Celebration is the theme this week, and there’s lots of bubbly on the menu. Mark the calendar for two champagne dinners; each comes with five fine courses. It’s also officially Mardi Gras on Tuesday, so break out the beads and plan for Fat Tuesday festivities. On February 29 — a date that rolls around once every four years — hop to Grapevine for a Leap Year dinner. There are reasons to celebrate healthy eating, too, with specials at several establishments participating in Blue Zones Restaurant Week.
Monday, February 24
Blue Zones Restaurant Week
Eat healthfully at a discount this week. Nearly two dozen restaurants approved by the Blue Zones Project will serve up flavorful plant-based dishes at a reduced price Monday through Sunday. Hot spots include Black Cat Pizza, HG Sply Co., Taco Heads and Café Modern. Just ask the server for the Blue Zones Restaurant Week menu. Check out some of the deals here.
Tuesday, February 25
Fat Tuesday at Bird Café
Chef Brian Olenjack is getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with festive Fat Tuesday specials. Go for red beans and rice with smoked sausage, blackened catfish with rock shrimp, crawfish rice and butter sauce, Creole pork loin, bread pudding, and lemon meringue parfaits. The restaurant will be open 11 am to 10 pm. Wash it all down with a classic Pimm’s Cup, which is always on the menu.
Mardi Gras On Morton Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil
Head to Bar 2909 for this fourth annual Fat Tuesday festival featuring all-you-can-eat mudbugs for $20. Not that hungry? Pricing by the pound will be available. There’ll be live music, Mardi Gras drink specials, and beads for all. The party will run from 6 to 9 pm.
Thursday, February 27
Champagne Dinner at Café Modern
Celebrate the beauty of bubbly with this exquisite five-course dinner paired with high-end Moet and Dom Perignon champagnes. Indulge in cold-smoked scallops, lobster fennel salad, pork torchon, smoked pheasant, and more. The dinner is $249 per person ($229 for museum members), plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, February 28
Bubbles Dinner 2020 at Grace
It’s an annual tradition for bubbly-loving regulars at this downtown dining destination. Five courses, from Wagyu tenderloin tartare to pineapple crème brulee, will be paired with five sparkling wines from around the world. The dinner is $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Arrive at 6:30 pm for a pre-dinner toast.
Saturday, February 29
Leap Year Dinner at Off the Vine
Hop over to the Grapevine wine bar for a four-course dinner from chef Jen Williams of JayCee Hospitality. On the menu: frog legs, of course. She'll also serve Texas Wagyu short ribs, matzo with mushroom consommé, and a winter citrus dessert. Wines will be paired with each course. Reservations are $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.