#WineWednesday: Wining and Dining Well During the Pandemic

by Robin Barr Sussman on March 25, 2020 in Food, Drink, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston,
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Finally, some good news you can use. Texas restaurants and bars that serve food can now deliver beer, wine and cocktail kits with food orders under a new waiver issued by the Texas governor.

Although companies like The Austin Wine Merchant and The Houston Wine Merchant have always delivered (and had curbside pick-up), right now restaurants-bars are offering amazing food with booze incentives and discounts. Stay home and eat well while supporting the Texas food and beverage community with these crave-worthy suggestions!

Menus are evolving so check back with your favorites regularly.

AUSTIN

Photo Logan Crable, courtesy Uchi

Central Machine Works is selling beer growlers ($24) with food orders for pick-up. Pretzels, burgers, pizzas (plus kid’s pizza), and salads headline the menu.

Foreign & Domestic offers online pick-up orders including dinner items (Parisian gnocchi, burgers, bavette), wine, and Sunday brunch dishes (pancakes, cardamom cinnamon rolls), baked goods and desserts.

Uchi curbside pickup (Austin, Houston) is available from 4pm–8:30pm. More good news: 25% off all wine, beer and sake and a $25 gift card with each order to use when they reopen. Curbside menu online; call to order. Delivery soon through DoorDash and Favor.

Aviary Wine + Kitchen: The South Lamar wine restaurant’s full menu of wine (playfully organized by singer) is available to go, at a whopping 40% off.

Emmer & Rye offers a to-go menu via phone ordering, which includes bread, the iconic cacio e pepe pasta and cakes. There’s free delivery to Rainey Street residents and it’s $5 for Central Austinites. Tips will go toward their employee emergency fund.

HOUSTON

Photo Gilbert Photography, courtesy Postino Wine Cafe

Postino Wine Café has a Date Night-In package with bruschetta boards, snacks and salad ($25-$45) plus wine packs ($30-$55). Curbside carry-out or UberEats delivery.

Agricole Hospitality offers delivery and take-out from all its restaurants including Coltivare, Revival Market (creative salads to butcher meats), Vinny’s (pizza, pizza!) and Eight Row Flint (street tacos, guac and chips). All the food menus are online along with beer, wine, cocktail kits and homemade pantry items.

Hugo’s is selling margarita kits and its sister restaurant Backstreet Café offers bloody mary kits along with a large take-out menu and discounted wines.

Brennan’s has a special to-geaux menu including family size orders of crawfish étouffée, gumbo du jour, truffle chicken, discounted wines and more—plus sinful desserts. Order online or through UberEats.

Georgia James is partnering with The Hay Merchant to sell hot ready-to-eat items, sides and Take & Bakes, which are comfort-food perfect, along with well-curated wines discounted 25 percent.

Coppa Osteria of Clark Cooper Concepts offers pasta sauces, soups, lasagna, discounted wine packs, salads, prepared pastas, pizza, beef bone broth, chicken entrees, etc. Order online for curbside pick-up or delivery.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

Photo courtesy Flower Child

Cru Food & Wine Bar (Dallas, Houston, The Woodlands) is selling bottles of wine for 50% off along with a food order—a fantastic deal. Pick up only.

Sixty Vines (Dallas, Houston) has a package you can’t refuse. Survival meal kits are available for delivery including roasted chicken and Wagyu strip steak, roasted brussels sprouts, rosemary potatoes, house salad and dessert. They throw in a pound of butter, gallon of milk and toilet paper ($45). And, all wines and beers are half off! Call to order. Note: Kits vary slightly per location.

Flower Child (Dallas, Houston, Austin), a part of the popular Fox Restaurant Group, is offering 35% off its delightfully healthy take-out menu and 50% off beer and wine—think virtual happy hour. Order online.

There are thousands of Texas restaurants and bars offering food and libation incentives now, so check your favorite websites and delivery apps for specials. Stay tuned, we might be back next week with more deals!


Cover photo courtesy Postino/Highland Lifestyle

Robin Barr Sussman (rbs@pdq.net) is a freelance culinary and travel writer who studied at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, Calif. As a chef for Sonoma County wineries, her specialty was food and wine pairing. Sussman is a columnist for Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, Prime Living and Houston House & Home. Her work also appears in Texas Monthly, Fodor’s and Private Clubs Magazine.

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