HOUSTON—It’s once again that time of year when everyone, not just royalty and Europeans, gets to eat multi-course meals twice a day. It is Houston Restaurant Weeks.
What started out 10 years ago as a one week event with a handful of restaurants has grown into a month-long opportunity to eat at more than 100 restaurants for a discount while donating to charity.
The premise is the same as in years past: Participating restaurants offer three-course dinners for $35 and two or three course lunches for $20. Five dollars per dinner and three dollars per lunch are donated to the Houston Food Bank.
Restaurants raised approximatedly $800,000 in 2011.
Eating at many of the 150 participating restaurants often costs more than the Houston Restaurant Weeks price, giving people an opportunity to try something new while spending a little less.
In 2012, restaurants in Galveston and Montgomery County including Shearn’s and Perry’s Steakhouse are also getting involved.
Reservations are generally required, although some restaurants accept walk-ins at their discretion. Be sure to mention you would like the HRW menu when you call. Prices do not include tax, tip or drinks.
Because the list of restaurants is so long, here are a few recommendations.
The best thing about a steakhouse is that you always know what you’re getting. But during HRW, that classic lobster bisque, filet with peppercorn sauce and bread pudding are way more affordable than usual.
The food at Chef Ryan Hildebrand’s Montrose restaurant is as modern as the gleaming, well-appointed dining room. With "shrimp mosaic" and duck stroganoff on the menu, this is a great option if you really want to try something adventurous.
Opened back in 1967, this Texas-Creole restaurant with ties to New Orleans has become a Houston institution. It usually costs quite a bit to enjoy the lovely décor and the famous turtle soup, so HRW is the perfect opportunity to experience Brennan’s. Bananas Foster is a must.
Everyone at this chic French restaurant in River Oaks is always dressed to the nines and looking to impress but that doesn’t mean the food is an afterthought. Flipping through the cocktail menu on an iPad is just a fun bonus.
Even though this Galleria-area restaurant doesn’t get talked about much in the media, it’s maybe the only place in Houston that serves authentic Sardinian food. If pasta with slices of cured fish eggs isn’t your thing, there’s always ravioli.