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Houston restaurants introduce unique menu items and more for 2014

A new year is the chance to bridge out and try different things, and Houston restaurants are no stranger to the needs of their diners. Fresh menu choices, fun dishes and special events are available for those wishing to venture out.

Funky Chicken in the Heights has roasted and fried goodness
Valerie Sweeten

Special events:
#1: TRINITI at 2815 South Shepherd introduces Tuesday night Bartender Guest Series and have cultivated an evening that will feature cocktail aficionados and industry insiders alike. Guests will delight in a special cocktail menu designed by various visiting bartenders while supporting a good cause. Tips from the evening will be donated to a charity of the guest bartender’s choice. Triniti Restaurant will be match the tips for up to $1,000. Charities include 86 Cancer, a non-profit formed in Houston to raise funds for fellow industry professionals battling cancer; and BlueCure, a non-profit that raises awareness about prostate cancer. The cocktail tastings will take place in Triniti’s lounge starting at 7 pm and the cocktails will be priced at $10 each.

• January 21: Greg Doxakis (Republic National Distributing Co.)
• January 28: Chip Hight (Balvenie Whiskey Associate with William Grant & Sons), benefiting BlueCure Foundation
• February 4: Sheridan Fay (El Gran Malo/El Big Bad), benefiting 86 Cancer
February 11: Hal Brock (Glazers Wholesale Drug Co.), benefiting Yes! Prep
• February 18: James Watkins (Cordua Restaurant

#2: Restaurants celebrate the Museum of Fine Arts Exhibit: Houston foodies can enjoy exhibition- inspired dishes at Brasserie 19 and Restaurant CINQ, along with a special hotel package from La Colombe d’Or Hotel, in celebration of The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, until March 22. Guests who dine from the prix-fixe menus below will receive a discount to view the exhibition. Learn more about The Age of Impressionism at www.mfah.org/impressionism. The menus and packages will be offered until Monday, February 24.

New menu choices and fun dishes:
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, and 12637 Westheimer, will be celebrating National Soup and Salad Month with specials throughout January 2014 with Classic Tortilla Soup, Sylvia’s Homemade Tortilla Soup, Sopa de Fidelo, Caldo de Pollo and Caesar Salad. Visit website at www.SylviasEnchiladaKitchen.com.

Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill, known for its mesquite wood-fire grill, and as a ‘Texas Burger Joint with tacos, margaritas and cold beer,”will be debuting new salads in January 2014. Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill New Salad Menu includes Grilled Chicken Salad, Lemon Kale Salad, Asian Chicken Salad, Farm Chicken Salad, Chicken Pecan Salad, Taco Salad and Southwest Salad. Details at www.SkeetersGrill.com.

Adair Kitchen debuts seasonal “Fresh Food, Fresh Year” menu items. The January menu stays consistent with Adair Kitchen’s quest for fresh, simple and quality items and is served daily after 5 pm until March, 2014. For more information, please visit www.adairkitchen.com. Adair Kitchen is located at 5161 San Felipe at Sage.

Funky Chicken at 181 Heights Boulevard kicks-off on January 18 at its Funky Brunch, featuring Chicken and Funky Pancakes (waffles) with mashed potatoes and gravy. For a limited time, enjoy $1 mimosa. Funky Chicken is located at 181 Heights Boulevard. For more information, www.RealFunkyChicken.com.

Sorrel Urban Bistro at 2202 West Alabama launched its Small Bites Sunday menu series to welcome 2014. Similar to the way tapas are served, the ever-changing menu will include 10 to 15 small specialty plates that can be enjoyed personally or shared amongst the table. Visit www.sorrelhouston.com for details and reservations.