I love Houston Restaurant Weeks. It’s a great opportunity to eat out at some of the best restaurants in Houston at a discounted price and it’s for a good cause. The restaurants that participate in the event donate a portion of each meal sold to the Houston Food Bank.
The first restaurant on my list was Backstreet Cafe. Hugo Ortega is the executive chef and was recently named a finalist for the James Beard Best Chef Southwest Award. His restaurant, Hugo’s, is amazing and I’d been wanting to go to Backstreet Cafe.
I had the red dinner menu with the red wine pairing. My friend had the white menu with a white menu pairing.
3-Course Red Dinner
Mixed Grains and Deeply Roasted Vegetables
with crispy prosciutto, eggplant, fennel, peppers, zucchini, onion, winter squash, farro, himalayan red rice, wheat berries, soft brown rice, red quinoa and teff, pan jus
paired with ´10 reneri rosso di montalcino (tuscany) – italy
Grilled Texas Quail
cornbread dressing, asparagus, roasted tomatillo sauce
paired with´10 dom pertisane “le nain violet” grenache (roussillon) – france
Artisan Cheese Plate
trio of artisan cheeses, blue cheese thumb cookies, goat cheese cookies
paired with ´07 taylor late bottled vintage porto – portugal
3-Course White Dinner
Gulf Coast Beignets
shrimp, crab, andouille sausage, corn, roasted red pepper remoulade
paired darting ´dürkheimer michelsberg´ kabinett (pfalz) germany
prosciutto, st. andre, arugula & root vegetable salad
paired with ´11 feudi di san gregorio fiano di avellino italy
caramelized texas peaches, toasted crispy rice
paired with 11 gianni moscato d´asti italy