Top 12 Food & Drink Events & Offerings in Houston This Month: September 2020

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Dine on delicious dishes and enjoy our picks for the top food and drink events taking place around Houston in September 2020.

Life is definitely different these days, but these local eateries are ready to spread the cheer this September.

This month, you can eat a burger and pay it forward to the teachers that are working hard to keep students safe; get in that last Houston Restaurant Weeks lunch, dinner, or brunch; pair bubbles with bbq; and attend a virtual celebration of Houston’s food and beverage community. Here’s everything tasty you need to eat, drink, and do all month long:

Top 12 Food & Drink Events & Offerings in Houston This Month: September 2020

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks | Through Wednesday, September 30 – This month-long charitable event (which has raised over $12.2 million to help the Houston Food Bank in its fight against hunger over the years) has extended through the month of September. That means you still have time to visit old favorites or find a new hidden gem as Houston-area restaurants offer fixed-price lunch, brunch, and dinner menus for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
  • 50 Cent First Wednesday at Kolache Shoppe | Wednesday, September 2 – The Houston institution turned 50 this year, and to celebrate, Kolache Shoppe is offering 50-cent kolaches at its Heights location and drive-thru on the first Wednesday of each month. The feature is limited to two dozen specially priced kolaches per party and call-in orders are excluded. 7am until supplies last.
  • Houston Press Virtual Menu of Menus Extravaganza 2020 | Wednesday, September 2 – The Houston Press is taking its annual celebration of the local food and beverage industry virtual this year, offering a fun online event that will feature the Iron Fork chef competition, cocktail demonstrations, food and cooking tips from Peli Peli South African Kitchen, food and premium alcohol bundle boxes (available for pickup on Monday, August 31 from 3pm to 7pm), and swag including a discount card featuring participating restaurants. Tickets are $49; $79 for VIP. 7pm.
  • Ready-to-Eat Feges BBQ & Bubbles at 13 Celsius | Friday, September 4 – Feges BBQ will be bringing its ready-to-eat smoked meats and sides to Midtown’s 13 Celsius for a night of barbecue and bubbly. Credit card only. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Opening of The Original Hot Dog Factory | Friday, September 4 – The Original Hot Dog Factory, an Atlanta staple, will officially open its first Houston location at 920 Studewood, Suite 300. The hot dog shop is known for its globally-inspired wieners, grilled, steamed, or fried and coming in varieties like the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Dog (with grilled pineapples, chopped onions and sweet island sauce) and the Memphis Dog (bacon-wrapped and topped with shredded cheddar, bbq sauce and chopped onions). Monday through Saturday 11am to 9pm.
  • Labor Day Three-Course Dinner at The Oceanaire | Monday, September 7 – In celebration of the long weekend at the end of summer, the seafood restaurant will offer a three-course dinner for $39 per guest. Diners can choose one starter, entree and dessert with choices from chowder and crispy fried calamari to grilled wild Alaskan salmon, center-cut filet and flourless chocolate torte. Guests can also add a bottle of wine with options ranging from $59 to $99.
  • Pay It Forward: Teachers Edition at Hopdoddy Burger Bar | Now through Thursday, September 17 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Pay It Forward campaign will donate one burger to teachers who are working to keep students safe as schools open, or to support parents participating in at-home learning. To participate, guests can use the promo code “Teacher” at online checkout; and dine-in customers can let cashiers know they would like to “Buy One Give One” when checking out at any Hopdoddy location. Guests can also buy additional burgers to pay it forward by adding a $5 Teacher burger to their order.
  • Taco Tuesday Team-Up featuring Riel at Tacos A Go Go | Weekly on Tuesdays – Tacos A Go Go continues its “Taco Tuesday Team-Up,” collaborating with local eateries (with a focus on woman-owned restaurants) to create a one-of-a-kind taco each month. September brings a collaboration with Riel, owned by Mechelle Tran and chef Ryan Lachaine, offering a special taco available at each of Tacos A Go Go’s four active locations (Midtown, Heights, Oak Forest, Cinco Ranch) throughout the month.
  • Bars Across Houston Pop-Up Program at One Fifth Houston | Weekly on Wednesdays – Joining the Bars Across Houston initiative piloted by Lucille’s (which continues every Thursday), Chef Chris Shepherd’s One Fifth Houston opens its doors to a Houston-area bar each week to take over the patio bar for a full evening of service, with 100-percent of sales and tips going to featured staff. Even more, $1 for every cocktail sold will go toward Lucille’s 1913, a nonprofit launched to feed Houstonians in need, specifically targeting the elderly in impoverished neighborhoods who have been cut off from their families due to the risk of COVID-19. 4pm to 11pm.
  • Virtual Wine Dinners with ROMA | Weekly on Thursdays – Since late April, the Rice Village Italian eatery has been putting on weekly virtual wine dinners that sell out every time. For $119 per couple or $89 per individual, the multi-course menus include three bottles of wine, with local wine guru Jeremy Parzen moderating and Italian winemakers joining in on the fun. Guests will receive a Zoom link and can pickup the goods from 5pm to 7pm ahead of the 7:30pm dinner.
  • Date Night Carry Out Menu at Frank’s Americana Revival | Weekly Friday to Sunday – Frank’s Americana Revival has rolled out a new Date Night Carry Out menu, offering a romantic spread of dishes like Tomato and Watermelon Salad, Grilled Tuna Steak with peach salsa fresca, and desserts like Banana Pudding and Strawberry-Rhubarb Sorbet. The $65 dinner for two is available for pickup Friday to Sunday from 4pm to 6pm and includes your choice of salad and main course, three sides, and choice of dessert, all ready to heat and eat at home. Cocktails and/or wine pairings are available for an additional charge. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Saturday Virtual Wine Dinner at Backstreet Café | Weekly on Saturdays – Each week, Backstreet Cafe hosts a Virtual Wine Dinner, featuring a 4-course takeout wine dinner for two and a Zoom invite for the day of the event. Look out for rotating selections like black pepper tagliatelle, crispy carnitas pork and grits, and chocolate tart with drunken cherries. Orders can be placed online for pickup on Saturdays. 10am to 6pm.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .