Small Bites: Houston Food & Drink Specials for the Week of May 27, 2024 — Updated

Burger Bodega is bringing back its collaborative burger with Phat Eatery for one night only.

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 it’s not 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.

This Week

The Phat Eatery Beef Rendang Burger at Burger Bodega. Courtesy photo.
The Phat Eatery Beef Rendang Burger at Burger Bodega. Courtesy photo.

Remember a Restaurant Legend and Enjoy a Special Burger Creation

On Wednesday, May 29 only, restaurateur Abbas Dhanani of Burger Bodega at 4520 Washington Avenue is bringing back the Beef Rendang Smash Burger that he created with our late friend and patron, Alex Au-Yeung of Phat Eatery. It features a beef rendang spiced patty topped with curry fries, curry aioli, and mango papaya slaw. The burger, created with the help of Au-Yeung’s business successors Kevin Lee and Marvin He, goes on sale at 5 p.m. and is available until it sells out. A sellout is very likely, so guests are encouraged to arrive a little early. Profits will go to the Southern Smoke Foundation

a decadent 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 PM 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.

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.

Test Your Palate & Meet A South African Winemaker

Camerata at Paulie’s at 1830 Westheimer regularly hosts Somm Sundays, when guests can do a blind tasting of three wines and make their best guesses on what each one is based solely on sight, taste and smell. On Sunday, June 2 from 4 to 6 p.m., there is a bit of a twist on the game. Pieter Ferreira, the winemaker for Graham Beck in South Africa, will be on hand, and the blind tasters will be challenged to identify which of three sparkling wines is Cap Classique, a type of South African sparkling wine that receives a second fermentation in the bottle. Ferreira will be able to answer questions on South African wines, and sparkling wines in general. Guests also have the option to order a flight of three Graham Beck wines for $15, which will be available from when Camarata opens at 4 p.m. until it closes at midnight. No reservations or tickets are required.

Next Week (Monday, June 3 through Sunday, June 9)

Start Your Week With Award-Winning Dumplings 

Niki Vongthong with Wagyu Dumplings
Try chef Niki Vongthong’s award-winning Wagyu Dumplings at an upcoming pop-up. Courtesy photo.

Since stepping away from Hidden Omakase in March, The 2024 Truffle Masters winner chef, Niki Vongthong, has been partnering with restaurants across Houston for special, one-day only menus. The next collaboration is taking place on Monday, June 3 at 93 ‘til, located in Montrose at 1601 West Main. The event starts at 5 p.m. and will run until everything is sold out. The menu includes Lao sausage for $5, grilled pork jowl with spicy sauce and sticky rice for $18 and tom yum noodles with crispy pork belly, ground pork, shrimp, poached egg, wood ear mushrooms in a broth cooked with shrimp heads for $20, with the option to add A5 wagyu for $10 more. It also includes her winning dish from this year’s Truffle Masters: Wagyu Dumplings with caramelized wagyu and salted radish garnished with fried garlic and freshly-shaved truffles which cost $11 for three dumplings, with the option to add shaved truffles for $10. For dessert, there is Pandan Sweet Rice with coconut custard and salted coconut cream for $10.

The Biggest Food & Drink Week in The Woodlands Returns

It’s time for the annual Wine & Food Week, now in its 20th year. The festivities begin on Wednesday, June 5 and end on Saturday, June 8 with the big Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase. Get the full details in our article, and be sure and get tickets to your preferred events before they sell out.

Houston's James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega
Houston’s James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega. Courtesy photo.

