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Where to Eat on Father's Day

Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.

CRAVE Cupcakes

1151 Uptown Park Blvd., 5600 Kirby, 713-622-7283

Give Dad something sweet this Father's Day with one of CRAVE Cupcakes' margarita cupcakes. These lime cupcakes are frosted with tequila butter cream frosting and resemble a margarita with sugar crystals lining the sides. Father's Day is the last day to enjoy one of these alcoholic treats, so be sure you don't miss these special summer cupcakes.

Mention the phrase “Burgers for Dad” this Father’s Day and your dad can enjoy a complimentary 1/3-pound burger from The Counter.
Photo courtesy of The Counter
Mention the phrase “Burgers for Dad” this Father’s Day and your dad can enjoy a complimentary 1/3-pound burger from The Counter.
Get ready to be up close and personal with meats and marinades.
Photo by adactio
Get ready to be up close and personal with meats and marinades.

Latin Bites

5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369

Chef Roberto Castre has created special Peruvian dishes for Father's Day, including Conchitas a la Parmesana and Arroz con Pato. When you treat Dad to delicious Peruvian food on Father's Day at Latin Bites, he'll receive a complimentary Chilcano cocktail made with pisco, lime and ginger ale.

L'Olivier Restaurant

240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313

Take Dad to L'Olivier this Sunday for French cuisine and a four-course brunch featuring chicken and waffles and grilled lamb chops with ratatouille. Enjoy this brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $55 per person; a children's menu will also be available for $15.

RA Sushi

3908 Westheimer, 713-621-5800

12860 Queensbury, 713-331-2792

RA Sushi serves an all-day happy hour this Father's Day from 11 a.m. until the restaurant closes. Enjoy discounted menu items like the Rainbow Roll, Pineapple Cheese Wontons, and of course beer, wine, sake and cocktails.

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis, 713-524-6922

Rather than just taking Dad to brunch, lunch or dinner this Father's Day, take him to Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for a grilling class with Chef Monica Pope in which she'll teach him her tips and tricks when it comes to grilling. Tickets are $70 to participate in the class and enjoy the food, $50 to cook and $20 to just eat. Purchase tickets for you and your dad online.

STRAITS Asian Bistro

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., 713-365-9922

Treat Dad to Singaporean cuisine this Father's Day. Enjoy à la carte menu items as well as STRAITS's regular menu on Father's Day, featuring a peppercorn-grilled ahi tuna steak with curried couscous and Peking foie gras and seared scallop-stuffed bao.

The Counter

4601 Washington, 713-966-6123

9595 Six Pines, Spring, 281-231-2147

What dad doesn't want a burger on Father's Day? Take yours to either of The Counter locations this Sunday and mention the phrase "BFD" — or "Burgers for Dad" — so he can enjoy a complimentary 1/3-pound burger. The only catch is that a paying guest must accompany each dad and must purchase a 1/3-pound burger as well.

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar

302 Fairview, 832-203-5950

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar is serving brunch all weekend long to help you celebrate Father's Day. On Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., your father can enjoy classic eggs Benedict, a waffle and poached eggs, and a selection of whiskey drinks and cocktails.

Charivari

2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

Because dads are notorious for loving meat, treat yours to a Meat Lovers Menu at Charivari from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Your father can start the meal off with a German beer on draft, followed by seared duck foie gras filet for an appetizer. Enjoy a wide selection of meat entrées, like a double cut pork chop with stuffed dates, grilled asparagus and roasted herbed potatoes or black Angus Bavette steak with a chimichurri sauce and black garlic smashed potatoes. Although the desserts don't come with the meat, they're sure to please any father's sweet tooth. Finish the meal with a lemon crème brûlée tart or a classic peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

Cadillac Bar

1802 Shepherd, 713-862-2020

From 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., take Dad to a brunch buffet at this authentic Mexican food restaurant featuring more than 70 different items, like blackened tilapia Veracruz, waffles, pancakes, huevos con chorizo and, of course, desserts. Kids ages two and under eat for free; children three to 12 eat for $8.99; and adults for $26.99.
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How To

Marinating Dos and Don'ts

Pump up your grill game.

Brooke Viggiano

Summer's here and it's time to grill.

Step up your grill game by checking out our list of dos and don'ts for marinating meats, poultry, seafood and veggies.

Do: Think ahead. Start marinades for tougher cuts the night before or in the morning.

Don't: Marinate items at room temperature. Placing items in the fridge prevents the growth of dangerous bacteria that can lead to food-borne illnesses.

Do: Know your times. Marinate vegetables for 15 to 30 minutes; fish and seafood for 15 minutes to one hour; poultry for 30 minutes to eight hours; and meat for 30 minutes to overnight.

Don't: Cross-contaminate. Make sure to marinate meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables in separate containers. Each will have different cooking times, and marinating together can lead to cross-contamination.

Do: Use proper containers. Heavy-duty storage bags or glass, ceramic, stainless steel and plastic containers work best.

Don't: Marinate in aluminum, foil, cast-iron or copper containers. The metal can react chemically with the acids, changing the flavor of the marinade and discoloring or even spoiling the food.

Do: Include acid in your marinades. Acidic components like vinegar, citrus, yogurt, buttermilk, wine, beer or liquor help to penetrate the meat, tenderizing and infusing flavor.

Don't: Forget the oil. Use oils with high smoke points like peanut, canola, safflower or soy.

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