Crawfish Tuesdays at UB PreservUBP, 1609 Westheimer, is now open on Tuesdays, serving crawfish and only crawfish and rotating flavors throughout the season.
Thursday, April 29
Willie Nelson’s 88th Birthday at Eight Row FlintJoin a Willie Nelson look-alike contest, jam out to a Willie Nelson cover band (5 to 9 p.m.) and enjoy drink specials all day at Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale.
Gary Farrell Wine Dinner at Del Frisco’s GrilleDel Frisco’s Grille is offering a Gary Farrell Wine Dinner at 7 p.m., offering in-restaurant or virtually and featuring a four-course dinner paired with hand-picked Gary Farrell Wines. Highlights include chilled lobster cocktail, Chilean sea bass with spring vegetable ragu, prime NY strip with Pinot and roasted grape butter and chocolate pecan torte with raspberry coulis. Tickets are now on sale for $125 per guest for the in-person dinner or $190 per couple for virtual dinner.
NFL Draft Party at Pluckers Wing Bar
Pluckers Wing Bar will be hosting a NFL Draft Party at all Texas locations. Each will select specific guests to act as a “general manager” for an NFL team in the first round, tasked with guessing who his or her team will draft. If the guess is correct, everyone at that Pluckers location will be eligible for an incredible food or drink special, available only until the next team’s pick. Everyone in attendance at the end of the draft who arrived before the tenth pick is eligible to win a $25 gift card.
Friday and Saturday
Maker’s Mark Derby Day Brunch and specials at Backstreet CafeGuests can enjoy a Maker’s Mark Derby Day brunch on Saturday, May 1 as well as drink and takeout specials from Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd. Those watching the race at home can get Kentucky Derby Julep and Snack Kits for Two ($60), available Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.; and $10 Maker’s Mark cocktail flights will be available both dine-in and to-go on Saturday, May 1. The Maker’s Mark Derby Day brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features three courses and cocktail pairings for $45 per person. Enjoy choices such as bacon deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes with crawfish remoulade, Hugo’s hot chicken sandwich, five-spice smoked duck leg with savory bread pudding, wood-grilled whiskey salmon, spaghetti carbonara, and blackberry cobbler with Maker’s Mark bourbon ice cream. Call 713-521-2239 for reservations.
Friday through Sunday
Year of the Ox(tail) at Phat Eatery
After a successful run during last month’s Oxtailpalooza celebrating the Year of the Ox, guest requests have prompted chef Alex Au-Yeung to add oxtails back to the menu at Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway. For a limited time, diners will be able to order the Curry Braised Oxtails as a weekend-only special from Friday evening through Sunday, starting April 30.
Saturday, May 1
Spring Wine Fest at Brenner’s on the BayouBrenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, is welcoming back its signature Spring Wine Fest, held on the grounds from 1 to 5 p.m. Attendees can enjoy sips of exclusive wine from award-winning vineyards alongside light bites from seven Landry’s concepts in Brenner’s beautiful scenery, plus live music and a Kentucky Derby hat contest with prizes. The event is held rain or shine and tickets are $99 plus tax.
Derby Day at JulepAfter a year of pivoting with the JulepToGo delivery model, Julep, 1919 Washington, is reopening with its annual Derby Day party on Saturday, May 1. From noon to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy drinks from four satellite bars, two main bars, mint julep carts, a spirit-free cocktail bar and the JulepToGo truck, plus special features including bbq and smoked oysters by Blood Brothers BBQ and Feges BBQ, a Topo Chico station and Spritz bar, lawn games and a live DJ set, t-shirt pop up by Vinyl Ranch and a live stream of the race. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. After the festivities, the bar will be open until 2 a.m. and the Derby Day menu will be available on both May 1 and 2.
Kentucky Derby Party at B.B. LemonGuests are invited to join B.B. Lemon, 1809 Washington, on its outdoor patio and lawn for a Kentucky Derby Party from 2 to 6 p.m. Enjoy tunes by DJ Mohawk Steve, Derby-inspired cocktails by Four Roses Bourbon and dishes to match, plus a hat contest with prizes, photo booth, live pony and more. Guests can view the race on a big screen or two outdoor TVs on the patio and two inside TVs at the bar. In addition to the food/drink specials, guests will also be able to order from the regular lunch/dinner menu. Reservations are recommended. Call 713-554-1809 or visit OpenTable.
“Big Hat” Party at Loch BarRiver Oaks District seafood tavern Loch Bar, 4444 Westheimer, will celebrate “Big Hat Weekend” with a “best hat” contest and several bourbon-inspired cocktail specials, benefitting local nonprofit Bo’s Place. Spirit features include a Maker’s Mark Flight with Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, Maker's Loch Bar Private Select and Marker's Cask Strength ($22), Loch Bar’s rendition of a Mint Julep and a Maker’s Gold Rush cocktail with an edible gold leaf (both cocktails available for $10 or you can upgrade to Loch’s Maker’s Loch Bar Private Select for an additional $5). The eatery will also offer Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders served open face ($16). Offers are available all day on Saturday.
Talk Derby To Me at The Rustic (Post Oak)The Rustic’s Post Oak location, 1121 Uptown Park, is bringing the Kentucky Derby to Houston with its Talk Derby To Me soiree. Guests are invited to come early and stay late to enjoy live music, sip mint juleps and dig into Triple Crown sliders, and dress to impress in their finest Derby attire for a chance at prizes in three Best Dressed contests, judged by local celebrities. Contestants must be at The Rustic by 4 p.m. to enter the contest.
Saturday and Sunday
Clutch City Cluckers food truck, 5550 Val Verde, is introducing a new novelty brunch menu, kicking off Saturday, May 2 and available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The new brunch menu takes popular chicken sandwiches and adds a breakfast twist. Get the Cheesy Egg, a fried egg atop a classic hot chicken sandwich with queso and sliced pickles on a brioche bun; the Cluck It Waffle, which ditches the traditional brioche bun and instead incorporates a fluffy Belgian waffle, slaw mix and sliced pickles; and the Flamin’ Waffle, made with chicken tenders, a homemade jalapeno infused maple syrup and two Belgian waffles.
All month long (April)