The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo swings into full gear tonight with a rollicking performance from country superstar Garth Brooks. For the next three weeks, Houston is Rodeo City, home to the largest livestock show and the richest regular-season rodeo in the world. Close to three million visitors will stream through the rodeo gates before all is said and done. Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen, never ones to miss a big event, is marking the occasion with a mouthwatering Rodeo Special.
Fig & Olive, the acclaimed concept beloved across New York, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Chicago, and Washington D.C., is making its Texas debut in the Houston Galleria. This March, discover the concept’s authentic French, Spanish, and Italian flavors, expertly woven into seasonal dishes and signature premium olive oils.
It’s February, which means it’s time to start planning your most romantic Valentine’s Day yet. Spoil the special someone in your life with an unforgettable meal, courtesy of some of the best restaurants in Houston. Below are a few of the top dinners in town.
Hungry’s Cafe has long been a Houston favorite, and no wonder—their healthy, delicious entrees and refined atmosphere are a winning combination. Since the mid-1970s, their health-conscious international cuisine has attracted discerning diners and vegetarians alike.
Now, Hungry’s has taken another exciting step: The debut of a brand new Vegan Features menu. The daily offerings, which are available at both Hungry’s locations, have deepened their commitment to a healthy lifestyle and delighted customers.
James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd will celebrate the first anniversary of his One Fifth concept with a lavish four-course dinner menu on Monday, January 29. The popular Montrose restaurant comes with a unique twist: Every year for five years, Shepherd will debut a new concept in the same space. Year one was dedicated to steak; the latest iteration is One Fifth Romance Languages. Next Monday’s special anniversary menu will feature favorites from both years, including the return of Shepherd’s four-person, four-foot-long ‘Baller Board’ platter, packed with a surplus of mouthwatering dishes.
Chef Felipe Riccio is no stranger to the Houston restaurant scene. His résumé is dotted with some of Houston’s most beloved eateries, including four years spent at REEF under the tutelage of Bryan Caswell and successful stints as a member of the opening team at both The Pass & Provisions and Camerata. He became a certified sommelier while working in Houston, and was named one of Eater’s Young Guns in 2014. But two years ago, Riccio left Houston for a culinary trip across the globe, staging at renowned restaurants throughout Italy and in upstate New York to learn from some of the finest chefs in the world. Now he’s back (and better than ever) at Goodnight Charlie’s, a brand new highbrow honky-tonk in the historic Montrose district.
It began in 1998, when Paul Petronella’s parents opened a restaurant and named it Paulie’s. 20 years later, the Italian eatery is a local superstar — still family-owned, still home to some of the best food in town.
There’s no better way to mark the start of a new year than with a bountiful feast—an inherent sense of exhilaration always accompanies fine food and wine. This principal is known to Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, an authentic churrascaria on Westheimer Road famous for its flavorful flame-roasted meats and opulent salad bar. On January 15 at 7 pm, Chama Gaúcha is hosting a five-course wine dinner in their private dining room, and it promises to be a meal to remember.
There’s a new restaurant winging its way into town. Well-known Agricole Hospitality, which brought Houston such hits as Coltivare, Revival Market, and Eight Row Flint, has announced plans to open their first Montrose eatery, a Gulf Coast concept called Night Heron.
Another year is upon us. As the calendar ushers us into 2018, celebrate all there is to look forward to in style with a special New Year’s Eve dinner and toast. Peruse our list and make your reservations — the hottest spots in town will fill up fast!
Remember: It isn’t New Year’s Eve without a glass of champagne. Cheers!