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.
Have you voted? Vote.
And if you do on Election Day (next Tuesday, November 6), you can drop by The Classic All Day and get a free (that's right ... free) lunch or dinner. Just show that "I Voted!" sticker.
The Classic All Day is Benjy Levit's latest foray into neighborhood dining on Washington Avenue (the old Benjy's space). They offer delicious, local-ingredient-focused food including a brown sugar salmon that is absolute perfection this time of year (see the November issue of Houstonia magazine for more). If you vote next Tuesday, this is an obvious deal you have to take advantage of. Alcohol and gratuity are not included.
Speaking of election season, Holler Brewing Co. is hosting a program called Lagers & Legislators. State Rep. Carol Alvarado and state Rep. Sarah Davis will headline a panel discussing Texas beer laws, the upcoming legislative session, and the November elections, among other topics. It'll be a great opportunity to hear from some local leaders about some important issues. Tickets are $35 and include Holler beer and pizza—get yours at hollerbeer.com/lagers.
Texas country music, Southern grub, drinks, and the great outdoors. Sounds like a heck of a party, and that's what The Rustic aims to bring daily. It opens Thursday at 1836 Polk St., kicking off service with a four-day music celebration headlined by Texas country musician and restaurant partner Pat Green. Thursday's opening is invite-only, but the doors will swing open to the public at 10 p.m. Events continue through the weekend, including a Friday concert by Ryan Berg, a Saturday brunch with the Powell Brothers, Saturday night fun with A.J. LeGrand, and a Sunday family brunch with Nathan Quick.
The Rustic, already a hit in Dallas and San Antonio, merges music, dining, and socializing. The menu includes regional favorites like queso, empanadas, tamales, quail, tacos, and ribeye. With an outdoor stage and seating area, a solid statewide beer selection, and classic and frozen cocktails, it's sure to be a hot destination. Their hours are 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday.
Thanksgiving is less than a month away (I know!). Do you have plans? Are you cooking turkey? Do you want to eat at a restaurant for dinner? Let's talk turkey (and other meats):
- Killen's Barbecue is offering smoked turkeys ($70, 14-16 pounds), whole brisket ($95), and tamales stuffed with smoked Snake River Farms brisket ($20/dozen). Need 'em? Email [email protected] The tamales are available Thursdays-Saturdays during the holidays, first-come, first-served.
- Molina's Cantina is also doing tamales. Get a dozen pork tamales for $10.95.
- Of course, Goode Co. BBQ will sell its mesquite smoked turkey ($75) soon for the holidays. Keep your eyes peeled.
- Bistro Provence will host a French-style Thanksgiving meal on November 22. For $33 ($15 ages 12 and younger), get a three-course meal of soup/salad, fish/beef/fowl, and dessert. Yes, turkey is among the fowl, and it comes with sage and corn stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, a ginger cranberry relish and giblet gravy. The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- All six local Perry's Steakhouse and Grille spots will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22. Get a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for $49.95 that includes dishes like roast turkey breast, butternut squash soup, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, and sausage and sage cornbread stuffing. Dessert? We're talking pumpkin pie with chantilly cream. The full dinner menu will also be available. Locations will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
We still have Halloween, coming up Wednesday, and all three Crave Cupcakes locations are offering a few spooky treats through then. They include a Halloween pumpkin frosted sugar cookie, spooky confetti cupcake, and ghost frosted sugar cookie.
Meanwhile, Grimaldi's is offering a Halloween stay-at-home deal: a small salad, any one-topping 16-inch pizza, a bottle of 19 Crimes wine, and a slice of caramel apple cheesecake for $50. The deal is available Tuesday and Wednesday at all Grimaldi's locations.
Need some heat for Halloween or Dia de los Muertos? Freebirds World Burrito is offering a free bottle of its death sauce (sounds bad) when you purchase a monster burrito or larger. I'd advise not pouring the sauce on your Snickers bar.
The Memorial location of Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina (9005 Katy Freeway) has launched a weekend breakfast service. It's available 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday and carries a menu with Tex-Mex offerings like egg enchiladas, eggs over pork-green chile stew, and a gut-busting pecan waffle and eggs.
Gourmet chocolatier Cacao & Cardamom took home seven medals at the International Chocolate Americas Awards, which this year saw more than 800 entries from 16 North American countries. Annie Rupani's business garnered golds for her mango caramel, passionfruit, and oregano caramel candies, plus four silvers. To celebrate, from November 5-11, Cacao & Cardamom is gifting customers a free five-piece box featuring winning chocolates when they make a purchase of $25 or more.
Snap Kitchen is taking a step forward in reducing its carbon footprint by switching to plant-based compostable packaging. Don't worry: the new packaging is safe in the microwave and oven. Just heat up, and when finished, dispose in a composting pile or bin. It's that easy!