GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up 2013: Eat Locally to Support Your Local Food Bank
In just a couple of weeks, Houston Restaurant Weeks will begin, but to get your stomachs prepared for the exceptional grub you will feast on for the entire month of August, you can celebrate the great Lone Star State during GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 22-28.
GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up is celebrated in every major city in the state and surrounding areas with restaurants serving meals from locally sourced or produced ingredients. Each restaurant will donate money from each meal served during the week to its city's local food bank. Support these local restaurants so you can help support the Houston Food Bank. Remember that Houston Restaurant Weeks benefits the Houston Food Bank as well, so here's another way you can give back to your community.
Conroe and Montgomery restaurants will donate money to the Montgomery County Food Bank, and Galveston restaurants will donate money to the Galveston County Food Bank.
Here's where you can enjoy a locally produced and/or sourced meal and benefit your local food bank.
The Backyard Grill 9453 Jones Rd 281-897-9200
The Backyard Smokehouse 13802 Fleur de Lis, Cypress 281-469-3485
The Backyard Grill and The Backyard Smokehouse are offering a few drink and meal specials. Order off of the special Texas wine list with wines from Texas sources, such as Becker Vineyards Chardonnay, Sister Creek Merlot or Messina Hof Texas Hold Em Red & White. Pair your wine selection with four 2-ounce mesquite grilled medallions with a baked potato and your choice of two sides for $12.99. You can also select a beer from 42 Texas craft beers.
Berryhill Baja Grill All locations 713-850-7949
At each Berryhill Baja Grill location you can order Texas Tamales made with Texas ingredients, like beef, chicken, pork, bean or spinach and corn.
The Breakfast Klub 3711 Travis 713-528-8561
Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith Street 713-522-9711
Carmelo's Ristorante 14795 Memorial Drive 281-531-0696
Carmelo's Ristorante is offering three courses for $45 per person and each glass of wine costs $10. Choose from Gulf jumbo shrimp wrapped in pancetta or duck breast with Friona zucchini pancakes, a Sicilian orange marmalade and Grand Marnier reduction with pepperoncino rosso for an appetizer. For the entree, choose from Gulf red snapper with a fava bean risotto or prime rib from Sam Kane in Corpus Christi with roasted sweet potatoes, celery and a rosemary-horseradish cream sauce. End the night on a sweet note from anything off of the dessert cart.
Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby St 713-521-7231
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar 607 W Gray 713-529-5881
This newly opened restaurant is offering a four-course tasting dinner for $39 per person and 50 percent off of all Texas beers. Start the meal with Gulf grilled oysters with heirloom tomatoes, Texas pecan pesto, apple-wood smoked bacon and Parmesan Reggiano. Sample another crustacean from the Gulf with pan-seared Gulf shrimp finished with Texas grapefruit gastrique and pico de gallo made from locally-sourced heirloom tomatoes. Next, feast on seared Texas quail with mixed local greens and smoked Gouda blue grits. End your meal with classic cookies and milk.
Harvest Organic Grille 11681 Westheimer 281-597-0000
Haven 2502 Algerian Way 713-581-6101
Hickory Hollow Restaurants and Catering 8038 Fallbrook Drive 281-469-5323
Hickory Hollow offers a $12.99 special of Plowman chicken fried steak with gravy, house-made Texas hot tots and a salad dressed in Texas-made buttermilk ranch. Pair this meal with Mesa Vineyards' Saint Genevieve wine and indulge in a made-in-Houston pie topped with none other than Blue Bell ice cream. St. Genevieve Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel are also available on the Texas wine list throughout the week.
Hotel ZaZa- Monarch Restaurant & Lounge 5701 Main St 713-527-1800
Kiran's Restaurant 4100 Westheimer 713-960-8472
It's a blueberry theme at Kiran's Restaurant. Order the Texas quail made with blueberry chutney for your entree and finish the meal with Texas blueberry and ginger ice cream for dessert.
