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Handicapping Houston Restaurant Weeks 2013: Your Guide to the Best Meals and Deals

Handicapping Houston Restaurant Weeks 2013: Your Guide to the Best Meals and Deals

It's that time of year again, so loosen those belts and start practicing your overeating skills...Houston Restaurant Weeks is back!

We've already counted more than 150 participating restaurants, and more are being added up until July 31. With so many places to choose from and so little time (OK, it's a month, but still) HRW can be difficult to navigate. That's why we've created this handy guide to help you choose where to go and what to eat.

Want some killer southern food? Not sure where to go for live music? Aching for some surf and turf? Looking for four courses for the price of three? We got you covered.

According to the HRW site, here's how it's all gonna go down:

  • Two-to-three-course lunch menus are $20; $3 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Two-to-three-course brunch menus are $20; $3 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Three-to-four-course brunch menus are $35; $5 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Some three-to-four-course dinner menus are $35; $5 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Some three-to-four-course dinner menus are $45; $7 of that goes to your area food bank

You can also donate an additional $10 by texting "HRW" to 20222

This year's HRW runs from August 1 through September 2, and participating restaurants will be offering Restaurant Weeks deals for specific meals any day they are open during this time.

Brunch Babes These five restaurants offer special brunch menus, so bring your friends and spend a lazy afternoon eating for charity.

Brooklyn Athletic Club Etoile Cuisine et Bar RDG + Bar Annie Sorrel Urban Bistro The Tasting Room

 

Brasserie 19 is at the top of our list of best French cuisine in town.
Brasserie 19 is at the top of our list of best French cuisine in town.
Photo by Troy Fields

Provencal Provisions Say "oui" to these French restaurants!

Bistro des Amis Au Petit Paris Le Mistral Philippe Brasserie 19

Damian's Insalata Mona Lisa is available for dinner as part of HRW.
Damian's Insalata Mona Lisa is available for dinner as part of HRW.
Photo by Troy Fields

Mambo Italiano When you're there, you're famiglia.

Arturo Boada Cuisine Arcodoro Damian's Cucina Italiana Giacomo's Cibo e Vino Ristorante Cavour

Nab some fab sushi at Soma for HRW.
Nab some fab sushi at Soma for HRW.
Photo by Troy Fields

Asian Persuasian From Japanese to Thai, these restaurants will transport you to another land.

Azuma on the Lake BLU Restaurant and Lounge Kata Robata Uptown Sushi Soma Sushi

 

Latin Bites' killer ceviche is on its HRW dinner menu.
Latin Bites' killer ceviche is on its HRW dinner menu.
Photo by Troy Fields

South of the Border Spice things up with a little Latin food.

Churrasco's Hugo's Latin Bites TQLA Americas River Oaks

'Merica These five spots are known for their great American cuisine.

Benjy's Backstreet Café Brooklyn Athletic Club Canopy Federal American Grill

Southern Comfort Just like Granny used to make.

Brennan's of Houston Frank's Americana Revival LA Bar Lucille's Ouisie's Table

The Meat of the Matter If it's meat you're after, these restaurants have you covered.

Vic & Anthony's La Casa del Caballo Sullivan's Steakhouse Del Frisco's Grille Brenner's Steak House

Fish Dishes Mollusks, urchins and fishes, oh my! Get a taste of seafood from around the world!

Brasserie 19 Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant Merlion Restaurant Oceanaire Seafood Room

 

No need to choose between Joyce's shrimp enchiladas or a steak.
No need to choose between Joyce's shrimp enchiladas or a steak.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Surf & Turf Can't decide between steak and seafood? You don't have to.

III Forks Joyce's Seafood and Steaks Line & Lariat Morton's Veritas Steak and Seafood

All the veggies at Haven are fresh as can be!
All the veggies at Haven are fresh as can be!
Photo by Troy Fields

Delectable Vegetables Vegetarian dishes steal the show at these restaurants whose veggie dishes are so good, you won't miss the meat.

Bistro des Amis Harvest Organic Grille Haven Indika Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

We'd pair a dry, acidic German reisling with Tango & Malbec's ceviche.
We'd pair a dry, acidic German reisling with Tango & Malbec's ceviche.
Photo by Groovehouse

Drinking Dinner More interested in vino than veal? These places have some of the best wine lists in town.

Max's Wine Dive Philippe Sonoma Tango & Malbec The Tasting Room

 

Dance (and eat) to the sweet sounds of jazz at Sambuca.
Dance (and eat) to the sweet sounds of jazz at Sambuca.
Photo by Troy Fields

Dinner and a Show These five spots are known for live music, entertaining chefs and great views. Bring a date!

Tokyohana Solea Sambuca Spindletop at the Hyatt Regency Rioja

Giacomo's Cibo e Vino is offering eggplant rolls for the first of four courses.
Giacomo's Cibo e Vino is offering eggplant rolls for the first of four courses.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Bang For Your Buck Six restaurants are offering four courses for the price of only three. We suggest wearing stretchy pants to dinner.

Ciao Bello Giacomo's Cibo e Vino Max's Wine Dive Coppa Ristorante Post Oak Grill Soma Sushi

If you haven't yet tried Charivari, now's your chance!
If you haven't yet tried Charivari, now's your chance!
Photo by Troy Fields

Must Eats If you haven't been to these places yet, it's about damn time you did.

Benjy's Brennan's of Houston Charivari Shade Mockingbird Bistro


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