When I travel the world people always tell me “you don’t sound like you’re from Texas” and always wonder where my boots and horse are. I usually explain that I grew up in cosmopolitan Austin where we didn’t have a dominant “Southern accent”. Then I proceed to boast about how wonderful and diverse the Texas landscape is. I mean, how many non-Texans can say that their state has deserts, coastline, prairie, grasslands and hill country??
Our cities are just as diverse (Austin’s motto: Keep Austin Weird) and we love to tease each other about it. But when tragedy strikes, like the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, we put all differences aside and live up to our state motto of “Don’t Mess with Texas”.
Since this is a food blog I am focusing on ways for you to help support victims of Hurricane Harvey by dining out but there are so many other ways to help and D Magazine’s Alex Macon covered it well here.
For others who need an excuse to eat out this week, get to it!
September 6, Wednesday
Headington Companies Restaurants for the Houston Food Bank
Dine at any of the following restaurants and a whopping 100% of all sales will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Incredibly generous!!
Americano (1530 Main St., Joule Hotel)
- CBD Provisions (1530 Main St., Joule Hotel)
- Front Room Tavern (6101 Hillcrest Ave, Hotel Lumen)
- Midnight Rambler (1530 Main St., Joule Hotel)
- Mirador (1608 Elm St.) *Reviewed in The GG List
- The Porch Restaurant (2912 N. Henderson Ave.)
- Sassetta (1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 390)
- Victor Tangos (3001 N. Henderson Ave)
- Weekend Coffee (1511 Commerce St., Joule Hotel)
- Wheelhouse (1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 390)
DTX4HTX (Central Track) for Trusted World
Eat and drink at participating restaurants on Wednesday and 20% or more of proceeds go to a pool of funds that will be donated in one lump sum to North Texas non-profit Trusted World. Trusted World is an organization that works alongside other shelters and organizations to coordinate disaster relief and distribute donations. We have the group DTX4HTX (Dallas, Texas for Houston, Texas) to thank for this one-day citywide event.
A few of my favorites:
- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (1005 S. Lamar St.)
- Black Swan Saloon (2708 Elm St.) *Reviewed in The GG List
- Easy Slider (2701 Main St.)
- Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger Bar (1154 Peavy Rd.)
- Off the Bone (1734 S. Lamar St.)
- The Old Monk (2847 N. Henderson Ave.)
- The Standard Pour (2900 McKinney Ave.) Will match 20% amount
- Zatar Lebanese Tapas and Bar (2825 Commerce St.) *Reviewed in The GG List
September 8th, Friday (downtown)
Burgers For A Cause for United Way’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
From 11a-2p on Friday in Thanks-Giving Square (1627 Pacific Ave) downtown Dallas, bring an onsite donation and receive a free and sure-to-be tasty burger from the following Dallas restaurants/chefs/restaurateurs:
Café Momentum *According to their Instagram account it appears they were the brains behind this event. Makes sense since Café Momentum is in the business of changing lives but in this case it’s for “young men and women coming out of juvenile facilities”. The program at Café Momentum provides them with yearlong paid restaurant internships, teaching them life and social skills. Warms my heart to hear about Chad Houser’s (CEO and founder) team wanting to give back to others!
- Ruthies Rolling Cafe (no burgers on their menu but various types of grilled cheeses)
- Jack Perkins – Maple and Motor Burger
- Anastasia Quinones – Oddfellows
- Daniel Pittman – LUCK at Trinity Groves
- Graham Dodds – The Statler Hotel
If unable to make it downtown for Burgers For A Cause, you can still donate online.