Where to Eat on Valentine's Day 2015 in Houston

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Have all the champagne you want; V-Day's on a Saturday this year.
Love is in the air -- because Cupid's favorite holiday is right around the corner! Whether you're looking for a date night that's cute and sweet or an evening full of champagne and over-the-top romance, we've got the lowdown on the city's best dining deals happening Valentine's Day (and Valentine's Day Weekend).

024 Grille
945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350

Head to Memorial City's 024 Grille on Valentine's Day to indulge in a four-course dinner with an amuse-bouche from the chef for $90 per couple (plus $45 per additional person).

60 Degrees Mastercrafted
2300 Westheimer, 713-360-7757

This elegant steakhouse will be offering a specially crafted 4-course V-Day menu on Saturday, Feb. 14 for $75 per person.

Allô French Rotisserie
126 Vintage Park, 832-843-7422

Embark on "A Trip to Lyon" to celebrate la Saint-Valentin! Your dinner for two will take you on a virtual trip down the Rhône and Saône rivers with stops at many of this ancient city's landmarks for only $90 per couple.

Amalfi
6100 Westheimer, 713-532-2201

Owner and executive chef Giancarlo Ferrara will be hosting his first Valentine's Day Dinner at his modern Italian restaurant. Enjoy an a la carte menu featuring dishes like homemade foie gras terrine and pheasant confit; houseade parpardelle with mussels and sea urchin saffron sauce; wood-roasted veal over black truffled mashed potatoes; and more.

Américas
2040 W. Gray, 832-200-1492
21 Waterway, 281-367-1492

Both the River Oaks and Woodlands locations of modern Latin restaurant Américas will be offering a three-course menu -- featuring lobster corndogs, their famous churrasco steak, one of the best tres leches in town, and more -- for $75 per person on Feb. 13, 14, and 15.

Artisans Restaurant
3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111

You'll have a bonne Saint-Valentin at this sexy, rustic-chic bistro on Valentine's Day. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy a special pre-fixe menu -- think Pacific ahi tuna, pan-seared lamb, triple chocolate mousse, and more -- for $140 per person.


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Houston Restaurant Gift Card Deals - Buy a Gift Card, Get a Bonus

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Restaurants like Kata Robata, Cordua Restaurant Group, Kuu, and Del Frisco's are offering great gift card deals.

It's been going on for days now: Every other email you're receiving is some special deal or last minute reminder that Christmas is, in fact, just days away. No time to go shopping? Want to avoid the crazy mall traffic and harried shoppers?

If you are a habitual gift card giver, and you're wondering what to get for your special someone for Christmas 2014, here's an idea: Buy a restaurant gift card. As a special bonus, many of Houston's best restaurants are giving away bonus gift cards with purchase, so you get to eat well, too!

Here, we've rounded up a bunch of sweet deals, many of which can be purchased online. Note, however, that some of the gift bonuses may have expirations and restricted dates for use, so remember to inquire about these limitations before buying.


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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Pearland

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Celebrate Oktoberfest any day of the week.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving on to Pearland.

Honorable mention: Fajita Wednesdays at Emma's Mex Grill and sushi at Sakura Japanese Restaurant.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Memorial City

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Vallone's plump and tender meatballs are one of the restaurant's most popular items.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving to the 'hood of Memorial City.

Honorable Mention: Build your own antipasti at Ciro's and fancy pants social hour at Eddie V's.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in The Woodlands

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Enjoy stellar drinks and bar bites at some of The Woodlands' finest.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving on to the bar and restaurant-packed 'hood of The Woodlands.

Honorable Mention: Craft brews at The Refuge Bar & Bistro and Italian bites and wine at Pallotta's Italian Grille (which is located just east of I-45).

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

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We don't know what's nicer. Cottonwood's bar or the giant outdoor patio.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving we're moving just outside the loop to the neighborhoods of Garden Oaks and Oak Forest.

Note: For purposes of this post, Garden Oaks / Oak Forest is defined as north of Loop 610, east of Highway 290, south of Tidwell and west of Shepherd.

Honorable Mention: Free wine tastings at Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro (follow them on Facebook for updates).

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The 5 Best Happy Hours Near Highland Village

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This handsome bar has all-American class.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week -- since many of these fell outside the scope of our neighboring lists -- we're moving on to the bars and resto's around Highland Village.

Honorable Mention: $8 happy hour pizzas at Capone's, which is moving to a new location in Upper Kirby soon (the last day in current location is November 29).

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in River Oaks

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These sweet, spicy, and ethereally light chicken wings are just $6 during Américas' social hour.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving on to the chic 'hood of River Oaks.

Note: For the purposes of this post, River Oaks is defined as south of Buffalo Bayou, west of Dunlavy, east of Willowick and north of Westheimer. This intertwines with Montrose and Kirby, so be sure to check out those lists at the end of this piece and look out for our upcoming list covering the bars/restaurants near Highland Village.


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The 5 Best Happy Hours in the East End

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These are no ordinary dogs...
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving east of downtown to the area known as the East End.

Honorable mention: Voodoo Queen.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the East End is based off of this official map, which roughly places its boundaries at Clinton Drive to the north, I-45 to the south, 610 to the east and parts of 59 to the west.

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Dine Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving in Houston

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This Thanksgiving, let Houston restaurants take care of the fuss.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- and if you aren't planning on burning your house down with a turkey fryer (again) or you just don't feel like cooking, you're going to need some ideas on where to eat. Well you've come to the right place, friends.

From casual options and brunches to fancy five-course affairs, here is your Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Guide:

Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up!

024 Grille
945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350

Head to this modern American eatery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day feast ($55/adult; $45/senior; $25/child age 6-12). Along with complimentary mimosas, indulge in pastries and muffins, seasonal fruits, made-to-order omelets, eggs benny, roasted butternut squash soup, an assortment of fresh greens, turkey and prime beef carving stations, smoked chicken and cornbread stuffing, goat cheese whipped potatoes, French green bean casserole, smoked gouda mac', and more. And we didn't even get to dessert. A chocolate fountain, honey bourbon pecan pie, and bananas foster bread pudding (among others) help round out the affair.

Américas
2040 W. Gray, 832-200-1492
21 Waterway, 281-367-1492

Both Américas locations will being serving Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet -- featuring Cordua classics alongside holiday favorites with Latin flair -- from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ($49 adults; $15 for children age 6 to 12). Enjoy dishes like pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, maple glazed pecan ham, loaded mashed potatoes, aji-pepper-rubbed roast turkey, and pumpkin spice tres leches; Then wash it all down with some cinnamon-spiced cranberry sangria (additional charge) for good measure.


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