Benjy's $10.99 Tax Day Relief

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Both benjy's locations (5922 Washington and 2424 Dunstan) are offering a little lunch time relief to diners on Monday, April 18--this year's extended tax return deadline date.

For $10.99 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity), benjy's will be serving up a three-course, prix-fixe meal. Start off with either the Chilled Avocado Potato Leek Soup or the Local Tomato Salad. Next, select from four delicious entrée offerings: Crunchy Chicken, Lazy Shrimp Tamale, Crispy Falafel, or the Pulled Beef Sandwich. Finish off the meal with Mom's Chocolate Cake or some Strawberry Sorbet with Cardamom Shortbread. This incredible deal would normally cost between $30 and $40.

My tasting yielded some wonderful results. The Chilled Avocado Potato Leek Soup was a perfect first course--silky smooth and extremely refreshing. The soup was topped with some crunchy potato chips that not only tasted great, but enhanced the dish's presentation.

The Lazy Shrimp Tamale is not to be missed. Numerous plump, sauce-soaked shrimp are covered with a corn crust, and topped with an avocado and crab salad. Served alongside a jicama, tomato, and celery leaf salad, this dish alone makes the price a steal. I'd recommend cracking open the "tamale" which rests is a small bowl. The dish is served piping hot, so give it a minute or two before delving in.

I tried each dessert, and although the Strawberry Sorbet was magnificent, the Mom's Chocolate Cake was most memorable. Thick, rich, and served with a scoop of Amy's vanilla ice cream and strawberries, this dessert will send you back to the office in a food coma.

If you're able to wake up and are still hungry for dinner, consider heading over to either of the two RA Sushi locations (3900 Westheimer or 12860 Queensbury Lane). They're also offering some Tax Day relief by extending the happy hour menu (starts at 3 p.m.) to closing time. Guests can choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizers, and tapas selections, plus more than 30 beer wine, and cocktails ranging from $2 to $7.

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