On the Menu
Unlike Mother's Day, Father's Day is not filled with champagne and mimosa brunches or frou-frou breakfasts in bed. But that doesn't mean you can't take your dad out for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even cupcakes this Sunday.
Show Dad how much you love him by filling his stomach with delicious food from one of these many Houston restaurants offering Father's Day specials.
Line & Lariat
220 Main, in Hotel Icon, 832-667-4470
Line & Lariat will offer a three-course menu featuring bacon-wrapped quail, filet mignon, and homemade ice cream and sorbet for $35 per person. Treat your dad to a delicious lunch or dinner from 11 a.m. until the restaurant closes.
La Casa del Caballo
302 Westheimer, 832-623-6467
Take your father to La Casa del Caballo for a complimentary glass of wine and a 12-ounce rib eye steak with an eight-ounce grilled lobster for $55 from noon till 5 p.m. Make your reservations today so you can treat Dad to a delicious surf and turf meal.
The Bird & the Bear and Ouisie's Table
2810 Westheimer, 713-528-2473
2929 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Treat Dad to a three-course menu for $40 per person at both The Bird & the Bear and Ouisie's Table with choices from oysters Rockefeller and tuna tartar for the first course, Ouisie's chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes and mustard greens or shrimp and cheese grits for the second course, and a lemon icebox pie for dessert. Each course will be served with an alcoholic drink as well.
1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., treat Dad to a three-course brunch at Backstreet Cafe. For $45 a person, you can enjoy appetizers such as panzanella salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, arugula and chunks of Parmesan or corn chowder with cornbread croutons and bacon crumbled on top. Your dad will love the grilled rib eye steak with french fries for an entrée or huevos rancheros with grilled hanger steak, cotija cheese, refried beans, fried eggs and salsa served with corn tortillas for a more breakfast-like entrée. Finish the meal with one of Backstreet's desserts, like passion fruit banana cream pie or an orange chocolate mousse with orange marmalade served with a layer of sponge cake.
Goode Company Texas Barbeque
20102 Highway 290 W., 832-678-3562
8911 Katy Fwy., 713-464-1901
Each Goode Company Texas Barbeque location is offering a prime rib meal from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., while supplies last, of course. Treat Dad to an eight-ounce or 12-ounce prime rib and a loaded baked potato. You definitely can't go wrong with meat and potatoes on Father's Day.
2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Haven will offer a brunch to satisfy any father's sweet or savory cravings. If your dad has a sweet tooth, he'll definitely love the brioche French toast with peach sugar-cane syrup and vanilla bean Greek yogurt or the cinnamon roll with pecans, peaches and a flambé peach sauce. For the savory cravings, your father can choose from a wide selection of eggs, omelets and meats, like the château loin of beef with butternut squash and pecan hash or the eggs Broussard with a tasso ham puff pastry, poached eggs, hollandaise and a stuffed tomato with creamed greens.
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Join Hugo's for a Father's Day brunch buffet for $39 per adult and $12 per child. The offerings will be filled with authentic Mexican dishes from Hugo's from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch, 713-533-0200
For $55 per adult and $25 per child ages 12 and under, take Dad to dinner to enjoy Maine lobster bisque with a tarragon crème fraiche and brioche croutons or a prime beef tartare served with a quail egg for the first course, followed by a selection of meats, like a petit filet served with crispy jumbo shrimp or a Kurobuta pork chop and a warm potato salad for the main course. Finish the night with the restaurant's dessert trio featuring a double chocolate brownie served with a pecan caramel sauce, a coconut panna cotta and a strawberry cheesecake lollipop.
8502 FM 359, 281-533-0099
Take your dad to a brunch buffet at Ray's Grill to feast on a selection of breakfast items like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast tacos and pastries. Dad can also enjoy lunch items such as carved leg of lamb, macaroni and cheese, and smoked salmon. Choose from a selection of desserts as well to round out the meal with something sweet.
