Memorial Day 2018 Restaurant Bargains & Festivities In Houston
Not everyone gets a three-day weekend for Memorial Day — but hopefully many Houstonians are getting some time off to have fun and relax. To encourage people to celebrate, many Houston restaurants and bars are offering deals — especially for veterans, of course. These aren’t just on Monday, either. There are Saturday and Sunday happenings as well.
Here’s where to go in Houston for discounted meals, drinks specials and more.
a’Bouzy, 2300 Westheimer: This River Oaks restaurant that features dozens of different kinds of bubbly by the glass and bottle is offering a new brunch menu the entire three-day weekend. Monday is a particularly good day to stop by as the regular 25-cent Gulf Oyster promotion is in effect from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, 4520 San Felipe and 2724 West T.C. Jester: Both restaurant locations are giving veterans and active duty personnel 50 percent off their meals. Be in uniform or have military ID to take advantage of this deep discount.
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer: This River Oaks restaurant specializing in bourbon and dishes with a touch of whimsy is only open for dinner on Memorial Day. The good news, though, is that it’s Steak Night. A hunky piece of beef with two sides and a salad is only $20. It even comes with a draft beer. All veterans and active duty personnel in uniform or with a military ID badge get banana pudding for dessert free of charge.
Dish Society, multiple locations: Veterans who present their military ID get 50 percent off their meal. Also note that Dish Society offers 20 percent off to veterans with an ID year-round. Casual, counter-service brunch is offered on Memorial Day from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dishes include Gulf Shrimp with Smoked Gouda Grits and free range chicken on buttermilk biscuits. There are also frozen mimosas to go alongside.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 705 South Main: It’s going to be a day of great and inexpensive beers at this long-running downtown Houston beer bar. It’s offering $3 beers all day, including selections from several rare kegs. General manager Joshua Justice says that as soon as one keg blows (runs out), the bar staff will replace it with another. Offerings of the day include Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA, Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales and more.
FM Kitchen and Bar, 1112 Shepherd: Chef Ryan Hildebrand’s burger and Southern food paradise is hosting a “Picnic on the Patio” for Memorial Day. The specials including Fried Chicken Wings and Waffles, Crawfish, and a Red, White and Blue Burger with double patty, blue cheese and swiss cheese, charred tomato relish, bacon and shhhh sauce. FREE FM Burger for all veterans and active duty personnel; must be in uniform or have military ID badge.
Hank’s Crawfish, 11660 Westheimer: To celebrate Memorial Day weekend, the Louisiana-style crawfish restaurant is offering three pounds of mudbugs for $18.99 during happy hour on Monday. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Hank’s is also offering happy hour all day on Sunday. The specials include $5 appetizers like boudin balls and jambalaya, adult slushies for $6, mimosas for $3 and pitchers of domestic beer for $12.
Little Woodrow’s, 720 Shepherd: The casual hangout is hosting its annual barbecue cook-off starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. Admission is free. Lone Star Beer and TX Whiskey is sponsoring (which means there will be plenty of both to go around). The competing teams are trying for the title of Best Barbecued Pork Ribs. On Memorial Day, it’s also celebrating National Hamburger Day. Of course, several burgers are on the menu and there will be plenty of adult drinks to go alongside.
Molina’s Cantina, 3801 Bellaire and 7901 Westheimer: Raise a toast to those who have served our country with $6 margaritas. Both Molina’s locations are offering these the entire three-day holiday weekend.
Ooh La La, multiple locations: Special note for military: Ooh La La locations are offering 15-percent off purchases to you only, not just on Memorial Day but all the time. Even if you’re not military, though, Ooh La La is still going to be worth the trip, especially on Monday. Beginning on Memorial Day, Ooh La La is starting Macaron Mondays, featuring French macarons for only a buck. The promotion lasts all summer long and is a generous limit of a dozen macarons per customer. The flavors include caramel, mocha, dreamsicle as well as special flavors for the month. June’s is coconut garnished on top with toasted coconut flakes. In addition, the patisserie is offering patriotically themed desserts all weekend long, including American flag cupcakes, apple pie, blackberry bars, chocolate tres leches and creme brûlée with berries.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation: The classic Houston Tex-Mex restaurant is giving veterans and active duty personnel half-off food and drink, with the exception of alcoholic beverages. It’s been a banner year for chef Alex Padilla, by the way, so don’t hesitate to try some of his latest wood-grilled creations.
The Union Kitchen, multiple locations: All veterans and active duty personnel get a free entrée from a special Memorial Day menu that includes The Union Burger, Country Fried Chicken, Sarah’s Pepperoni, The UNION Meatloaf, and Pistachio-Crusted Chicken. Additionally, all non-military diners can buy one entrée and get one free. That offer is good for only those dining in and one deal per-table.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.