Featured Houston Restaurant Takeout Meal Deals and Drink Packs: July 8 – 14
In light of the current situation with COVID-19 in the Harris County area, it’s understandable that many people are choosing to eat and drink at home instead of inside restaurant dining rooms, even with an occupancy limit recently reduced to 50%. Bar areas are completely closed for seating right now, too.
Regardless, people still need to eat and small businesses deserve support. Getting restaurant food and drinks to go should be fun, not just driven by need. To that end, we’ve worked with restaurant owners around town to curate fun, convenient Houston Food Finder to-go or delivery packs featuring some of our favorite dishes. Many include multiple courses; some even include a free dessert or a wine deal. Some of these meal packs are also extremely budget friendly, with some for as little as $10. There is no charge to participating businesses and Houston Food Finder is not making any money on this effort. This is simply something we want to do so support small businesses and provide diners with an enjoyable experience.
Take a look at the list below, then follow the instructions to place your order. We hope you enjoy these special meals and drinks, and that they lend fun and flavor during this stressful time.
We are going to be adding more to this list! Restaurants and bar owners who’d like to put some delight into dine-out: please send us an email and let’s plan a Houston Food Finder pack together.
Christie’s Seafood & Steaks, 6029 Westheimer: Houston’s longest-running restaurant also has a remarkable meal for four. For $65, get four battered and fried American catfish fillets, 16 fried Gulf shrimp and enough French fries and salad for all. To score this meal, visit the website and order online.
Click Virtual Food Hall: Choose chef Gabriel Medina’s homage to Tokyo or discover his Texas side with these two “Phaedra’s Faves” meal packs, which include an appetizer, entrée, dessert — and are delivered right to your door. (Delivery area is roughly an eight mile radius from the 77007 zip code; download and check the Click Virtual Food Hall app to see if you’re in the area.) Visit the Click website and select the Chef Gabriel’s Favorites section for the special meals (to view, click “Menu” then “Browse the Menu” and choose “Chef Gabriel’s Favorites” from the “Choose a Menu” drop-down list.).
The first meal choice is $18 and includes Fried Seafood Cake with Japanese Curry — a panko-breaded, lightly fried appetizer with potato, salmon, corn, kani and mozzarella. Next, enjoy the Katsudon entrée: a fried pork cutlet, egg scramble, dashi, charred onions, green onions and takuan (pickled daikon) over sushi rice. The second option is Texas-with-a-twist for $34: a classic wedge salad made with iceberg lettuce, capers, hard boiled egg, chopped maple bacon, blue cheese dressing, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes, followed by a hearty Chicken Fried Ribeye Plate. Medina’s take on this classic dish has a crispy panko crust, is topped with smoked corn gravy and comes with garlic mashed sweet yams, corn and green beans. Top it off with a German Chocolate Pecan Cupcake for dessert. Pro tip: if this is your first time ordering, use code HFFREADER20 for $20 off this already-fantastic deal. There is no delivery fee or service charge, either!
Fat Cat Creamery, 1901 North Shepherd: Have your ice cream and brownies, too, with our special Houston Food Finder to-go pack. Choose two pints of your favorite signature flavors (Cat’s Meow Mexican Vanilla, Milk Chocolate Stout, Waterloo Strawberry Buttermilk, Amaya Coffee & Cream, Salted Butter Caramel or the limited availability Chocolate Wasted) and two of the excellent, generously sized brownies at a special price of $22. Place orders online or call the shop at (713) 869-1080 and ask for the Houston Food Finder pack.
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway at Katy Asian Town center: This meal pack is perfect for a budget-friendly date night at home — or for anytime you want a flavorful meal and a night off from cooking. Let someone else do the pots and pans and the kitchen cleanup while you instead enjoy a stress-free night of flaky roti canai, Malaysian curry chicken with jasmine rice and a choice of either Kang Kung Belacan (garlicky, stir-fried water spinach) or delicate snow pea tips. Alongside, enjoy a 375 ml bottle of Hana Sake in lychee, Fuji apple or white peach flavors. The meal even comes with a pint of one of Phat Eatery’s new ice creams! Choose pandan, durian, ube (purple sweet potato) or Malaysian milk tea. (Flavors subject to availability.) All of this together is only $45 plus tax and gratuity. Order the Houston Food Finder meal pack special online. Delivery is also available; go online and click the “i” (information) icon to see if you’re in the area.
