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Handicapping Houston Restaurant Week: Your Guide to the Best Deals and Meals

UPDATE: In grand Houston Restaurant Weeks tradition (which used to be just "Houston Restaurant Week," no plural at the end), HRW has been extended once again this year. The month-long dining-for-charity eatstravaganza will run through Labor Day weekend. The last day to get your $20 lunches and $35 dinners will be Monday, September 3. Make your reservations now...

With so many restaurants participating in the month-long Houston Restaurant Weeks this year (more than 150 at last count), it can be difficult to choose which ones to tackle. And since you want to make reservations at nearly all of the participating HRW spots, you'll want to start planning now.

That's why we've put together a handy guide to handicapping Houston Restaurant Weeks. Which restaurants offer four-course dinners for the cost of a $35 three-course dinner? Which ones offer brunch specials? Which ones will take care of your vegetarian friends? Which ones will dazzle your date with an amazing view or extraordinary wine list?

All of those categories are covered in our guide and more, so read on and start making your reservations now. And remember how it works:

  • Two-course lunch menus are $20; $3 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Three-course dinner menus are $35; $5 of that goes to your area food bank
  • You can also donate an additional $10 by texting "HRW" to 20222

Important reminder: These servers are making far less money per tab for an entire month (a month in which they have to pay rent, car notes, phone bills and more) while we all enjoy cheap meals for a good, charitable cause. So consider your servers while dining out for HRW, too; treat them kindly and leave a generous tip.

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Katharine Shilcutt