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Localite Guide to Houston Restaurant Weeks

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Houston Restaurant Weeks is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank. It takes place from the beginning of August through the first week in September annually, and it is the most wonderful time of the year for any Houston foodie! Restaurants offer multi-course fixed menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The prices range from $20 for brunch and lunch to $45 for nicer dinner places, and a portion of each meal purchased goes back to the Houston Food Bank. Check out the entire list of participating restaurants Here.

It can be overwhelming to decide where to go when you see the extensive list of participating restaurants! To narrow your search, we’ve picked a few places that align with our mission to build community and serve locally sourced food.

Backstreet Cafe

Neighborhood: River Oaks
Chef Hugo Ortega has several restaurant concepts, but Backstreet Cafe is one of my favorites! Located in a cozy ’30s-era house in River Oaks, you really feel like you are at an intimate dinner party when you are there. They have broken down their Restaurant Week options into White Wine, Red Wine, Vegetarian, and Take-Out menus – you can add the wines to pair for an additional $26 per person!

‘Backstreet Cafe’s menu is a perfect reflection of diverse Houston, with Southern, Cajun, Creole, Hispanic and Asian influences, among others. The menu changes seasonally to capture the freshest flavors, with a nod to local and sustainable ingredients.’

We love the universal focus on quality you can expect from all of Hugo Ortega’s restaurants. Caracol, Hugo’s, and Xochi, are also Houston Mainstays and certainly deserve a visit if you haven’t been yet.


Neighborhood: The Heights
Coltivare is a farm-to-table stable in Houston, touting a backyard garden that they pull from for their flavor-forward Italian menu. Although the main course for Houston Restaurant Weeks is heavy on the Pizza and Pasta, they have some light starter options like pickled butternut squash and grilled figs with prosciutto!


Coltivare is part of Agricole Hospitality, another Houston dreamteam of concepts that also includes Revival Market, Eight Row Flint, Night Heron, Indianola, Vinny’s and Miss Carousel.  

Craft Pita

Neighborhood: Tanglewood/Galleria
Craft Pita claims to be a true cultural dining experience.  Their menu has all the Mediterranean favorites like hummus and falafel, With several rice or salad bowl options for the  main course. They have Tahini Blondies from Micheals Cookie Jar as an option for dessert, which is a must-try for anyone who loves a good sweet and salty combination!

‘We believe great tasting food starts at the source and carries through each conscious step, all the way to your plate.’

Craft Pita is on a true mission to build and support the community. Check out their extensive list of vendors and partners Here.

Vino & Vinyl

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@vinovinylsl is a cozy lowkey spot tucked away in @sl_townsquare. Vinyl is spun nightly off a record player by a dj in the front who also sees guests to their tables. Wine and (gluten free!) dessert turned into a thought-provoking conversation with owner Paul Killingsworth about the food sourcing process for restaurants. Everyone wants to support local, but many times it isn’t efficient compared to buying from established big chain retailers. We are on a mission to bridge that gap, and every discussion we have with a like-mind is a step in the right direction. Thanks for the hospitality @pwkillingsworth! Side note: the wine glasses can hold up to an entire bottle and are available for purchase💁🏼‍♀️🍷 #vino #vinyl #sltownsquare #sugarlandtx #houstontx #houstonwine #supportlocal #lavacake #chocolatedrizzle #glutenfreedessert #chocolatecake

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Neighborhood: Sugar Land

Vino & Vinyl has options for someone trying to stay on the healthier side (brussels sprouts, grilled chicken) and for a decadent splurge (fried risotto, truffle mac & cheese). To be honest though, dining at Vino & Vinyl is all about the experience. The walls are adorned with local art installments and the wine guys know their stuff. They even have a curated Wine Club that you can subscribe to right from their website! As the name suggests, all of their music is spun off vinyl records – they even sell from their collection!

‘We are Fort Bend County’s locally-owned premiere wine bistro and records lounge that supports local art. We are the small and the soulful… tour guides. We hope to create an atmosphere where people can have “ah-ha!” moments with wine and music, so that no matter where they are on their path to discovery, they will feel at home, appreciated, and inspired.’

Vino & Vinyl is a community hub for good music and local art. They source locally and seasonally when they can, and people feel at home when they come to visit. This is the best place in Sugar Land for date night, girls night, or any night(!).

Frank’s Americana Revival

Neighborhood: River Oaks
Frank’s is a classic multi-generational family operation. They focus on using fresh and local ingredients on their menu which changes with the seasons. Examples include the Watermelon Tomato Salad appetizer and Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet dessert on their HRW menu. As for dinner, they have a good variety: seafood, filet, and a vegan/vegetarian stuffed squash – all served with seasonal veggies!

‘Fresh and local is the inspiration with us here at Frank’s. Our whole creative process comes with the seasons: you’ll see winter roots, spring greens and the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables inspiring our dishes for unique flavors in your classic favorite Americana dishes. We believe that fresh must be a guarantee to our customers. For this reason, we carefully select our suppliers and work with exceptional local suppliers able to meet our high standards. ‘

Fielding’s Local Kitchen & Bar

Neighborhood: The Woodlands
We’ve never been to Fielding’s but we’ve looked it up and are thinking we need to get out to the Woodlands – they have local right in their name!

‘Attention to detail and a commitment to fresh, local food makes the Fielding’s Local Kitchen+Bar the American grill and steakhouse in the Woodlands you’ll want to visit again and again. We stand out among Tomball restaurants because when we say local, we mean business: we source our products from 44 Farms, Houston Dairymaids, the Mill King Family Creamery, Fitzgerald Farms, and small wineries & craft breweries from around the country.’


Neighborhood: The Heights
Harold’s is the place to go before or after exploring 19th Street. Located in a hundred year old building that used to be a clothing store with the same namesake, they are a Houston icon providing guests with Southern cuisine and hospitality. Their menu for Houston Restaurant Weeks has a variety of light and indulgent options, all using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

‘Local Gulf Seafood, Local Produce and Southern Fried Chicken make up just a few of the options available on our seasonally changing menu.  Our  culinary team strives to use the freshest ingredients possible, doing business with numerous local and regional farmers so that our menu is fresh and seasonal.’

Harold’s sustainably-sourced menu is only the beginning of their commitment to supporting local. They partner with several nonprofits and organizations regularly to give back to the community as well!


Neighborhood: Montrose

Roost is a Montrose gem that has been getting attention for its focus on a seasonal farm-to-table menu since it opened in 2011. One of the dishes they are known for is the fried cauliflower (offered as an app for HRW!) with charred bonito flakes that ‘dance’ on top as it is served.

…a respite for neighbors and our traveling friends. Thanks to BOH Pasta, Texas Olive Ranch, Airline Seafood, 44 Farms, Holmes’ Chicken, Bread Man Baking, Black Hill Ranch, Sweet Bribery Ice Cream, & Rosewood Ranch beef. 

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