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Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial: Owner Genevieve Guy has created new Family Packs To Go. There’s much to choose from and here are some of our top picks. Start with the excellent Potato and Leek Soup that gets just a bit of richness from real cream (available by the quart for $8), then move on to the very traditional and always excellent Coq au Vin, the classic chicken stew made with red wine. It serves four for $39. Add a house salad for just an additional $10. For a light breakfast, lunch or brunch, plan ahead and pre-order a whole Wild Salmon Quiche for $25. These are subject to availability as they tend to sell out. For a truly special Sunday brunch, check out the BBQ à la Provençale. This is made with pork chops marinated for 24 hours in extra-virgin olive oil, lemon, garlic and herbs de Provence. The meal comes with potato salad, a choice of the Caesar salad or heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil vinaigrette and, for dessert, either the Crème Brulée or Hazelnut Mousse. In addition, all entrées and quiche come with fougasse (an attractive, leaf-shaped loaf of bread baked fresh in Bistro Provence’s wood-fired oven) and olive oil for dipping. There are additional family meal choices; call Bistro Provence at (713) 827-8008 and ask about the current selection. Prices do not include tax and gratuity. The first four people to place a family meal, quiche or Sunday brunch to-go order and mention Houston Food Finder will receive a free dessert.
Montrose Cheese & Wine, 1618 Westheimer: There are a plethora of kits here for both the avid cook and for those who just want to lay out the food. Cooks who want to try their hands at an idealized version of a classic Italian dish need only look at the Cacio e Pepe Kit for $22. It includes: a pound of spaghettini, four ounces of Texas-made Lira Rossa Latteria Vecchio, Caciotta al Pepe and even some nicely cracked black pepper. Those who are in more of a no-cook mood can check out the Build Your Own Cheeseboard kit for $45, which includes the “cheesemonger’s choice” of four ounces each of three cheeses, lemon almonds and hazelnuts, Jan’s Farmhouse Cranberry Pistachio Crisps and Bee2Bee honey, which is harvested in Houston. Those looking for some meat with their cheese might instead peruse the Cheese and Charcuterie Board Kit for $60. It includes four expertly selected cheeses of four ounces each, Spanish dry chorizo, lemon almonds and hazelnuts, cornichons, Jan’s Farmhouse Cranberry Pistachio Crisps and Bee2Bee honey. Of course, there has to be something good to drink and the $50 Aperitivo Italiano Kit fills the bill. It comes with all you need to make a Cappelletti Spritz, an artisanal, wine-based aperitif similar to an Aperol or Campari spritz. Specifically, the drink part of the kit includes a 750ml bottle of De Steffani Prosecco, two, 12-oz. bottles of Topo Chico and dehydrated orange for garnish, Alongside are house-marinated olives and Torres sea salt chips.
The Phoenix on Westheimer, 1915 Westheimer: This community-focused pub known for its selection of craft beers, including proprietary house brews, is offering curbside carry-out specials that are available all day.
- On Mondays, grab an $8 grilled chicken dinner that comes with vegetables and and cilantro rice.
- Tuesdays feature half-off Phoenix wings, choose from flavor combos that include Sriracha-Barbecue and Cajun Rub.
- Craving fried chicken? Then Wednesday’s $8 fried chicken special is just for you.
- On Thursdays, you can swing by for $8 cheeseburgers.
- $8 fish-n-chips are on the menu Fridays.
While your there, get your growler filled — it’s a great pairing for your to-go feast.
Rosie Cannonball, 1620 Westheimer: Montrose Cheese & Wine next door has a strong to-go game, but so does its fully fledged sister restaurant. Host your own happy hour at home with either the Martini Kit or the Negroni kit. The martini setup comes with enough to make six to eight cocktails, and the ingredients include a 375ml bottle of Noilly Pratt Extra Dry Vermouth, a package of Montrose Cheese & Wine Olive Medley, a lemon for some twists and zests, and a pack of Hoshizaki cubed ice. The cost is about $65, but can vary depending on which spirit you choose. The Negroni option has a 375 mL bottle of a gin and the same-sized bottle of Dolin Sweet Vermouth, a 375 mL bottle of Campari, an orange for some twists and zests, and a pack of Hoshizaki cubed ice. It makes about a dozen cocktails and is about $70, although your gin selection can change the cost. Finally, there’s a dessert kit. Easily reconstruct the restaurant fan-favorite Melba Pavlova at home for $24. The kit includes four French meringue, a pint of peach sorbet, raspberry sauce and vanilla chantilly.
