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Under the Radar Choices for Houston Restaurant Weeks

The sometimes unexpected or overlooked choices for HRW, 2015

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You've got a little over two weeks left to enjoy Houston Restaurant Weeks  the city's mammoth dining initiative with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. By now, you've likely been to the new hot spots, maybe even sampled a three-course dinner or lunch at one of your favorites. But we scanned the massive list of participants and culled a few classics and more unconventional choices.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- Vintage Park

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It might not seem like an obvious choice, but this is a great way to blend dinner and a movie and helping a great cause. The three-course, $35 menu offers options such as bottomless popcorn, 'The Thing' calzone and various adult milkshakes. Both the Vintage Park and Mason Park locations are participating, making this a one-stop-shop for an evening out.

Alamo Drafthouse. [Photo: Yelp/Alamo Drafthouse]

Charivari

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This Midtown mainstay doesn’t get enough attention, which is too bad, since the European-style service and menu here are both pretty decent. On offer for the $45-per-person HRW menu are the lobster bisque (do not pass go, just order this. Now.), an eight-ounce flatiron steak or foie gras-stuffed schnitzel and the truly lovely apple strudel ice cream.

Charivari. [Photo: Charivari/Facebook]

Ever classy and always magnifique, this Montrose grande dame has evolved from the classic French cuisine of Houston’s Oil-Boom-and-Bust Era to a modern-day marvel of how you keep your traditions and embrace new tastes. Check out the escargots (classic) or the watermelon salad (a bit more trendy), the grilled Gulf redfish or pasta portofino, and don’t miss the traditional crème brulee.

La Colombe d'Or. [Photo: La Colombe d'Or/Facebook]

Damian's Cucina Italiana

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You’ll feel like family at this Midtown classic, celebrating more than 30 years of offer home-style Italian fare. The $35, three-course HRW menu gives you options of the insalata mista, a favorite of this Eater writer, blending cucumber, celery, tomato, sliced red onions and greens in a gorgeous vinaigrette; eggplant parmagiana (‘nuff said); flounder venezia, done with a parmesean cheese crust and topped with diced tomatoes and mushrooms.

Damian's Cucina Italiana. [Photo: Damian's Cucina Italiana/Facebook]

Lynn's Steakhouse

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This west side place has a clubby, old-school feel to it, with traditional offerings available on its HRW menu. Choices include bacon-wrapped quail or lobster bisque for your appetizer, the 12-ounce strip or a filet of salmon as a main course and finish off with a slice of key lime pie.

Lynn's Steakhouse. [Photo: Yelp/Karen S.]

The Union Kitchen

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You can count on a combination of solid American fare and whimsical touches at The Union Kitchen. At the restaurant group’s Memorial Drive outpost, the $35 HRW menu offers a Louisiana-style gumbo, coconut-crusted prawn and grilled baby artichoke for appetizers; chicken picatta, blackened drum or a pineapple-and-glazed pork chop for entrees, and coconut pineapple pie, banana milk chocolate bread pudding or a butter pecan brownie for dessert.

The Union Kitchen. [Photo: The Union Kitchen/Facebook]

Willie G's Steakhouse And Seafood

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Known for its killer happy hour, this popular Landry’s spot also has an excellent and approachable dining room menu. For Houston Restaurant Weeks, your $35 three-course menu lets you choose from selections such as a Caesar salad or fried calamari,redfish with roasted artichokes and roma tomatoes, a fried seafood trio, key lime pie and old-fashioned chocolate cake.

Willie G's Steakhouse and Seafood. [Photo: Willie G's/Official Site]

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- Vintage Park

It might not seem like an obvious choice, but this is a great way to blend dinner and a movie and helping a great cause. The three-course, $35 menu offers options such as bottomless popcorn, 'The Thing' calzone and various adult milkshakes. Both the Vintage Park and Mason Park locations are participating, making this a one-stop-shop for an evening out.

Alamo Drafthouse. [Photo: Yelp/Alamo Drafthouse]

Charivari

This Midtown mainstay doesn’t get enough attention, which is too bad, since the European-style service and menu here are both pretty decent. On offer for the $45-per-person HRW menu are the lobster bisque (do not pass go, just order this. Now.), an eight-ounce flatiron steak or foie gras-stuffed schnitzel and the truly lovely apple strudel ice cream.

Charivari. [Photo: Charivari/Facebook]

Cinq

Ever classy and always magnifique, this Montrose grande dame has evolved from the classic French cuisine of Houston’s Oil-Boom-and-Bust Era to a modern-day marvel of how you keep your traditions and embrace new tastes. Check out the escargots (classic) or the watermelon salad (a bit more trendy), the grilled Gulf redfish or pasta portofino, and don’t miss the traditional crème brulee.

La Colombe d'Or. [Photo: La Colombe d'Or/Facebook]

Damian's Cucina Italiana

You’ll feel like family at this Midtown classic, celebrating more than 30 years of offer home-style Italian fare. The $35, three-course HRW menu gives you options of the insalata mista, a favorite of this Eater writer, blending cucumber, celery, tomato, sliced red onions and greens in a gorgeous vinaigrette; eggplant parmagiana (‘nuff said); flounder venezia, done with a parmesean cheese crust and topped with diced tomatoes and mushrooms.

Damian's Cucina Italiana. [Photo: Damian's Cucina Italiana/Facebook]

Lynn's Steakhouse

This west side place has a clubby, old-school feel to it, with traditional offerings available on its HRW menu. Choices include bacon-wrapped quail or lobster bisque for your appetizer, the 12-ounce strip or a filet of salmon as a main course and finish off with a slice of key lime pie.

Lynn's Steakhouse. [Photo: Yelp/Karen S.]

The Union Kitchen

You can count on a combination of solid American fare and whimsical touches at The Union Kitchen. At the restaurant group’s Memorial Drive outpost, the $35 HRW menu offers a Louisiana-style gumbo, coconut-crusted prawn and grilled baby artichoke for appetizers; chicken picatta, blackened drum or a pineapple-and-glazed pork chop for entrees, and coconut pineapple pie, banana milk chocolate bread pudding or a butter pecan brownie for dessert.

The Union Kitchen. [Photo: The Union Kitchen/Facebook]

Willie G's Steakhouse And Seafood

Known for its killer happy hour, this popular Landry’s spot also has an excellent and approachable dining room menu. For Houston Restaurant Weeks, your $35 three-course menu lets you choose from selections such as a Caesar salad or fried calamari,redfish with roasted artichokes and roma tomatoes, a fried seafood trio, key lime pie and old-fashioned chocolate cake.

Willie G's Steakhouse and Seafood. [Photo: Willie G's/Official Site]

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