With the Labor Day extension, there are still almost two weeks left of Houston Restaurant Weeks deals.
Whether you have a meat-free diet or you're just tired of typical filet/chicken/fish choices, there are plenty of reasons to seek out restaurants putting out healthy and alternative dishes. Here are a few worth a try:
Rather than a number of choices for each course, Backstreet has prepared four set menus, each with its own optional pairings, including one three-course option that is entirely vegetarian, with courses including an heirloom and vine-ripened tomato cocktail, a cauliflower steak brushed with saffron and a fruit cobbler for dessert.
The lunch and dinner menus here have several vegetarian choices, from hummus to quiche to a vegetarian pot pie, plus a delicious vegan buckwheat noodle dish.
The peach arugula salad at Haven is a delicious choice on any day, and combined with a roasted tomato and coconut tress leches, you have a deliciously fruity meal.
Like Backstreet, Hugo's features a dedicated vegetarian menu that includes crispy potato tacos, a quartet of squash blossom dishes on one plate and a cheese flan with passion fruit sauce.
It's not surprising that Anita Jaisinghani has included meat-free options on Indika's Houston Restaurant Weeks menu — after all, she instituted meatless Mondays at Pondicheri this year. Look for choices like red beet soup and a roasted portabella mushroom.
The entree course includes a vegetarian feast of paneer makhani, bagare bengan, daal makhani & bhindi masala, served after a choice of soup or a pistachio-crusted goat cheese salad and before a dessert of ice cream, mango mousse or poached stone fruits.
If there's a debate between vegetables and steak, Smith & Wollensky has a trio of typical steakhouse choices as well as an unlisted vegetarian option, plus their "famous" split pea soup and a New York cheesecake for dessert.
Dinner here is better for carnivores, but at lunch the menu includes several light options like eggplant ravioli and herb risotto.