No trip to Houston is complete without a stop in Rice Village, an eclectic dining and shopping district with roots in the late 1930s. Today, more than 300 shops and boutiques dot the 16-block neighborhood, with a host of dining options to match.
Benjy’s in the Village, a stalwart of that storied scene, first opened its doors 22 years ago with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. While the rest of the culinary world has since caught up, benjy’s legacy of oustide-of-the-box dining lives on.
Look no further than their happy hour menu—one of the best in the city for both its variety and its ability to satisfy a healthy appetite. Diners can opt for a classic $9 burger and beer combo or mix and match among a variety of tempting small plates and libations.
A trio of small pizzas serve as tasty comfort food, while refreshing, citrusy flavors bring the Salmon Poke and Ceviche to life. Smaller standouts include the Roasted Cauliflower, served with herbed tahini, and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with peanuts and a tangy soy vinaigrette.
Meanwhile, a small selection of local, craft brews are available for just $3 each and a glass of wine will set you back just $5. Craft cocktails check in at a reasonable $6 and include a seasonal Fall Sangria with brandy and lychee and a blood orange margarita—a nice twist on the state’s favorite drink.
Best yet, happy hour at benjy’s isn’t just an after-work affair: The menu is available Monday through Saturday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Head straight to the bar, or venture upstairs to enjoy the atmospheric lounge and patio areas. It’s a local tradition you’ll be glad you know.
2424 Dunstan Rd. | (713) 522-7602 | benjys.com
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