Pot Luck

Today Only: Dine Out for Life

Wondering where to go for lunch or dinner today? Let me make that choice exceptionally easy for you: Dine out for life, and support AIDS research by eating at one of these restaurants.

They're all supporting Dining Out For Life, an annual charity event whereby restaurants donate 33 percent -- one-third of their profits -- from the day's sales to the HIV/AIDS research and prevention being done at AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.

Whether you want pizza (ERA) or pasta (Laurenzo's on Washington), whether you want something super-casual (Casa Ole) or dressy and upscale (either benjy's location), there's a restaurant on the list for you. Vietnamese, Jamaican, Ethiopian, Japanese or Mexican; soul food or sweets; wine or beer; nearly every type of Houston establishment is represented in the lineup of participants, so there's no excuse not to choose one of these generous restaurants and help dine out for life today.

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