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Old 07-31-2018, 12:50 AM
 
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http://www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com/

Benefiting Houston Food Bank
August 1 to September 3, 2018

Any recommendations on which restaurants offer a good lunch?

Only experienced this once or twice the past few years. Seems like the selections offered is less than before, but there is a lot more restaurants participating.

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Old 07-31-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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There are a lot of participating restaurants that I like that look to be offering lunch (and are centrally located), including:

Le Colonial (River Oaks District)
B&B Butchers (Washington Corridor)
Caracol (Galleria area)
Ousie's Table (River Oaks)
Poitin (Washington Corridor- I haven't been there yet, but plan to. It's new and has gotten good reviews in several publications).
Provisions (Midtown)
Xochi (Downtown in the Marriott Marquis Hotel)
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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http://www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com/

Benefiting Houston Food Bank
August 1 to September 3, 2018

Any recommendations on which restaurants offer a good lunch?

Only experienced this once or twice the past few years. Seems like the selections offered is less than before, but there is a lot more restaurants participating.
If you eat at a restaurant that participates in this, please tip your servers 40% instead of 20%. They take a horrible beating for this month. Frankly, it's something that we really need to do away with. You want to help the food bank, make a donation to them. Don't screw over the waitstaff.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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If you eat at a restaurant that participates in this, please tip your servers 40% instead of 20%. They take a horrible beating for this month. Frankly, it's something that we really need to do away with. You want to help the food bank, make a donation to them. Don't screw over the waitstaff.
Don't understand this statement at all. This time of the year is historically a low reservation time for restaurants not just in Houston but all over the country. Houston Restaurant Weeks as well as similar promotions in other major cities was started to get more people to the restaurants. Without these promotions, restaurants and waitstaff take a bigger beating.

While restaurants are getting a smaller margin, the overall tab is pretty good. A couple going to a HRW is easily spending $125-$150 if they are drinking.
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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A couple going to a HRW is easily spending $125-$150 if they are drinking.
And I think this might present the servers with a double edged sword in regards to Restaurant Weeks. If patrons order off the special prix fixe menu, then they are quite possibly spending less than they would otherwise (though not always). The server has to do all the same amount of work, arguably more, since the restaurant is often more crowded than usual. However, they earn less gratuity per table since total tab is less. OTOH, as you point out, larger crowds for Restaurant Weeks means more volume at a historically low time, more tables turned over and ultimately more money to be made. So, I can see both sides.

I generally avoid restaurants that participate based on previous experience when I lived in another city. It's much harder to make reservations, and my one foray to a place we regularly frequented was that it was very crowded with was overall an unpleasant experience compared to what we usually had. I would be willing to try again here in Houston, because I do think it's for a good cause I have supported in the past, but I would not go at dinner.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:16 AM
 
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And I think this might present the servers with a double edged sword in regards to Restaurant Weeks. If patrons order off the special prix fixe menu, then they are quite possibly spending less than they would otherwise (though not always). The server has to do all the same amount of work, arguably more, since the restaurant is often more crowded than usual. However, they earn less gratuity per table since total tab is less. OTOH, as you point out, larger crowds for Restaurant Weeks means more volume at a historically low time, more tables turned over and ultimately more money to be made. So, I can see both sides.

I generally avoid restaurants that participate based on previous experience when I lived in another city. It's much harder to make reservations, and my one foray to a place we regularly frequented was that it was very crowded with was overall an unpleasant experience compared to what we usually had. I would be willing to try again here in Houston, because I do think it's for a good cause I have supported in the past, but I would not go at dinner.
I can see what you are saying.

What it comes down to is a $25-$30 tip is more than a $0 tip.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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If you eat at a restaurant that participates in this, please tip your servers 40% instead of 20%. They take a horrible beating for this month. Frankly, it's something that we really need to do away with. You want to help the food bank, make a donation to them. Don't screw over the waitstaff.
Let me get this math right...$45 dinner x2 is a $90 bill. If I order an alcoholic beverage, it will be another $10/person, bringing the bill to $110. There are debates on tipping before or after tax, which I will leave for someone else, so to be conservative, I'll leave it at $110. So you are saying that a $22 tip is taking a beating, and I am screwing someone over? I need to be a waiter.
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:04 PM
 
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Let me get this math right...$45 dinner x2 is a $90 bill. If I order an alcoholic beverage, it will be another $10/person, bringing the bill to $110. There are debates on tipping before or after tax, which I will leave for someone else, so to be conservative, I'll leave it at $110. So you are saying that a $22 tip is taking a beating, and I am screwing someone over? I need to be a waiter.
Ultimately, I think it depends on the restaurant. If you are a waiter for B&B Butchers you're certainly going to take a hit. On a normal night, the 10 oz Filet alone would be $46. During HRW you can get a filet, app, and dessert for $45.
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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Sorry - I'm not sorry. I will not be made to feel guilty over tipping 20%. This is a good cause (Food Bank)- in the end the customers who may try this place out during HRW may come back as regulars. Such is life, we all make choices.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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If you eat at a restaurant that participates in this, please tip your servers 40% instead of 20%. They take a horrible beating for this month. Frankly, it's something that we really need to do away with. You want to help the food bank, make a donation to them. Don't screw over the waitstaff.

Umm ... no.
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