13 celsius, 3000 Caroline: This wine bar is well-known for its outstanding wine selection curated by Adele Corrigan and her staff, and there is a special “DIY charcuterie and cheese plate + wine” pack for our readers. It’s perfect for pre-gaming before dinner or, if you enjoy light, snacky meals at night, simply make it your dinner! Called Adele’s Favorites, the special to-go offering includes two meats, two cheeses and either one wine selection for $65.50 or both picks for $88.50 plus tax. The cheeses are an intensely rich, creamy, mild and buttery triple cream brie from France and the Point Reyes gouda from California, which has a creamy texture, flavors of toasted hazelnuts and butterscotch and those addictive tiny salt crystals we love so much. The meats are schiacciata piccante from Italy, a pork shoulder and pancetta salami pressed into a traditionally unique oval shape with red chili and fennel, and the king of cured hams: sweet-and-savory prosciutto from San Daniele. 13 celsius is even throwing in a baguette to round out your platter. For the wines, Adele has selected a white — Granbazan Albarino from Spain — and a red, the Guidobono Nebbiolo from Italy.
Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline: The popular Midtown restaurant featuring the stylings of chef Fernando Rios is now offering “happy meals” to-go Wednesdays through Sundays. One of our favorites is the Burgerbox for two, with two wood-grilled cheeseburgers, housemade chips and pickles and, best of all, cookies, all for $30. Another can’t-miss mix is the Pizza & Pasta Pack for $35. We’d pick the Carrot Pizza, and the pack also comes with Pesto Gnocchi and a large mixed green salad. For a special date night, aim for the Beef Tenderloin Dinner for Two with jumbo asparagus, Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese and a crusty, fresh loaf of bread for $65. Don’t like our choices? View the entire list of to-go specials online.
Pearland / Clear Lake
Grazia Italian Kitchen, 9415 Broadway, Pearland and 1001 Pineloch, Houston (Clear Lake): In what is one of the best deals of this list, Houston Food Finder readers can add a bottle of wine to their family-style to-go meal orders for one cent. Yes, that’s right: a bottle of wine for a penny. Here’s how: go online, select your meal from the Family-Style selections, select the Wine Pick of the Day (red or white) and use code HFFWINE. Then, enjoy the surprise of the daily selection. The family meal choices include crowd pleasers such as jumbo stuffed shrimp, Crawfish Cajun Pasta, R-C Ranch Wagyu Baked Ziti, Chicken Limone (picatta-style with white wine, lemon, capers and sun-dried tomatoes) and much more. Please note that the Pearland and Clear Lake locations have separate order links on the Grazia website.
What’s better than spicy ramen? THREE spicy ramens — and all from different restaurants! Samurai Noodle, Ninja Ramen and AGU Ramen have joined forces to present a special to-go pack, available for pickup in Pearland! For $39 plus tax, the pack includes Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen from AGU, Spicy Hokkaido Ramen by Samurai Noodle and Fire Ninja Ramen by Ninja Ramen. The special side-by-side tasting menu pack comes with cooking instructions, fresh noodles and enough to enjoy for a person to enjoy a few servings. In order to get in on this limited pack, customers must order online. Curbside pickup is at Red Circle Ice Cream at 8201 Broadway in Pearland. Text or call (832) 305-7878 when you arrive. Watch for this pack to be offered in the Houston area next weekend.
