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Decisions, decisions.

It’s the annual lament that befalls Houston foodies during the run of Houston Restaurant Weeks, now through Sept. 5. What to eat. Where to schedule lunches, dinners and brunches. Which menus entice. How to get the most from the dizzying variety offered by the city’s prolonged dining extravaganza.

It’s a lot to take in: More than 250 restaurants offering pre-set, value-oriented, fixed-price meals. But it’s a culinary overload that Houstonians are happy to negotiate. After all, Houston Restaurant Weeks, founded in 2003 by radio and television personality Cleverley Stone, is a mammoth fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank. Participating restaurants donate a set amount from every HRW meal sold, directly benefitting the food bank and, in turn, the food-insecure of Greater Houston. The first restaurant week featured 16 restaurants raising $5,000. Last year a record-breaking $1.9 million was raised, enabling the food bank to create and distribute 5.7 million meals.

This year the event hopes to top that amount. And with your help, it will. You can go online at houstonrestaurantweeks.com to plan your $20 lunches and brunches, and dinners priced at $25, $35 and $45. But we’ve combed the list of participating restaurants and their menus and came up with these categories that hopefully will entice you – and help you with those dining decisions – to make the most of Houston Restaurant Weeks.

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B&B Butchers & Restaurant: B&B is packed nightly with Houston’s high rollers. Its HRW menu features items such as Chef Tommy’s Bacon and 22-ounce dry-aged bone-in ribeye, both available for a supplement, but still an incredible deal. 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814; bbbutchers.com; $45
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