It’s that time of year again – Houston Restaurant Weeks! Although there are a few differences due to COVID-19, HRW is still providing diners with an opportunity to try new restaurants while also benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Spanning the entire month of August (and into September), Houston Restaurant Weeks is one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Houston Food Bank. It was originally founded by Cleverly Stone in 2003. For each meal purchased, restaurants will donate $1 to the Food Bank, which generates 3 meals for Houstonians.
The list of restaurants can sometimes look long and it can be hard to know where to start, so we want to share some of our team’s favorite restaurants!
Katie Day Favorites:
Rainbow Lodge: The Gumbo is fantastic and ALL the desserts are so tasty!
Batanga: Tapas may be one of my favorite “meals” – so it’s hard to choose a “favorite” dish. I’d recommend ordering the HRW menu and adding on some extra dishes!
Mastranos: I recommend getting anything pasta. They make it in house so it’s super fresh and a must try!
There are SO many great restaurants on the Houston Restaurant Weeks list – and many more are being added! Select restaurants are offering both dine-in and to-go service, so be sure to check to see if reservations are required, if walk-in’s are welcome, or if they are doing to-go food for HRW.
Let us know where you’re headed in the comments below!
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Drew Evans and Esther Bernard, the Co-owner and Founder respectively of Esther’s Cajun Café and Soul Food. The family owned and operated restaurant was founded in 2008 and the second location, Esther’s Signature has been open since 2017. Some of their specialties are their oxtail, mac and cheese, yams, fried fish, and etouffee. But one thing that also sets them apart is their special attention to making sure service to the customer is always great and everyone is treated like family.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Raymond Chan, a partner owner of East End Hardware. They are a neighborhood bar in the east end that started back in 2016. One thing that East End Hardware is known for is their boozy snoballs which is basically an adult snocone. They are also known for their vast selections of whiskey. One thing that is important to East End hardware is supporting locally. Going with this, a lot of their beer comes from local Houston breweries. They also have a large event space that they love hosting local events at.
You can find them on Facebook and Instagram at EastEndHardwarehtx.
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For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Latrina Williams, the Owner of Logistic Massage and Bodywork. She originally started out in the massage spa industry before branching out and opening her own business. The specialty that really sets Logistic massage apart is their focus on deep tissue massages. They also offer chair massage, relaxation, as well as events.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Sara Paul, the manager of Susan’s Nail & Facial. They specialize in all things nail and skincare and have been operating in Rice Village since 1990. One thing that really makes them unique is their emphasis on creating an amazing customer experience. They offer a fantastic array of services and are always working to expand what they offer to their customers.
For this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight, join us as we meet with Ryan Taylor, owner of East End Barber located off of Telephone Road in the East End. East End Barber specializes in haircuts, beard trims, shaves, buzzcuts, head shaves, and speciality cuts and designs. One thing people may not know about East End Barber is that they also have a small retail shop in the store with hair and beard products, clothing, and records!
For this #FoodieFriday, join us as we visit Kin Dee Thai Cuisine in the Houston Heights. Kin Dee’s cuisine is inspired by four different regions of Thailand, and is focused on made-from-scratch, authentic and primarily noodle-based dishes. Their 30-dish menu of approachable adventurous dishes is priced anywhere between $9 and $24.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Beau Schulgen and Leah Anderson at Metcon Studios in EaDo. They have two signature classes, Bang & Burn, that are designed to increase strength and burn body fat, all while promoting lean athletic muscle and having a good time!
The programming is designed to work different energy systems on specific days. Their classes and programming are built for long-term fitness and results!