Where to Eat on Father's Day in Houston 2014
Treat Dad to this Cajun-grilled Texas quail dish from Tony Mandola's on Father's Day.
Photo courtesy of Tony Mandola's
Father's Day is less than two weeks away and it will be here before you know it. Houston restaurants are gearing up for the big day, and so should you.
On Sunday, June 15, various establishments will offer celebratory brunches, lunches and dinners along with some drink specials. Check out our roundup of places offering Father's Day meals. And don't forget, you can always do one of these five food-centric things with Pops after brunch!
Tres leches pancakes? Yes, please!
Photo by Julie Soefer
For $49 per adult, each Americas location will serve a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring an array of meats, empanadas, breakfast stations and desserts. Children ages 6 to 12 eat for $15, and children under 6 eat for free. Fill up your plates with slices of whole roasted pig, plantain-crusted chicken, tres leches pancakes and prime rib of beef. Add endless brunch cocktails for $12.
Backstreet Cafe 1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239
Make reservations at Backstreet Cafe for a three-course brunch featuring oyster chowder, spicy maple-glazed pork belly, soft shell crab Benedict, Mexican short rib tacos and Red Velvet cake. The meal will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and costs $48 per adult and $15 per child.
Both benjy's locations will open at 10 a.m. (an hour earlier than normal) to serve its regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus. The chefs have also created meat-centric specials Dad is sure to love.
Caracol 2200 Post Oak Blvd., 713-622-9996
Fill up your plates at Caracol's Father's Day Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Choose from a selection of empanadas, enchiladas and egg dishes. Don't forget about the pastries, breads, cookies and candies prepared by pastry chef Ruben Ortega. Pair it all with a cocktail or hot chocolate. This brunch costs $45 per adult and $15 per child.
Each Churrascos location will serve a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $39 per adult and $15 per child ages 6 to 12 (children under 6 eat for free). The menu includes pasta and crepe action stations, Bahia grilled chicken and miniature versions of tres leches and delirio de chocolate. Endless brunch cocktails may be added for $12.
You bet Eleven XI will serve the XI Madame on Father's Day.
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Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar 607 West Gray, 713-529-5881
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Eleven XI will serve Father's Day brunch featuring its normal Sunday brunch items, such as apple caramel crumble French toast and an open-faced foie gras sandwich, as well as several meat dishes for Dad. Chef Kevin Byrant will serve up smoked prime rib, bone-in short ribs and a variety of surf-and-turf options.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar 1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
Etoile Cuisine et Bar will offer its regular brunch and dinner menus on Father's Day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., as well as three specials. For $28, feast on braised lamb shank with Moroccan spices, couscous and spring vegetables; for $58, order a 20 to 22-ounce bone-in ribeye steak with emmenthal cheese potato gratin, spring vegetables and a bordelaise sauce; or for $32, enjoy short rib ravioli with seared scallops, snow peas and mushrooms tossed in a Cabernet Sauvignon syrup.
Each Fleming's location in Houston will serve a three-course Father's Day brunch for $39.95 per adult and $18.95 per child under 12 years. The menu includes appetizer options of lobster bisque, a Caesar salad and fruit. Entree selections feature prime rib with a trio of sauces, Eggs Benedict, prime rib hash and baked brioche French toast with vanilla and orange custard. Top it all off with walnut turtle pie, white chocolate bread pudding or cheesecake. Each Father will also receive a $25 dining card.
Funky Chicken 181 Heights, 832-924-4655
Fried chicken and beer. How much better can it get? Treat Dad to this brunch at Funky Chicken featuring Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, Saint Arnold Santo, Karbach Wiesse Versa and a whole bunch of fried chicken dishes. Fill up on classic chicken and waffles, or a hearty biscuit sandwich with chicken sausage, eggs and cheese. Each dish will be served a la carte from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Hugo's 1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
For $39 per adult and $15 per child ages 10 and under, Hugo's will serve a Father's Day brunch buffet complete with regional Mexican dishes. The meal will be offered from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and also features live music from the restaurant's band, El Viento.
Kata Robata Sushi & Grill 3600 Kirby, 713-526-8858
If Dad loves sushi, then treat him to lunch or dinner at Kata Robata. Chef Hori will be whipping together a few sushi specials and grilled Asian dishes served alongside the regular dining menu. Pair any of these with a cocktail or sake.
Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen 2327 Post Oak Blvd., 713-871-8883
What Dad doesn't love a giant sandwich? Take him to Kenny & Ziggy's for a monster-sized sandwich filled with pastrami, corned beef or turkey. How about traditional stuffed cabbage? Cheese blintzes? Or maybe a burger from the new burger menu suits your dad's fancy. Kenny & Ziggy's will be open all day serving its regular menu.
Kiran's Restaurant and Bar 4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472
Celebrate Father's Day at Kiran's on Sunday, June 15, with a four-course brunch served from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For $55, each person will enjoy Dublin or Narula iced coffee, followed by a choice of Tandoori Cornish hen served with a mango and fennel salad, or a Caprese salad with peach, burrata and tarragon. Next, choose between a ginger poached egg atop scafata with garlic shrimp and a whole grain muffin, or mint and ajwain pancakes served with paneer khurchan, sweet lime pickle and boondi raita. The third course options include bison meatballs, potatoes and tandoori quail stuffed with cremini mushrooms; spiced ground lamb with braised turnips and tandoori maple leaf duck; tandoori salmon and crab cakes; or a vegetarian dish, sarson ka saag. Dessert features a Grand Marnier and pistachio chocolate mousse, passion fruit cremeux, and mango and raspberry sorbet.