ROMA, 2347 University: Our curated meal pack for Italian restaurant Roma in Rice Village is select offerings from the current $29 prix fixe menu. Even though Americans can’t travel to Italy right now, these dishes — made entirely from scratch by chef Angelo Cuppone, evoke the Italian summer. Last week, we suggested the smoked gnocchi and shrimp. This week, we simply have to recommend the Lasagna di Carne. (By the way: it’s all made in house, including the pasta sheets.) Before that, start with crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside Suppli’ alla Romana, or fried rice balls with green peas and tomato sauce, have the lasagna and then move on to Crostata di Limoncello: homemade tarts infused with owner Shanon Scott’s housemade limoncello. Make the experience complete by adding a bottle of Impero Sangiovese for only $15! “It has just the right amount of body and will pair well with all three courses,” said Scott. Call for pickup; the restaurant also offers delivery to nearby residents. You can also create your own dinner from the full $29 menu online.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: Right now, we could all use a little extra pampering and this kit is ideal for those who like to relax over a nice drink at home. Beverage director Sean Beck of H Town Restaurant Group — which operates not only Backstreet Cafe but also Hugo’s, Xochi and Caracol — has prepared a special care package that covers both your fragrant wine and sturdy cocktail needs. Sean’s Ode To Summer Survival includes a four-serving batch of his Houstonian cocktail, made with Elijah Craig Bourbon, a bottle of Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, one bottle of Casa Madero Rosé from Mexico and a bottle of le natural Grenache, a biodynamic-farmed Spanish red. All of this can be yours for only $75 plus tax.
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Himalaya, 6652 Southwest Freeway: Kaiser and Azra Lashkari’s nationally recognized Pakistani and Indian restaurant has long offered a very satisfying, daily prix fixe lunch special with dishes that change daily. The meal always includes a curry, appetizer, either a dal (curried lentils) or vegetable, steamed basmati rice and a flaky, crispy-edged naan. (Please note: the lunch special features the restaurant’s selected dishes; no substitutions, although some customization options are noted below.) In-house, the lunch special is whimsically served on a school lunch tray for $14.50, but the meal is also available to go for $15.75 (plus tax and gratuity). Select the lunch prix fixe with the dishes of the day, or customize the meal by requesting it be vegetarian or to have chicken as the preferred meat. The first customer to CALL Himalaya at (713)-532-2837 and request the lunch special every day through July 14 receives the meal completely free for up to two people. “This is a gift of appreciation for Houston Food Finder’s readers during this stressful time for many, from our hearts to yours” said Kaiser Lashkari. The lunch special is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fernando’s, 14135 Southwest Freeway: Between 5 and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, call with 15-minutes notice to pick up an entire meal for a flat $10. Even tax is included in that cost. It comes with a salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and dessert. “I’m not doing this to make money,” says owner Fernando Echeverria. “I just want to help the working people in our area. These people work all day and have no time to go home and cook.” Call (281) 494-9087 to place your order.
La Tartine de Houston, 1570 South Dairy Ashford: Choose one of three to-go packs of French classics for a mere $10 or $11! Pack #1 for $10 includes your choice of Quiche Lorraine (with ham and bacon), Quiche Végétarienne or Quiche au Poulet (with herb-roasted chicken) and a side of either La Tartine’s mixed green salad or potato salad. Pack #2 for $11 is a hot sandwich choice of Sandwich au Poulet (sliced, herb-roasted marinated chicken on a baguette dressed with housemade cilantro sauce) or Sandwich Merguez (housemade beef and lamb sausage topped with shakshuka sauce). Pack #3 is a $10 cold sandwich choice that’s perfect for Houston’s hot days. Select either the traditional beurre jambon (ham and Swiss cheese on a buttered baguette), Câprese Sandwich (fresh sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and lettuce on a pesto-dressed baguette or Sandwich au Thon (tuna, cucumber, tomato, steamed potato and olives with harissa sauce on a baguette). All sandwiches come with a side choice of green salad, potato salad or French fries. Call (713) 360-6771 and mention the Houston Food Finder To-Go Pack Special to place your order for pickup. Delivery service is also available; call to inquire.
Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby: Have you ever wanted plentiful, chef-quality sashimi handrolls at home? Now it’s possible, thanks to this easy kit from chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi’s landmark restaurant. For $55, make 10 rolls with a sashimi selection that includes tuna, salmon, hamachi, toro, and shrimp. Vegetables, toppings and nori (dried seaweed wrappers) are all included.
Houston Food Finder’s work, including this article, is possible because of the support of sponsors such as Click Virtual Food Hall, Phat Eatery, and The Phoenix on Westheimer.