Houston Restaurant Weeks is dominated by lunch and dinner menus, with sparse sprinklings of brunch on the side. Consistently, the PM hours have the widest variety of spreads, but there are some establishments on this year’s line-up who can dominate any time of day. We're talking about the Brunch-Lunch-Dinner trios—the Triple Threat Menus, if you will.
51Fifteen Restaurant and Lounge
With three different menus served throughout the day, it might be hard to leave 51Fifteen at all. Camping out and staking your favorite table might be worth it to get a taste of house-made fennel sausage at brunch, curried mussels at lunch and wasabi crusted salmon at dinner. Brunch starts at $25 and has a three-course line up. Lunch is only $20, with two whopping courses of tastiness. Dinner is more expensive, coming in at $45, but it includes an intermezzo course of lemon sorbet, so we’d be willing to spring a few extra for the sake of charity and a fourth plate of food coming my way.
51Fifteen, 5115 Westheimer Rd., 713-963-8067, 51fifteen.com
Brennan’s of Houston
Already known for their surprisingly affordable lunches, given the quality of the food, Brennan’s is dominating the field of meals with their menus this year. Their brunch can begin with turtle soup and end with bananas foster, and still offer a third course in between for $25. Their lunches are $20, and while only hosting two courses, does far from skimp on the food. Lunch options include steak Diane, cast iron seared salmon and a Texan creole quiche, just to get your mouth watering. Dinner at Brennan’s is a comfortable $35 and features quail, filet mignon and the option to finish off your day with beignets, the option of which we always approve.
Brennan's, 3300 Smith St. 713-522-9711, brennanshouston.com
Etoile Cuisine et Bar
With chef Philippe Verpiand having recently been recognized as a Master Chef of France (one of only three chefs in Texas ever to receive the prestigious honor), Etoile is offering as much delicious food as you can hope for, en français. Brunch is $25 and comes with choices like potato and leek soup, short rib hash and pot au chocolat. If you can’t get enough, then stay for the $20 lunch and get even more—as in boar bolognese and dark chocolate brownies. Dinner is a pricier option at $45, but it can include escargots, duck confit and millefeuille if you so choose. While the price might be higher for dinner, Etoile is offering a technique rarely seen outside of the fine streets of Paris, so say oui and get your eat on.
Etoile, 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd., 832-668-5808, etoilecuisine.com