Small Bites: Houston Food & Drink Specials & Events for the Week of June 17, 2024

Houston’s food scene always has a lot going on, but not every bit of news that we get qualifies for a full article. However, that does not mean that these tidbits aren’t useful. We often hear about deals, events such as wine dinners, limited-time menu items, culinary classes and new dishes. “Small Bites” rounds up these tasty little morsels to keep you on top of what’s going on in Houston.

For specials available all month or even through the season, scroll to the bottom of this article.

This Week — Through Sunday, June 23

Toast a Legendary Houston Brewery at a Beer Dinner

Saint Arnold Brewing Company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is hosting a variety of special events around town. One of those is a special beer dinner at Georgia James on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. The restaurant is located at 3503 West Dallas in Regent Square. The four-course dinner features courses such as Brat Wellington with Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower Beer Cheese paired with Amber Ale and Beer-Braised Short Rib with purple potatoes and beets paired with Saint Arnold 30th Anniversary Grand Cru. Seating will be at communal tables, so make a note in your reservation if you want to be seated with someone else who is attending. Valet is available for $7, or you can park for free in the garage. Tickets are $95, available to purchase on Resy and non-refundable. 

A Classic Summertime Treat Awaits in Pearland

Tiff’s Treats at 11200 Broadway in Pearland Town Center is treating guests to some old-fashioned nostalgia on Friday, June 21. Visit its lemonade stand between 5 and 7 p.m. for complimentary lemonade and a sample of its limited-time Pink Lemonade Cookies

 

North Shepherd Brewing's The Pub Ale is being released Saturday, June 22 with a complimentary Shepherd's Pie Sausage Roll from Cambrian Coffee. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
North Shepherd Brewing’s The Pub Ale is being released Saturday, June 22 with a complimentary Shepherd’s Pie Sausage Roll from Cambrian Coffee. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

The Cambrian Coffee Invasion Comes to North Shepherd Brewing

On Saturday, June 22, North Shepherd Brewing, located at 4816 North Shepherd, is partnering with Spring Branch coffee shop Cambrian Coffee for The Cambrian Coffee Invasion starting at 5 p.m. The brewery will be releasing The Pub Ale, a traditional British ale that is lightly accented with Willamette hops to balance the soft caramel and toffee-like sweetness from the Maris Otter and Crystal 30° malts. The beer comes in at a sessionable 4.5% alcohol and is extremely food friendly. It will be available to-go in four-packs of 16 ounce cans (price to be determined) or on draught for $7 per pint, which includes a complimentary Shepherd’s Pie Sausage Roll with purchase provided by Cambrian Coffee co-owner and Welsh-born pastry chef Gemma Hinkle from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a boon for late risers, as Hinkle’s deservedly popular sausage rolls regularly sell out early in the day.

Grab a Detroit-Style Deal

If you’re a fan of Detroit-style pizza, make plans on Sunday, June 23 to visit Via 313 Pizza for a buy-one-get-one-free deal. The offer is valid for all small Detroit-style pizzas, including gluten-free. If you dine in, you’ll get the deal automatically, but you can also order for delivery and use code DETROITDAY2024. In addition, if you dine in you can also take advantage of an all-day happy hour, which features popular classic cocktails such as the Old-Fashioned, Margarita and Negroni. There’s a Houston Via 313 Pizza location near Memorial City at 10201 Katy Freeway and one in Webster at 1065 West Bay Area Boulevard.

Party (and Do Good) Filipino-Style

On Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 6 p.m., Be More Pacific at 506 Yale is hosting BMP Beats & Bites, its monthly party featuring “moving beats, unique eats and cocktail treats”. The treats include birria, kaldereta (a Filipino stew), tacos, cantaloupe and horchata. Mention code “FYP” to your server, and 10% of your order will be donated to the Filipino Young Professionals of Houston for their upcoming Annual Filipino Street Festival on October 19. Regardless as to whether or not someone mentions the code, 25% of the sales of the featured items mentioned above will go to the organization.

