Handicapping Houston Restaurant Weeks 2013: Your Guide to the Best Meals and Deals

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It's that time of year again, so loosen those belts and start practicing your overeating skills...Houston Restaurant Weeks is back!

We've already counted more than 150 participating restaurants, and more are being added up until July 31. With so many places to choose from and so little time (OK, it's a month, but still) HRW can be difficult to navigate. That's why we've created this handy guide to help you choose where to go and what to eat.

Want some killer southern food? Not sure where to go for live music? Aching for some surf and turf? Looking for four courses for the price of three? We got you covered.

According to the HRW site, here's how it's all gonna go down:

  • Two-to-three-course lunch menus are $20; $3 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Two-to-three-course brunch menus are $20; $3 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Three-to-four-course brunch menus are $35; $5 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Some three-to-four-course dinner menus are $35; $5 of that goes to your area food bank
  • Some three-to-four-course dinner menus are $45; $7 of that goes to your area food bank

You can also donate an additional $10 by texting "HRW" to 20222

This year's HRW runs from August 1 through September 2, and participating restaurants will be offering Restaurant Weeks deals for specific meals any day they are open during this time.

Brunch Babes These five restaurants offer special brunch menus, so bring your friends and spend a lazy afternoon eating for charity.

Brooklyn Athletic Club Etoile Cuisine et Bar RDG + Bar Annie Sorrel Urban Bistro The Tasting Room

Provencal Provisions Say "oui" to these French restaurants!

Bistro des Amis Au Petit Paris Le Mistral Philippe Brasserie 19

Mambo Italiano When you're there, you're famiglia.

Arturo Boada Cuisine Arcodoro Damian's Cucina Italiana Giacomo's Cibo e Vino Ristorante Cavour

Asian Persuasian From Japanese to Thai, these restaurants will transport you to another land.

Azuma on the Lake BLU Restaurant and Lounge Kata Robata Uptown Sushi Soma Sushi

South of the Border Spice things up with a little Latin food.

Churrasco's Hugo's Latin Bites TQLA Americas River Oaks

'Merica These five spots are known for their great American cuisine.

Benjy's Backstreet Café Brooklyn Athletic Club Canopy Federal American Grill

Southern Comfort Just like Granny used to make.

Brennan's of Houston Frank's Americana Revival LA Bar Lucille's Ouisie's Table

The Meat of the Matter If it's meat you're after, these restaurants have you covered.

Vic & Anthony's La Casa del Caballo Sullivan's Steakhouse Del Frisco's Grille Brenner's Steak House

Fish Dishes Mollusks, urchins and fishes, oh my! Get a taste of seafood from around the world!

Brasserie 19 Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant Merlion Restaurant Oceanaire Seafood Room

Surf & Turf Can't decide between steak and seafood? You don't have to.

III Forks Joyce's Seafood and Steaks Line & Lariat Morton's Veritas Steak and Seafood

Delectable Vegetables Vegetarian dishes steal the show at these restaurants whose veggie dishes are so good, you won't miss the meat.

Bistro des Amis Harvest Organic Grille Haven Indika Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

Drinking Dinner More interested in vino than veal? These places have some of the best wine lists in town.

Max's Wine Dive Philippe Sonoma Tango & Malbec The Tasting Room

Dinner and a Show These five spots are known for live music, entertaining chefs and great views. Bring a date!

Tokyohana Solea Sambuca Spindletop at the Hyatt Regency Rioja

Bang For Your Buck Six restaurants are offering four courses for the price of only three. We suggest wearing stretchy pants to dinner.

Ciao Bello Giacomo's Cibo e Vino Max's Wine Dive Coppa Ristorante Post Oak Grill Soma Sushi

Must Eats If you haven't been to these places yet, it's about damn time you did.

Benjy's Brennan's of Houston Charivari Shade Mockingbird Bistro

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