August in Houston offers few rewards. But surely the emergence of Houston Restaurant Week can make up for high energy bills and swarming mosquitos.
The eighth annual event has been stretched to a three-week period from August 1 to August 21, and in addition to the three- and four-course $35 prix fixe meals, many are adding a lunch offer — $20 for two courses.
Over 100 of the greater Houston area's best restaurants are participating, from Uptown to Downtown and from Sugar Land to Spring.
Besides offering foodies with beer budgets and champagne taste a slice of the Bayou City high life and giving restaurants a great opportunity to earn new fans during the summer lull, Restaurant Week also serves a charitable end: $5 from every dinner and $3 for every lunch purchased will go to the Houston Food Bank.
Though more days mean more reservations at peak times, get your dinner party faves together now and peruse the posted menus to determine your optimum dining schedule. Mexican at Hugo's on Monday? Steak for lunch downtown at III Forks Thursday? Sushi at Azuma on Sunday? The possibilities are endless — we recommend cross-referencing by neighborhood, cuisine, ambience and non-restaurant week prices.
We also recommend suspending grocery purchases for the month. Trust us: You won't need them.