Thanks to the influence of some of Houston's best chefs, menus with local Texas ingredients and a unique Gulf Coast personality are nothing new.
But for one week a year, select restaurants put their Texas sensibility front and center by participating in the Texas Department of Agriculture's GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up. From Monday through July 31, look for special Texas menus and dishes calling attention to the great products made by Texas farmers, ranchers, fishers and wineries. Best of all, ordering from the participating menus earns a donation to local food banks.
Rio Ranch will offer dishes including pan-seared chicken breast with toasted Texas pecans, wood-grilled Texas redfish and apple-pecan cobbler with Blue Bell ice cream on its Texas menu. In Alvin, Barbed Rose Steakhouse is serving Texas antelope, shrimp and grits and Wagyu flatiron steak.
Look for the Broken Arrow Ranch antelope at AVIA Kitchen + Lounge in The Woodlands, or head out to Bryan for the four-course Texas menu for $45 at Vintage House, the restaurant at the Messina Hof Winery. There will also be a Texas Beer Dinner at Haven on July 27 featuring plenty of Texas beer and burgers for $50.