Where to Dine in Houston This Father's Day 2016

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Just as moms do, the loving dads in your life deserve a good meal on their holiday (which, hint hint, is Sunday, June 19). So it’s a good thing there are a plethora of excellent Houston restaurants ready to serve him one up. From prix-fixe meals featuring big beefy steaks to family-friendly spots serving up morning classics, check out our 2016 Father’s Day Dining Guide:

Añejo Tex-Mex, 1180-1 Uptown Park, 713-963-9032
Bring Dad in for brunch or dinner, featuring Michelada specials and prime rib plates, in addition to Anejo’s regular menus. Specials will be available all day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940
Enjoy a special Father’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which will feature new and classic favorites including a Prime Rib Carving Station and Seafood Paella a la Valenciana in a 32 inch pan. Ceviches, salads, fresh fruits and grilled vegetables will also be offered, along with a 28 foot long dessert bar featuring fabulous desserts from the Seven Regions of Mexico. Cost is $39 for adults and $25 for seniors (65+), $18 for children (6-12), and free for children under 6.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814 
B&B Butchers & Restaurant will be open on Father’s Day for brunch and dinner with live music during brunch (11 am to 3 p.m.) on the covered rooftop patio, which now has large overhead fans. The Butcher Shop at B&B has also put together Father’s Day take-out packages to grill at home.

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 S. Shepherd 713-521-2239
For Father’s Day, Chef Hugo Ortega will offer a special three-course menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $48 per adult and $15 per child, plus tax, gratuity and beverages. The multi-choice menu includes dishes such as Texas Peach Salad with grilled peaches, crisp prosciutto, and burrata; Tenderloin and Eggs with rosemary potato cake and creamy hollandaise; and Blackberry Cobbler with mascarpone ice cream.

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, 713-522-9711
Brennan’s of Houston will host a special Father’s Day brunch (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) and dinner (5:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.). Prepared by Executive Chef Danny Trace in the restaurant’s signature Texas Creole style, brunch will include a three-course prix-fixe meal ($56*), while dinner will be served à la carte.

Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, 713-868-4444 

Toast the man of the house during Brenner’s on the Bayou’s delectable Backyard Cookout, held from 3 p.m. until sunset. No ordinary celebration, this bountiful backyard cookout will offer top-notch specials on the 20 ounce Porterhouse, served with a loaded potato and salad, and the 8 ounce Top Sirloin, served for children 12 and under. While grillin’ and chillin’, families can also enjoy live music by local favorite, the Matt Cline Band.

Calabash Island Eats, 1515 Pease, 713-739-9039 
This island-style eatery and rum bar will be offering dads a free Father’s Day gift and complimentary dessert.

Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak #160, 713-622-9996
¡Feliz Dia de los Padres! Hit this Father’s Day brunch buffet for an endless array of antojitos from the comal, marinated vegetable salads, enchiladas, seafood-stuffed poblanos, empanadas, chilaquiles with eggs, an array of ceviches, and a whole lot more. Just save room for the lineup of traditional Mexican fresh baked breads, cookies, candies and pastries. Price is $45 per adult and $15 per child and seatings are available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ciao Bello, 5161 San Felipe, 713-960-0333
Treat Dad with Brunch All’ Italiana at Ciao Bello. Enjoy a variety of brunch dishes with Italian flare like the Challah Egg Sandwich with house cured lamb pancetta, taleggio and insalata estiva; “Giambata” with scrambled eggs, zucchini, parmigiano, garden tomatoes and a Vallone sausage link ; and Market Vegetable Pasta tossed with Tony’s weekly picks from the vegetable garden. Morning drink specials include $3 Mimosas, $5 Bellinis (made with real peach juice), $6 Negronis and select wines by the glass starting at $5. For the man who like to sleep in, Ciao Bello will also be serving their a la carte dinner menu until 9 p.m.

Cuchara, 214 Fairview, 713-557-2608  
The Mexican restaurant will be celebrating Father’s Day Weekend by grilling out on both Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations required.

Edgar’s Hermano at The Whitehall Hotel, 1700 Smith, 713-739-8800 (ext 6200)
This inspired restaurant in the recently renovated Whitehall Hotel will be open and serving its signature Mexi-South cuisine this Father's Day. Treat dads to Southern fried stuffed chicken with masa grits and candied bacon jam, chilaquiles, or a big ol' Texas ribeye. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

El Tiempo Cantina, multiple locations
All locations will be open regular hours and offering all Dads a quarter pound of their signature Filet Fajitas entree for $9.99 (regularly $21.99).

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808

Join Etoile Cuisine et Bar for brunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Offerings will include Tartare De Boeuf (beef tartare, pickles, fresh herbs, crostini), Fletan D’Alaska Rôti (pan seared halibut, summer vegetables, lemongrass beurre blanc) and Pastilla Au Chocolat (dark chocolate “pastille”, mango gel, coconut sorbet). Cost is $48 per person.

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana #101; 713-491-2222
Enjoy the perfect manly brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $55 per person. Start with a house-smoked salmon and potato latke lagniappe before moving onto choices like miso glazed ribs, duck confit and Gulf shrimp gumbo, sorghum-glazed shrimp and grits, and down south coconut cake.

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Celebrate Father’s Day by enjoying the famous bounteous brunch buffet of Authentic Regional Mexican cuisine at Hugo’s. The buffet will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with live music by Viento (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Cost is $42 per adult and $15 per child (ages 10 and under), plus tax, gratuity and beverages.