Next Week — Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30

Enjoy A Texas Whiskey Dinner In Spring Branch On June 27

Dan Garrison, the founder of Garrison Brothers distillery in Hye, Texas, is coming to Houston to host a whiskey dinner at Wild Oats, located at 1222 Witte Road. The event, which takes place on Thursday, June 27 starting at 6 p.m., includes four courses paired with pours of Garrison Brothers whiskey chosen by Dan himself: Small Batch, Honey Dew, Single Barrel and Balmorhea. For dinner, the Wild Oats team has lined up smoked oysters with bourbon and beef tallow, salsa macha, cilantro oil and lemon, Bourbon-Glazed Pork Belly with millefeuille potatoes, apple slaw and purée, mustard seeds and chicharrones, steak au poivre with bourbon pink peppercorn au poivre, roasted cipollini onions and grilled asparagus, and chocolate cake with bourbon buttercream for dessert. Tickets cost $90, are non-refundable and available via Resy.

Learn the Fundamentals of Clear Spirits for Just A Little Cash

What’s your favorite clear spirit? For only $20, the Total Wine & More location at 12516 Memorial is helping you learn more about the most popular ones in a class on Thursday, June 27 and June 29.  It’s called Gin, Vodka & Tequila — A Battle of the Clear Spirits. Use this link to register for the Thursday class, which is from 6 to 8 p.m., and this one to sign up for the Saturday class, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Through June 2024

Spicy boiled crawfish at BB's Tex-Orleans
Spicy boiled crawfish at BB’s Tex-Orleans. Courtesy photo.

Get 10 Pounds of Crawfish For $5 a Pound on Mondays

BB’s Tex-Orleans is offering 10 pounds of crawfish for $50 every Monday in June. The offer is available across multiple locations for dine-in and to-go but does not include add-ons such as sausage, red potatoes, button mushrooms, boiled eggs or corn. Pile on other seafood options for an additional fee, such as king crab legs, Dungeness crab, snow crab and Hot-n-Spicy Boiled Shrimp. Boiled seafood styles include The Tex-Orleans Way with BB’s signature seasoning and spicy coating, The Louisiana Way with a light dusting of seasoning after soaking in a citrus-infused spice bath for 30 minutes and The Citrus Garlic Way with citrus fruits and roasted garlic tossed in the boil.

Lick Honest Ice Creams has a special flavor and merch for Pride Month 2024
Lick Honest Ice Creams has a special flavor and merch for Pride Month 2024. Photo by Annie Ray.

New Ice Cream Flavors To Try for Pride Month

Lick Honest Ice Cream’s new summer ice cream flavors are coming out soon. These include Cherry Limeade made with cherries from Northwest Texas, Cilantro Lime, Strawberry Basil (made with Texas strawberries), Orange You Glad It’s Pride (an orange and vanilla concoction with rainbow sprinkles), vegan Coconut Cream Pie and Grapefruit Paloma made with Dulce Vida Tequila, fresh lime, grapefruit and a touch of salt. Top anything you want with the seasonal Texas strawberry sauce.

Lick is also using the Orange You Glad It’s Pride in its PRIDE Fundae. Served in a waffle bowl, it additionally includes scoops of Grapefruit Paloma and Cherry Limeade, and is topped with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a little edible glitter. The company also has special Pride Month merchandise featuring its logo in rainbow colors.

Through Summer 2024

prime rib at TRIBUTE at The Houstonian
Every Friday during summer 2024, enjoy a decadent prime rib feast at TRIBUTE at The Houstonian. Courtesy photo.

Relax Over Sangria or a Prime Rib Feast at Houston’s Finest Resort

The Houstonian at 111 North Post Oak is one of the best places to stay in Houston, but the great thing about it is that locals have plenty to enjoy there, too. Summertime means sangria, and from 3 to 10 p.m. every Thursday, visit for the Sangria Social Soirée. Choose from classic red, white or rosé varieties. The cost is $40 for a pitcher or $12 for a glass. There is an ample, wood-decked patio adjacent to restaurant TRIBUTE and The Bar for enjoying these fruity wine cocktails. You’re welcome to enjoy these inside The Bar as well.

