Handicapping Houston Restaurant Weeks 2014: Your Guide to the Best Bets
Every year we bring you a guide to the best meals and deals of Houston Restaurant Weeks, and this year with more restaurants participating that ever before, we had a heck of a time choosing our best bets. We've scoured every menu for the most interesting dishes, largest quantities of food and best values, and we've compiled this list to help you navigate the multitude of eateries vying for your patronage.
Searching for some southern food? Aching for Asian cuisine? Want some entertainment with your dinner? Feeling frugal? We can help.
Houston Restaurant Weeks benefitting the Houston Food Bank kicks off August 1, so more restaurants will be added to the roster up until that time. You can keep enjoying the special meals any time participating restaurants are open through September 1.
Here's how the prices and donations work:
Two-to-three-course lunch menus are $20; $3 goes to the Food Bank Three-course brunch menus are $25; $4 goes to the Food Bank Some three-to-four-course dinners are $35; $5 goes to the Food Bank Some three-to-four-course dinners are $45; $7 goes to the Food Bank
The more you eat, the more other people get to eat as well. It's a win-win.
Be sure to read the "How It Works" page on the Houston Restaurant Weeks website before you go for information on reservations, Open Table and splitting meals.
And, as always, remember: Though you might be getting a great deal on your dinner, the servers are getting paid the same. Please tip accordingly.
Now to the good stuff.
Brunch Buddies These six restaurants offer delectable brunch choices to satisfy any Sunday morning craving. Don't forget the mimosas!
Enjoy Étoile on the cheap.
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Parlez-Vous Francais? Say "mais ouis" to these French spots.
Mangia Italiano For those who want pasta, pasta and more pasta.
Try the fabulous Japanese food at Kata Robata.
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Eastern Sensibilities If you want food of the Asian persuasion, check out these six restaurants.
Chips and Salsa Enjoy the official cuisine of Houston at these Tex-Mex joints.
Latin Lovers You'll adore the food at these six South American restaurants.
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Try a little of this and a little of that at Batanga.
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Continental Cuisine Can't decide what you want? No worries. These spots have it all.
'Merica These places are known for their classic American cuisine.
Southern Cookin' Find food just like mama used to make at these down-home eateries.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Morton's Grille/Morton's the Steakhouse Smith & Wollensky Sullivan's Steakhouse Perry's Steakhouse and Grill Tejas de Brazil This story continues on the next page.
Succulent seafood a la Goode Co.
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Something Fishy Eat up the bounty of the ocean at these restaurants that focus of fresh seafood.
Surf & Turf Can't decide between seafood and steak? You don't have to.
Veggie Tales These restaurants offer dedicated vegetarian menus or a number of vegetarian dishes.
Gluten Free Sure, it's a fad, but it's also necessary for some. These spots offer gluten-free items.
Check out the great wine list at Osteria Mazzantini.
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In Vino Veritas In wine there is truth, and in these restaurants there are some great wine lists.
Dinner and a Show We all like to be entertained while we dine. Check out these places for more than just a meal.
Bang for your Buck Each of these restaurants offers a four-course meal for $35 or an extended brunch (buffet or more than three courses) for $25.
Arturo's BlackFinn Ameripub Ciao Bello Coppa Osteria Haven (brunch) Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill Max's Wine Dive The Melting Pot Post Oak Grill Seasons 52 Sushi King Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen (brunch) The Tasting Room Tokyohana (5 courses)
Must Eats If you've never eaten at these classic Houston restaurants, now's your chance!
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