Foodies can dine out starting August 1, 2017 for Houston Restaurant Weeks. The list of participating restaurants came out this past weekend. You can find over 200 places to visit. The monthly event offers a brunch, lunch, and two dinner menus. The prices range from $22 to $45 depending on the menu you select.
The list may be overwhelming for some, but I’m focusing on the brunch menu.
Below, I’m sharing my brunch picks with you for restaurants participating in the monthly event. Brunch in Houston for me consists of great food, great company, and a nice ambiance. I love brunch menus because I get a mix of breakfast and items from the lunch and possibly the dinner menu. I’m dividing my list up into two parts including the places I’ve been and enjoy the most as well as the ones I haven’t tried and plan to get to in August. You can get the brunch menu during the month of August as part of Houston Restaurant Weeks at all the restaurants listed below for $22.
Houston Brunches I enjoy the most:
If you visit Brennan’s Houston any other time for brunch you’re going to pay about $36 or more. When I visit Brennan’s Houston, it reminds me of the creole food I ate when I visited my grandmother and other family in Louisiana. The Pralines candy, which was a signature of my grandmothers, can be found when you walk in the door at Brennan’s too.
I take people who visit me from out of town to Liberty Kitchen. You can find some unique menu items here. The food remains consistent with every visit. If you visit try the deviled eggs topped with bacon jam. Liberty Kitchen offers four locations around the city of Houston now with each location slightly different from the other.
Peli Peli like Liberty Kitchen offers multiple locations around the city of Houston. They will be opening a new location in Katy on July 24, 2017. Peli Peli offers a South African Fusion menu. The menu highlights that I enjoy include the deep fried waffles and prawn cakes.
New Houston Brunch picks:
Chef Chris Williams owns and operates this southern style restaurant. His passion comes from his family history, and it’s displayed throughout his menu. He named the restaurant after his great grandmother It’s on my “to try” list because I haven’t been here for brunch only during a tasting of some selected menu items like the shrimp and grits in the picture below.
Osso & Kristalla
This family style Italian Trattoria falls under the category of a newer Houston restaurant. From my understanding, Italy considers trattorias as family owned establishments with a casual neighborhood feel to it. Houston Astros Owner Jim Crane opened this trattoria. I selected this restaurant to try because the menu looks unique and some of the items listed on the menu aren’t dishes I can get anywhere around town. I’m anticipating the cocktail with limoncello sorbet and Prosecco I saw on the menu.
I’ve visited before for happy hour, but never for a sit down meal. The restaurant sits upstairs inside of Saks Fifth Avenue. The brunch menu offers a three-course meal. Dishes I’m curious to try include the lobster bisque and short rib hash.
Houston Restaurant Weeks event benefits the Houston Food Bank. I look at this month as my way to give back and support an organization with a great mission in my community. The restaurants give back by donation $3 for every brunch and lunch menu item sold, and $7 for each dinner item sold. Last year, the event donated over $2 million to the Houston Food Bank. Brennan’s of Houston and Peli Peli came in as two of the top 10 donors in 2016. You can find a full list of all restaurants participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks here.
It’s not too late for restaurants to participate. Restaurants can apply until July 31, 2017 to participate in the 2017 Houston Restaurant Weeks event.
As always, I’d love to get your feedback on the places I recommend or any other places you visit during this month. The event ends September 4, 2017.
Until next time, love, peace and food.