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Your cheat sheet to Houston Restaurant Week(s): Tips for an expanded foodieholiday
Once upon a time, August in Houston was a bleak month. The heat is still oppressive, school is on the horizon and those Houstonians who think of "summer" as a verb have long since left us for the more serene shores of Maine or Malta.
But that's all changed with Houston Restaurant Weeks, a now month-long dining event in its ninth year that makes Houston's best restaurants accessible to us poor plebeians while also benefiting the Houston Food Bank. With 125 restaurants (and counting) offering three- and four-course dinners for $35 and nearly as many offering two- or three-course lunches for $20 starting on Monday and running through Aug. 31, Houstonians can beat the heat and indulge without breaking the bank.
After all, eating well is the best revenge.
So get those reservations in, stat. Here's a few tidbits to consider.
1. Sure, Houston Restaurant Weeks is great for lunch or dinner. But a few restaurants are upping their game and offering brunch menus on the weekends. Enjoy breakfast-y faves while supporting the Houston Food Bank at RDG + Bar Annie, Haven, The Grove and both Benjy's locations.
2. Looking for something a little different for dinner? In conjunction with Houston Restaurant Weeks, the Rice Epicurean Cooking School is offering classes every Tuesday through Saturday in August for $35. Get demonstrations and hands-on lessons on crepes, Indian cuisine, dumplings, fried chicken, or many more.
Classes run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will take place at the Rice Epicurean Market on Fountain View Drive.
3. Any restaurant participating will be happy to sell you a glass or a bottle of wine. But a few have gone the extra mile and designed cocktail or wine pairings specifically tailored to the prix fixe menus.
For top-notch wine service, make a dinner reservation at Backstreet Café (plus $24-$26 for wine pairings), Glass Wall (plus $8.50-$13.50 per glass), Mockingbird Bistro (plus $25) or Hugo's, which offers both cocktail pairing and wine pairing options for $25 each.
4. Houston Restaurant Weeks always includes some of the best restaurants in town, but that doesn't mean it's always the same restaurants. This year 35 restaurants are participating for the first time, including some of Houston's newest hotspots.
5. Are all these prix fixe menus a little too constricting? Are you the kind of person who can't be sated by three courses? Well for a HRW option that's all about abundance, try a dinner at Pradaria Steaks & Churrascaria, where the dinner includes all-you-can-eat rodizio service, salads and sides, and even desserts.
Where are you heading for Houston Restaurant Weeks?