Houston Restaurant Weeks & Other Nonsense

It’s been more than a month since my last post and I have been feeling guilty for not updating. Luckily, I have at least one friend who reads my blog and who encouraged me to get back into writing.

Much like July, I have NO idea where August has gone. I have been in and out of town the last two months and I had unexpected drama in my life at the beginning of July. After a few weeks of being withdrawn from just about everything, I am feeling better and getting my life back on track.

Since midsummer I have been to the beaches of North Carolina, spent a week on the lovely island of Puerto Rico, and attended my best friend’s wedding in Montana. Next Friday I depart for Seattle to spend Labor Day weekend with one of my best guy friends and at the end of September I will be braving the Grand Canyon as my friend Josh and I set out on a hiking adventure.

I definitely can’t say that my life is not blessed! 

Although I have had some great things going on, I have consistently been feeling a bit of turmoil in my heart. I’m not sure how much of it stems from the drama I experienced last month, but I feel that I am in need of some change. I have been tossing around the idea of changing direction a little bit and finding a new job. At this point, I’m not exactly sure where these thoughts will take me but I figure I can at least put myself out there through networking and resume submissions and see what comes of it. I guess we’ll see…!

Anyhoo, enough inner reflection!

Each August, something called Houston Restaurant Weeks gives city dwellers the opportunity to experience a long-list of exceptional local restaurants at only a fraction of the cost. Participating restaurants can offer three and four-course brunch, lunch and dinner menus for only $20 or $35. Not only do you get to excite your taste buds, but a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Houston Food Bank. Definitely a win-win kind of event!

A few weeks ago I met Josh for lunch at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. This restaurant is conveniently located a few blocks from my work. It’s also connected to the Galleria mall, so if you don’t want to pay to valet, expect to spend a bit of time circling around the underground garage to find parking. Entering this place, it’s pretty grand looking!

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We were seated and our waiter was pretty prompt to take our drink order. I decided on the roasted poblano bisque and the filet medallions. The bisque was delicious! It was full of flavor with the right amount of kick. I don’t typically like very spicy dishes, but this had the perfect balance of spiciness that didn’t overpower the integrity of the poblano flavor. My main dish came out perfectly cooked and was pretty good, however the filet had too many spices on it for my taste. I prefer my red meat to be sparingly spiced so that I can enjoy the taste of the cut itself. It wasn’t awful by any means, but I’ve definitely had better. I’m sure if I would have ordered another steak it would have been awesome. I think Josh really enjoyed his filet mignon with chimichurri sauce.

The wait staff was super attentive and friendly — of course, at a high-class restaurant where you are paying good money for your meal, they better be nothing short of stellar! But, my point is, even though we were “coupon-customers” I felt that we were treated just the same.

The only downside to this lunch was that the deal didn’t include a dessert like most of the other Houston Restaurant Weeks menus do. This is no mark against the restaurant on the whole, but it would have been nice to get a little sweet-tooth fix before heading back to the confines of my office. However, this letdown was countered by the company of a good friend and getting to catch up after months of not seeing each other. So, overall, I would give Del Frisco’s four stars. A great choice for an anniversary date, fancy birthday dinner or other special occasion.

Stay tuned for updates on more Houston Restaurant Weeks experiences. On Sunday, Josh and I will be hitting up brunch at Branch Water Tavern and on Wednesday a few of my friends and I are getting together to play dress up and act like “fancy smancy snooty frooty Frenchies” for dinner at Artisans!