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Houston Restaurant Weeks 2017

BRUNCH TIME

 

Restaurant Week Houston 2017 was impressive.  Eating at some of Houston top restaurants at only a fraction of the usual cost is unbeatable. In addition, a part of your check gets donated to local Houston food banks. It can’t get more Houston strong than that.

Of course some of my culinary besties joined me on my outings.

D, Rubi and Henry

 

First Stop was Brennan’s of Houston.

 

Shrimps & Grits by Brennan’s of Houston

 

Gumbo by Brennan’s of Houston

 

Ms. D, culinary student at The Art Institute of Houston. Follow her on Instagram for more on her awesome cakes @chefhudson2018

 

Rubi, also a culinary student at The Art Institute of Houston

 

Brennan’s of Houston Review:

Now you know New Orleans is like a second home to me so I know my cajun and creole food very well.  Brennan’s is high end, they have a dress code, and the place is just stunning; it’s that kind of place. Pricey but during HRW we all had a three course brunch for only $22. I was worried that we would be treated poorly when asked for the HRW menu but I was wrong. The service was top notch and the food was perfect.   It’s as New Orleans as it can get. My grits were cooked to perfection and their gumbo was filled with seafood. If you are looking for a perfect date night or brunch date. Brennan’s will not disappoint. Ps: Get their banana foster for dessert and thank me later.

 

 

LUNCH TIME

 

For lunch I gave Ritual at The Heights a try. For this HRW outing the beautiful Jen from What I Heart Most joined me. She is also one of my Livin’ Latina Live cohosts; and no we did not plan the matching looks haha.

 

Sourdough Hush Puppies with Jalapeńo Jelly by Ritual.

 

The Ritual Burger and an Egg and Cheese Burger by Ritual.

 

Seasonal Bread Pudding by Ritual

 

Ritual Review:

Ha ha, so I didn’t realize that Ritual specializes in meats. I don’t eat meat therefore this freaked me out a little especially since they did not offer a meatless dish in their HRW menu. As I explained to the young waitress my dilemma she quickly offered me options. The chef made me an egg and cheese burger that was just perfect. They gained major points for accommodating me because I know they didn’t have to(I would have come back even if they didn’t cater to my diet just for their appetizers though).  A beautiful restaurant that takes care of their costumers, gets the highest praise from me. If you love meats, they are a must. If you are looking for real culinary, they are a must and if you love local agriculture feel they are 100% a must. Ps: Go wash your hands, most unique restrooms ever.

 

DINNER TIME

 

The last spot I visited before the unfortunate hit our beautiful Houston endured at the hands of Hurricane Harvey.

You may recognize Edgar, he is Lidia’s and my hairdresser/bestie. His work is just beautiful. Go visit him at SOS Salon <3

 

Peska , serves a variety of beautiful seafood with vibrant Latin American taste. My friends D and Edgar joined me.

 


Peska Review(couldn’t find their website):

I am going to be honest the most impressive thing on the menu for me was their drink selection. The portions were very small for the price even during HRW. Although the food tasted phenomenal, I was left wanting more and I know that can be a good thing sometimes. However, when it comes to food the goal is to ensure the customer is satisfied enough to want to come back for more. I was unsatisfied. Now there is a chance that the portions on their everyday menu may be more satisfying than their HRW portions but I probably will not find out since I do not think I will be going back any time soon.

OVERALL

It was exquisite to drive to these beautiful restaurants and taste what their chefs prepared for this month long event. Houston is truly giving New York, New Orleans and San Francisco a run for their culinary money. I urge you to get out and explore H-Town’s culinary scene and I HIGHLY recommend you partake in Houston Restaurant Week 2018. Taste your backyard guys, taste Houston. #Houstonstrong