There are only 2 weeks left to celebrate Houston Restaurant Weeks. Should you still need a little guidance on where to eat in Houston, check out my Top Houston Restaurant Weeks Picks! Have you visited a restaurant that should be on this list? Leave me a comment and I will check them out!
51FIFTEEN CUISINE & COCKTAILS
Houston Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday, and in the spirit of giving back my 👭 mother and I dined at 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails for lunch. Their Poblano Bisque was divine! . 📚 Read all about why you should add 51fifteen to your #hrw2017 lunch list on the 💻 blog. Link 🔗 in bio. . . . . . 🔖 #gristleandgossip #51fifteen #Houston #galleria #Saks #foodblogger #foodbank #charity #Giveback #poblano #bisque #influencer #soup #soupoftheday #myfab5 #bestfoodhouston #feedsfeed #hypefeast #huffposttaste #livelife #millennialblogger
I have a full list of participating restaurants to try this month, and I am happy to have started with something on the “lighter” side. 51fifteen offers a 3-course menu for lunch.
I highly suggest the Poblano Bisque. It had a very nice flavor, with a bit of heat. Quite frankly I wasn’t expecting a spicy soup because poblano peppers are a more “mild” pepper, but it was delicious! My mom ordered the Roasted Chicken and Brie Club. Though she did not share any of it with me, and took her leftovers home, she look satisfied. I also ordered the Baby Kale & Brussel Sprout Chicken Salad. It was massive! Finally, it was time for dessert. We closed with 51fifteen Cheesecake & Seasonal berries, and the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Go with the cheesecake!
DOWNTOWN DINING AT XOCHI
I know you’ve heard the 🐝 buzz about @xochihou — Houston’s newest concept by @beardfoundation recipient, Chef Jose Ortega. If you haven’t, then maybe the phrase “Texas Shaped Pool” will help jog your 💭 memory. Head over to 💻#Theblog where I 📣 rave about all the delicious #HRW2017 details. Including their Tlayda De Pollo… it’s the best thing ever!! #Jbfsummer #xochi #Downtown
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Downtown Dining at Xochi consists of a three “muy delicioso” courses. Xochi’s “Plato Fuerte” section of the menu provides seven tempting entrees. I decided upon the Tlayuda De Pollo. The Tlayda is a large, thin Oaxacan tortilla topped with shredded wood roasted chicken, mole negro, quesillo and Oaxacan black beans. THE best damn Oaxacan flatbread pizza EVER! End your Downtown Houston Restaurant Weeks Dining experience with the Nieves Mexicanas. A beautiful spread of Paletas, cake bits and chocolate coated ants. So good!
DINNER AT BRASSERIE DU PARC
It’s the second week of Houston Restaurant Weeks where have you eaten? If you’re looking to dine in downtown Houston check out my latest #Blogpost on @brasserieduparchouston. Their tasty French menu is sure to satisfy. Link in Bio. . . 📷 TARTARE DE BOEUF 📷 beef tartare, capers, cornichon, herbs, harissa oil and toasted crostini. . . . . . 🔖 #GristleandGossip #HRW2017 #downtownhouston #instafoodie #houstonblogger #French #instaphoto #photooftheday #taste #hfbcweeklyeats #travelblogger #blavityfoodie #BBU #blackfoodblogger #foodielife #foody #foodblogger #foodstagram #foodgawker #foodporn #foodiesofinstagram #foodaddict #foodbeast #foodography
Dinner at Brasserie Du Parc is locked & loaded with all of the French favorites. It provides a lot of options per course, which is another reason I love Houston Restaurant Weeks. The first course offers FIVE options… FIVE! You can’t beat that, especially for $35 bucks! Though, I would legit eat everything on this menu, I highly suggest the Tatare de Boeuf. A delicious (yet slightly salty) beef tartare made with capers, cornichon, herbs and harissa oil served with two toasted crostinis. The Rissoto Aux Fruites De Marand the Du Parc Tarte Au Citron for dessert. The combination of brittany shortbread, lemon curd, raspberry sorbet and meringue had me like “whoa.” I couldn’t resist sharing it on my instagram!
THE UNION KITCHEN – BELLAIRE
I’m in the Houston Restaurant Weeks spirit. Today I visited @theunionkitchen and boy was it 💣bomb. Their entire 📝 lunch menu is off the 🔗 chain. From this 🐟 Tuna Tartare to the coconut 🍍 Pineapple cake. Another great note is that at TUK all 🍹 cocktail and 🍷 wine purchase proceeds are donated to @casahopehouston. All the #foodporn is on my #instastory. . #theunionkitchen #hrw2017 . . . 🔖 #GristleandGossip #hypefeast #instafoodie #houstonblogger #hypebeast #instaphoto #photooftheday #taste #hfbcweeklyeats #travelblogger #blavityfoodie #blackfoodblogger #foodielife #foodiepics #foody #foodblogger #foodstagram #foodgawker #foodporn #foodiesofinstagram #foodaddict #foodbeast #foodforthesoul #foodography #foodiegram #nationalwatermelonday
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The Union Kitchen – Bellaire menu offers quite the variety. It consists of 3-courses, with 3 options in each course. I enjoyed every bite of food that touched my tongue. I highly suggest the Tuna Tartare as a light and fresh starter. The fresh sashimi tuna and avocado grilled pineapple salsa were scrumptious. I highly recommend the “Dirty Bird” Sandwich. A 5 oz. buttermilk fried chicken tossed in garlic honey hot sauce, served with applewood bacon (of which I quickly removed– after the photo), jalapeño pickle slaw, beefsteak tomato, and chipotle ranch. TUK’s dessert options were too good to just choose one, but I had too. While the Peanut Butter Pie was calling my name, I settled on Caramelized Pineapple Cake.
DINING IN WEST HOUSTON
Earlier this week I visited Mascalzone for a private 🍷 wine tasting and dinner. Their @hourestaurantwk menu is cool, but their 🍰 desserts make it cooler. Hit 💻 #theblog for all my #HRW2017 recommendations. . 📍 @mascalzone_houston . 📷 GELATO ALLO ZABAIONE TIRAMISÚ . . . 🔖 #GristleandGossip #Houston #tiramisu #dessert #Foodie #bestfoodhouston #myfab5 #tbt #throwbackthursday #mascalzone #eat
Mascalzone is known for serving authentic Italian food, deserts and wines. During my most recent visit I enjoyed a private lambrusco tasting as well as some items from the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. I suggest you start with their their Fritto Misto. The Capelli D’Angelo Mare E Monti was interesting. Angel hair pasta with wild mushrooms, jumbo lump crab meat, and kale in a lightly spicy olive oil sauce. For dessert, we shared all three of the options. I enjoyed the Gelato Allo Zabaione Tiramisu. The presentation was super cute.
In closing, there are tons of amazing choices on the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu… there’s just not a ton of time. Get out there and support the Houston Food Bank. Each meal you purchase creates a number of meals. Though, I have only visited five restaurants, I’ve created 63 meals. Totally, something to be proud of.