Best bets and top dining picks for 2022 at Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston Restaurant Weeks, the city’s largest culinary event, returns for 36 days of dining across the region from August 1 through Labor Day, September 5. The restaurant lineup, including some of Houston’s best dining venues, released today with menus serving multi-course (three or four-course) dinners and two- or three-course lunch and lunch options. Some menus are also available for navigation.

Participating restaurants include Houston favorites such as Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, Carrabba’s Original, Coltivare, Da Gama Canteen, Damian’s Cucina Italiana, Gratify, Hugo’s, La Griglia, Le Colonial, Loch Bar, MAD, Rainbow Lodge, Roma Ristorante, State Fare Kitchen & Bar , Tony, and Zucchi. Pricing: Dinner $55 (with $6 donation to the food bank), $39 ($4 donation); Lunch and Lunch $25 ($2 donation).

Produced by the Cleverley Stone Foundation—the late HRW founder Stone—the event benefits the Houston Food Bank by making donations for every meal sold. To date, Human Rights Watch has raised more than $17.6 million for the Food Bank and provided more than 52.8 million meals to food insecure people in the region.

We’ve prepared the initial menus (the site will continue to update with new restaurants pre-launch) and found these distinguishing features:

perfect yard: The Backstreet Café in River Oaks, which has one of the city’s most charming patios, serves lunch and dinner menus for HRW. The lunch menu offers appetizers such as tomato and cucumber gazpacho, fish cake with homemade potato chips, and grilled peaches salad. Main lunch options include shrimp and cheese grits, eggplant pappardelle, grilled chicken salad, salmon tacos, and nicoise salad. For the three-course dinner, starters included striped bass with couscous, skirt steak with potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and tagliatelle with grilled kale pesto. 1103 s.

Steak splendor: Pappas Bros. Restaurant shares. Famous Steakhouse, known for its flawless beef and great wine, with its downtown location. First course options include Caesar salad and turtle okra with aged sherry, followed by second course options of filet mignon, dry New York steak, or salmon with white wine sauce. For dessert: New York-style cheesecake, key lime pie, or raspberry or lemon sorbet. 1200 makini;

Art for all: Bistro Menil, the upscale restaurant located inside the art-filled Menil Collection campus shares Human Rights Watch with its lunch and dinner menus. Dinner first course options include sliced ​​crab cake, watermelon, feta salad and char-grilled octopus. Second course options are grilled shrimp skewer, crispy duck, and 12-hour braised beef short rib. Finish with lemon tart, creme brulee, or Basque cheesecake with mashed berries. 1513 W. Alabama;

Easy Big Flavor: The famous Acme Oyster House in New Orleans, now a favorite in Houston, serves a three-course lunch with first course options of seafood gumbo and fried alligator. The second course includes a choice of plate of fried shrimp, fish, roast beef po’boy and seafood etouffee; And a dessert choice of bread pudding, chocolate caramel pie, or root beer. 1201 Westheimer;

Kings of the River Oaks: Brasserie 19, River Oaks’ beloved socializing and dining restaurant, shares HRW with a dinner menu that begins with French onion soup, mashed eggs, homemade gravy, and a watercress salad with goat cheese and poached pear. 2nd course options: Toulouse and ham with cranberry bean sauce; Almandine trout with brown butter; grilled steak with pre-cooked potatoes; Provencal vegetables and cereals with green olive oil. Finish with Flourless Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, or Vanilla Creme Brulee. 1962 W. Gray;

downtown digging: Nash, the charming, modern American restaurant in a former Texaco building (check out the patio seating below barrel-vaulted aisles) serves a three-course dinner that begins with carrot-ginger soup, wild mushroom toast, and Korean bacon on bao bread, or yellowfin tuna crudo. Continue with the second course options of miso-glazed Atlantic salmon with sautéed vegetables, herb-roasted chicken with wild mushrooms and hash fries, or the short rib pappardelle. For dessert: lemon-basil cheesecake, tiramisu or banana-chocolate cake. 1111 rusk

James Beard: Kristen Ha and Tony J. Nguyen, 2022 finalists for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in Texas, will oversee the HRW menu at their modern Vietnamese restaurant Xin Chao. Dinner $39 offers eggrolls, wagyu meatballs, or green mango salad for first course; Second course options include grilled pork chops with rice, mini steak with rice, or fried rice noodles with tofu. Finish off with a coconut sundae or Ha’s famous trash apple pie. 2310 Decatur;

Gulf tendencies: Craving some bounty of the sea? Gulf Coast Kitchen in Eugene, Montrose’s family-run home for upscale Cajun-style dining on the Gulf Coast, is an HRW-selected destination. First-course options for dinner include seafood gumbo, wedge salad, and boiled shrimp, followed by main options of salmon bianca, Balinese crab, oyster kale (or kale shrimp, both seasoned with spring onion, lemon butter, and garlic), and a combo dish of catfish shrimp and oysters served with onion rings. Dessert options: White chocolate bread pudding, key lime pie and creme brulee. 1985 Welch

Houston code: Brennan’s of Houston, one of the city’s most treasured old guard restaurants, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout HRW. One of the house’s signatures, surprise turtle soup with a sprinkle of sherry is on every menu. The dinner menu is a real bargain for such a luxurious experience. Starters include a selection of okra, shrimp, watermelon salad, fried green tomatoes and duck cake. Entrée options: Roasted quail with Creole oyster sauce, wood-grilled Gulf fish, shrimp and grits, grilled pork chops, and grilled filet mignon. For dessert, offerings include creme brulee, Creole bread pudding, and the famous Banana Foster. 713-522-9711;

Go to goats: Newcomer Chivos has been wowing diners in Houston since it opened last year in The Heights. The restaurant, whose name derives from the Greatest of All Time’s platti, serves dinner that begins with a burrata with pit fruit and pistachio relish, or ceviche tostada or chili pepper with morita mayonnaise. Second course options are Pork Bello Taco with Peach Habanero Salsa, Half Chicken with Soy Sauce, and Steak with Chimichurri Butter. Finish the meal with a tres leech peach bun, summer raspberry, or cajeta tamale with marshmallows. Don’t miss out on one of the signature cocktails. 222 West 11;

Berg-undian desires: Fans of Benjamin Berg restaurants are in luck that the Houston restaurateur goes to HRW with Annie Café & Bar, BB Lemon, Trattoria Sofia, and NoPo Café. But his big, chubby bed and breakfast, always one of Human Rights Watch’s top donations, is a favorite steakhouse for lunch and dinner menus. For dinner, start with thick cut bacon, breakfast meatballs, wedge or Caesar salad, whipped ricotta or prosciutto and burrata. Dinner options include chicken leg with grilled lemon, grilled salmon with citrus brie blanc, surf and turf (filet medallion and lobster-stuffed shrimp), and vodka rigatoni. Dessert options are creme brulee, chocolate cake, or New York cheesecake. 1814 Washington;

Greg Morague writes about food in the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at [email protected] Listen to it on the BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about the barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.

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