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The Full Menu: Where to eat during Houston Restaurant Weeks 2023

Food writers preview what some local eateries are serving during Houston Restaurant Weeks in this month’s installment of The Full Menu.


The chalaco ceviche at the Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant Pacha Nikkei in west Houston.


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August is here, and, while that's bad news for Houstonians already fatigued by the opressive heat, it's great news for foodies.

That's because August is Houston Restaurant Weeks, the month-long charity dining event where local restaurants roll out special menus with special pricing. And proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank.

In this month's installment of The Full Menu, our food writers preview what some restaurants are offering on those special menus and what dishes they're most excited to try.

MORE: Houston Restaurant Weeks celebrates 20 years

In the audio above, we hear from Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder.


Felice Sloan: Felice made note of the opportunity to get a high-end meal for a little less money at Pappas Steakhouse Downtown where she recommended the Caesar salad, a steak (of course), and a slice of key lime pie.

She also recommended the burnt ends and the brisket enchiladas at Brett’s BBQ Shop in Katy.

A tray of brisket enchiladas from Brett’s BBQ Shop in Katy.

David Leftwich: David said HRW is a great opportunity to try a new restaurtant. Once such establishment he mentioned was Mimo and said their Italian-style hoagie is probably the best of its kind in Houston right now.

David also recommended the four-course HRW lunch menu at The Lymbar in midtown where you can choose from one of their empanadas, a salad, a taco or smaller lunch plate, and a dessert, such as their strawberry crumble.

An Italian-style hoagie at Mimo, which food writer David Leftwich said is probably the best of its kind in Houston right now.

Eric Sandler: Eric brought attention to Hamsa, a Mediterranean restaurant in Rice Villiage, where he recommends the lamb hummus and also the falafel, one of the best in the city, he said.

Eric also recommended the “Nine Napkin Burger” at Brett’s.

Plus, he talked about the Peruvian-Japanese fusion restuarant Pacha Nikkei in west Houston where he mentioned the ceviche, the lomo saltado (stir-fried beef tenderloin), and churros for dessert.

A plate of falafel from Houston Mediterranean restaurant Hamsa.

HRW Menus for Establishments Mentioned in this Edition:

Pappas Steakhouse (Downtown)
Brett's BBQ Shop
Pacha Nikkei
The Lymbar
Davis Street
B&B Butchers
The Annie Café

The Full Menu Panelists 2019
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(L-R) Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder, discuss the local restaurant scene on The Full Menu.
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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