It is that time of the year again! Houston Restaurant Weeks 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 is aimed at fighting hunger in Houston with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. The campaign runs August 1 through September 5, 2016. New in 2016, is the introduction of a $25 dinner option that includes a $4 donation from the restaurant to the Houston Food Bank. That now means you have 5 ways to support this important cause!
Every year, we provide a list full of recommendations from tried and true favorites to those restaurants that are offering a deal too good to pass up. This year, we reached out to the food writers on our team to share their “must visit” restaurant for HRW. So, what’s the one place that is guaranteed to be on our lists this year?
B & B Butchers, Felice Sloan
For the second year in a row, B & B Butchers makes my list of best places to dine during HRW. If you are a steak lover you can get a 10-ounce filet and two additional courses for $45; note that same filet is $45 on its own on the regular menu. You can also add a 22-ounce Bone-in ribeye for an additional $20. So not only do you get your beef fix, this is one heck of a deal.
Peska Seafood Culture, Shanna Jones
The ambiance, hot bar scene, and the Butterflied Branzino will be the reason you book a reservation at Peska Seafood Culture. At this market/restaurant, fresh seafood dishes are the name of the game (which are procured from around the world on a daily basis). The icing on the cake? The three-course dinner option for $45 also includes their in-house paleta (ice popsicle). I choose the sweet corn flavor for the win!
Ritual, Carla Gomez
Boudin, creamed dirty rice, Karbach butter, and almond cornbread crust all make appearances on this cozy neighborhood restaurant’s dinner offerings. What’s not to love? At $35, the comfort-oozing 3-course meal is a steal, not to mention one of the HRW menu options with the most personality.
Foreign Correspondents, Erika Kwee
New to the list this year, Foreign Correspondent’s 4-course dinner for $35 is one of the best deals you’ll find. You’ll also find some of the most unique course offerings on the northern Thai restaurant’s menu such as crispy fried herbs, beef and heart-leaf curry, and tako, a layered sweet corn and coconut cream dessert, making it a must-visit for those with a taste for the exotic.
B & B Butchers, Isabel Protomartir
B & B Butchers is hands down my top pick for this year’s Houston Restaurants Weeks. The first course options are already some of my absolute favorite menu items. For example, the house salad is sure to blow you away with slices of perfectly cooked filet mignon, seasonal tomatoes, and an onion jam to rule all onion jams. If that isn’t enough, their main course options consist of a whopping 10-ounce filet. B & B not only gives you bang for your buck but an education to boot. Try to flag down owner Benjamin Berg for a lesson on their new dry aging process; it’ll definitely be a night to remember.
Hugo’s, Talia Delos Santos
Hugo Ortega goes above and beyond featuring, not one, but three different menus to be paired with either white wine, red wine, or one of his handmade agave cocktails. With dishes ranging from house made blue corn quesadillas to braised oxtail with mole, you can’t choose wrong! Wine and cocktail pairings are an extra $26-$28, and there is an additional 4th menu for vegetarians as well!