‘Ball on a Budget’ for Houston Restaurant Weeks

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Hey there guys and gals, there is something special cooking for you in Houston this month—great gourmet food, but at a low cost!

Thanks to Houston Restaurants Weeks 2015, even the ‘El-Cheapos’ can  hit the town  and enjoy a little fine dining.

More importantly, it is for a good cause.  More than 200 high-end restaurants are offering meals at a deal (more like a steal) from August 1 through September 7.  Foodie lovers can enjoy fine dining from restaurants in Harris, Galveston and Montgomery counties.

Some restaurants will offer a three to four-course dinner for $45 a person and will donate $7 from each meal to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 purchased meal will provide a $5 donation, and a $25 meal will count for a $4 donation. And it doesn’t end there, some restaurants will offer a two- to three-course lunch or brunch for $20 and $3 from each meal will go to charity.

The event, which was established in 2003 by radio host Cleverley Stone, has raised more than $4.3 million in the fight to end hunger.

So gentlemen, get all “gussied up,” get ready to pull out the chairs, and take your special lady out for a nice night out on the town.

And you can even keep the price a secret, most likely she won’t even look at the check!(wink).

I started participating in 2013, and have been hooked ever since.  Here are some of my favorite highlights!

Now personally, I had a BALL in 2013. My companion and I enjoyed a quiet evening for two dining on steak and the World Famous Porkchops at Perry’s Steakhouse.

@NewsWitAttitude: Went to #Perry'sSteakhouse for @HouRestaurantWk ..You see that big smile? "Food for charity" never tasted so good!
@NewsWitAttitude: Went to #Perry’sSteakhouse for @HouRestaurantWk ..You see that big smile? “Food for charity” never tasted so good!

Did I mention the massive, perfectly marinated pork chop was carved tableside and the dessert trio was to die for!

@NewsWitAttitude: With treats like these, how could you not support charity? Dessert delight at #Perry'sSteakhouse 4 @HouRestaurantWk
@NewsWitAttitude: With treats like these, how could you not support charity? Dessert delight at #Perry’sSteakhouse 4 @HouRestaurantWk

 

The following week, I arranged a Girls Night Out and joined my best gal pals at Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse for their open, festive atmosphere, fabulous food and wonderful wine selection.

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In 2014, the kids and I checked out Mr. Peeples for brunch.

@NewsWitAttitude: Sooo..who remembers the Cosby Show episode where the kids went to a fancy restaurant and hated everything? Well we're certainly NOT going to have that experience here! Brought kids to #Mr.Peeples for #HoustonRestaurantsWeeks. .. notice my mimosa already....hmmmmm
@NewsWitAttitude: Sooo..who remembers the Cosby Show episode where the kids went to a fancy restaurant and hated everything? Well we’re certainly NOT going to have that experience here! Brought kids to #Mr.Peeples for #HoustonRestaurantsWeeks. .. notice my mimosa already….hmmmmm

A few of my girlfriends and I checked out Seasons 52 for some fine food and girl talk.

With my sistah 4 life Rashi Vats Gotera...GIRLZZZ NITE...No men allowed...lol .. at 51Fifteen Restaurant and Lounge
With my sistah 4 life Rashi Vats Gotera…GIRLZZZ NITE…No men allowed…lol.. at Season 52

Some of the participants are listed below, but for a complete list, check out the Houston Restaurant Weeks 2016 official website.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OFFICIAL HRW SITE TO VIEW MENUS AND MAKE RESERVATIONS

 

Here are a few tips:
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR DINERS: Please call or visit the web site of your chosen restaurant(s) to verify days of the week for meal service times for brunch, lunch and dinner. The website has provided all phone numbers and web site URLs on each menu page for your convenience.

Check the restaurant’s menu page to see if they require reservations or will accept walk-ins. If reservations are required by your selected restaurant, please make your reservations by calling or emailing the restaurant. Some restaurants will also have reservation links you can click on.

