It is that time of the year again! August is the reason that many Houstonians mark their calendars. No matter your dining preference or palate, most of us use this time to get out and try a new restaurant or go back for a visit to one of our favorites. Houston Restaurant Weeks, which over the years has progressed from a week long campaign to a month long one, is aimed at fighting hunger in Houston with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. This year, the campaign runs August 1 through September 7, 2015.
Just like last year, there are four options. The lunch option is $20 and includes 2-3 courses, the brunch option is $25 for 2-3 courses, and dinner has both a $35 option and a $45 option for 3-4 courses. Donations of $3, $4, $5, and $7 will go to the Houston Food Bank for each meal, respectively. To add a little context, one $35 dinner will generate 15 meals from your donation!
For us, this is an even more exciting time, and as we dine out frequently, and we love that it supports a great cause. We look forward to the new restaurants, paying a visit to our tried and true, and even enjoying a few oldie but goodies. The fun is in both the planning and the partaking. Since our friends ask us every year , “Where should we go for Houston Restaurant Weeks?”, here are our top picks:
New Kids on the Block
Harwood Grill: This question is for the beef lovers or even folks that kind of like beef…how the heck can you ever go wrong with a place that specializes in Akaushi beef? EXACTLY…you can’t! The Akaushi ribeye or Akaushi red rib are great options.
B & B Butchers: B & B is bringing Houston that old school steakhouse feel, think Peter Lugers in NYC, with a new school menu and modern upgrades. They are offering amazing menu options for HRW – a few stand outs would be the 16 oz. Prime Rib and the 10 oz. chicken fried prime pork chop.
Peska World Seafood: Peska is their name and fresh seafood is their game. You’ll love everything on their menu this year including the striped bass and the deliciously rich lobster cappuccino.
Revival Market: They are not necessarily “new”, but they just kicked off their dinner service a few months back and we are still talking about their slap-yo-momma-good Roasted Chicken. Let this be the reason you go.
Tried and True
Jonathan’s The Rub: To say that we are excited to finally see Jonathan’s The Rub in the HRW line-up is an understatement. They are serving great tasting food that always delivers. We recommend going for the Blackened Shrimp and Scallops with Grits for dinner.
Roost: Don’t let the cute and cozy look of this place fool you. Chef Kevin Naderi puts on his ugly face in the kitchen when it’s time to crank out stellar meals. For HRW he’s bringing it with their crowd favorite fried cauliflower! We would also suggest the Blackened Fresh Gulf Fish.
Hugo’s: Hugo’s has been the top spot for regional Mexican cuisine in Houston for some time. They are offering four menus this year – vegetarian, white, red, and agave. Our advise? Choose your drink pairing of choice first, then jump into dinner. Priorities.
Coppa Osteria: It’s no secret that we go completely cray cray over their Spaghetti Carbonara. Did we mention they are offering a four course option for $35?!?! We.cannot.wait.
Vallone’s: There is no way you can go wrong with this one. It’s Vallone’s. It’s lunch at Vallone’s. It’s lunch at Vallone’s that has great menu options for only $20 during HRW!
Triniti Restaurant & Lounge: We LOVE Triniti for so many reasons and their HRW menu just gave us one more. We will definitely have to visit twice for lunch because we love their summer corn and blue crab soup that’s a first course, and they also have catfish and hush puppies as an option as well.
Artista: Located downtown and a part of the Cordua family of restaurants (think Churrascos, Americas, Amazon Grill), you know right off the top that the meal will be fabulous. The Plantain Crusted Chicken is a personal fave.
Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano: You can’t beat a three course option for lunch and whatever you don’t finish just take it to go for an afternoon snack. We personally have our eye on the rigatoni pasta with spicy ragu of lamb.
Bang For Your Buck
Amalfi: Let us start by saying many of the HRW restaurants would fall into this category, however there are deals and then there are deals! With a coastal Italian menu you can’t really go wrong with any selection, but they’ve included Filletto Di Branzino Con Gnocchi Al Limone E Carciofi. Translation…they’ve got Branzino on the HRW menu y’all!
Radio Milano: On a regular night of dining at Radio Milano a few appetizers could set you back $35. So for the same prize during HRW you get three courses. We would suggest the scallops crudo, risotto, and the chocolate tart. Don’t be surprised at the end when your tummy starts twerking from happiness.
Pappa’s Meat Co.: So we wouldn’t be blamed for cheating on one our favorite steakhouse’s, we decided to keep it in the family (that sounds sooo bad). When you’re offering a 10 oz. filet on your menu for HRW, you just have to make the cut!
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: For as long as we could remember, they didn’t have a steak option on their menu and we were forced to give them “side eye”. They’ve now made some changes and we’ve made up. FYI…the $10 upcharge for the bone-in ribeye is worth it!
Brennan’s of Houston: When you have “Digging Texas Creole Quiche” on your menu, you automatically get an A+. The traditional bananas foster is not be be missed.
Del Frisco’s Grille: Oh me, oh my…their brunch menu is 100% drool worthy. Our favorites have made an appearance including the Philly Cheesesteak Egg Roll and the Red Velvet Pancakes.
Corner Table Houston: We’ve heard great things about this brunch and can’t wait to finally try it. The HRW menu features southern comfort food like chicken and waffle sandwich, chicken fried steak, and chicken in a basket. Please and thank you!