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Where to Dine on Christmas Eve

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‘Twas the night before Christmas…

There’s something inherently magical about Christmas Eve. Is it the anticipation of the morrow? The excitement of seeing family, friends, and, of course, whatever’s in those packages under the tree? Or is it the meal, that twilight dinner for which everyone comes together to enjoy delicious food and a relaxing, indulgent night?

Houston is one of the best places in the country to be dining any time, but this Christmas Eve, the possibilities are endless. Discover your options, and make your reservations—the season is upon us.

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The Rich Flavors of South African Cuisine

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Close your eyes for a moment and picture South African cuisine. What do you see?

For most, the exercise is more difficult than it seems. People think of many things when they think of South Africa—Mandela, rugby, diamonds, penguins—but the food remains shrouded in mystery, victim to more recognizable world cuisines.

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The Year of Hugo Ortega

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There’s a secret sauce bubbling in the Houston restaurant world, a differentiator which sets it apart from the glitzy kitchens of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

The hidden ingredient?

“I think, without any doubt, it’s the diversity,” says chef Hugo Ortega, the 2017 James Beard Award-winning chef who rules the city’s enviable culinary scene.

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Fall Has Arrived at benjy’s in the Village

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You may have heard that Houston doesn’t really do seasons. Not like most other places, at least. What else explains a run of upper-80s-to-lower-90s heat in the first week of November? But lovers of all things autumn needn’t worry—cooler weather is on the way, and if you can’t wait until it arrives, you can already sample the flavors of the season at a charming neighborhood eatery that quietly serves some of the freshest food in town.

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Where to Dine Before the World Series

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You’ve got your tickets. You’ve got your ‘Stros swag. All you need now is a perfect place to dine before the big game tomorrow. From upscale to casual, we’ve gathered a range of notable downtown favorites you’re sure to enjoy.

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Chama Gaúcha Ushers In Fall With October Wine Dinners

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Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, an acclaimed uptown eatery on Westheimer Road, is throwing open the doors to its swank private dining room for a pair of exclusive wine dinners this month.

Each five-course dinner will showcase popular dishes from the restaurant’s recently-launched lunch and dinner à la Carte menu, and both come in at a reasonable $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

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Caracol’s Hurricane Harvey Benefit Wine Dinner

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Houston is a city of caring neighbors, a heartwarming truth that has been proven time and again these past weeks. To celebrate that spirit of togetherness, chef Hugo Ortega’s Mexican coastal kitchen, Caracol, is hosting a special supper this Sunday, September 24 at 5pm, that will raise money to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Keep Reading

Restaurant Weeks Pick: Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse

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Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse strikes the perfect balance between food, service, atmosphere, and price. This is especially apparent during Houston Restaurant Weeks, which was recently extended through the end of September to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank after Hurricane Harvey. The Chama Gaúcha team has created excellent fixed-price lunch and dinner menus to mark the occasion.

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