If you have an appetite for a hearty end to the week, Make a reservation for TRIBUTE’s Friday night prime rib dinners. The smoked prime rib is accompanied by just about anything you could want alongside: yukon mashed potatoes, grilled jumbo asparagus, creamed spinach, jus and horseradish sauce. The cost is $89 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and you can make them by calling (713) 685-6713. Make sure to mention that you are visiting for the prime rib dinner. Valet is available, or you can park for free in the garage.

Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue in Houston
A sign mounted to the front of Pizzitola’s honors original owners John and Leila Davis. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Rack Up a Deal on Smoky Pork Ribs

Pizzitola’s Barbecue, 1703 Shepherd: Houston’s oldest barbecue restaurant, which has been in operation since 1935, is now offering a full rack of its famous pit-smoked spare ribs for just $25 every Friday and Saturday during June and July. There is no limit to how many racks you can purchase, and pre-orders can be made by calling the restaurant directly at (713) 227-2283. This special is available for dine-in and to-go.

Enjoy Summer Friendly Sips And Bites In River Oaks

A trio of Summer Spritz at Zanti Cucina Italiana. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
A trio of Summer Spritz at Zanti Cucina Italiana. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Zanti Cucina Italiana, an elegant Italian restaurant in River Oaks which has been impressing us ever since opening mid-November 2022, has introduced a Summer Spritz Menu that may be the mood-lifting cure Houston needs after a rash of storms and triple-digit heat. The menu includes six different refreshing riffs on the sparkling Italian wine-based cocktail priced at $15 each. Options include the Spritz Al Limone with limoncello, prosecco and soda, The Spagliato with Campari, sweet vermouth and prosecco and Purple Delight with crème de violette, lemon juice, simple syrup, grappa and prosecco. There is even a non-alcoholic Berry Brezza with muddled raspberry, simple syrup, lemon juice and soda. These sociable aperitifs are the perfect compliment to conversations and small bites with friends. 

During happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Zanti offers half a dozen small plates priced between $12 and $14, including arancini in a flavorful arrabbiata sauce, shrimp ceviche and oysters on the half shell. You will also regularly find live musical performances during this time and drink specials on house cocktails, beer and wine. Visiting is easy, too, as Zanti also offers free (gratuity only) valet parking.

New Year-Round Features

Chef Christine Ha’s Fried Chicken is Back

The Blind Goat, 8145 Long Point: Chef-owner Christine Hà and her husband, John Su, have introduced Fried Chicken Night to their modern Vietnamese eatery in Spring Branch. Every Thursday, guests can order chef Hà’s signature crispy fried chicken — half a bird brined in garlic and fish sauce for 48 hours before being battered in a nine-spice buttermilk coating and fried until golden and crunchy. It’s then tossed with a blend of cumin and Sichuan peppercorns. The cost is $22 for an order, and it’s served with Korean pickled radish to brighten things up. To wash it down, all wines by the glass are 25% off on Thursdays. Reservations can be made through Tock.

A Full Meal Deal on Fajitas

Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage, 2009 West 34th: This fun, casual, Tex-Mex joint in the heart of Garden Oaks is now offering Fajita Nights on Mondays and Tuesdays for dine-in or to go. The promo is available indefinitely and includes a chile con queso appetizer and combination beef and chicken fajitas for two served with Mexican rice, your choice of black refried beans or charro beans and fresh, housemade flour or corn tortillas with shredded cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream on the side for $41.99. Also available on Fajita Nights are $8.99 house jumbo margaritas and $10.99 El Garage Margaritas featuring Don Julio tequila.

A New Lunchtime Offering In Spring

Belly of the Beast, the acclaimed restaurant from chef Thomas Bille and his wife Elizabeth, located at 5200 FM 2920, has announced that starting on Friday, June 7 it will be opening for lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The lunch menu includes shareables such as grilled shrimp and pork belly, tuna tostadas and ceviche mixto, and entrées such as pollo en mole with rice, crema, pepitas, cotija and corn tortillas, carne asada with frijoles aligot, maggi onions and 50/50 tortillas, Iberico pork huarache, duck bánh mì, The Burger with wagyu beef, cheddar, BotB secret sauce and “burger de gallo” and Chicken Tinga Tostada.

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