It’s finally here: Houston Restaurant Weeks means a month (August 1–September 5) of delicious discounted dining, special menus, and most importantly, a percentage of the proceeds to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Diners can access a growing list of more than 200 restaurant participants and menus at HoustonRestaurantWeeks and make reservations. Here’s your chance to sample Houston’s wide variety of amazing cuisines, from fine dining to casual neighborhood restaurants. Happy eating!
During HRW, brunch, lunch or dine at this chic stop in Saks Fifth Avenue on a dime. Roasted poblano soup, croque-madame and grilled chicken frittata with frisée salad headline the brunch menu ($20). For lunch ($20), you'll get two courses with options like mozzarella arancini with truffle oil, and blackened red snapper. Finally, the three-course dinner ($35) features the likes of a kale Caesar, pan-roasted duck breast with grilled Texas peaches ($35).
5175 Westheimer Rd.; 713-963-8067
The three-course lunch menu at this Heights spot is a steal at $20: Choose from a wedge salad, clam chowder, prime rib pizza, and Key lime pie or other desserts. The three-course dinner ($35) offers fried calamari, “Sunday Gravy” linguine with giant meatballs and marinara, country-fried pork chops or prime rib, and four desserts from which to choose.
4412 Washington Ave.; 713-880-5111
Brennan’s of Houston
This elegant Midtown favorite is dishing out a two-course lunch ($20) of Creole treats like the signature turtle soup, wild catfish and more. On the three-course dinner menu ($35), look for Texas heirloom tomato gazpacho, pecan wood-grilled filet mignon and sweets like Bayou City beignets. There's also a two-course Sunday brunch ($20).
3300 Smith St.; 713-522-9711
Uptown Park’s upscale Mexican spot features a three-course lunch ($20) with roasted beet ceviche, spinach enchiladas and horchata tres leches cake. Dinner ($35) brings nachos de pollo, scallop ceviche, and carne asada, plus dessert. Brunch ($20) includes options like barbacoa tacos, Yucatan-style pork Benedict with jalapeno hollandaise.
1180-1 Uptown Park Blvd.; 713-963-9032
Sal y Pimienta
Houston Restaurant Weeks is a great time to taste the signature 100 percent grass-fed Uruguayan beef at this Memorial gem. The two-course lunch ($20) proffers savory seafood, meat choices and pasta. The three-course dinner ($35) stars wood-grilled tenderloin a la parrilla topped with shrimp and served with garlic beurre blanc sauce and roasted rosemary potatoes. Or choose pancetta wrapped pork mango tenderloin brochettes, red snapper with poblano spoonbread and more.
818 Town & Country Blvd., #105; 832-849-0097
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar
At this charming Briargrove spot, kick off the evening with welcome appetizers and frozen Bellini cocktails. Expect a lavish three-course dinner ($45) with Black Angus carpaccio, arugula salad and Parmesan, homemade ravioli stuffed with braised beef short ribs and sea bass with roasted artichokes. Light and luscious desserts include vanilla bean gelato with caramelized Texas peaches and flourless almond dark chocolate cake with pistachio gelato.
6100 Westheimer Rd, #140; 713-532-2201
El Tiempo Cantina
Owner-chef Domenic Laurenzo is whipping up a three-course dinner menu ($25) with specialties including a spicy crab cake, mango jicama salad, fajitas al carbon with all the fixings, old-school pork carnitas, and signature desserts of Mexican flan, fried ice cream and chocobanana.
4412 Washington Ave.; 713-880-5111
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
This venerable Montrose area haunt is dishing out special lunch, dinner and brunch menus with Creole-Gulf coast flair. The two-course lunch ($20) includes Mama’s gumbo, Sicilian salad, pork tenderloin stone fruit salad and more. The three-course dinner menu ($35) features such dishes as snapper Martha and braised beef short ribs. Don’t miss the lemon ricotta pancakes on the two-course weekend brunch menu ($20).
212 Waugh Dr.; 713-528-3474
Ginger & Fork
If Hong Kong-style cuisine is your thing, this still new Heights spot is the place to be for the two-course lunch ($20) featuring chile cabbage, curry chicken and more. Look for steamed dumplings, steamed sea bass, beef chow fun and dessert on the three-course dinner menu ($35).
4705 Inker St.; 713-861-8883
This Montrose area gem tucked inside the Menil Collection museum offers a terrific two-course lunch ($20) with French accents. Think duck confit salad, roasted tomato and artichoke quiche, plus desserts including buttermilk blackberry cake for the second course. For dinner ($35), dig into tuna topped with tea-smoked mussels, jumbo lump crab salad, or goat cheese Provencal with focaccia, and the epic lemon curd tart for the third course.
1513 W. Alabama St., 713-904-3537