August is many Houstonians' favorite dining month of the year thanks to Houston Restaurant Weeks. Check the website for hundreds of reasonably priced, multi-course meals. Also, take a look at our guides for navigating the overwhelming number of good options, including top picks, all the new restaurants participating for the first time and surprising vegetarian menus.
Cuchara, 214 Fairview, is also raising funds for charity through the month of August. Spend $35 on any kind of food or drink and generate a $5 donation to different good causes each week. The schedule is as follows:
- From now until August 8: Buffalo Bayou Partnership
- August 9-14 Rothko Chapel
- August 16-21 Latino Giving
- August 23-28 Hermann Park Conservancy
Stoked Tacos & Tequila, 2416 Brazos, is hosting a Taps N’ Tacos beer pairing series, and the third event in the series, on Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m., features 8th Wonder Brewery. The cost of the four-course dinner is a very reasonable $40 plus tax and gratuity. Dishes featured include a Maine lobster taco paired with 8th Wonder Intellectuale beer and crispy braised pork berry taco alongside 8th Wonder Astro Turf. Tickets are limited, so email [email protected] for reservations.
Every year, Landry’s features a series of multi-course, chef-driven dinners at each of its Signature Group Houston restaurants (called the “Chef Series,” appropriately enough). This year, the grand finale of the dinner series is again at Vic & Anthony’s, 1510 Texas. It starts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. Guests will be greeted with hand-crafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music before diving into an eight-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by ten of the Signature Group executive chefs. The courses include charred octopus by Jason Cole of Brenner’s Steakhouse, and ras el hanout spiced quail by chef Luis Rubio of La Griglia. Enjoy the ease of simply crashing across the street at the Westin Houston Downtown after dinner for $129 plus tax by mentioning the “friends and family” offer. The cost of the dinner is $150 per person, or $135 for Landry’s Select Club members. Call 713-228-1111 for dinner reservations and 713-228-1111 for the special lodging offer at the Westin Houston.
It doesn't even seem possible, but Flying Saucer Draught Emporium's downtown location, at 705 Main, is celebrating its 16th anniversary on August 14 starting at noon. (VIP tickets, which allow for admission an hour early, are already sold out. No tickets are needed for general admission, though.) In addition to several special beers on tap, including Freetail Elijah Craig 12 La Muerta and Deschutes Abyss, Fluff Bake Bar is making a big cake for the party, while Cloud 10 Creamery has come up with some really interesting ideas for beer floats. This birthday is indeed going to be a "sweet sixteen."