Thursday, August 18, 2011


A delegation of the Gourmet Gals dined at Haven on August 17, 2011 in celebration of Houston Restaurant Weeks. This is a month long celebration where restaurants offer 3-course $20 lunches and $35 dinners and money is donated to the Houston Food Bank.

We chose Haven and its southern cuisine from the long list of wonderful restaurants and the food was outstanding. So far almost $11,000 has been donated and Haven is hoping to break last year's record of over $20,000.

Appetizers enjoyed included the corn soup, baby arugula and peach salad and fried chicken livers with biscuits and gravy. YES, chicken livers! They were delicious and coated in a crispy, golden brown batter.

For entrees, most ordered the Akaushi steak which comes from cows raised in Texas that are the same breed as the Kobe cows in Japan. (More information can be found here). The steak was amazingly tender and stuffed with a thin line of brie cheese that oozed out with each bite. One brave soul faced her fear of shrimp heads and ordered the wild head on shrimp with shrimp boudin, andouille and grits. All entrees were delicious.

Finally, for dessert there was coconut tres leches bread pudding with a Swiss meringue and chocolate layer cake with homemade vanilla ice cream. YUM.

The Houston Restaurant Weeks is a great way to try trendy restaurants without spending $100 AND it all supports the Houston Food Bank. The Haven menu can be found here.

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