The New Year has irresistible offerings for 2013 from across the Greater Houston area with specialty dinners, new menu items and more geared toward satisfying palates in all areas of the city.
At Khun Kay Thai Café at 1209 Montrose Boulevard, the entire month will be filled with dishes drenched in flavor. Chef and owner, Kay Soodjai is offering three additional menu items. They include Kang Ho, a Thai yellow curry dish, Fire Quaker Curry, a slow roasted duck dish, Hogmanay Heaven, which is pork with spicy Thai barbecue sauce and finally, New Year Heat, a herb soup packed with oyster mushrooms, lemon grass and more. All dishes range from $8.95 to $10.95 and are available for lunch and dinner. Details at www.khunkaythaicafe.com or by calling 713-524-9614.
Fratelli’s Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant at 10989 Northwest Freeway is ready for runners coming to Houston for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Owner and chef, Teresa Tadeo Wittman, has designed a Carb-Up Festival for Runners on Saturday, January 12, 2013.
Wittman has developed six carb-rich dishes to gear up runners for their energy packed day. “All the runners are participating are amazing athletes. To help them cross the finish line in record time, I have prepared six carb-rich dishes to help them have their best time ever,” she said. More details at www.FratellisHouston.com or call 713-957-1150 for reservations.
On January 15, 2013, Mia Bella Trattoria in Sugar Land will celebrate their first anniversary by selling one of their most popular dishes, Mushroom Strudel, for only $3.65. Owner, Julio Garcia, said this dish will be offered for lunch and dinner. This dish is one of the original menu items that premiered at Mia Bella in 1999. Mia Bella Trattoria is located at First Colony Mall’s Courtyard Restaurant Plaza. For more information, call 281-240-5000 or go to www.bellarestaurants.com
Also on January 15, Latin Bites kicks off their series of monthly Chef Tasting menus created by Chef Roberto Castre. These six course offerings will come with an option of wine or cocktail pairing and are available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dinners are $60 per person and include six courses.
With seasonally inspired ingredients and special theme, Castre invites guests to explore the monthly menus while mingling with mixologists, winemakers and visiting chefs. After January, the series will be spotlighted the second Tuesday of each month. The next evening dinner will be held on February 12, 2013. Latin Bites is located at 5709 Woodway. Call for reservations at 713-229-8369.
January is also known for Super Bowl action and wouldn’t be complete without a little taste of football. Haven, located at 2502 Algerian Way, will be host to a special wine dinner on Thursday, January 24 with NFL Coach, Dick Vermeil and selected wines from his Napa Valley Vermeil Wines vineyards.
Chef/co-owner, Randy Evans, has created a five course dinner plus reception appetizers to pair with Vermeil’s wines. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner is $120 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For more information, call 713-581-6101 or go to www.havenhouston.com.
THE LATEST IN TASTY FOOD CHOICES
Beginning in January, four of Houston’s most in-demand food truck will dish out fast and casual gourmet eats at the Houston Pavilions at 1201 Fannin. This three city block span of food choices will have lunchtime offerings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Downtown foodies can dive into savory selections from Monster PBJ on Mondays until 6 p.m., It’s A Wrap on Tuesdays, Refuel and Golden Grill on Wednesdays and Fridays. Ladybird will be in the area on Thursdays and Saturdays. Karen Mulville, general manager of Houston Pavilions, said the demand for relaxed lunchtime dining alternatives is on the rise. “Houstonians plan to test their taste buds, get healthier and try new things in 2013. There is no better time to bring daily food truck service to the Pavilions,” she said.
At Smashburger, original burger and craft beer pairings are ready to take on hungry diners at all their 12 Houston area locations. The new malted matches, starting at $8.68, are in collaboration with Saint Arnold Brewing Company and have been expertly matched by Smashburger founder, Tom Ryan and Saint Arnold founder/president, Brock Wagner.
Burger and craft beer pairing choices at Smashburger include Classic Burger with Amber Ale, Mushroom Swiss Burger and Santo beer, BBQ, Bacon and Cheddar Burger with Brown Ale, Avocado Club Burger and Weedwacker, Texas Burger and Amber Ale, Spicy Baja Burger with Weedwacker and the Spinach, Crispy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Elissa IPA and Goat Cheese Chicken Sandwich and Fancy Lawnmower.