Handicapping Houston Restaurant Weeks 2014: Your Guide to the Best Bets

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Every year we bring you a guide to the best meals and deals of Houston Restaurant Weeks, and this year with more restaurants participating that ever before, we had a heck of a time choosing our best bets. We've scoured every menu for the most interesting dishes, largest quantities of food and best values, and we've compiled this list to help you navigate the multitude of eateries vying for your patronage.

Searching for some southern food? Aching for Asian cuisine? Want some entertainment with your dinner? Feeling frugal? We can help.

Houston Restaurant Weeks benefitting the Houston Food Bank kicks off August 1, so more restaurants will be added to the roster up until that time. You can keep enjoying the special meals any time participating restaurants are open through September 1.

Here's how the prices and donations work:

Two-to-three-course lunch menus are $20; $3 goes to the Food Bank Three-course brunch menus are $25; $4 goes to the Food Bank Some three-to-four-course dinners are $35; $5 goes to the Food Bank Some three-to-four-course dinners are $45; $7 goes to the Food Bank

The more you eat, the more other people get to eat as well. It's a win-win.

Be sure to read the "How It Works" page on the Houston Restaurant Weeks website before you go for information on reservations, Open Table and splitting meals.

And, as always, remember: Though you might be getting a great deal on your dinner, the servers are getting paid the same. Please tip accordingly.

Now to the good stuff.

Brunch Buddies These six restaurants offer delectable brunch choices to satisfy any Sunday morning craving. Don't forget the mimosas!

The Bird and the Bear Brennan's of Houston Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen Étoile Cuisine et Bar Haven White Oak Kitchen + Drinks

Parlez-Vous Francais? Say "mais ouis" to these French spots.

Artisans Bistro des Amis Brasserie 19 Brasserie Max & Julie Georges Bistro L'Olivier

Mangia Italiano For those who want pasta, pasta and more pasta.

Ciao Bello Coppa Osteria Grotto Ristorante Prego Quattro Tony's

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Eastern Sensibilities If you want food of the Asian persuasion, check out these six restaurants.

Fish & the Knife Indika Kata Robata Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill Soma Sushi Uptown Sushi South of the Border Not to be confused with Tex-Mex, these eateries serve food from various regions of Mexico.

Caracol Hugo's La Casa del Caballo La Fisheria Pico's Mex-Mex

Chips and Salsa Enjoy the official cuisine of Houston at these Tex-Mex joints.

Cadillac Bar Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen Tila's Restaurante & Bar TQLA

Latin Lovers You'll adore the food at these six South American restaurants.

Américas Andes Cafe Churrascos Latin Bites Piqueo Sal y Pimienta

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Continental Cuisine Can't decide what you want? No worries. These spots have it all.

51 Fifteen Batanga Benjy's Cafe Benedicte Roost Triniti

'Merica These places are known for their classic American cuisine.

Backstreet Cafe Canopy Del Frisco's Grille The Federal Grill Frank's Americana Revival Max's Wine Dive

Southern Cookin' Find food just like mama used to make at these down-home eateries.

Bradley's Fine Diner Brennan's of Houston Harold's at Heights General Store Lucille's Punk's Simple Southern Rainbow Lodge Meat, Glorious Meat Calling all carnivores.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Morton's Grille/Morton's the Steakhouse Smith & Wollensky Sullivan's Steakhouse Perry's Steakhouse and Grill Tejas de Brazil This story continues on the next page.

Something Fishy Eat up the bounty of the ocean at these restaurants that focus of fresh seafood.

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen The Fish Goode Co. Seafood L.A. Bar La Fisheria Kata Robata

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

Eleven XI III Forks McCormick & Schmick's Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen Ouisie's Table Tango & Malbec

Veggie Tales These restaurants offer dedicated vegetarian menus or a number of vegetarian dishes.

Backstreet Cafe Caracol Indika Kiran's Merlion on 4th Radical Eats

Gluten Free Sure, it's a fad, but it's also necessary for some. These spots offer gluten-free items.

Benjy's on Washington Costa Brava Bistro El Meson Harvest Organic Grille La Casa del Caballo Radical Eats

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In Vino Veritas In wine there is truth, and in these restaurants there are some great wine lists.

60 Degrees Mastercrafted Hugo's Ibiza Food & Wine Bar Max's Wine Dive Osteria Mazzantini The Tasting Room

Dinner and a Show We all like to be entertained while we dine. Check out these places for more than just a meal.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Aquarium Mr. Peeples Spindletop Tokyohana

Bang for your Buck Each of these restaurants offers a four-course meal for $35 or an extended brunch (buffet or more than three courses) for $25.

Arturo's BlackFinn Ameripub Ciao Bello Coppa Osteria Haven (brunch) Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill Max's Wine Dive The Melting Pot Post Oak Grill Seasons 52 Sushi King Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen (brunch) The Tasting Room Tokyohana (5 courses)

Must Eats If you've never eaten at these classic Houston restaurants, now's your chance!

Backstreet Cafe Brennan's of Houston Charivari Kata Robata La Fisheria Roost Tony's

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