When making your reservations, be sure to tell them that you would like the Houston Restaurant Weeks special menu. This will let the restaurant know to make a donation to the Food Bank from the proceeds of your meal.

If using OpenTable.com to make your reservation, please write ‘Request HRW Menu’ in the comments field.
Please arrive on time for your reservation. Pay your check at the end of the meal, just like any other dining experience. The restaurant will make a donation to the Houston Food Bank based upon the price of your meal

Bon Appetite!

Meet This Year’s Restaurants

429 American Grille
51Fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails
Agave Rio Restaurant & Patio Oasis
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Mason Park
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Vintage Park
Alexander The Great
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar
Americas – River Oaks
Americas – The Woodlands
Amerigo’s Grille
Andes Cafe
Añejo
Antica Osteria
Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano
Armandos
Artisans Cuisine & Savoir-Faire
Aura Brasserie
B & B Butchers
Backstreet Cafe
Batanga
Bayou City Seafood & Pasta
benjy’s – In the Village
benjy’s – Upper Washington
Bernadine’s
Bistecca Italian Steakhouse
Bistro Le Cep
Bistro Menil
Black & White
Blue by Massa’s
Brasserie 1895
Brasserie 19
BRC Gastropub
Brennan’s of Houston
Brenner’s on the Bayou
Brenner’s Steakhouse
Cafe Annie
Cafe Brussels
Calabash Island Eats
Canopy
Caracol
Carmelo’s Ristorante
Cavatore Italian Restaurant
Charivari Restaurant
Christie’s Seafood and Steaks
Churrascos – Champions
Churrascos – Memorial City
Churrascos – River Oaks
Churrascos – Sugar Land
Churrascos – Westchase
Ciao Bello
Cinq at La Colombe d’Or
Corner Table
CRISP Wine-Beer-Eatery – The Heights
CRISP Wine-Beer-Eatery – The Woodlands
CRU – The Woodlands
CRU – West Ave
Current – The Westin at The Woodlands
Cyclone Anaya’s – Memorial
Cyclone Anaya’s – Rice Village
Cyclone Anaya’s – The Heights
Cyclone Anaya’s – The Woodlands
D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe
Damian’s Cucina Italiana
Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen
Dario’s American Cuisine
Davis Street at Hermann Park
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Del Frisco’s Grille – Houston
Del Frisco’s Grille – The Woodlands
District 7 Grill – EaDo
District 7 Grill – Midtown
Dolce Ultra Lounge & Bistro
Down House
Downtown Aquarium
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – City Centre
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – West Ave
El Meson Restaurant
El Tiempo – Annex/Westheimer
El Tiempo – Gessner
El Tiempo – Katy
El Tiempo – Montrose
El Tiempo – Navigation
El Tiempo – Richmond
El Tiempo – Vintage Park
El Tiempo – Washington
Enoteca Rossa
Étoile Cuisine et Bar
Federal Grill
Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – River Oaks
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – The Woodlands
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – Town and Country
Foreign Correspondents
Foundation Room at House of Blues
Frank’s Americana Revival
Fuad’s Restaurant
Fung’s Kitchen
Genesis Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Georges Bistro
Ginger & Fork Restaurant
Glass Wall Restaurant
Goode Company Seafood – Katy Freeway
Goode Company Seafood – Westpark Dr.
Grace’s
Grazia Italian Kitchen – Clear Lake
Grazia Italian Kitchen – Pearland
Grotto – Houston
Grotto – The Woodlands
Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace
Havana Houston
Hearsay Gastro Lounge
Hearsay on the Green
Henke & Pillot, featuring pop-up Chef Cuc
Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Hubbell & Hudson Bistro
Hugo’s
Hungry’s – Memorial
Hunky Dory
Ibiza Food & Wine Bar
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
Indika
Jaxton’s Bistro
Joyce’s Seafood and Steaks
Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse
Kona Grill – Baybrook Mall
Kona Grill – Galleria
Kona Grill – The Woodlands
La Griglia
La Table
Latin Bites
Laurenzo’s Restaurant
Le Bistro at Culinary Institute LeNôtre
Le Mistral Restaurant
Liberty Kitchen – Garden Oaks
