Top 10 Food & Drink Events/Offers in Houston This Month: December 2020

A festive Christmas cocktail, surrounded by pine combs
Christmapolitan at Miracle at Johnny's Pop-Up | Photo: Melissa Hom; Courtesy of Miracle at Johnny's

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

This month, locals can get into the holiday spirit by sipping kitschy drinks at a Christmas-themed pop-up bar, hitting up a holiday tamale stand, or enjoying a wintry, après-ski experience complete with frozen Irish coffees and cider doughnut holes. You can also slurp $1 oysters, get BOGO breakfast tacos, and try out a virtual cocktail class. Check out these culinary happenings and more in Houston this month.

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

  • Roti Breakfast Taco Tuesdays at Phat Kitchen | Tuesdays in December – Phat Kitchen, a “ghost kitchen” running out of Blodgett Food Hall, is offering a weekly buy one-get one special on its Roti Breakfast Tacos on Taco Tuesdays. To take advantage, enter the coupon code “ROTITACOBOGO” at checkout. The offer is available beginning at 8am for delivery and takeout from Blodgett Food Hall.
  • 50 Cent First Wednesday at Kolache Shoppe | Wednesday, December 2 – Kolache Shoppe turned 50 this year, and to celebrate, the Houston institution has offered 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.
  • Virtual Cocktail Classes with Alba Huerta | Wednesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 9 – Cocktail guru Alba Huerta continues her series of online bartending classes that will take you behind the bar at her Southern stunner, Julep. On December 2, Huerta will share her recipes and secrets for making Hot Toddies, Hot Buttered Rum and Mulled Wine; and on December 9, it’s all about Spritzes and Champagne Cocktails for the holidays. Courses are $15 for Visa cardholders and $20 for general admission.
  • No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Holidays | Through Friday, December 18 – Several area restaurants will be raising funds to feed children in need via No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Holidays fundraiser. For every order of fried rice sold, Mala Sichuan Bistro will donate $1 to feed children in need; Tobiuo Sushi & Bar will be donating $1 from every order of yakitori skewers sold, and both Phat Eatery and ghost kitchen Phat Kitchen will be donating $1 for every order of their flaky house roti flatbread sold.
  • Raclette Party on the Patio at Montrose Cheese & Wine | Saturday, December 19 –  Celebrating its love for the raclette cheese (the meltiest of all the cheeses and a typical après-ski meal in Switzerland), the cheese and wine shop will be hosting a Raclette Party out on its patio, complete with a full wheel of cheese to scrape right onto your plate. Plates include potatoes with caramelized onions, frisée, cornichons and baguette slices for $18 ($22 with charcuterie). 1pm to 5pm.
  • Mandela Family Freedom Menu at Peli Peli South African Kitchen | All Month Long – In collaboration with the Holocaust Museum Houston and its new exhibit, Mandela:  Struggle for Freedom, the South African kitchen has created a new multi-course experience for families of three and four (available for dine-in and to-go through the year’s end). Dine on boer fritters, peli peli chicken, bunny chow and more. A portion of funds will go toward the museum and each adult dinner will receive 50-percent off tickets to the exhibit (kids under 18 have free admission to the museum).
  • Miracle at Johnny’s at Johnny’s Gold Brick | All Month Long – Johnny’s Gold Brick will transform into beloved Christmas pop-up concept Miracle at Johnny’s for another holiday season. The halls will be decked, the drinks will be festive, and this year, guests will secure reserved time slots to ensure proper social distancing is in place. Sip Snowball Old-Fashioneds, Christmapolitans, and new cocktails like the bourbon, mezcal and spiced hibiscus-infused On Dasher. Monday through Friday from 4pm to 2pm; Saturday from 2pm to 2am.
  • Holiday Tamale Stand at Arnaldo Richards’ Picos | All Month Long – To kick off the holiday season, Picos has launched its annual Tamale Stand, located in the parking lot and offering an excellent roster of tamales, salsas and moles made fresh daily. Pop by to pick up tamales stuffed with red chile pork, chicken in black mole, spicy tomato salsa shrimp, sweet raisin, and more.
  • The Chalet at Rosie Cannonball | All Month Long The team at Rosie Cannonball team is bringing the après-ski experience to Houston, transforming its summery Spritz Patio into a cozy gathering spot with fire pits, warm drinks and a food menu that evolves as the weather gets colder. Get into the Alpine spirit with dishes like mushroom arancini, vitello tonnato, cacio e pepe, pork schnitzel sandwich, and desserts from cider doughnut holes to swiss poppy roll with limoncello ice cream.
  • Oyster Happy Hour at Brennan’s of Houston | All Month Long – Oyster fans can celebrate the season in style with $1 oysters during Brennan’s famous 7-7-7 happy hour. A rotating selection of freshly shucked Gulf or East Coast oysters on the half shell will be available for a steal at the Courtyard Bar. Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
An outdoor patio with seating, firepits and trees.
The Chalet at Rosie Cannonball | Courtesy of Rosie Cannonball

Social Distancing & COVID-19

Businesses and organizations 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.

Although vaccines have been approved and distribution has begun, supplies are still limited. Health officials have severely cautioned that it will take until late spring 2021 before the U.S. might be able to expect a level of herd immunity. In the meantime, masks are strongly advised to help curb the increasing spread of COVID-19 this winter.

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.

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