Need another reason to dine at your favorite restaurant or try a new one in town? You’re in luck because August marks the start of Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW), a five-week-long event where participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Houston Food Bank.
From August 1 through September 6 (Labor Day), participating restaurants will donate $1 from the $20 lunch and brunch menus, $3 from the $35 dinner menus and $5 from the $49 dinner menus. With more than 200 restaurants participating, we know it can be hard to choose. Here are our top 10 menus to get you started. For a full list of participating restaurants and menus, visit houstonrestaurantweeks.com. Reservations are recommended.
MasterChef winner Christine Ha’s Xin Chào is a modern Vietnamese restaurant that you must try. Diners can enjoy a $35 three-course dinner menu that includes mouthwatering dishes like Soft-Shell Crab with tamarind gastrique reduction and Not Our Ma’s Eggrolls for starters. For an entree choose between the Braised Pork & Crispy Rice (was Christine’s winning entrée on MasterChef), Shake ‘n Steak prepared bò lúc lác-style or Five Fungi Congee with jasmine rice soup. Complement your meal with a dessert like Ube-baby-baby taro pound cake and ube ice cream, Coconut Bread Pudding or the popular Rubbish Apple Pie A La Mode.
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At Traveler’s Table diners can explore the world when they order from the global-inspired three-course dinner menu at $49 per person. For the first course, you must try the Warm Indian-spiced Mango Salad and Shiitake Edamame Dumplings. For the second course, travel to Nigeria with the Nigerian Suya Skewers with marinated steak and jollof rice. You can also explore Mexico when you order Chiles en Nogada with dry roasted poblano pepper, vegan goat cheese-walnut crema, tofu chorizo, quinoa, refried beans and pomegranate seeds. Treat your tastebuds to desserts like Mango Lassi Panna Cotta, New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding and Hawaiian Haupia Coconut Pudding to complete your trip around the world.
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Yi Peng Thai Dining in CityCentre offers northern Thai cuisine for diners to enjoy. Start your $35 three-course dinner with Pu Krob crispy soft-shell crab, herbs and jungle chili glaze, Tom Yum Dumpling or crispy Gai-jor tofu wraps. For your second course taste the Gai Five Star with traditional grilled Bangkok chicken & chili lime papaya salad, the Panang with sizzling shrimp and fragrant coconut curry or the Baked Half Shell garlic crust scallop with savory thai chili salsa. You also can’t go wrong with either the Khao Niew Dam dessert with warm black sticky rice with taro & coconut syrup, the Chocolate Mousse Pyramid with coffee flavored lady finger & macerated berries or the Baked Apple Crumble almond streusel, butterscotch sauce & vanilla ice cream.
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Located in the Galleria area, The Annie Café & Bar offers Texas-inspired American cuisine in a bright and coastal-like ambience. Order from their $20 two-course lunch menu and try The Annie Tortilla Soup or Kale Salad for the first course. For the second course, order the TX Chili Burger, the Chicken Paillard or Scottish Salmon. Diners can also order from the $49 three-course dinner menu and choose starters like Shrimp Cocktail and The Annie Steak Tartare. We recommend the Mushroom Rigatoni with homemade pasta, vegetarian bolognese & ricotta as well as the Coffee Crusted Filet Mignon with mushroom duxelle & aligot potatoes for the second course. For dessert try the Flourless Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake or Lemon Cake.
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Looking for a lunch option during HRW? da Gama Canteen is an Portuguese-Indian inspired cafe in the Heights with a great $20 two-course lunch menu. For your first course order Chicken Chamuça with curried chicken, potatoes, green peas and raita or Cassava Bomba with yucca croquette, pimiento cheese and tomato neem chutney. For the second course choose from these savory dishes: Da Gama Veggie Burger with lentil & chickpea and house fries, Tandoori Bowl with tandoori chicken, kale, spiced chickpeas, turmeric roasted cauliflower, avocado, vinaigrette and crispy boondi or Lamb Keema Tartine with ground spiced lamb, tomato chutney, blue cheese, pickled onions, green peas, mozzarella and house naan.
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You’ll find The Nash, a modern American restaurant in the historic Star and former Texaco Building in downtown Houston. Here you can enjoy a three-course dinner menu for $49 with delicious starters like the Wild Mushroom Toast and Yellowfin Tuna Crudo. Second course offerings include Pan-seared Snapper with parsnip purée, braised leeks, vadouvan roasted baby carrots and garlic mojo, Chicken Radiatore with creamy white wine-asiago sauce, roasted chicken and oyster mushrooms and Lemon Shrimp Bucatini with garlic, chardonnay, roasted broccoli and blistered cherry tomatoes. End on a sweet note with desserts like Chocolate Banana Cake and Four-Cheese Cheesecake.
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Executive Chef Manuel Pucha’s Maison Pucha restaurant serves up French and Ecuadorian cuisine in the Houston Heights. This year, the restaurant is offering brunch, lunch and dinner menus for Houston Restaurant Weeks! Both the two-course brunch and lunch menus are $20 per person. Choose Tomato Gazpacho or Empanadas for starters and French Toast or Pork & Grits for the second course. If you’re ordering from the three-course $49 dinner menu, we recommend starting with the Ecuadorian Style Shrimp Ceviche. Taste the Blackened Salmon with applewood smoked salmon, asparagus risotto, harissa pesto, parsley and lobster foam for the second course and end with a Vanilla Cardamom Crème Brûlée.
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B&B Butchers & Restaurant is an upscale steakhouse attached to a traditional butcher shop with a terrace overlooking the city. This spot is perfect for your next Houston Restaurant Weeks lunch or dinner reservation. For a $20 two-course lunch you can order Brisket Ravioli or B&B Beef & Barley Soup for a starter and choose The Washington on baguette, b&b roast beef, turkey, deluxe ham served with house-made potato chips or the The Butcher Chop Burger with white cheddar and applewood smoked bacon, served with steak fries. Diners can also treat themselves to a $49 three course dinner and select B&B Meatballs or B&B “Steak” House Salad as a first course. For the second course, you can try the Steak à La Berg with sliced sirloin over hash browns or Surf & Turf with filet medallions and two bacon wrapped crab stuffed shrimp. For dessert order a New York Cheesecake or a Classic Crème Brûlée.
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You can find delicious Texas Gulf Coast inspired cuisine at Indianola in East Downtown (EaDo). Their $35 three-course dinner menu is a must-try. Start by ordering a Watermelon Salad or the Third Coast Campechana with local gulf shrimp and smoked clams. For your second course, try the Sweet Tea Grilled Pork Chop with berkshire pork, organic mushrooms, porcini butter, grilled peach and corn relish or the Mesquite Grilled Chicken with duck fat potatoes, caramelized onions and herb salad. Top off a great dinner with Cafe’ Tres Leches Cake or a Gelato & Sorbet.
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Situated along Buffalo Bayou, Brenner's on the Bayou offers a one of a kind dining experience in the bayou city. Dine indoors or on their terrace for brunch or dinner. The $20 two-course brunch menu includes options like Garden Romaine Salad for the first course and the Texas Breakfast with smoked brisket, nueske’s bacon, sausage, potato & poblano hash and scrambled eggs or Country Fried Chicken & Biscuits with house made biscuits, sausage gravy and crispy bacon for the second course. The $49 three course dinner menu also offers soup or salad for the first course. For the second course, the menu offers choices like a 6 oz Filet Mignon with marbled potatoes, spinach and wild mushroom demi-glace and a 10 oz Pork Chop with cornbread dressing, bacon and jalapeno bourbon glaze. Be sure to end with a decadent dessert like a German Chocolate Cake or Brenner’s Sundae.