Dine Well, Do Good: Houston Restaurant Weeks Extended

Houston, we weathered the storm.

Harvey came through and left behind devastating aftereffects, but the shining light through the storm has been the way our Houston community came together. From the first responders who saved lives to the neighbors who made donations, acts of love and support have been a constant source of hope and inspiration.

One of the greatest charitable organizations in town is the Houston Food Bank, and in the face of the recent hurricane, their wonderful work is now even more necessary. The good news?

Houston Restaurant Weeks, a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank, has been extended through September 30.

Now, you can continue to check out our city’s glorious restaurant scene and give back in this time of need. We’ll raise a glass to that – and even offer a few recommendations!

Peli Peli – Galleria (Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner)

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This storied South African restaurant has skyrocketed to local acclaim, and no wonder: Their premises is gorgeous, food is incredible, and drinks are divine. (It also doesn’t hurt that they’re very involved in philanthropic work around the community, including a slew of relief efforts after the storm.) For HRW, Peli Peli is offering dinner, lunch, and brunch menus, all of which feature unique South African dishes. The three-course dinner menu boasts such delights as Cape Melay Kebabs and Knysna Oysters, while lunch offerings range from Bobotie to South African Kingklip & Scallops. Brunch is equally tempting with Schnitzel & Deep Fried Waffles and Filet Medallions and South African Eggs Benedict. Walk-ins are welcome, although reservations are always a great idea. Give them a call, and be sure to check out each menu on the HRW Peli Peli – Galleria page.

5085 Westheimer Rd, Ste B2515  //  (281) 257-9500  //  pelipeli.com

Xochi (Lunch and Dinner)

Photo by Julie Soefer

The latest concept from lauded Houston restaurateur Hugo Ortega, Xochi (pronounced “so-chee”) merges refined presentation with authentic Oaxacan cuisine in a luxurious downtown setting. Oaxaca is known for its mole, and you can find the versatile sauce coursing throughout Xochi’s HRW lunch and dinner menus. For lunch, don’t miss the Puerco en Mole Pasilla, a decadent, salty-sweet rib dish with peach, passionfruit, and coconut. There are no fewer than five dinner menus from which to choose, each organized around a general theme: Mole, vino Mexicano, mezcal, masa, and vegetales. It’s hard to go wrong here, but particular standouts include gulf shrimp sautéed in green mole, the dry-rubbed pork shank with roasted pineapple, and the pan-seared gulf snapper rubbed with yellow corn. Reservations are required for dinner; you’re free to walk in for lunch. Grab your table online or call (713) 400-3330 for availability.

1777 Walker St //  (713) 400-3330  //  xochihouston.com

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations (Dinner)

Photo courtesy of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

This hip California implant is big on fun, big on atmosphere, and big on flavor. From their industrial chic perch by the River Oaks District, Bosscat has been winning Houston’s heart and tastebuds. Their three-course HRW dinner menu is a clever combination of comfort food and contemporary flavors, but don’t take our word for it – see for yourself. From the Cornmeal Crusted Gulf Oysters to the Boneless Korean Style Short Rib, every option is the right one. Did we mention dessert? Choose from Bourbon Milk Cake, Louisiana Peach Cobbler, and Chocolate + PB + Bacon. Bosscat welcomes walk-ins, but you can also make reservations at (281) 501-1187 or online.

4310 Westheimer Rd.  //  (281) 501-1187  //  bosscatkitchen-houston.com

About Mary Cate Stevenson 23 Articles
Mary Cate is a writer, performer, and marketer, recently back in her native Houston after a few years in Austin and New York City. When she isn't buried behind a book, you can find her making marketing magic with the independent and local Blue Willow Bookshop, creating new ice cream recipes with her husband, and exploring Houston's unique cultural spheres.

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