There are only a few weeks left to enjoy the 2016 installment of Houston Restaurant Weeks. We’ve made it our business to get out and enjoy several lunch and dinners at HRW locations. Since we know lots of folks will be doing the bulk of their HRW dining over these next few weeks, we’ve enlisted recommendations from a few friends and experts in the Houston food community. Check out their top picks and the restaurants they think are not to be missed!
One of the best things a restaurant can do during Houston Restaurant Weeks is go out of its way to impress diners. Many might be visiting for the first time. While it wasn’t the first time I’d dined at Quattro, I was still blown away by chef Maurizio Ferrarese’s note-perfect HRW menu. From beef tartar encircled in Parmesan and served under a wood smoke-filled glass dome to tonno, or an Italian-style tuna poke served in a crystal-clear bowl made of ice, Quattro obviously aims to win over new fans who visit during Houston Restaurant Weeks.
Max’s Wine Dive is an absolute must for me! It was the first HRW that I ever visited years ago and the first time I tried their Max N Cheese. It was love at first site. Ain’t nothing better than that cheesy goodness with a nice glass of champagne!
The intimate Montrose restaurant beat out some serious competition to earn the title of CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Restaurant of the Year thanks to chef Adam Dorris’s rigorously-sourced, creatively-executed fare. Not only does the HRW menu contain some of my favorite dishes that Pax serves (smoked beef tartare and nine-spice brisket, specifically), but it also represents a $5 discount off their five-course prix fixe. Eat great food, save a little money and do some good — that’s a HRW win-win-win.
The two-story spot on Washington Avenue, which houses both a butcher shop and a steakhouse, features a killer view of Downtown from the rooftop patio. For dinner, choose from entrees including a 10-oz. grilled filet, 12-oz. chicken shank, pan-seared salmon, and bacon-wrapped shrimp, stuffed with crab and served over fried rice.
Personally I think the $45 Rainbow Lodge dinner option offers huge bang for your buck. Wild game and seafood make for high protein, lower fat offerings, but I have never left the Lodge hungry. If you’re conscious about your diet and where your food comes from, don’t miss it. As for their HRW brunch menu, don’t miss the wild boar carnitas. All year long Rainbow Lodge has some of the best brunch cocktails and mocktails, all are $10 or under.
I fell in love with the HRW menu here through Giancarlo’s focus on bright citrus and fresh herbs and the variety of dishes is remarkable with choices spanning from sea to pasture. The Texas peach dessert is also stunning in flavor and presentation!
Dominique McGhee, Blogger at Days with Dom
My personal top pick for Houston Restaurant Weeks is Foreign Correspondents. This farm to table Thai restaurant was recently named one of the 50 Best New restaurants in the U.S and Thai happens to be one of my favorite types of cuisines. With dish options like Water Spinach & Shrimp or Pork & Makrut Lime Leaf Curry, HRW is the perfect opportunity to try several delicious-sounding menu items.