Monday, August 6, 2012

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston Restaurant Weeks: Benefiting The Houston Food Bank

Other cities have a Restaurant Week.  But Houston isn't other cities.  It has a Resaurant month known as Restaurant Weeks.  And it's already begun.  If you are in the Houston area (including The Woodlands, Sugarland, etc) any time during the month of August check it out.

So what is Restaurant Week?  Go to this link to check out participating restaurants.  Each one will host lunch, dinner or brunch.  Dinner is required, lunch and brunch are optional, so contact the restaurant you want to visit to make sure they're participating for the meal in which you're interested.  Dinners cost $35 (before tax, tip and drinks) and include at least 3 courses, sometimes 4.  The restaurant will donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank for every dinner sold.  Lunches are at least 2 courses with $3 donate from each meal.  And brunches vary according to restaurant.  Additional donations may be made via a text donation system listed on the webpage.

If $35 or $20 sounds like a lot, check out the restaurants participating.  Some are among the best of the best Houston has to offer and, normally, a lunch or dinner at them would cost much, much more with none of the money, that we know about, going to the Houston Food Bank.

I've only been to a fraction of the participating restaurants but I recommend Max's Wine Dive, Ruth's Chris Steak House, McCormick and Schmidt (any location), and Sambuca. I haven't been to the other places but wouldn't mind trying just about any of them. Check urbanspoon or tripadvisor for reviews. Also, click here for a list of restaurants, including the menus during Restaurant Weeks.

Call the restaurant before visiting to find out if reservations are necessary.

I wonder if I can convince The Lovely Spouse to take a trip down to Houston for this? :-)

Also!  The Houston Theater District Open House is Sunday, August 26 from noon - 4 pm.  Enjoy tours of the theaters, including the costume and prop shops and music libraries, interact with cast and crew, and see special short performances from the Alley Theater, Houston Ballet, Houston Opera, Houston Symphony, and others.  All for free.  Parking, of course, does cost money.  Everything is family and kid friendly.


  1. Well let's see I can recommend Americas, Backstreet Cafe (though it's been a loong time since I was there), benjy's, Brenner's Steakhouse (very traditional steak house, best crabcakes EVER), Carmelo's (the owner is a family friend of sorts. Great italian), Churrasco's (probably my favorite restaurant in Houston), the Grotto (italian again), ....and apparently the latter half of the alphabet, not as much.

    I've been to some of the others but wasn't particularly impressed. I actually feel very good about the number of restaurants on that list I've eaten at. I'm so dying for some upscale food ATM, but lack of time and funds...

    Ooo, except that I get to go to Boudro's in San Antonio for my birthday this week!