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Lunch & Happy Hour at Nara; New Menu at The Counter

Max Burkhalter

UPPER KIRBYNara is launching both a lunch service and a social hour. For lunch, chef/owner Donald Chang has crafted a menu of new dishes and flatbreads to be served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From now until the end of March those dishes will be half-price. The social hour service will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and will feature $7 bites including open-faced soup dumplings, Korean-style chicken wings, miso shrimp tempura and bao. Drink specials include half-off specialty cocktails and martinis, $5 select glasses of wine and discounted beer. [Eaterwire]

RIVER OAKS— Just a reminder that the Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner will be held at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted March 24 beginning at 6 p.m. with a pre-dinner reception. Soter winemaker James Cahill will be on hand with five wines to complement the five-course meal crafted by Certified Master Chef Fritz Gitschner. Everything from a pepper-crusted Akaushi ribeye to a smoked salmon panna cotta and caviar will be on the menu. Call 713-360-7757 or email here to make reservations. [Eaterwire]

WASHINGTON CORRIDOR— Build-your-own-burger spot The Counter is changing up its menu. Some new additions are the kale salad, veggie club, and burger bowls, including one with bison, smoked gouda, sprouts and roasted red peppers. See the full menu here. [Eaterwire]