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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Nosh on Late Night Nachos

Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary events:

According to chef Chris Shepherd, the best part of being a partner in a beer bar is being able to cook the food he wants to eat on his day off. The staples at Hay Merchant, 1600 Westheimer, certainly reflect that. But, never one to remain complacent, Shepherd has recently overhauled the Hay Merchant menu, featuring new items that excite him and removing those that don’t have a sense of place on his Houston-focused menu (e.g., salmon and poutine-style fries). Look out for new family-style specials, including a lasagna or smoked Hill Country sausage plate, as well as updated bar snacks and main menu items like a bowl of hot pork cracklins, Louisiana wild-caught catfish and collards, and the gorgeous-looking late-night-only platter of nachos pictured above.

Construction is well under way for the expansion of Goode’s Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby, which will nearly triple in size with the addition of a dance hall, a cocktail bar, and an outdoor patio and stage, along with a fully reimagined menu. Beginning now through the duration of construction, Armadillo Palace will offer daily Hard Hat dining and drink specials including discounted specialty cocktails and evening food and drink combos. The new space will debut this summer. Each day from opening until close, Armadillo Palace will offer refreshing $5 cocktails from the Hard Hat menu including the Moscow Mule, Ranch Water, Whiskey Smash and Cucumber Rickey.

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The annual squash blossom menu is now available at Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer. In honor of ten years of serving squash blossoms in season, the restaurant will be hosting a squash blossom wine dinner on Wednesday, June 1. The multi-course feast will feature dishes such as ash-rubbed cobia over squash blossom and corn stew with masa dumplings; and seared duck breast with yellow squash mole and a squash blossom and roasted poblano tamale. Cost is $90 per person, plus tax & gratuity.

The Landry’s, Inc. Signature Group restaurants will kick off the summer with a bang as they host their annual Houston Chef Series Dinners, featured on select Wednesday evenings beginning June 1 and running through August 13. This private and exclusive dining experience will be hosted by each restaurant concept’s award-winning executive chefs. First up is chef Jason Cole at Brenner's Steakhouse, 10911 Katy, with highlights including barbecue pacu fish ribs, lobster scampi and togarashi rubbed wagyu filet. On Wednesday, June 8, chef Ricky Cruz of Grotto, 4715 Westheimer, takes a turn. Feast on dishes such as cioppino and grilled beef tenderloin and head-on shrimp with homemade pasta and mustard cognac and saffron reduction. The tantalizing multi-course dinners cost $95 per person.

To say thank you for making its first month of business at the new West U store such a success, Kenny & Ziggy’s, 5172 Buffalo Speedway, wants to treat you to breakfast. On Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., choose among the deli’s daily specials 1-4 and the meal is on Kenny & Ziggy's. Get breakfast classics such as eggs your way, sausage and pancakes, and challah French toast. First come, first served. No reservations.

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