Who's Your Daddy?

Sure, Dad loves to grill, fish and play golf, but how many barbecue sets, fishing lures and club cozies are you gonna give the man? And do you really want to see his face when he gets another tie? Today, break the mold for the guy who brought you years of successful shoe-tying with these Father's Day alternatives.

A delicious meal is never out of style. Pico's Mex-Mex Restaurant (5941 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-662-8383, www.picos.net), home of the Guinness record-holding big margarita, is offering four specialty Dad's Day entrees, including cowboy steak and Chilean sea bass. If Dad is more of a beef Wellington type, Rouge (812 Westheimer, 713-520-7955, www.rougehouston.com) is serving a three-course meal that includes a dessert sampler creation by Chef Aldo. Whoa.

Or, eat for cheap while you watch a movie that celebrates true family values: The Godfather. The special Alamo Drafthouse (1000 West Oaks Mall) showing of the movie every man loves is budget-conscious and offers cheese fries. 3:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 713-920-9211 or visit www.alamodrafthouse.com/westoaks. $4. Just remember, leave the gun, take the cannoli.

Okay, maybe there are two with real family values. Alamo Drafthouse in Katy (531 South Mason Road) salutes the man who taught you to arm-wrestle with the ultimate arm-wrestling movie: Over the Top. More than a title, that's just where Sylvester Stallone will go to prove his love to his once-neglected son. What a beautiful way to tell Dad you appreciate his efforts (cheese fries here, too). 4 p.m. For tickets and information, call 281-492-6900 or visit www.alamodrafthouse.com/mason. $4.
Sun., June 18, 3:30 p.m.

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