Executive Chef Trace puts on flawless show at Brennan’s

Before the excitement of Restaurant Week fires up, I wanted to tell you about a cool lunch deal going on at Brennan’s of Houston all summer long, even during Restaurant Week.

Brennan’s is one of those awesome restaurants that most of us reserve for special occasions. The food is always exceptional, the service spot-on and the ambiance can’t be beat. I love those giant, comfy chairs ... they make it easy to stick around for dessert. Executive Chef Danny Trace executes a flawless show!

I’ve reached out to Brennan’s over the years for recipes for dishes I’ve enjoyed while dining there. Chef Trace was kind enough to share a couple of the ‘biggies’ like their delicious New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp that’s served over a bed of creamy grits.

http://goodtaste.tv/recipes/showrecipe/display/brennans-of-houston-new-orleans-barbecue-shrimp and their seasonal Texas Peach Salad. http://goodtaste.tv/recipes/showrecipe/display/brennans-texas-peach-salad This time of year that salad is very popular at our house.

Their summer menu special right now is one of those offers you’ll want to take advantage of before it ends in late August. Each week at lunch, Monday through Friday from 11a.m. to 2p.m., Brennan’s is offering three scrumptious entrée choices for only $12 each. If you’ve ever dined here before, you know that’s a heck of a deal.

They include the Bayou City Cheeseburger that’s crowned with NOLA BBQ shrimp and all the usual fixins’, the Black Hill Ham & Cheese, Texas ham on Brioche toast with charred Creole tomato soup, chips and pickles, and the Crispy Wild Louisiana Catfish Po Boy that’s served with picked summer veggies.

Plus, if you’re taking the afternoon off, why not throw in one of their legendary 25-cent martinis. Talk about a power lunch!

If you hang around for dessert, their legendary Bananas Foster is worthy the calories. Brennan’s is located at 3300 Smith Street, and I’d recommend reservations, but they’re not required.

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