Here’s a look at this week’s hottest culinary events:
Tuesday, March 1
Guests can celebrate the glitz and gluttony of the New Orleans-style carnival with Brennan from Houston, 3300 Smith. The Creole house will offer a three-course menu ($74 per person) as well as performances by the Vincent Trio Jazz Band and the Sin City Drag Queens. Dial 713-522-9711.
Chef Philippe Verpiand has declared Mardi Gras Crêpe Suzette Flambée Day at Etoile Cuisine and Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, offering the signature dessert as a special off-menu for lunch and dinner. The rich crepe is made with caramel, citrus juices and zest, topped with warmed and flambéed Grand Marnier before serving ($15, $10 without the Grand Marnier).
Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th, is decked out in lavish Mardi Gras decor and chef Joe Cervantez is offering crawfish pasta and King Cake bread pudding until March 1; and on Fat Tuesday, you can also enjoy live music from a Zydeco band, pearls, tropical craft cocktails, and chef’s specials. Call 281-339-1515 to reserve.
Traveler’s Table, 520 Westheimer, pulls out all the stops for Fat Tuesday, serving up Mardi Gras specialties including Louisiana barbecue shrimp, Pontchartrain sweetbreads with crawfish and shrimp, and New Orleans bourbon bread pudding , plus NOLA-inspired cocktails including “Storm’s A Brewin’ Hurricane, Vieux Carré, and Sazerac. Visit Resy for reservations and Toast to pre-order.
11th anniversary in Pondicherry
Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby, will be offering one free cookie per purchase (applies to restaurant and takeout orders) throughout the day on March 1 as a thank you to all customers who have continued to support it over the past 11 last years.
Wednesday March 2
Texas Independence Day at Rustic
The Rustic, 1836 Polk, 1121 Uptown Park, will celebrate Texas Independence Day with local craft beers, Texas-themed cocktails and drinks, and food sourced from Texas ranchers and farmers during of her backyard party under the stars. Guests at the Post Oak location can also enjoy live music by Chris Boise starting around 8 p.m. Downtown and Post Oak events are free with RSVP.
Thursday March 3
“Treat yourself” dinner at Max’s Wine Dive Washington
Max’s Wine Dine invites customers to a “Treat yo Self” dinner at its Washington, 4720 Washington location, featuring mouth-watering dishes such as fried mac and cheese dumplings, jalapeno bacon creamed corn with lobster bites french fries and fried chocolate chip cookie dough, as well as alcohol. milkshakes and wine. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $75 per person. Call 713-880-8737 to reserve a spot.
All month (March)
Women’s History Month at Central Market
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, curated a diverse collection of women-owned products from around the world, including wines, gourmet chocolates, meats, groceries and Moreover. Top-rated items will be featured in all Central Market locations from Wednesday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 29 and beyond.
Fixed price charity menu at Etoile Cuisine et Bar
In March, Etoile Cuisine and Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, offers two special prix fixe options (a $65 evening menu with $7 to charity; and a $36 weekend brunch menu with 4 $ in donations) to help raise funds for The Beacon, a downtown service center for people experiencing homelessness.
New and current promotions
Rodeo Season Specials
Dessert Gallery, 3600 Kirby, designed Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo treats to bring Houston’s beloved event to town, with assortments of cookies available in-store and online for $4.75 each. The cafe will also offer rodeo-themed cupcakes; and patrons can show their Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo ticket at the cafe anytime during the rodeo to receive $1 off their dessert order.
Frank’s Americana Revival, 3736 Westheimer, is “Celebrating the American West” with nightly features from the chef, in addition to its regular dinner menu, now through March 20. Feb. 28-March 6) offering guests shared plates like grilled shrimp with habanero-garlic dressing, Southwestern Caesar salad with jalapeno polenta croutons, grilled Gulf red snapper with chili mole yolk and a Texas pecan praline cheesecake.
Hungry’s Rice Village, 2356 Rice, has brought back the Short Rib Taco, which launched March 1 and is available throughout rodeo season for $16.
Relish Restaurant & Bar, 2810 Westheimer, will be offering a special Rodeo lunch and limited-time cocktails through March 20. Customers can enjoy a pulled pork sandwich with fries for $14 and sip cocktails like the Space City Cowboy with bourbon, blackberry, mint, lemon and maple for $12 or the Rodeo Rita with mezcal, tequila, lime, blood orange and bitters for $12.
Spanish Village, 4720 Almeda, will be offering a free Spanish Village Margarita per person with the purchase of admission when you show your rodeo ticket for that day. The promotion runs until March 20.
Spring Break Special at Tobiuo Sushi & Bar
During Spring Break 2022, Tobiuo Sushi & Bar, 23501 Cinco Ranch, is offering teachers and school faculty 10% off their meal with a valid school ID. The discount is offered from March 1 to 31.