For Houston foodies, it’s the best time of the year. The city’s restaurant week begins August 1 and lasts through Labor Day Weekend and ends in early September. The month-long program will benefit the Houston Food Bank and will donate a portion of the meals purchased at participating restaurants over the coming weeks. The list of restaurants for 2021 was released with menus posted online, but the battle is all too real … where to go?
With varied lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus served in more than 250 restaurants during the 5 week window, there are plenty of ways to incorporate fabulous meals into your schedule. And if you’re having a hard time making up your mind, consider our list of the top 10 to look out for, from tried and true to exotic and new.
B&B butcher and restaurant
With style, sophistication and first class service, each of Berg Hospitality’s concepts (BB Lemon, The Annie, NoPo Café) will be a treat during HRW, but B&B Butchers and Restaurant is high on the list. The boutique steakhouse offers a range of options for its 2-course, $ 20 lunch, and 3-course $ 49 dinner menus, including the B&B steak salad with filet mignon and 3-onion jam, Snake River Farms pork chop, pan-fried salmon, and New York style cheesecake. 1814 Washington Avenue 713-862-1814
From the canteen range
The newly opened Da Gama Canteen in the Heights gives HRW a touch of spice with its 2-course lunch menu for US $ 20. The restaurant – from the creative minds behind Oporto Fooding House & Wine – presents a menu inspired by Portuguese and Indian flavors and also offers many vegetarian dishes. Find gazpacho and yucca croquettes with chutney as an appetizer, followed by appetizers like lamb keema tartine served with homemade naan. 600 N. Shepherd Dr. Ste. 520.281-888-7806
Liberty cuisine & oysters
Find oysters and more on HRW’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus at Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette. The dinner consists of four courses with starters like a grilled oyster tasting and hamachi with black truffle, followed by delights like “Manhattan” clam soup, Texas redfish on the half-shell and red velvet cheesecake. Insider tip: Visit the memorial on Friday or Saturday evenings and enjoy live music by local artists in the dining room from 6pm to 10pm. 4224 San Felipe Str. 713-622-1010
For HRW newbies, Fegen’s, a vibrant neighborhood gem that opened in the Heights this year, is a standout pick, especially for its $ 35-course dinner menu. Classic old-school dishes like deviled eggs with fried chicken, grilled salmon paillard and fruit crostada will leave you feeling nostalgic. And for a real blast from the past, find grilled liver and onion with mushroom brown sauce on the 2-course lunch menu for $ 20. 1050 Studewood St. 713-993-6427
The Potente’s spaghetti al tartufo is legendary, and the truth is, it comes at a high price. So a visit during HRW, when the coveted dish is on offer alongside two other courses for $ 49, is highly recommended. Start with a fluffy burrata or a diver’s scallop with corn risotto and then treat yourself to the spaghetti with freshly shaved summer truffle at the table. Instead of pasta, there are also plenty of proteins to choose from. Opt for the fire-fried sea bass with garden vegetables, the dainty NY strip with marble potato, or softshell crab with basil tabbouleh and Meyer lemon tartare before settling down with a piece of Hill Country cheesecake. 1515 Texas Avenue 713-237-1515
Christine Ha’s newest concept, Xin Chao with Tony J. Nguyen, has received a lot of praise since it opened just off the Washington Corridor in late 2020, making it a must-see during HRW. The focus here is on modern Vietnamese cuisine and picture-perfect plates are just as tasty as they are eye-catchers. The $ 35 3-course dinner menu is a bargain and features tempting dishes like lightly breaded soft-shell crab and braised pork with crispy rice. Desserts are just as delicious with choices like coconut pudding with dulce de leche and taro pound cake with ube ice cream. 2310 Decatur Str. 832-740-4888
This iconic River Oaks restaurant, owned by James Beard Award winning chef Hugo Ortega, has a brunch, lunch, and dinner menu during HRW, and all are well worth indulging in. The 2-course lunch menu for USD 20 reflects Backstreet’s diverse menu such as gazpacho, duck confit, grilled salmon tacos and eggplant pappardelle. Don’t feel like dining in the restaurant? The Backstreet Café has a 4-course HRW to-go menu for $ 49. 1103 S. Shepherd Dr. 713-521-2239
Nothing beats an HRW meal with a view, and few places are as impressive as the food at Rainbow Lodge. This log cabin style restaurant with white tablecloths and a focus on game is located on the banks of White Oak Bayou and has scenic views. Carnivorous cravings are sure to be satisfied here, with the $ 49 3-course dinner menu offering hearty fare like smoked duck gumbo, wild boar dirty rice arancini, and slow-roasted hen and pasta. Come for brunch and enjoy the $ 20 2-course meal with dishes like Braised Buffalo Short Rib Benedict.
Katy residents can enjoy HRW in their local area, with popular Malaysian street food Phat Eatery offering a 4-course dinner for $ 49 … and it’s also available to take away. Start with Indian flatbread and curry shoulder of lamb, then try the 13 flavorful salt and pepper calamari. Appetizers on offer include Malaysian chicken curry with jasmine rice, sizzling tofu, and a surf and turf that combines curry beef banana knuckle with jumbo scallops. 23119 Colonial Pkwy. 832-913-6382
Located on Discovery Green in the grand downtown Marriott Marquis Hotel, Hugo Ortega’s Xochi is a Houston foodie destination recognized for its contemporary take on Oaxacan cuisine. During HRW, guests can enjoy a 4-course meal for $ 49 (both for dinner and take away) and among items like the toasted blue corn masa pancake with salsa verde, pork ribs in mole sauce, and braised Choose beef cheeks with creamy corn rice. 1777 Walker St. Ste. A 713-400-3330