Tuesday, August 18, 2015

​Houston​ ​Restaurant Weeks​ ​Season

Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town.

Why I Love Houston...Houston Restaurant Weeks Season.

Nothing represents a people and their culture like food. Houston’s cuisine – like the city itself – is diverse, innovative, and accessible. As much as I love to travel, there is truly no place like home for this fifth-generation Houstonian – and food plays no small part in that romance for me and the millions of others who are proud to call Houston home. There’s always a new​ ​place ​to try​ and Houston Restaurant Weeks is the perfect opportunity for plotting​ culinary adventures​ ​while benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Here are some of my favorite picks from this year's list of participating restaurants.

For refined casual cuisine with a Southern flair, I love the flavors and ambiance of rooftop dining at Harold’s Restaurant on 19th Street – housed in the hallowed remains of the landmark upscale department store by the same name. Take advantage of Metro's free bus service through August 22 and catch a ride to your dining destination. The White Oak route in my neighborhood makes a stop near Revival Market where you can also pick up locally made condiments like pickles and jams. Brennan’s famous New Orleans-style dining decadence and Damian’s Cucina Italiana are Midtown musts. In Montrose, ​​sophisticated, ​Mexican cuisine is on the menu at Hugo’s. After a full day of gallery-hopping in the Museum District, make a reservation for a table at the Monarch Bistro ​in swanky Hotel ZaZa (formerly the historic Warwick Hotel) or 
Lucille’s, ​named after the first black female business owner in Texas whose recipes are dished up proudly by her descendants for ​all the Southern comfort​ food​ one art-loving soul could desire. On the weekends, be sure to catch the live Blues brunch, oysters, and fresh fish Texas-style at Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood. Houston Restaurant Weeks runs through September 7, 2015, so be sure to start making those reservations to dine out for a worthy cause.

Bon appetit!


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