With the world literally turned on its head, we are all scrambling and learning new and different ways to do things. After all, I’m going to be running a school (and apparently simultaneously lawyering) from my home for the next several weeks. Definitely didn’t see that shit coming when 2020 rolled around! But we will make it through and preserve, but certainly not without the assistance of good wine.
Like the rest of us have had to do, local restaurants have had to change the way they operate and many are now offering curbside meals to go along with the booze of your choice. Please, please support them. Unlike I and many others, restaurant workers are not guaranteed a paycheck during these times. They don’t have the option to work from home. More than ever, they need our support. And yes, like them, many folks are having their hours reduced, seeing their small business activity come to a crawl, and on and on. But if you find you are able to patronize even one local establishment, (as a treat to yourself and your sanity), that helps too.
Luckily for us, restaurants are offering all sorts of deals (even family style meals) along with the perfect wines at reduced prices. And even though I luckily have a cellar full of wine, I’m all about putting my stash on hold and purchasing from my favorite restaurants. Cash flow is everything during this time. I’ve had my inbox and social media feeds filled with all sorts of tempting offers. What I list below is by no means comprehensive, but it does list truly local establishments that invest in our local community, that have tasty food, and of course, great wine programs. Note that some restaurants have their to-go/curbside/delivery menus on their social media rather than their website. Also, I’ll continue to update as things catch my eye. Happy wining and dining. #SupportLocal
a’Bouzy – Offering 10% off their already amazingly low priced wines (not to mention the awesome selection they have) and food, this is my best chance to level up my bubbly game while social distancing. That they are offering their amazing frites as well as various promotions (Dom Perignon and caviar at cost anyone?) will make hunkering down bearable for anyone. Take-out as well as delivery (5 mile radius) is available.
Backstreet Cafe – Always a solid option for dining in our city, not to mention great supporters of Houston. Our first day back from spring break, we headed straight over and picked up a bulk curbside dinner that would last a couple of days. That they rewrote their always awesome wine list and offered a “to-go” version with reduced prices was just icing on the cake. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available as well a customized 6-packs of wine, Bloody Mary and mimosa kits, and more.
Clark Cooper Concepts – All of the Clark Cooper Concepts (Brasserie 19, The Dunlavy and Punk’s Simple Southern Food) are being consolidated into one singular location at Coppa Osteria. They will be open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course wine for both curbside pick-up and delivery. Their wine markups are some of the lowest in the city and are on par with the reductions that other restaurants are offering. Offerings will include their “Coppa Curbside Menu and Family Menu” as well as daily “Pop-Up “specials.
Davis St at Hermann Park – Known for combining fine dining with southern hospitality, Chef Mark Holley is offering his signature fried chicken dinner to go along with his amazing gumbo and Thai-style snapper. Take-out and curbside orders are available from 5-8pm Tuesday-SundaY.
Lucille’s – Offering a to-go + delivery menu that includes a combination of their brunch, lunch, and dinner favorites, the most difficult choice will be choosing. Oxtail omelette anyone? Croissant French Toast? Absolutely comforting comfort foods! Add in 30% off all bottles plus pre-made cocktails and you’ll be set.
Roma Ristorante – At some point, we all will get in our Italian fix, so why not do it with Shanon Scott and Roma and get the authentic stuff? Seriously amazing deals on family-style meals and prix fixe combos available for pickup or delivery. Plus get an additional 10% off if you get it yourself and do curbside. And yes, those great Italian wines that we love are also available.
Rosie Cannonball – Keepin’ it real y’all – the wine alone is worth the drive over, but the food is pretty darn tasty too. Part of the Goodnight Hospitality group and owned by Houston’s very own Master Somms David Keck and June Rodil, along with Peter McCarthy and chef Felipe Riccio, this is a great go-to when you want something a little different, but that will still appeal to the entire family. Curbside takeout and delivery to the surrounding neighborhood is available Tues-Sat 12pm-8pm.
Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant – One of my fave places to go for a nice dinner with great wines that is also kid-friendly. They focus on smaller, family-owned wineries (which I love) and have some of the most ah-mazing pizzas. Not to mention, my kiddos love their tomato soup. When they added chef Ja’Nel Witt, that just put them over the top. Food plus wine (already 40-50% off) is an additional 10% off (using their discount code “shopsmall”) and is available to-go, curbside, and in a limited delivery range.
Union Kitchen – Always so supportive of the neighborhoods in which they are located along with selections that our whole family enjoys, they have their wines priced to go. And along with a good selection of wine, they are offering “quarantine kits” that can feed a family for several days. I’m eying a certain Pinot Noir along…