Upcoming Houston Food Events: It's the Super "Gumbowl"
Enjoy Tony Mandola's shrimp gumbo on Super "Gumbowl" Sunday.
Photo courtesy of The Epicurean Publicist
PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality), Bunker Hill: 9440 Katy; Cypress: 25686 Northwest Freeway; Vintage Park: 10723 Louetta, is a fast casual restaurant with a unique concept in mind: no freezers, no microwaves, just fresh food. Starting Monday, February 1 and running through Sunday, February 7, PDQ celebrates “Super Sunday” by including a $10 gift card with the order of 25 hand-breaded or grilled chicken tenders – perfect for the health-conscious football enthusiast.
Beginning Tuesday, February 2, The Pass, 807 Taft, will offer a $55, four-course preview menu in addition to the full tasting menu. Available Tuesday through Thursday, the menu will change frequently and feature some of the newest ideas and ingredients. On Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m., Dean Hewitson of Australia's Barossa Valley will be at the restaurant pairing six wines with a special six-course menu. Tickets are $95 (tax/tip not included). Call 713-638-9020 (option 2) to purchase tickets. And on Saturday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, the staff will be teaching the Pass's annual Valentines cooking class. Let them show you and your sweetheart a few tricks around the kitchen, followed by a tasty lunch and a little wine/cocktail knowledge from the beverage team. Tickets are $150 per guest (tax and gratuity not included).
The Hay Merchant/Underbelly's ham ribs will make any Super Bowl Sunday better.
Photo by Julie Soefer
The Hay Merchant/Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, will be offering Super Bowl To Go for the big game this year. Dishes include things like tater tot casserole ($35), queso with soft pretzel sticks ($20), ham ribs ($35 for full slab), seven-layer dip ($20) and, of course, wings ($28/30, $55/60). See the full list and place your order online by Thursday, February 4. You can pick up your order between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7. Each order will come with instructions.
Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, will be hosting its annual Super Sunday Gumbowl on Sunday, February 7, beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy game day specials, including 99-cent oysters on the half-shell; all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp for $24.99; gumbo for $3/cup or $5/bowl; and a sausage trio of boudain, andouille and jalapeño beef for $10, while you watch the big game. "Super Gumbowl' To-Go Party Packs are also available. Call 713-528-3474 for reservations or more information.
L’Olivier Restaurant & Bar, 240 Westheimer, will host a Champagne Dinner featuring Paul Goerg on Tuesday, Feburary 9 at 7 p.m. Enjoy 4 indulgent bubbly-paired courses, including butternut squash ravioli with sage sauce, beef filet with shallot confit, and rich chocolate cake with homemade cheese. Cost is $99 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call 713-360-6313 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, February 9 — known in many circles as Fat Tuesday — Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, will be doing something, well… French. Tossing the more American tradition of the Fat Tuesday pancake supper, this famed French bistro has declared Fat Tuesday Crepe Day. All day long on this day before lent begins, Bistro Provence will offer all kinds of crepes with a variety of fillings. The specials, created by executive chef Cedric Vernin and owner Genevieve Guy will feature the oh-so-Francais pancakes for both main courses and dessert.
This February, KUU, 947 Gessner, celebrates two years serving the Houston community. To thank all of its supporters, the restaurant is throwing a special dinner party on Tuesday, February 9, with seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for 60 lucky guests. Executive chef Adison Lee will create a six-course meal with expert pairings by sommelier Ricky Cheung. This appreciation event is $50 per person (tip not included), an incredible value considering the caliber of cuisine and wine included. For reservations, call 713-461-1688.
It's rare for Anvil Bar & Refuge, 1424 Westheimer, to take reservations. In fact, it only happens on very special occasions. And this Valentine’s Day happens to be one of them. Inspired by the cocktail service from a recent trip to Japan, the bar will have candlelight with blacked-out windows, tablecloths, jazz and roses for every lady. A two-hour bar-top reservation will include pours of grower champagne, cocktails and bar cart service with plenty of options for every unique couple. Bobby Heugel and Terry Williams will be behind the bar, personally taking care of everyone with a reservation. Reservations must be made in person at Anvil and are $75 per person and available at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tables will be open for walk-ins — first come, first serve — with the usual bar menu and table service.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Houston dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.