The Lovely Spouse and I decided to drive down to Houston yesterday afternoon to take advantage of the Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market, pick up our case of Hatch Chiles, and to enjoy a restaurant participating in Restaurant Weeks. Yup, it was a total and complete Foodie Day (tm). And I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
First off, Central Market has decided to extend the Hatch Chile Festival to August 28. More on that in the next post. This post is all about where we decided to eat for Restaurant Weeks: Churrascos Westchase. We made the decision base on several criteria: the awesome menu listed at the Restaurant Weeks website, great reviews on Trip Advisor and Urbanspoon, and Violet von Mickelsburg's recommendation. Seriously, anyone who makes a foccia as good as hers obviously has great taste.
Churrascos has three locations around Houston: River Oaks, Westchase and Sugarland. The River Oaks and Westchase locations are both on Westheimer. So when you make reservations (highly recommended!) make sure you have the correct location. Houston is known for some very large, very successful restaurant conglomerates and the parent company of Churrascos, Cordua, is no exception. They are the same people who bring you Artista in the Theater District, Amazon Grill and Americas in The Woodlands and River Oaks. As well as Cordua Catering. All are highly rated restaurants and services. Churrascos was the first restaurant opened by this wildly successful chef family and features their native Latin American cuisine.
|Mmmmm...plantains with sauces.|
Dinner at Churrascos begins with a complementary dish of fried plantains served with two sauces: a spicy red sauce and herb and garlic infused chimichuri. The plantains on their own are quite delicous and will be refilled as long as you ask. But be careful because there's plenty more food to follow.
|We were seated in a back room so things were kind of dark. This will be reflected in my pictures. My only strong criticism of the restaurant is the level of noise. It was LOUD back here.|
We ordered off the special $35 dinner menu for Restaurant Weeks. Many of the items were abbreviated items off the regular dinner menu. I started with the bacon wrapped shrimp taquitos and The Lovely Spouse started with the scallop spoon bread. Actually we ended up splitting both. As you do.
|Bacon wrapped shrimp taquitos. Miniature tacos with an interesting flavor combination.|
|Scallop spoon bread. The scallops were cooked perfectly. The corn bread was light and delicate.|
|IN ADDITION TO EVERYTHING ELSE they brought us a plate of grilled veggies and rice. And, yummie!, more plantains.|
|The Original Tres Leches (tm). It was creamy and delicious.|
|The Pio X. It's their name for a tequila soaked bread pudding that reminded me very much of a tiramisu. Thankfully this wasn't very large, after that huge meal.|
|The entrance to the restaurant.|
|And VIP approval.|
Would I go back? Of course! The food and service were fabulous. The regular menu prices aren't that bad. But I would definitely go back for Restaurant Weeks.
Would I recommend Churrascos? YES! Go there now!
Note to those who might go for Restaurant Weeks: the bill arrives itemized instead of just showing $35 per person.