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Last week, I joined Cleverley Stone and Rissa Jenkins at Bradley’s Fine Diner for for my last meal of the Houston Restaurant Weeks 2014 run.All together, as a result of our table, alone, the Houston Food Bank was able to provide 36 meals to homeless or…

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Dinner and a movie is a great thing.  It’s even better when you can eat your dinner while you watch your movie.  While there are many such concepts all over the place, Alamo Drafthouse is one of the originals.  Besides being a great concept, Alamo Drafthouse is also showing great community spirit.  This year is their first year participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks.  And they’re doing it with a well-designed menu that will appeal to movie and food lovers of all types.  My kids and I were wanting to close out the last week before they go back to school with Guardians of the Galaxy.  We’ve been busy moving to a newer house and wrapping up a bunch of things before going back to school and we needed a break. I also wanted to try the Vintage Park Location’s HRW Menu and they gave us the opportunity to do it all.  

Dinner and a movie simultaneously would seem to be a big challenge.  Between special lighting and the use of white cards in a slot, it works like a Swiss watch a the Alamo Drafthouse in Vintage Park.  Usually for about 30 minutes there is a fully lit pre-show where you can talk with the server and place your order.  For Guardians of the Galaxy, they showed a mixture of Funny Raccoon videos and appearances of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Cartoons in the past.  While this went on, my daughter enjoyed a refreshing glass of their Brown Sugar Lemonade while my son had a Root Beer Float made with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream and Saint Arnold’s Root Beer.  I had a Dr. Pepper since I was going to save my adult beverage consumption for the final course of their Houston Restaurant Weeks Dinner Menu!  This 3 Course Dinner for $35.00 gives  you a choice of appetizer, main dish and a dessert.  Throw in the movie ticket and you have a sweet dinner deal that helps the hungry as well.

Baked Soft Pretzel 

For the appetizer course, the choices are Bottomless Popcorn with real melted butter and a side of herbed Parmesan cheese, a Goat Cheese & Roasted Veggie Dip served with veggies & warm pita bread or a Baked Soft Pretzel served with honey mustard and warm hatch chile queso blanco.   Though the bottomless popcorn was VERY TEMPTING, I know myself well enough to know I’d eat too much popcorn and have no room for the other courses, so I went for the pretzel–which was rich, soft, bold and went so well with the cheese dip and the mustard–and was just enough to hold me over until the main course.  Grade: A

Brussels Sprouts & Goat Cheese Pizza

For the main course, your choices are a Brussels sprouts, smoked bacon & goat cheese Pizza (gluten free available) with mozzarella, black pepper, parmesan and pecorino; a Spicy Blue Cheese burger with Frank’s red hot, red onion and mayo served with french fries; Fish & Chips with beer battering, tartar sauce and malt vinegar; or a Greek salad (v) (gf) baby kale, arugula, feta, red onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, fried chickpeas, lemon basil vinaigrette–with this you can add chicken or it turn into wrap–served with tortilla chips and homemade salsa.  I love me a good pizza and the Brussels Sprouts are a great cruciferous veggie, so I went for it.  These Brussels Sprouts are roasted, a little salty and have crunch, working well wit the pungency of the goat cheese and the bacon adds more crunch and a little smokey sweetness.  Unusual pizza, full of great flavours and textures. Grade: A+

512 Pecan Porter Shake

The dessert choices for the third and final course are: Adult Shake of choice: includes a Mexican chocolate shake, a Maker’s Mark milk punch shake, an Irish coffee shake, 512 Pecan Porter Beer shake or a Southern Star Buried Batchet stout shake; OR a Saint Arnold root beer float made with vanilla ice cream; OR Three warm baked cookies of choice from what was available that day.  I went with the adult shake and chose the 512 Pecan Porter shake.  This is a nice blending of a thick, dark porter beer that has essences of Cacao and Pecan with Vanilla Ice Cream.  Not as sweet as a typical shake, a little fizzy, and a nice buzz from the beer as well.  Makes me want to come back and try the other great Adult Shake Choices too!  Grade: A+

Uncle Tex & Baby Raccoon came
for the movie!  

Suffice it to say, this was a great meal.  My kids enjoyed some snacks from their main menu and we all enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, which is still running at this writing.  However, the HRW menu won’t last beyond August, so if you’ve not been to the Alamo Draft House (which is a GREAT place for a movie date with your loved one, or your family–click the link for Houston locations and show times), then get on out there and be sure to tell them that Hank on Food highly recommended them!

Eat Happy, Y’all!!!

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