Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Start the New Year With Lobster & Brunch

Lobster Friday @ Bernie's Burger Bus
Friday, noon
5407 Bellaire

Ring in 2016 by joining Bernie's for its first #LobsterFriday of the year. Chef Justin Turner will be serving up his popular Maine-style lobster rolls and lobster poutine until they run out. Get the roll for hearty chunks of lobster lightly tossed with house mayo, minced celery and onion and nestled in a warm top-loaded, butter-toasted bun. Or switch it up with poutine, in which hand-cut fries are tossed with local cheese curds, buttered lobster and lobster gravy and scattered with a flurry of chopped chives. Both are winners. Note: The restaurant will be opening late (at noon) for the holiday. 

New Year’s Day Brunch @ Beaver’s 
Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2310 Decatur

In addition to its killer brunch menu, which includes house favorites like honey butter chicken biscuits and the barbecue brisket breakfast Beaver-rito, the neighborhood icehouse will be offering special New Year’s Day features. Get black eyed pea jambalaya stuffed cabbage rolls ($10), Champagne punch cocktails ($5) and the Squealin' Mary ($9), the infamous Bloody Mary made with house bacon-infused vodka and Mary mix, candied bacon, and a bacon and sugar salt rim.

Family-Style New Year’s Day Brunch @ La Table 
Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1800 Post Oak

Enjoy family-style pastries, eggs, pancakes, sausages, bacon, hash, and juices, coffees and teas alongside a stellar lineup of brunch stations, including an extravagant raw bar, cold cuts, cheese, and French bread display, beef prime rib and salmon en croûte carving stations and a dessert corner complete with a chocolate fountain. Cost is $59 per adult and $29 per child, with mimosas, bloodys and seasonal cocktails available for an additional charge. 

Blues & BBQ @ Southern Goods
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
632 West 19th

Enjoy this Southern joint’s First Saturday Feges BBQ. This month, John Egan will be on deck playing the blues while pitmaster Patrick Feges rocks your brunch world with his killer renditions of smoked meat. Expect this one to be tasty, y'all.

Heights First Saturday Arts Market
Satuday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
540 West 19th

Hit the historic Houston Heights to take in the works of dozens of visual artists, including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items, all alongside live music and awesome eats. Some of Houston’s hottest gourmet food trucks will be on hand to feed you as you stroll the streets.

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