Latin Bites 5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369
Treat Dad to Peruvian and South American food this Father's Day. Latin Bites will serve its regular brunch and dinner menus from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., featuring chicken and waffle sliders with a sweet potato-bacon syrup, arepas migas with Peruvian corn, and drink specials. Each Dad will receive a complimentary beer. Other brunch drink specials include $1.50 mimosas, $2 bellinis, $5 Bloody Marys, $3 beers, $5 sangria, $4 micheladas and $10 cebiches.
The "RVP" at Max's Wine Dive are a must on Father's Day.
Photo by Brooke Viggiano
Max's Wine Dive 214 Fairview, Ste. 2, 713-528-9200
The Fairview location for Max's Wine Dive will feature prime rib specials offered from 10 a.m. until midnight on Father's Day during the 4th Annual Prime Rib Extravaganza. Prices for the prime rib specials range from $20 to $40. The traditional brunch and dinner menus will be served as usual, so if Dad doesn't want prime rib, he can still get fried chicken for dinner and those Red Velvet Pancakes for brunch.
Max's Wine Dive 4720 Washington, 713-880-8737
The Washington location will also feature the 4th Annual Prime Rib Extravaganza on Father's Day from 10 a.m. until midnight. Specials range from $20 to $40. Brunch and dinner menus will be offered as well.
MKT Bar 1001 Austin, 832-360-2222
All weekend (Saturday and Sunday), MKT Bar will serve a Father's Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The brunch menu features indulgent breakfast options such as the MKT Donut Trilogy (maple syrup pecan, coconut curry and raspberry pistachio). There will also be an array of waffles, such as classic ones topped with fruit and whipped cream, a black pepper waffle with braised lamb and shaved Pecorino Romano, as well as Hill Country Fried Chicken and Waffles with Moroccan-spiced maple syrup. Take the more savory route with a Just Cheese or Farmers MKT pizza. Don't leave without getting a scoop of gelato or a slice of chocolate coconut tart.
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar 1985 Welch, 713-533-0200
Mockingbird Bistro will serve a three-course brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $59 per adult and $25 per child. Begin with a truffle cauliflower souffle and smoked jumbo lump crab, followed by steak and scrambled eggs, or an American Kobe beef burger topped with seared Hudson Valley foie gras. For dessert, indulge in a cool flourless chocolate cake with raspberries and white chocolate ice cream, or a sweet and tangy lemon tart with a strawberry compote.
Prego 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Prego will serve its regular Sunday brunch, featuring potato gnocchi with braised Wagyu beef and a fried egg, chicken scaloppini and waffles with strawberries, and a mushroom fritatta. Throw in a cocktail for the perfect pairing.
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop 3701 Travis, 713-524-6922
Treat Dad to a special cooking class on Father's Day from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. with chef Monica Pope for $79 per person. Pope will share her culinary knowledge with all the Dads (and family members who want to join). Then, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., she will serve a three-course, prix fixe Father's Day brunch for $35 per adult and $15 per child. Choose either the cooking class or brunch, or go to both!
The Bird & The Bear Bistro 2810 Westheimer, 713-528-2473
The Bird & The Bear will serve a special dish just for Dad: braised short ribs au jus paired with mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and a Shiner Bock. This special costs $15 and will be served from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
The Bistro - Hotel Sorella CityCentre 800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545
This Bistro inside Hotel Sorella in CityCentre will serve a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for $45 per person. Fill up your plates with a variety of pasta dishes, meats from carving stations, salads and sweet treats from the dessert bar.
The Tasting Room - CityCentre 818 Town & Country Blvd., Ste. 100, 281-822-1500
The Tasting Room in CityCentre will serve its regular brunch and dinner menus on Father's Day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Menu items include a Breakfast BLT on toasted brioche, chicken and biscuits, and lemon ricotta pancakes for brunch. Savor a cheese plate before indulging in shared plates of potato chip nachos and smoked chicken mini tacos; treat Dad to a TTR Signature Burger or share a BBQ quail pizza for dinner.
The Tasting Room - Uptown Park 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-993-9800
From 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., The Tasting Room in Uptown Park will serve steak and wine specials with the regular lunch and dinner menus. Enjoy a burger, pizza or salad with Dad for lunch, or share bruschetta and truffle Parmesan fries as an appetizer before dinner. Live music will be provided on the patio from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen 1212 Waugh, 713-528-3474
Along with the regular brunch menu, Tony Mandola's will serve Father's Day specials from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Specials include Texas quail and crab cakes with rosemary polenta and sauteed baby spinach for $36; a seafood tower or Jonah crab claws, Maine lobster tail, Alaskan King crab legs, Gulf Bay shrimp and oysters for $85; and redfish on the half shell for $28. Try out the new Bloody Mary bar making its debut at Tony Mandola's on Father's Day.
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