeks Toasts 20 Years! Here Are the Event’s Tastiest Deals
STARTING TODAY, AUG. 1, through Sept. 4, restaurants rally the community to do good while eating well during Houston Restaurant Weeks founded by the late Cleverley Stone, and carried forth by her daughter, Katie Stone. For a month-plus, restaurants offer prix fixe menus and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Houston Food Bank. Come hungry for multi-course brunch menus ($25), lunch ($25), or dinner ($39 or $55) available for dine-in and take-out. Read on to learn about some favorites and snatch reservations!
Make a day of it at The Menil Collection and Bistro Menil. From its three-course menu ($55), choose jumbo lump crab cake and then segue to grilled shrimp skewers or 12-hour beef short rib. Don’t miss the lemon tart for dessert.
Dine divinely on three courses ($55), including deviled eggs with caviar and pickled onions, homemade gravlax tartine, trout almondine, grilled hangar steak and chocolate mousse cake.
Shrimp & Grits
A veteran participant and routinely one of the annual charity’s highest fundraisers, Brennan’s offers elegant Texas-Creole dishes served with flair. This year’s menus include strawberry salad, a Creole fried chicken sandwich, Texas shrimp and grits, and legendary turtle soup, plus classic desserts like Creole bread pudding and praline parfait. Lunch ($25), weekend brunch ($25) and dinner ($55). Full HRW menus here. Reservations here.
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Lunch ($39) on classics like meatballs in pomodoro; Mama Mandola’s Sicilian chicken soup; house salad, and baked rigatoni with Italian sausage. Both the Voss and Kirby originals will honor the HRW menu offer.
This CityCentre favorite is offering a four-course dinner menu ($55) featuring fan favorites such as steak frites, rotisserie chicken and chocolate chip skillet cookie, plus a two-course lunch menu ($25) featuring truffle cacio e pepe frites, butcher burger, and seasonal grain salad. Full HRW menu here. Reservations here.
At the River Oaks and Woodlands outposts of this steakhouse, grab a luxe three-course steak dinner ($55) that includes a crisp Caesar salad, petite filet mignon (or choose fish or chicken), plus dessert. The New York cheesecake is delightful with fresh strawberries, mint and red wine sauce.
The robust dinner menu ($39) features signature dishes such as chicken satays with peanut sauce and fresh cucumber relish; slow-cooked duck breast noodle soup; and the crowd favorite premium tiger cry — a Thai-style marinated N.Y. strip steak with Northeastern sauce and side of steamed vegetables. Choose desserts like mango sticky rice, Thai tea crème brulee and homemade coconut ice cream.
This Rice Village hidden-gem by Benjy Levit offers delectable options like Vietnamese beef tartare, red miso cod, decadent lava cake and a cheese plate for the three-course lunch ($39). Come for the delicious deals, stay for the fun ambiance.
Craving Tex-Mex? Mandito’s is the casual, cantina-style version of Houston's famed locale, Armandos. Its two-course lunch ($25) or three-course dinner ($39) includes all the classics and new homemade authentic flavors as well. Highlights include the iconic Burrito Bowl; the El Palacios Plate with one picadillo tostada, one crispy picadillo taco and one chicken enchilada; and Tres Hombres Enchiladas with one cheese enchilada with chili gravy, one chicken enchilada with salsa verde and one picadillo enchilada draped in chili con queso.
This chic Japanese locale makes its HRW debut for 2023, with a three-course dinner ($55) including the popular Chutoro toast, Summertime Taraba (king crab), 72-hour sous vide short rib, miso-cured Kari sea bass, Valrhona Cocoa Brownie, and the Insta-worthy Summer Bonsai, a dark chocolate tree forest shrouded in wisps of dry ice fog.
Here’s your ticket to trying a hot new restaurant at a cool price. Underbelly Hospitality’s three-course dinner ($55) offers choices like the panzanella salad; Gulf shrimp with XO sauce; pan-seared snapper and polenta; and short-rib risotto. Try something unique for dessert — think olive oil cupcake with goat cheese frosting and honey-roasted-peach filling.
Chef Alex Au-Yeung dishes up signature high-flavor favorites and new goodies, too. Soak up his Malaysian specialties during a four-course lunch or dinner ($55) in Katy, including three styles of Roti Canai, Lobster Dumplings, Phat Curry Osso Buco, Sayuran Campur (vegetarian selection with assorted mushrooms, vegetables and tofu in a sweet basil or curry sauce), and three Southeast Asian flavors of ice cream. Full HRW menu here. Reservations here.
The Uptown Park location is offering a bountiful dinner menu ($39) with fresh light bites such as Brussels sprouts salad or Hannah’s Field with kale and grains plus a choice of chicken or a petite filet skewer. Mains include four hearty panini choices or opt for the signature Bruschetta Board. Don’t forget the wine! For pairings, upgrade to the $49 menu.
Cucumber Wrapped Sashimi
Expect many options at this showy inner-loop hotspot. The dinner menu ($55) features Korean fried chicken, halibut carpaccio, Chef’s Cut New York strip steak and a spicy wasabi Toro roll, plus dessert.
This affordable three-course lunch menu ($25) or dinner ($55) tempts with options like The Annie tortilla soup or ahi tuna ceviche, Scottish salmon, chicken paillard, or filet mignon and fries for entrees, and lemon cake with blueberry compote for dessert.
Chef Richard Sandoval’s award-winning Pan-Latin steakhouse Toro Toro is offering a two-course lunch ($25) or a three-course dinner menu ($55). You can’t go wrong with the Angry Scorpion Roll or the Toro Toro burger. For dinner, consider the Amarillo ceviche, Lomo Saltado (beef tenderloin with crispy potato), and delicate crepe layer cake for dessert.
The dinner menu ($55) offers many exotic items to sample. Start with the so-summery watermelon avocado salad or Kaki fry oysters. For mains, choose from Jungle Curry, Adobe snapper, Nigerian Suya skewers and more.
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