If you’re bored of servery food already, you’ve come to the right place. Following up our previous article on Houston Restaurant Week suggestions, we have a few more recommendations for you — try them out before the deals end. Houston Restaurant Week ends on Sept. 3, so that gives you just under a week to eat your heart out and save some serious cash at these high-end restaurants.
To recap on the concept of Houston Restaurant Week, each restaurant has a set menu with a set price — $20 for brunch, $20 for lunch, and $35 or $45 for dinner. I was able to check out the following restaurants, and whether you have an anniversary coming up or just want to treat yo’ self, Houston’s got you covered. Make sure to reserve at least a day ahead (or as early as possible) just in case, and expect that these places are going to be packed.
Xochi, Caracol & Hugo’s
These three powerhouses of contemporary Mexican cuisine in Houston usually run at around $30 for a main only, so while the $45 price tag seems steep, it’s actually incredibly reasonable. With three full courses (starter, main and dessert), you’d be paying upward of $60 a person without the restaurant week deal. I’ve dined at both Xochi and Caracol, and both were excellent dining experiences. The food was delicious, well-balanced and creative — and definitely easy on the eyes.
A Houston staple that’s been around for 50 years, Tony’s has been serving Italian fine dining to the best and bougiest of America — numerous presidents, foreign diplomats, even Frank Sinatra. For $45 a person, it truly is an experience not to be missed. With the cheapest main course at $35 for its regular dinner menu, this three-course menu is definitely a steal. Further props for having extra variation in its set restaurant week menu, with not three or four but eight options to choose from in its first and second courses.
Brennan’s of Houston
For those with a penchant for Southern cuisine, Brennan’s serves up an elegant and warm menu for HRW. According to their website, Brennan’s has an “overwhelming passion for food and hospitality,” serving up Creole classics like snapping turtle soup and beignets with a refined twist. Since their website does not offer pricing for individual items, I was unable to make calculations for savings — but I think we can all assume that no listed prices means the actual prices are high enough to make this $45 three-course dinner a definite bang for your buck.
Fig & Olive
The only newcomer to Houston on the list, Fig & Olive is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant with several locations around the U.S. Joining the spate of newcomers in the Galleria (hey, Nobu), the menu includes items like heirloom tomato gazpacho (full disclosure, this soup is supposed to be cold, don’t be surprised when you order it) and Moroccan free-range chicken. At $35 per person for dinner, when an entree alone would usually set you back at least $26, this is our final recommendation to check out.