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
Little Liberty – Rice Village
Local Pour – Houston
Local Pour – The Woodlands
Lucille’s
Lynn’s Steakhouse
Maggiano’s – Baybrook
Maggiano’s – Galleria
Main Course Cooking School
Mala Sichuan Bistro – Montrose
Mascalzone – Shepherd
Mascalzone – Westheimer
Masraff’s
Massa’s South Coast Grill
Max’s Wine Dive Houston – Fairview St.
Max’s Wine Dive Houston – Washington Ave.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – Downtown
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – Town and Country
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – Uptown Park
Merlion on 4th
Mezzanotte Ristorante
Midtown Barbecue
MKT Bar
Mockingbird Bistro
Monarch Bistro
Morton’s Grille – The Woodlands
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Downtown
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Galleria
Nick’s Fish Dive and Oyster Bar
NOE Grill at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
Nonno Tony’s World Kitchen
Nundini Chef’s Table
Olivette and The Manor House at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Ouisie’s Table
Pappas Meat Co.
Pasta e Pesto
Pax Americana
Peli Peli – Galleria
Peli Peli – Vintage Park
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Champions
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Clear Lake
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Katy
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Memorial City
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Sugar Land
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – The Woodlands
Peska Seafood Culture
Pho & Crab – Westheimer
Post Oak Grill – Uptown
Prego
Punk’s Simple Southern Food
Quattro
Radio Milano
Raffa’s Waterfront Grill
Ragin’ Cajun – Sugar Land
Ragin’ Cajun Oyster Bar – “The Original”
Ragu & Pesto
Rainbow Lodge
Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro & Wine Bar
Ray’s Grill
Restless Palate
Revolve Kitchen and Bar
Ritual
Robard’s Steakhouse
Roost Restaurant
Ruggles Black
Ruggles Green – CityCentre
Ruggles Green – River Oaks
Ruggles Green – Sugar Land
Ruggles Green – The Heights
Ruggles Green – The Woodlands
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Sal y Pimienta Kitchen
Sambuca Restaurant
Sam’s Boat – Richmond Ave.
Sam’s Boat – Seabrook
Seasons 52 – CityCentre
Seasons 52 – Westheimer
Shade
Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks
Skinny Rita’s Cantina
Skinny Rita’s Grille
Smith & Wollensky
Songkran Thai Grill – Sugar Land
Songkran Thai Kitchen – Uptown
Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant – The Heights
Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant – Upper Kirby
Sorrento Ristorante
Spindletop at Hyatt Regency Houston
Springbok
State Fare Kitchen & Bar
Steamboat House Restaurant
Sud Italia
Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Sushi King
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen – Eldridge
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen – Woodway
Table 7 Bistro
Tango Malbec Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Taverna Pizzeria Risottoria
Texas Mesquite Grill – Cypress
Texas Mesquite Grill – Katy
The Barking Pig
The Capital Grille – CityCentre
The Capital Grille – Galleria
The Devine Affair Restaurant & Wine Bar
The District
The Grove
The Lexington Grille
The Melting Pot
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Rouxpour – Baybrook
The Rouxpour – Sugar Land
The Tasting Room – CityCentre
The Tasting Room – Kings Harbor
The Tasting Room – Uptown Park
The Union Kitchen – Bellaire
The Union Kitchen – Kingwood
The Union Kitchen – Memorial
Tokyohana Grill & Sushi Bar
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
Tony’s
Toulouse
Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse – Clear Lake
Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse – Southwest Houston
True Food Kitchen
Turquoise Grill & Bar in Sugar Land Town Square
Urban American Kitchen
Vallone’s
Veritas Steak and Seafood
Vic and Anthony’s
Vincent’s Italian Restaurant
Weights + Measures
White Oak Kitchen + Drinks
Willie G’s
Yia Yia Mary’s

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