The Cajun Stop 2130 Jefferson St 713-222-8333
The Cajun Stop has created a menu filled with Texas-sourced items and of course, Saint Arnold Brewery's beers.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen All locations
Little Pappas 3001 S. Shepherd at Alabama 713-522-4595
Each location of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and Little Papas will be serving bruschetta made with grilled shrimp and warm Texas goat cheese.
Pappas Bros Steakhouse 5839 Westheimer 713-780-7352
Pappas Bros Steakhouse is serving a few Texas-sourced items, like barbeque quail and venison loin all week long.
Pappas Burger 5815 Westheimer at Bering 713-975-6082
7800 Aiport Boulevard Space C14 713-975-6082
For any burger you order at Pappas Burger, pair it will the Texas-brewed Shiner Bock Beer.
Pappas Bar-B-Q All Locations
Head on over to any Pappas Bar-B-Q location in Conroe or Houston for a slice of warm pecan pie made with pecans from Central Texas.
Pappasito's Cantina All locations
Little Pappasito's 2536 Richmond at Kirby 713-520-5066
Both Pappasito's Cantina and Little Sito's will serve hand-crafted Tejas 'Ritas (Texas Margaritas).
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge 1800 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 6110 713-439-1000
Pink's Pizza 713-864-7465 All locations
Prego 2520 Amherst 713-529-2420
Enjoy a special three-course meal for $35 per person at Prego. Start the meal with Paula's Texas smoked Mozzarella with a salad made of heirloom tomatoes, watercress and a vinaigrette. Follow the starter with Texas farm-raised rabbit with ragu sauce and Pappardelle. Finish your meal with a sweet and tart house-made Texas ruby red grapefruit sorbet.
Reserve 101 1201 Caroline St 713-655-7101
Ristorante Cavour at Hotel Granduca 1080 Uptown Park Blvd 713-418-1000
Choose from a selection of appetizers and entrees from Ristorante Cavour inside Hotel Granduca, like pici pasta with Broken Arrow Ranch quail ragu and a Parmesan cream sauce, Tandem Hill Farm Eggs omelets and house-made sausage with a fennel risotto cake.
The Soup Cowboy 711 Louisiana Tunnel Level 713-920-9137
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop 2135 Westheimer 713-524-6922
Spencer's for Steaks and Chops 1600 Lamar St 713-577-6018
Texas Tamale Company "The Mexican Deli" 3340 Fountain View 713-953-1181
Texas Tamale Company will offer Fresh Gourmet Tamale Plates made with ingredients from Texas producers, locally-sourced breakfast tacos with beans, potato, chorizo, sausage, bacon, shredded beef, machacado, ham or chicharron and eggs.
Trevisio Restaurant 6550 Bertner Avenue 713-749-0400
Trevisio Restaurant is serving a special Texas dish with pecan wood-grilled Texas farm raised redfish with spring onion risotto, as well as dishes featuring Gulf shrimp and Texas olive oil.
Yia Yia Mary's Greek Kitchen 4747 San Felipe 713-840-8665
Pair any meal at Yia Yia Mary's Greek Kitchen with the featured special Texas wine, Duchman Family Winery Vermentino.
Salsas Seaside Café 4604 Seawall Blvd, Galveston 409-621-2630
Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston 409-683-4405
Yaga's Café 2314 Strand St, Galveston 409-762-6676
Cozy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro 14340 Liberty St 281-948-9205
Blu Restaurant 2248 Texas Drive 281-903-7324
Snow Cone Angels (Food Truck) 2230 Buckthorne Pl 936-648-7586
Grab a special snow cone from this food truck in The Woodlands. Many snow cones feature locally-sourced ingredients like grapefruit, strawberries, blackberries, watermelon, jalapenos, mint, lavender and basil. Snow Cone Angels will also serve these two featured Texas snow cones: pineapple-jalapeno or blackberry-lavender.
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