It comes as no surprise that Houstonians have broken their own record for eating and giving back, arguably our two favorite things. For those who are surprised, consider this: locals eat out more than residents of any other city in the country--4.1 times a week compared to the national average of 3.1 times--according to Zagat. What's more, an assessment of Houston and its charities by the group Charity Navigator shows that H-Town is the second most philanthropic city in the country.

Houston Restaurant Weeks raised an impressive $1.6 million for the Houston Food Bank, topping last year's total by more than $300,000. What began in 2003 as a week-long event to raise money for the food bank has expanded to a month long event with over 200 participating restaurants. From August 1 to September 1, restaurants served over 290,000 meals to diners which in turn will provide more than 4.8 Million meals to those who are food insecure in the community.

"What started as an idea in 2003 to raise money for the Houston Food Bank, has happily become a
citywide marriage of food and fundraising. It's a win-win-win. The restaurants, Houstonians who
enjoy dining out and the Houston Food Bank all look forward to HRW each year. I give my heartfelt
thanks for the extraordinary efforts by participating restaurants, the sponsors and volunteers who all
donate their resources, time and money to make HRW happen every year. And thank you to the
diners for patronizing HRW restaurants in August. Without all of you there would be no HRW," said Houston Restaurant Weeks founder, Cleverley Stone.

Here are the top ten Houston Restaurant Weeks donors in 2014:
  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak Houston
  • Masraff's
  • America's - River Oaks
  • Brennan's of Houston
  • Mr. Peeples Restaurant
  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood - Kirby
  • The Capital Grille - Sugar Land
  • Churrascos - River Oaks
  • Churrascos - Sugar Land
  • Churrascos - Memorial City