Sorrel Urban Bistro
2202 W. Alabama, 713-677-0391
Enjoy a special Father's Day menu at Sorrel Urban Bistro featuring crab cake Benedict with a spicy hollandaise or a smoked filet mignon and jalapeño cheese omelet for breakfast. Lunch and dinner items like roasted organic Cornish hen or vegetable and goat cheese ravioli may be enjoyed as well throughout the day. Sorrel will also offer a choice of desserts, like caramel cheesecake with a whiskey crème fraiche or brandy-spiked chocolate mousse.
Star Fleet Entertainment Yachts
280 Grove Rd., 281-334-4692
If you want to take Dad on an adventure this Father's Day, reserve a spot on a lunch or dinner yacht cruise over Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. For two and a half hours, treat him to a gourmet buffet featuring grilled chicken breast with a mango beurre blanc sauce or Guinness and red wine braised beef, followed by homemade peach cobbler for dessert. After lunch or dinner, the cruise continues with complimentary champagne, drinks and dancing. The first cruise runs from 1 till 3:30 p.m.; the second from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marinating Dos and Don'ts
Pump up your grill game.
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.
Do: Impart flavor. Include flavored oils, fresh herbs and spices.
Don't: Use too much salt. It draws out moisture, causing meat to dry out and preventing it from absorbing flavor. Add more salt later if needed.
Do: Use about 1/2 cup of marinade per pound of meat.
Don't: Pour excess marinade directly onto cooked meats and poultry. Discard your marinade after use or make sure to heat it up safely. It needs to be kept in the fridge and brought to the proper temperature before use to prevent growth of harmful bacteria.
Do: Use tongs to remove items from marinade. Draining the items of excess oil prevents burning.
Don't: Place cooked items back into the original containers with the marinade.
Do: Use thicker, sweeter sauces for basting only. Sauces containing honey, molasses, sugar or ketchup can burn easily.
Don't: Brush them on until the last 15 minutes of cooking. This will prevent charring.
Do: Know which cuts of beef and pork to marinate. Marinating tough cuts of steak like flank, skirt, sirloin, round and hanger before grilling will tenderize the cuts and add flavor.
Don't: Ruin the quality of better cuts. High-quality cuts like porterhouse, filet mignon or rib eye can be destroyed by over-marinating.
Do: Pay attention to your fish. Marinate tuna steaks and firmer cuts of fish for a bit longer than you would tender fillets or shellfish.
Don't: Over-marinate it. Fish is naturally tender, so it can become mushy if marinated for longer than one hour.
Do: Try removing skins from chicken or cutting slices into tough meats to allow the marinade to further penetrate.
Don't: Think marinades will penetrate everything. Sometimes the best way to ensure juiciness and flavor is with a salt-heavy brine.
Do: Experiment. Natural tenderizers like pineapple, mango, beer and ginger can add unexpected depth to your dishes.
Don't: Be afraid to have fun with it. Especially with your trusty BFF, the Internet, by your side.
Speculoos Cookie Butter Scarcity
Trader Joe's limits one jar per person.
Last week during my semimonthly run to Trader Joe's for baked jalapeño cheese curls, I witnessed the following conversation between two employees:
Employee #1: Quick question — Speculoos? Are we still limiting them to just one?
Employee #2: Yup, one jar per person.
Speculoos Cookie Butter, in case you didn't know, is perhaps the world's second most amazing sweet spread (with Nutella claiming top prize). Its taste is gingerbread, snowy nights and Christmas all rolled into one with a texture so comforting and smooth one is tempted to affix it to every carbohydrate in sight.
I wasn't terribly shocked to learn that Trader Joe's was running low on this terrific product. Indeed, its popularity prompted a shortage earlier this spring. I was surprised, however, that this problem persisted. Why not, I thought, just send the stores more supply to meet the demand? Alas, not so simple, it seems.
I approached one employee at the West Alabama location to inquire about this issue, and he (in true Trader Joe's form) was remarkably friendly and open. It was his understanding that production and supply-chain issues were complicating adequate and equal distribution of Speculoos between stores. He, too, was surprised TJ's hadn't been able to successfully resolve these challenges and that the shortage had continued. "We still get about 20 calls a day from people asking about the availability of Speculoos Cookie Butter," he added.
