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Procrastinator's Guide to Father's Day: 10 Houston restaurants where Dad can eatlike a king
You've got a necktie wrapped up, a tee time booked and an iPad 2 waiting to surprise him. The only thing to make this Father's Day even better is the perfect family meal.
So whether you want a brunch with Southern flair, a buffet full of flavor or a dinner at Dad's favorite steakhouse, Houston restaurants are stepping up to give him plenty of ways to feel appreciated. Still need inspiration? Check out CultureMap's short list of Father's Day food experiences.
There's never really a bad time to go to Hugo's, but the enormous brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will satisfy all of Dad's south-of-the-border cravings. Plus live music by Viento will make it fun for the whole family.
If your dad knows his Glenlivet from his Glenfiddich, send him (and mom) downtown for a tasting dinner at Hearsay. The three-course meal includes ahi tuna and a pepper-crusted bone in pork chop, and the first whiskey cocktail is included. After that Old Fashioneds and Hearsay Manhattans are only $6.
3. Eddie V's
You know all those studies that show kids spend more on Mom than Dad on their respective holidays? Make up for years of neglect by springing for the Sunday surf and turf specials at Eddie V's that start at $44. As a reward for your munificence, you'll all get 25 percent off of Cellar List wines as well as a $25 gift card for Dad to return the favor.
Plenty of Dads around town are disaffected East Coasters who migrated south for warm weather or oil jobs. To give him the taste of home, pick up a huge spread from Kenny & Ziggy's — oversized sandwiches, smoked fish, deli plates, homemade cheese blintzes and of course New York cheesecake. Eat it at home by the pool or cart your haul to Market Square Park, where Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade will be on the big screen starting at 8 p.m.
5. Samba Grille
If your dad still grooves to a Rat Pack vibe, take him to Samba Grille for the three-course special. After his steak, he can choose between a delish tres leches cake and a locally-made Hight cigar. His way, indeed.
For a truly "wow" experience for all the senses, try the brunch buffet at one of the three splendiferous Américas locations. All have over 60 examples of Américas' Latin-infused favorites, a carving station, and plenty of cocktails and desserts for choose from. Plus Dad will walk out with $60 in gift cards.
Is Dad the king of the grill — or does he aspire to be? Morton's downtown executive chef Frank Lewis is offering a private, interactive cooking demonstration with a few lucky dads. The menu will include filet mignon, bacon-wrapped sea scallops, garlic green beans, key lime pie and more for $110.
Let me guess: Dad loves Southern food but hates standing in line. Let him relax with Sports Illustrated and the a/c on in the car while you brave the wait outside Breakfast Klub. Once you've ordered the chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits, he'll be ready to come in and find his seat at the head of the table.
It might be too hot outside Christian's Tailgate this weekend or too crowded inside to subject those conditions on the man of the hour, but pick up a half dozen classic burgers — plus fries and onion rings, of course — and chow down with Dad at home after you put on his favorite movie. Caddyshack, perhaps?
No special menus here, just the same casual but immaculate fare that chef Randy Evans is known for. Whether Dad's a gourmand or a meat and potatoes kind of guy, he'll like it.