It is hot – not grab a fan hot, but egg frying on the sidewalk hot. It’s definitely too hot to cook and here in Texas we have another month or more of 100 degree days stretching ahead of us.
Fortunately, the local restaurants have come to the rescue in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio by hosting their restaurant weeks in August. During the week(s), participating restaurants offer a two to three course prix fixe menu and donate part of the proceeds to a worthy non-profit. It is a fantastic way to explore restaurants that are normally out of your budget or have been on your “to try” list for a while.
The stars have aligned so that I’ll be in Dallas and Houston to participate in their respective restaurant weeks. Now, I just have to find an excuse to get down to San Antonio, as I’d hate to miss a special menu at Restaurant Gwendolyn, where I ate one of my best meals last year. I still think about the strawberry sorbet; it was like biting into a fresh, ripe berry straight from the field.
I’ve enjoyed lovely meals at Haven in Houston and had so much fun dining at Grace, Lonesome Dove and Private Social in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Each chef has their own innovative way to incorporate local, seasonal ingredients and their Restaurant Week menus are inviting.
Crawfish gnocchi from haven
I’m going to focus my meals on visiting restaurants on my ever growing “to try” list. I’ve been itching to go to Feast and Branch Water Tavern in Houston and I’m hoping to make it to CampO Modern Country Bistro and Rathbun’s in Dallas.
Following is a quick round up of details for each city’s restaurant week festivities, which non-profit they benefit and the restaurants that I know of that source locally. If you have your heart set on a particular menu, definitely make reservations well in advance. The hot spots book up fast.
Where will you be feasting during Restaurant Week?
Houston Restaurant Weeks, August 1st through 31st with proceeds benefitting the Houston Food Bank. Lunch and brunch are 2 courses for $20, dinner is 3 courses for $35.
Benjy’s (Village & Upper Washington)
Branch Water Tavern
Sorrel Urban Bistro
Dallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant Week kicks off on August 13th. The main event runs through August 19th, but some restaurants have chosen to extend to a 2nd (through August 26th) and even 3rd (through September 2nd) week. Seven dollars from each meal will be donated to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth.
CampO Modern Country Bistro – through September 2nd
Grace – through September 2nd
Lonesome Dove – through August 19th
Private Social – through August 19th
Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen – through August 19th
San Antonio’s restaurant week is sponsored through Culinaria, a non-profit that showcases wine and culinary events throughout the year to benefit culinary arts students and food related aid organizations. Restaurant week is 8/18-8/25 and features three course prix fixe menus for $15 at lunch and $35 at dinner.
Tre Trattoria (Downtown & Alamo Heights)