Thanksgiving leftovers in po'boy form at Danton's, coming Friday.

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It's Monday. Let’s start the week by cleaning out the inbox and scouring the Houston food and drink scene. Here is your weekly news update.

HELPFUL REMINDER: Thanksgiving is three days away. If you haven't yet, make your plans.

On Black Friday, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks is serving Thanksgiving leftovers. Dishes include a Thanksgiving turkey po'boy (a take on the day-after sandwich), yams, mashed potatoes, pasta salad, turkey enchiladas, and an $8 bloody Danton.

On Tuesday, go to The Burger Joint, spend $10 minimum, and say (at the counter) "Happy birthday!" That'll get you a free milkshake, because November 20 is the restaurant's third birthday. Who doesn't want a pre-Thanksgiving milk and sugar punch?

Houston-based Fajita Pete's has announced 10 new locations through a couple franchise agreements. Recent and future openings include a new spot in Katy (this week), one at 2600 Travis St. in Houston (January), and one planned for Cypress.

The Post Oak Hotel's Bloom & Bee is the 10th Houston restaurant to receive a AAA Four-Diamond Award, meaning it offers a "culinary experience to savor and enjoy." With this award, Bloom & Bee joins BCN Taste & Tradition, Brennan's, Da Marco, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, The Pass, The Remington, Tony's, and Uchi. The city does not have a five-diamond restaurant.  

Speaking of honors: Two Houston restaurants scored spots on Eater's America's 38 Essential Restaurants list. They are (drum roll please) ... Himalaya and Xochi. The New Orleans location of Brennan's also made the list. Congrats to Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya and Hugo Ortega of Xochi for the honors.

Also, Nancy's Hustle was named one of Thrillist's top 13 new restaurants in America in 2018. Kudos!

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Nancy's Hustle

$$ American/New American 2704 Polk Street

Xochi

$$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 1777 Walker St.

This elegant eatery on the ground floor of the Downtown Marriott Marquis isn't your average hotel restaurant. It's Houston's first upscale Oaxacan restaurant...

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Himalaya

$ Indian, Pakistani 6652 Southwest Fwy.

Kaiser Lashkari might be the most famous restaurateur in Little India—for his garrulous personality, his signature office desk in the middle of the restauran...

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Uchi

$$$$ Japanese 904 Westheimer Rd.

The original Uchi in Austin earned chef Tyson Cole a James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest. The Houston location of this Japanese gem resides in the stil...

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Tony’s

$$$$ Italian 3755 Richmond Ave.

Chef de cuisine Austin Waiter’s creative tasting menu, which changes often, wows with the type of dishes that should make the Michelin Guide take notice: a...

The Remington

$$$ American/New American 1919 Briar Oaks Ln.

You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to sidle up to the in-house bar at the St. Regis, where deep leather armchairs await discussions of corporate strat...

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The Pass

$$$$ American/New American 807 Taft St.

The Pass is the high-end, contemporary dining room where chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner demonstrate what can be done with delicate ingredien...

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

$$$$ Steak Multiple Locations

If there’s a Platonic ideal of a Houston steakhouse, Pappas Bros. may be it. At both locations, its dark, wood-paneled interior swarming with crisply dressed...

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Da Marco

$$ Italian 1520 Westheimer Rd.

The Italian food in Texas and Louisiana has long taken its cues from old-fashioned Sicilian. Chef Marco Wiles bucked tradition when he opened Da Marco, a coz...

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Brennan’s of Houston

$$$$ Cajun, Creole, Seafood, Southern 3300 Smith St.

Housed in the old Junior League of Houston building on the edge of Midtown where it meets Montrose, this stalwart seafood palace was also the site of Aurora ...

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BCN Taste & Tradition

$$$$ Latin, Spanish 4210 Roseland St.

Anyone lucky enough to have spent time on Spain’s Mediterranean coast will immediately recognize the energy inside BCN’s renovated Montrose bungalow. It’s no...

Fajita Pete's

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex Multiple Locations

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The Burger Joint

$$ American/New American, Hamburgers 2703 Montrose Blvd.

Though Matt Pak’s food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar-spot is all deck, powerful fans and umbrellas help keep things chill in warmer temps. In addition to scr...

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

$$ Cajun, Seafood 4611 Montrose Blvd.