6 More Montrose Restaurant Weeks Menus to Try
Houston Restaurant Weeks is well underway, and though five Montrose restaurants were highlighted recently, there are plenty more to choose from for the rest of this month. There’s something for everyone — French, Indian, Mexican, vegetarian and more — and that’s just in Montrose. Not to leave any of the neighborhood’s quality eateries off the list, here are six more restaurants to visit during the charitable month of August, where participating restaurants don special menus for a set price and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Houston Food Bank. The final five Montrose participants will be highlighted early next week.
Mockingbird Bistro / 1985 Welch St.
Choose from a $20 three-course lunch or a $45 three-course dinner at this institution of refined, classic American dishes where sitting at the bar is just as fun as the dining room. For lunch, a sample meal would be the salmon tartare with cucumber, ginger, chives and sesame oil, a market vegetable plate with grilled asparagus, carrots, creamed spinach flan and roasted cauliflower with sofrito (an aromatic sauce). Dinner could mean a wedge salad with homemade stilton cheese dressing, pork belly “croutons” and crispy shallots, a petit filet of beef with wild mushrooms, creamed spinach flan and a Madeira sauce.
Hugo’s / 1600 Westheimer Rd.
It’s a Restaurant Weeks meal with a James Beard-level pedigree (chef Hugo Ortega is a multiple nominee for the prestigious award) with a $35 dinner set up that includes optional beverage pairings as well as the $20 two-course lunch. For lunch, try the enchiladas de vegetales which includes two corn-, poblano- and calabacitas-stuffed enchiladas with a tomatillo salsa and served with white rice and quinoa. Next comes dessert, of which the tres leches is one you’d be silly to miss. Dinner could mean the agave-pairing menu (the cocktails will cost you $27 extra to pair with the meal) with a watermelon salad, wood-grilled skirt steak and zucchini bread topped with ice cream for dessert.
Brooklyn Athletic Club / 601 Richmond Ave
Not only is it serving some of the best food in Houston, it’s also a very fun place to visit. Think bocce ball courts, shaded patio seating and a youthful crowd. Their $35 dinner option could mean a first course of bacon-wrapped grilled black mission figs served with gorgonzola cheese and a drizzle of local honey, and entree of pan-seared red snapper with purple hull pea succotash, brown butter and Texas pecans and a decadent (and fun) ending of s’mores bread pudding. You may be full to attempt a game of bocce afterwards, but it’s worth the indulgence.
Indika / 516 Westheimer Rd.
Creative, upscale Indian food is the draw at this beautiful, and intimate restaurant from yet another James Beard Award nominee, Anita Jaisinghani. Three Restaurant Weeks options here are a three-course $35 dinner, $20 lunch and $25 three-course brunch. Dishes like crab samosas (pastries filled with crabmeat and fragrant spices), seafood biryani with shrimp, scallops and mussels, chicken and egg vindaloo (spicy boiled egg and chicken curry) served with braised greens and potato mash masala can be found on the brunch menu with dinner dishes like a tomato-fenugreek curry with shrimp and tandoori salmon salad.
Au Petit Paris / 2048 Colquitt St.
Lunch or dinner inside a quaint French bistro is just the ticket for a relaxed date night or a laid-back gathering with friends. The $20 three-course lunch or $35 three-course dinner include plenty of French dishes like onion soup, escargots, with very different choices between the two. Lunch can mean a croque monsieur, the Parisian open-faced sandwich with béchamel, ham and swiss and a chocolate mousse for dessert while dinner offers up braised lamb shank and desserts like a French pastry filled with peanut butter cream and a raspberry swirl.
Canopy / 3939 Montrose Blvd.
A mix of global cuisine with Southern influences is what makes Canopy a very special place to dine — Restaurant Weeks or not. Three courses are available for both lunch ($20) and dinner ($35), with totally different selections for each. Sample dinner: white cheddar mac ’n’ cheese to start, Texas beef short rib carbonnade for the entree, served with a savory bread pudding soufflé and grilled asparagus plus a salted caramel creme brûlée for dessert. Sample lunch: butter lettuce and radicchio salad, Asian shrimp salad with edamame, carrots, red onions, cucumbers, avocado and candied lemon and a chocolate fudge brownie a la mode to end the meal.