There are enough great culinary adventures going on in Houston this weekend to keep people busy and well-fed from tonight all the way through Sunday. Here are some of the best picks for the weekend.
All-Oyster Happy Hour at Brennan’s of Houston
Friday, August 5, 2 to 7 p.m.
In honor of National Oyster Day, Brennan’s of Houston’s popular “777” happy hour menu (seven dishes, seven cocktails and seven wines for $7 each) is all about oysters. The menu includes an oyster enchilada with pepper jack cheese, fire-roasted tomatillo salsa and Cuervo crema fresco, as well as Jimmy’s Grilled Oysters accented with chopped garlic and seaweed flakes. It’s available only at the bar area — which happens to be adjacent to one of Houston's best restaurant patios.
That said, couples may want to check out the Date Night dinner and cooking class. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $150 per couple. In addition to a three-course seasonal dinner that includes reception wine, hors d’oeuvres and coffee service, it features live cooking demonstrations by chef Danny Trace. It’s a fun and unique way to experience one of Houston’s most respected restaurants. Tickets are available online.
Blues & BBQ at Southern Goods
Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m.
632 West 19th
White Linen Night in The Heights starts officially at 6 p.m., but Southern Goods is getting the party started early. John Egan will play the blues until 2 p.m., while chef Patrick Feges mans the barbecue pits. Llamas on the Loose take over the live music duties at 5 p.m., then are followed by PANIC Stricken at 7 p.m.
Off-White Linen Night at Good Dog Houston
Saturday, August 6 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Good Dog Houston is also hosting a parking lot party for White Linen Night. The restaurant will be open as usual and there’s even a bratwurst tent. DJ Damon Allen will keep the tunes going while visitors check out works by local artists, face painting and, of course, food and beer. There will also be Topo Chico and samples from Deep Eddy Vodka. Other special guests include Smoosh Cookie Truck, Karbach Brewing, Odell Brewing and Starberry Snoballs.
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Poke Akua Pop-Up at Lincoln Bar
Sunday, August 7, noon until sold out
Last weekend, chef Jason Liao and Dory Fung teamed up for a poke pop-up at Lincoln Bar, and it was so popular that they are doing it again. So, if you missed it, here’s another chance. If you loved the last one and can’t get enough poke, here’s a second serving as the menu is totally different from last weekend's. It includes a bluefin tuna poke bowl with kimchi, cucumber, negi (a type of onion) and sesame. Those who prefer cooked items can indulge in Spam musubi or the coconut butter mochi cake with lemongrass ice cream, candied seaweed, sesame and rum sauce. All ages are welcome, and dog lovers can hang out with their furry friend on the patio.
Peruvian Kitchen Takeover at Wooster’s Garden
Sunday, August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Masaru Fukuda and Alejandro Betancourt of Pacha catering company are taking over the kitchen at Wooster’s Garden. For one night only, get intricate dishes like Nikkei salmon ceviche with Peruvian corn, roasted hazelnuts, strawberries, shiso, blueberry puree dressed with chorizo-infused oil as well as braised pork belly with tamarind-quinoa risotto with corn succotash and yucca chips.