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The Procrastinator's Guide to Father's Day brunch: 10 manly restaurant picks for dad

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Chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop is offering a cooking class for Dad on Father's Day. Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Kiran's dining room Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Kiran's Restaurant, dining room
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Forget the boring ties that will end up buried at the bottom of Dad’s closet or the stereotypical barbecue equipment that will end up shoved away in storage. Instead, give Dad a break from the grill by treating him to a meal he won't forget at one of these 10 Houston restaurants.

1. Kiran’s 

Deals: The Indian-Latin brunch includes a four-course meal, starting off with Dublin or Narula iced coffee, followed by a fresh salad appetizer. The main course varies from ginger poached eggs over scafata to spiced ground lamb with braised turnips. Each course includes a vegetarian option for dads who aren't into feasting on huge hunks of meat. Finish the meal off with a Grand Marnier and pistachio chocolate mousse.
Available: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost per person: $55 for adults, $25 for children under 12 and free for children under 5
Reservations: 713-960-8472

2. Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen 

Deals: Chef/owner Sylvia Casares will offer Father’s Day specials at both Woodway and Westheimer locations. Diners can choose from an al a carte or buffet at the Woodway location. A la carte options include cabrito asado, tampiquena and carne asada, while the buffet stations include made-to-order omelets, salads, street tacos and, of course, the restaurant's namesake enchiladas. At the Westchase location the menu includes Mexican breakfast platters, scrambled eggs, skillet fried potatoes, Mexican sausage, carne asada and pork chops. 
Available: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost per person: $19.95 per person for the buffet or $24.95 for the buffet with mimosas
Reservations: 713-334-7295 (Reservations for six or more are required)

3. Backstreet Café 

Deals: Chef Hugo Ortega will offer a special three-course menu at his River Oaks restaurant. Start off with seafood or salad as an appetizer, followed by an entree such as soft shell crab Benedict. Save the best for last with dessert, including red velvet cake, lemon ricotta almond cake, strawberry and rhubarb hand pies, mocha meringue cake and peach and blackberry shortcake topped with buttermilk ice cream.
Available: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost per person: $48 per adult and $15 per child (plus tax and gratuity)
Reservations: 713-521-2239

4. Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar 

Deals: Chef John Sheely will offer a special three-course menu as well as a great selection of eye-opening cocktails, local and domestic beers, international wines and coffee drinks. Starter options include risotto and shrimp gumbo; main course includes steak and eggs, ruby red trout and the restaurant's signature American Kobe burger. Finish off with bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake or a lemon tart. 
Available: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost per person: $59 per adult and $25 per child (plus tax and gratuity)
Reservations: 713-533-0200 (reservations highly recommended)

5. The Bistro 

Deals: Head to Hotel Sorella in CityCentre for a buffet including pasta, omelet, salad and carving stations, as well as a dessert bar. Additional features include seafood paella, roasted rib-eye with barolo sauce and chicken parmesan.
Available: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost per person: Buffet is $45 per person
Reservations: 713-827-3545

6. Latin Bites 

Deals: Take dad on a mini-vacation to South America at this Tanglewood hotspot. All dads will enjoy a free beer at Latin Bites on Father’s Day. Brunch specials include $1.50 mimosas, $2 bellinis, $5 bloody Marys, $3 beers, $5 sangria, $4 micheladas and $10 cebiches.
Available: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost per person: Varies by item
Reservations: 713-229-8369

7. Américas

Deals: Américas Father's Day buffet includes a beef tenderloin carving station, prime rib or beef, whole roasted pig, plantain-crusted chicken, bahia-grilled chicken, assorted empanadas, omelet and crepe stations and tres leches and delirio de chocolate for dessert. 
Available: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost per person: $49 per person at Americas, $15 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 are free
Reservations: 832-200-1492

8. Tony Mandola’s

Deals: Beginning on Father’s Day, Tony Mandola’s launches its new Bloody Mary bar with a variety of garnishes. A selection of brunch specials, including a seafood tower, bacon-wrapped diver scallops, grilled hereford ribeye, Texas quail and crab cake and redfish on the half shell, is available, along with the regular brunch menu.
Available: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost per person: See brunch menu for individual prices
Reservations: 713-528-3474

9. Fleming’s Steakhouse 

Deals: Fleming's Steakhouse offers a three-course meal brunch menu. Start off with your choice of an appetizer of lobster bisque, modern Caesar salad or fresh seasonal fruits, followed by your pick of an entree of signature eggs benedict, baked brioche French toast or prime rib with a trio of sauces or prime rib hash. After brunch, you will receive a $25 dining card to use on a future visit.
Available: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost per person: $39.95 per person
Reservations: 713-520-5959 River Oaks location or 713-827-1120 Town and Country location

10. Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

Deals: Join chef Monica Pope in the kitchen for a Father’s Day cooking class or make a reservation for a three-course brunch.
Available: Cooking class is from 9 to 11 a.m. and brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For brunch, start  with your choice of an appetizer of  Spanish octopus, asparagus barigoule or avocado sashimi. Then choose among entrees, including eggs "carbonara,"spicy braised beef brisket, vanilla-cured salmon or green curry strew. For dessert the menu includes carrot cake, brioche bread pudding or Turkish toffee. 
Cost per person: $79 per person for the cooking class or $35 for brunch for adults and $15 for children.
Reservations: 713-524-6922

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