Top 10 Food & Drink Events & Offerings in Houston This Month: November 2020

Spice Vindaloo Ribs at Pondicheri | Courtesy of Pondicheri

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

This month kicks off with festive food and drink to celebrate the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The foodie celebrations continue with treats and perks for voters, a farm-to-table Sunday Supper experience, Veterans Day specials, and more. Here are all of the tasty culinary happenings this November.

Top 10 Food & Drink Events & Offerings in Houston This Month: November 2020

  • Dia de los Muertos at Hugo’s, Caracol & Xochi | Sunday, November 1 Celebrate one of Mexico’s most meaningful holidays at three of the city’s top tier Mexican restaurants in Hugo’s in Montrose, Caracol near the Galleria, and Xochi in Downtown. Each will be decorated for the holiday, including altars, and will feature special menus (available dine-in or to-go) on from Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 1. Dine on dishes like roasted pork tamal, pozole, and pan de muerto (Hugo’s); seafood tamal, short ribs mole, and chocolate pumpkin tart (Caracol); and blue corn empanadas de pollo, grilled prime ribeye mole, and flan de maiz (Xochi). Meals are $46 per person; $27 for optional Tequila/Mezcal cocktail pairing.
  • Dia de los Muertos + Halloween at El Big Bad | Through Monday, November 2 This year, instead of hosting its usual Dia de los Muertos + Halloween fiesta, the downtown tequila bar and kitchen will be hosting a week of socially distanced events at reduced capacity—though you can still expect food and drink specials, flowing tequila, and festive holiday fun. Follow the event page for details and updates on how you can safely attend.
  • Election Day Special at Brennan’s | Tuesday, November 3 – The iconic Houston Creole house will be rewarding those who exercise their civic duty with a complimentary order of Ballot Beignets, fluffy fried pillows of dough sprinkled with Texas powdered sugar and served with café au lait anglaise. To receive the dine-in promotion, simply present your “I Voted” sticker on Election Day.
  • Free Red, White, or Blue Margaritas at Hugo’s, Caracol & Xochi | Through Tuesday, November 3 Swing through any of these three Houston Mexican restaurants with your “I VOTED!” sticker and get treated to an on-the-house margarita in red, white, or blue. The Margarita Roja features tequila, Campari, triple sec, with fresh lime and orange; the El Coco Margarita rocks silver tequila, coconut rum liqueur, coconut milk, and fresh lime; and the Margarita Azul is kissed with tequila, blue Curaçao, triple sec, and fresh lime. Each margarita is an $11 value.
  • 50 Cent First Wednesday at Kolache Shoppe | Wednesday, November 4 – Kolache Shoppe turned 50 this year, and to celebrate, the Houston institution 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.
  • Urban Harvest’s Sunday Supper at Moonstruck Drive-In Theatre | Sunday, November 8 – Urban Harvest’s biannual fundraising event will be a fun socially distanced event, featuring a super cool drive-in movie experience and course-dinner with ingredients sourced from the farmers market. Chefs Chris Shepherd and Nick Fine of UB Hospitality, Austin Waiter of Tony’s, Becca and Jason Kerr of Little Kitchen HTX and Elaine Won of Dumpling Haus will be creating the dinner, offered for four people with the cost of admission; and guests can watch The Biggest Little Farm from the comfort of a car or at the outdoor and socially distanced lounge seating area. $300 per vehicle. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Free Burgers for Veterans at Bowl & Barrel, The General Public, and The Rustic | Wednesday, November 11 – In honor of Veterans Day, Bowl & Barrel, The General Public, and The Rustic will each be offering a burger on the house to all veterans with a valid military ID.
  • Veterans Day at Landry’s Restaurants | Wednesday, November 11 – In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Landry’s restaurants are offering active U.S. Military members and veterans 20-percent off their entire meal (for up to parties of four, alcohol not included). Landry’s operates more than 600 high-end and casual dining establishments, including well-known concepts such as Mastro’s Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouses and Del Frisco’s Grille, Vic & Anthony’s, The Oceanaire, Rainforest Cafe, and more. Note: The special discount excludes Golden Nugget restaurants and McCormick & Schmick’s locations. Verification of service is required.
  • Fall Features at Pondicheri | Tuesdays and Fridays – In addition to extending its patio seating with a raised wooden deck, Pondicheri has added new fall features to its Indian street food menu, including yogurt-marinated Fried Chicken Tuesdays ($40 for two) and a spiced Vindaloo Ribs special available for lunch and dinner Fridays while supplies last. Chef Anita Jaisinghani uses heritage organic chickens for her famous fried chicken dish, each batch first brined and marinated in yogurt, ginger, and ajwain masala, and then fried in ghee. She uses a chickpea batter to coat the chicken, which means that each order is gluten free. Sides include pickled vegetables, Uppma, and a tamarind dipping sauce.
  • UBP After Dark at UB Preserv | Thursdays – Hungry night owls and post-shift restaurant workers can head to UB Preserv for late-night eats every Thursday. The kitchen will offer a limited menu of craveable munchies and cocktail specials, including Korean fried ribs, “Thicc n’ Hearty” burgers and fries, garlic cucumbers, al pastor mushroom quesadilla, smoked McRib buns, salt-and-pepper squid, and pretzel bread with pimento cheese, plus drinks like the Post Shift Pilsner and a shot of rum fire, whiskey or tequila; or the Frozen Ca Phe Sua Da (bourbon, vanilla, coffee). Reservations can be made online. 10pm to 1am.

Social Distancing & COVID-19

Businesses in Houston have opened under modified protocols, following guidelines administered by local health officials, the State of Texas and CDC. At this time, guidance from experts urges people to continue wearing face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

Before heading out, take time to familiarize with your destination’s requirements or restrictions at this moment, and be sure to contact them ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

On-the-house margaritas from Xochi, Caracol & Hugo’s when you present an “I VOTED!” sticker | Courtesy of Xochi

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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 .