Of course, scarcity and restriction easily feed desire, so perhaps TJ's is creating its own shortage issues (or intentionally not resolving them) as a means of prolonging Speculoos's extreme popularity. I admit that although I was uninterested in purchasing Speculoos during that particular visit to TJ's, the oppositional streak in me was activated when I heard of this one-jar-one-person allotment, and suddenly I really wanted to try to get TWO jars. Yes, I know, I'm such a rebel.
It turns out, however, that people like me who want to purchase two or even three jars at a time aren't really the problem. Another employee told me the limit was put in place when it became apparent that many people were trying to "stockpile" the butter, buying ten, 20 or even 30 jars at a time.
Wow, those people are serious about their cookie butter. I need to befriend them so I can continue to enjoy my Speculoos and jelly sandwiches during the apocalypse.
Readers and/or patrons of other TJ's locations: Have you noticed Speculoos flying off the shelves? And if we all stopped caring (or at least pretended to), would this shortage miraculously disappear? Easier recommended than done, 'cause that's some damn good butter.
Openings and Closings
Houston will run on Dunkin'.
The past week has been full of openings with few closings. So let's just get the bad news over with.
Houston Avenue Bar, a.k.a. Re:Hab Houston, informed the public that its lease is up and it will be closing the first week of July. The Houston Chronicle reported that management already has a new location, though, which will be opening in August, so it won't be gone for too long.
Dulce Bakery & Cafe quietly shut its doors this week, as reported by B4-U-Eat. Bhojan Restaurant off of the Southwest Freeway burned down.
Now here's some good news. In honor of National Donut Day, Dunkin' Donuts plans to open four locations in the Houston area, including one on South Shepherd in the coming weeks, as noted by the Chronicle. The next three locations should open during the summer in Humble and Pasadena and at Terminal E of Bush Intercontinental Airport; now you can get your coffee and donut fix before you fly.
B4-U-Eat let us know that Araya Artisan Chocolate opened a third location on Uptown Park Boulevard last week, as did Board Game Island in Galveston, where you can play more than 500 board games, enjoy coffee, sweets and sandwiches.
Although this restaurant isn't in Galveston, the Willowbrook area welcomed the breastaurant Bikini Sports Bar & Grill on Thursday.
Eater Houston Editor Eric Sandler reported that Houston will be welcoming a kosher vegetarian restaurant from San Antonio. Green Vegetarian Cuisine is set to open in September near the corner of Chimney Rock and Bellaire.
In other coming-soon news, CultureMap informed us that CityCentre will be getting a soup, salad, sandwich and wrap cafe, Salata, this fall. Capital Grille will also open its second location in CityCentre this fall. With openings last week from Grub Burger Bar, Seasons 52 and Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, CityCentre seems to be expanding quickly.
After this week's brisket theft from Killen's BBQ, it seems that some people just can't wait for Killen's to officially open. Chef and owner Ronnie Killen posted pictures on Facebook of the restaurant's progress, stating that it should be completely open in about three months. For now, Killen's BBQ will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., while supplies last, of course.
The Burger Guys also announced on Facebook that a third food trailer location is coming to Beaumont. The new location should be open in less than two weeks.
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B4-U-Eat's newsletter says that Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught have named their upcoming restaurant Caracol, which will be located at 2200 Post Oak Boulevard.
Although we lost a cupcake bakery a couple of weeks ago, two more have appeared. Gigi's Cupcakes opened a downtown location in the tunnel under the JPMorgan Chase Tower, as reported by the Chronicle. New Addiction Cupcakes also opened on June 1. The location doesn't serve just cupcakes, though; it's a one-stop shop to buy donuts, kolaches, cookies, cakes and coffee as well.
Eater also reported that Pistolero's had its grand opening last Wednesday. This restaurant serves tequila and tacos and is located at 1517 Westheimer in Montrose.
Voodoo Queen, the bar from Moon Tower Inn, is making lots of progress and seems to still be on track for the expected opening this month from photos found on Facebook.