Dine With a Tequila Master At Hugo’s

Master distiller Antonio Salles will be in Houston for this four-course dinner featuring El Tequileño Tequila on Wednesday, June 5. Salles is the grandson of the distillery’s late founder, Don Jorge Salles Cuervo, and it was recently named “Best Agave Producer of the Year” by the International Spirits Challenge

The dinner is being created by James Beard Award-winning chef and owner Hugo Ortega and his brother, pastry chef Ruben Ortega. Each course will be paired with a El Tequileño spirit or cocktail. The reception starts at 6 p.m., when guests will enjoy Hugo Ritas made with the tequila, and they will be seated for dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner courses include Taco De Carnitas De Pato (duck carnitas taco) paired with Paloma de Xoconostle (paloma cocktail with prickly pear) and Pastel De Xocolatl-Mulli (mole chocolate cake with calamansi gel, spearmint cream and chocolate cubes) teamed with El Tequileño Añejo Gran Reserva. The cost is $130 plus tax and gratuity. Go online to see the full menu and for tickets.

On June 5, Eat a 300-Pound Tuna (With Some Help)

On Wednesday, June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., you can watch chefs Jimmy Kieu and Marcos Juarez Cara carve a 300-pound bluefin tuna into all its delicious parts at Hidden Omakase, located at 2715 Bissonnet. Then, you’ll get to experience the flavors and textures of different parts of the fish during a 15-course dinner. The cost is $300 per person, and the experience is limited to 22 attendees. Drinks are not included, but sake, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase through Hidden Bar, which is adjacent to the restaurant. Tickets are available online.

Free Doughnut With Drink Purchase on Friday, June 7

Doughnuts at Tim Hortons
Doughnuts at Tim Hortons. Courtesy photo.

June 7 is National Donut Day, so Tim Hortons locations are giving customers a free donut with any drink purchase. That even applies to the seasonal beverages, which include Cookie Butter Cold Brew and Cookie Butter Iced Capp. Limit one free doughnut per customer.

Little Rey taco
Chef and restaurateur Ford Fry, who owns Superica and La Lucha in the Heights, has brought tacos and pollo al carbon to River Oaks. Courtesy photo.

Enjoy Free Small Bites and a Party at a Celebrity Chef’s Taqueria

Chef Ford Fry’s restaurant Little Rey recently opened at 2345 Mid in the River Oaks neighborhood, and a block party to celebrate is on Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and attendees will get to sample the food. Some examples include guacamole and chips, tacos, including the chicken al carbon, smoked chicken wings tossed in salsa matcha and soft-serve ice cream. There will even be a queso fountain. Drinks are available for purchase, and the selection includes margaritas, beer and Coca-Cola-brand sodas. For entertainment, there will be face painting, a balloon artist and a DJ.

Drink Pink On The Patio On Saturday, June 8

Artisans, chef-owner Jacques Fox’s French restaurant at 5745 Westheimer, is celebrating National Rosé Day from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. It is offering a complimentary glass of rosé and hors d’oeuvres along with live music outside on its new patio, which happens to be one of our picks for best restaurant patios in Houston. The restaurant suggests wearing your best pink and white attire for the occasion. No RSVP is required. 

Lulu's River Oaks
Lulu’s River Oaks. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam.

Grab a Deal On a Bottle of Rosé or a Frosty Frosé

Lulu’s River Oaks at 2518 Kirby is offering a deal for National Rosé Day. On Saturday, June 8, visit this Italian eatery for $35 bottles of a featured rosé or $10 glasses of frosé (a frozen rosé cocktail).

Coming Soon

Iced teas at HTeaO
Iced teas at HTeaO. Courtesy photo.

Half-Priced Specialty Iced Tea on Monday, June 10

HTeaO, which started in Texas and has five locations in the greater Houston area, is offering half-priced cups of tea for National Iced Tea Day, which is on Monday, June 10. The company has 26 flavors of sweetened and unsweetened teas. The selections range from basic iced tea to adventurous flavors such as Sweet Almond Green and Unsweet Peach Ginger.

Soak Up Some Italian Wine & Culture During A Special Happy Hour

If you love Italian food and drink, join the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce – Texas (IACC Texas) at a special happy hour at Sorrento Ristorante, located at 415 Westheimer. IACC Texas is a nonprofit organization that promotes trade between Italy and the United States and the development of Italian businesses in Texas. It runs from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, June 11, and the general public is welcome. Guests will enjoy complimentary small bites; drinks, including Italian wines, are available for purchase. Go online to reserve your spot.

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