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Five Houston Restaurant Weeks Menus We’re Excited About

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite menus so you can spend less time searching for meals and more time actually eating them.

By Daniel Renfrow

The pork chop Milanese at Rosalie Italian Soul is on our must-try list. 

The most anticipated Houston dining event of the year is now in full swing, and we’re gearing up to eat our way through the best menus the city has to offer. 

As a refresher, Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW) is being held this year from Aug 1 through Labor Day (Sept 5), which equals 36 days of foodie deals to raise money for the Houston Food Bank. Founded in 2003 by local media personality and philanthropist Cleverley Stone, HRW has to date raised more than $17.6 million to fight hunger in Houston and, in doing so, provided more than 52.8 million meals for those who are food insecure. 

Here’s how it works: Every year, participating restaurants make donations on their HRW sales, all fixed at set prices. For example, a dinner set at $55 will come with a $6 donation, a dinner set at $39 comes with a $4 donation, and a $25 lunch or brunch comes with a $2 donation. When you add that up, it means that 6 to 18 meals are generated for the Houston Food Bank per sale. 

Since more than 300 restaurants are participating in the fundraiser this year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite menus so you can spend less time searching for meals and more time actually eating them. Here are five of our top HRW picks. 

Chivos

Dinner: $39 per person
HRW donation: $4
Houston Food Bank meals generated: 12

Chivos, the new Mexican American concept from the group behind Space Cowboy and Trash Panda Drinking Club, has a three-course dinner that we’re incredibly excited about. Priced at $39 per person, the dinner will include a $4 donation to HRW, which will generate 12 meals for the Houston Food Bank. First-course options include stone-fruit burrata, a ceviche tostada, and blistered shishito peppers. For the second course, you will have your pick of options like pork belly tacos and half a chicken in a soy glaze. For dessert, our top pick is the peach tres leches, which comes with a bourbon peach jam, peach meringue, and cashews. 

Da Gama Canteen

Lunch: $25 per person
HRW donation: $2
Houston Food Bank meals generated: 6

Da Gama Canteen, located in M-K-T in the Heights, serves some of the best Portuguese-Indian cuisine that you can find in Houston. The chic restaurant is earthy and unfussy, and so is its HRW menu, priced at $25 per person, which equals to a $2 donation to HRW and six meals for the Houston Food Bank. The menu, only available at lunch, includes two courses. Options for course one include saag paneer, a beef paratha taco, and a chicken roti wrap. For course two, your options include pastel de nata & café (a traditional Portuguese lemon custard baked in a pastry shell and served with an espresso), a blueberry cake bar (a.k.a. a polenta ricotta cake also served with an espresso), and the halwa ice cream, a dreamy blend of house-made esporão olive oil ice cream, a carrot and cashew halwa, and golden raisins. 

Flora

Dinner: $55 per person
HRW donation: $6
Houston Food Bank meals generated: 18

Contemporary Mexican restaurant Flora, situated at Buffalo Bayou Park, is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Houston. Its HRW menu is equally stunning. Flora’s three-course HRW dinner is priced at $55 per person, which equals a $6 donation to HRW and 18 meals for the Houston Food Bank. Standout first-course options include the red snapper ceviche and beef nachos. For the second course, we’re most excited about the green mole and charred octopus. And for dessert, you can’t go wrong with flan, although we’re betting that the key lime pie option is also equally thrilling. 

Lulu’s

Dinner: $55 per person
HRW donation: $6
Houston Food Bank meals generated: 18 

River Oaks Italian restaurant Lulu’s, which opened late last September, is beloved for its classic Italian fare and impeccable vibe. Fans of the restaurant, a project of Armandos owners Cinda and Armando Palacios, will find much to love on its HRW menu, which is priced at $55 per person and includes a $6 donation to HRW, which will generate 18 meals for the Houston Food Bank. We’re going to start our meal with a first course of the polpette (meatballs over soft polenta with shaved grana padano cheese) before diving into a second course of either the ravioli al uovo, which features ricotta cheese, egg yolk, and a butter sage sauce, or the surf- and manila clams-sporting spaghetti vongole. For dessert, we’re going traditional and ordering the tiramisu, although the bombolini do sound super tempting. 

Rosalie Italian Soul

Dinner: $55 per person
HRW donation: $6
Houston Food Bank meals generated: 18

Dining at chef Chris Cosentino’s Rosalie Italian Soul is akin to dining at your grandma’s house, which makes sense considering the soulful, old-school Italian restaurant is inspired and named after his great-grandmother. For its HRW menu, Rosalie is delivering all of the classics. Priced at $55 per person, the three-course dinner will generate $6 for HRW, which equals 18 meals for the Houston Food Bank. First-course options include an heirloom tomato panzanella as well as a Sicilian watermelon and squid salad (we’re super excited about this one!). Second-course options include lasagne crafted with pesto, ricotta, red sauce, and parmesan, as well as a pork chop Milanese served with a summer bean salad and crispy shallots. For the third course, have your pick of strawberry soft serve, a summer berry panzanella, and stone fruit in an uber-creamy zabaglione.

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