Houston Restaurant Weeks’ more casual sibling kicks off this week. Eat Drink HTX runs from February 15-28.
Similar in style to Houston Restaurant Weeks, restaurants that participate in Eat Drink HTX serve prix fixe menus at set price points for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Whereas HRW prices are $25 for lunch and brunch and $39 or $55, Eat Drink is much less expensive — $15 for lunch and brunch and $20 or $25 for dinner.
As with HRW, participating restaurants will donate a fixed amount of money per meal sold to a local charity — $1 per $15 meal, $2 per $20 meal, and $3 per $25 meal. In 2023, the event will benefit the Houston Food Bank and Children at Risk.
This roundup shines a spotlight on some of the newer restaurants participating in this year’s event. Many opened in the fall, while others are either new locations or rebranded spots in familiar locations. All offer tempting choices and a good value.
Both locations of the neighborhood restaurant, including the recently-opened West U outpost, are serving EDH menus for both lunch and dinner. Look for lunch options such as lemon artichoke soup, a sirloin burger, and the power bowl (brown rice, kale, avocado, and more with choice of protein). At dinner, the choices include chips and dips, parmesan truffle fries, pesto grilled salmon, and Korean glass noodles with choice of protein.
CounterCommon Beerworks and Kitchen
The Bellaire brewpub’s $20 menu starts with three different salads — wedge, Asian slaw, or mixed greens. Entree choices consist of a Korean fried chicken sandwich, Thai-style pad see ew, or a trio of grilled maitake bao. Add a pint of beer for $5.
This Vietnamese restaurant in the Heights is serving a a two-course lunch menu. Choose from five starters including summer rolls, vegetarian egg rolls, and pork rinds with honey-fish sauce. Entree choices include pho nachos, lemongrass chicken roulade, and tofu and mushroom curry.
Bravery Chef Hall’s Italian restaurant is offering both lunch and dinner menus. At lunch, the choices include Caesar salad, mozzarella sticks, spaghetti, and two slices of pizza. Dinner options include short rib lasagna bites, baked goat cheese, parmesan-crusted chicken, and spaghetti and meatballs.
This casual sibling of Gatsby’s Prime Seafood in the former Acadian Coast space on Navigation is serving both lunch and dinner menus. At lunch, diners will find options such as a burger, pasta, or fish tacos with choice of dessert. Dinner choices include seafood pasta, chicken fried steak, and salmon — or upgrade to either an 8-ounce filet mignon or 10-ounce redfish for $10.
Low Tide Kitchen & Bar
This Spring Branch seafood restaurant from the team behind Harold in the Heights is serving lunch, dinner, and brunch. Dinner options include gumbo, she crab soup, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits. At brunch, the choices include hush puppies, beignets, crab cake benedict, and a shrimp po’ boy.
Ribeye & Rye
This restaurant in Lazybrook/Timbergrove is serving a two-course lunch menu that includes a 12-ounce New York strip. Those looking for something a little lighter than steak for lunch may choose either a blackened chicken Caesar salad or pesto chicken pasta.
Rooster & Rice
The Garden Oaks location of this San Francisco import is serving two-course lunch. Start with larb popcorn chicken, sweet potato fries, or spicy cucumber salad. Entree choices feature variations of the restaurant’s signature chicken and rice, including the original, chicken cutlet, or chicken sandwich.
Taste of Mulan
Formerly known as One Dim Sum, the Midtown Chinese restaurant still features dumplings on both its lunch and dinner menus. Entree choices lean towards Sichuan dishes such as Kung Pao chicken, spicy green beans, stir-fried chicken, and soft shell crab.
The Upside Pub
Garden Oak’s casual watering hole is serving both lunch and dinner. During the day, the choices include potato latke balls, small queso fries, kale Caesar salad, and a “super bomb” patty melt. For dinner, choose from dishes such as wings, a California-style burrito, and a BLT.