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GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up 2013: Eat Locally to Support Your Local Food Bank

In just a couple of weeks, Houston Restaurant Weeks will begin, but to get your stomachs prepared for the exceptional grub you will feast on for the entire month of August, you can celebrate the great Lone Star State during GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 22-28.

GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up is celebrated in every major city in the state and surrounding areas with restaurants serving meals from locally sourced or produced ingredients. Each restaurant will donate money from each meal served during the week to its city's local food bank. Support these local restaurants so you can help support the Houston Food Bank. Remember that Houston Restaurant Weeks benefits the Houston Food Bank as well, so here's another way you can give back to your community.

Conroe and Montgomery restaurants will donate money to the Montgomery County Food Bank, and Galveston restaurants will donate money to the Galveston County Food Bank.

Here's where you can enjoy a locally produced and/or sourced meal and benefit your local food bank.

The Backyard Grill 9453 Jones Rd 281-897-9200

The Backyard Smokehouse 13802 Fleur de Lis, Cypress 281-469-3485

The Backyard Grill and The Backyard Smokehouse are offering a few drink and meal specials. Order off of the special Texas wine list with wines from Texas sources, such as Becker Vineyards Chardonnay, Sister Creek Merlot or Messina Hof Texas Hold Em Red & White. Pair your wine selection with four 2-ounce mesquite grilled medallions with a baked potato and your choice of two sides for $12.99. You can also select a beer from 42 Texas craft beers.

Berryhill Baja Grill All locations 713-850-7949

At each Berryhill Baja Grill location you can order Texas Tamales made with Texas ingredients, like beef, chicken, pork, bean or spinach and corn.

The Breakfast Klub 3711 Travis 713-528-8561

Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith Street 713-522-9711

Carmelo's Ristorante 14795 Memorial Drive 281-531-0696

Carmelo's Ristorante is offering three courses for $45 per person and each glass of wine costs $10. Choose from Gulf jumbo shrimp wrapped in pancetta or duck breast with Friona zucchini pancakes, a Sicilian orange marmalade and Grand Marnier reduction with pepperoncino rosso for an appetizer. For the entree, choose from Gulf red snapper with a fava bean risotto or prime rib from Sam Kane in Corpus Christi with roasted sweet potatoes, celery and a rosemary-horseradish cream sauce. End the night on a sweet note from anything off of the dessert cart.

Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby St 713-521-7231

Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar 607 W Gray 713-529-5881

This newly opened restaurant is offering a four-course tasting dinner for $39 per person and 50 percent off of all Texas beers. Start the meal with Gulf grilled oysters with heirloom tomatoes, Texas pecan pesto, apple-wood smoked bacon and Parmesan Reggiano. Sample another crustacean from the Gulf with pan-seared Gulf shrimp finished with Texas grapefruit gastrique and pico de gallo made from locally-sourced heirloom tomatoes. Next, feast on seared Texas quail with mixed local greens and smoked Gouda blue grits. End your meal with classic cookies and milk.

Harvest Organic Grille 11681 Westheimer 281-597-0000

Haven 2502 Algerian Way 713-581-6101

Hickory Hollow Restaurants and Catering 8038 Fallbrook Drive 281-469-5323

Hickory Hollow offers a $12.99 special of Plowman chicken fried steak with gravy, house-made Texas hot tots and a salad dressed in Texas-made buttermilk ranch. Pair this meal with Mesa Vineyards' Saint Genevieve wine and indulge in a made-in-Houston pie topped with none other than Blue Bell ice cream. St. Genevieve Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel are also available on the Texas wine list throughout the week.

Hotel ZaZa- Monarch Restaurant & Lounge 5701 Main St 713-527-1800

Kiran's Restaurant 4100 Westheimer 713-960-8472

It's a blueberry theme at Kiran's Restaurant. Order the Texas quail made with blueberry chutney for your entree and finish the meal with Texas blueberry and ginger ice cream for dessert.

The Cajun Stop 2130 Jefferson St 713-222-8333

The Cajun Stop has created a menu filled with Texas-sourced items and of course, Saint Arnold Brewery's beers.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen All locations

Little Pappas 3001 S. Shepherd at Alabama 713-522-4595

Each location of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and Little Papas will be serving bruschetta made with grilled shrimp and warm Texas goat cheese.

Pappas Bros Steakhouse 5839 Westheimer 713-780-7352

Pappas Bros Steakhouse is serving a few Texas-sourced items, like barbeque quail and venison loin all week long.

Pappas Burger 5815 Westheimer at Bering 713-975-6082

7800 Aiport Boulevard Space C14 713-975-6082

For any burger you order at Pappas Burger, pair it will the Texas-brewed Shiner Bock Beer.

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Molly Dunn
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