Il Mascalzone, 1500 Shepherd, 713-862-9700; 12126 Westheimer, 832-328-5151
In addition to their regular menu, Chef Alberto Baffoni and Mascalzone are are offering an all day Father's Day - Coastal Italian Style special, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at both locations. Get grilled beef tenderloin and Maine lobster, with herb-roasted veggies and risotto infused with Prosecco and fennel. Dads get a $1 Italian cocktail.

Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers, 3501 W. Holcombe, 713-664-2874; 1335 Lake Woodlands, 281-367-2874; 10403 Katy Fwy, 281-549-2874
Dads eat free at all three locations. Kids can order any burger, salad or Kid Built Basket and receive a free burger or salad for Dad. Maximum $10 value.

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill, 3600 Kirby, 713-526-8858
Houston’s top restaurant for sushi and grilled Asian-inspired dishes will be open on Father’s Day serving their regular menu, daily specials, and free dessert for dads. Patio seating is available.

Kenny & Ziggy's, 2327 Post Oak, 713-871-8883; 5172 Buffalo Speedway, 832-767-1136
Now with two locations, there’s no better time to treat the whole family to a relaxed Father’s Day breakfast, lunch or dinner, featuring larger than life breakfast plates; sky-scraping sandwiches filled with a variety of traditional deli favorites; entree salads; smoked fish; stuffed cabbage served in a sweet and sour sauce; Hungarian goulash; chicken soup; homemade cheese blintzes, and New York-style cheesecake, of course.

L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar, 240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313
A Father's Day Prime Rib and European Brunch Buffet will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $55 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Laurenzo's, 4412 Washington, 713-880-5111
The restaurant will be offering all Dads a 10 ounce Rib Eye Steak for $18.99. (regularly $38.99).

Le Mistral, 1400 Eldridge, 832-379-8322
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Father's Day special ($46) featuring slowly roasted dry-aged prime rib, truffle smashed potatoes, fricassee of jumbo asparagus and king trumpet mushrooms, your choice of sauce, and a complimentary dessert off the regular menu. The a la carte dinner menu and special $15 children's menu will be available as well.

Max’s Wine Dive - Fairview, 214 Fairview, 713-528-9200
In addition to the regular brunch menu, feast on Father's Day specials like a slow-briased Short Rib Burrito Ranchero or 16 ounce Ribeye and Eggs. Brunch starts at 9 a.m., but but per Texas state laws, alcohol will not be served until 10 a.m.

Max’s Wine Dive - Washington, 4720 Washington, 713-880-8737
Guests can expect manly Father's Day specials in addition to the regular brunch menu. The restaurant will open at 9 a.m., but but per Texas state laws, alcohol will not be served until 10 a.m.

Mia Bella, 1201 San Jacinto, 832-319-6675; 110 Vintage Park, 281-251-8930; 16535 Southwest Fwy, 281-240-5000  

Tell Dad to step away from the grill and head to Mia Bella Trattoria for Father’s Day. All three locations will be open and serving special brunch and dinner menus. For brunch ($29/adult, $14/child under 12), a buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with highlights including a made to order omelet station, homemade Italian sausage, brioche French toast, chicken marsala, and roasted leg of lamb. Dinner will feature a specially-crafted, a la carte Dad’s Day menu, with dishes such as Grilled Rib Eye with creamy spinach polenta and truffled porcini butter and Seafood Ravioli in a sweet chile balsamic butter sauce.

Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
In addition to their regular brunch menu, this Southern-inspired charmer has created a Dad-focused, Wild Game Menu for Father’s Day, with dishes including bison, venison (including Ouisie’s own chicken fried venison steak) and boar. In addition, dads get to take home a sample bottle of Texas bourbon. And Brunch is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Pluckers Wing Bar, 1400 Shepherd, 713-864-9464
Pluckers Wing Bar is letting dads eat free this Father’s Day. All dads can enjoy a complimentary entree, side, and non-alcoholic beverage (up to a $15 value) from Pluckers’ extensive menu when they post a photo of their family at the restaurant to any social media channel with the hashtag #Pluckers.

Pollo Tropical, multiple locations
Give dad a break from the grill this Father’s Day and treat him to a 2 Can Dine for $9.99 meal deal. The offer is available on Father's Day only and includes any combination of 2 entrees, including the small TropiChop or Quarter Chicken with rice and beans, 1 regular size Sweet Plantains or Fried Yuca, and 2 fountain drinks. To receive the offer, text “DAD2016” to 52198.

Prego, 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
Celebrate Dad at this contemporary Italian restaurant in the heart of Rice Village. Chef John Watt will be offering their three-course brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. There will also be off-the-menu specials and plenty of eye-opening cocktails and a full lunch/dinner menu served from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, 713-650-1300
This elegant hotel will be offering Houston’s a Father’s Day Brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expanded menu will feature an extensive selection of more than 70 menu items, including traditional breakfast favorites, fresh housemade pastas, seafood paella, rotisserie chicken, and a full dessert buffet. And finally, every dad will get a departing gift of house-packed barbecue spices to work his own Quattro magic in a backyard at home. Cost is $65 for adults and $32 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity. Children age 4 and under are free. Complimentary valet parking.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, 713-861-8666 
Hit this restaurant featuring seafood and wild game in a historic 113-year-old log cabin on an acre of beautiful grounds this Father’s Day. The restaurant will be open for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering a Gulf Coast-inspired a la carte menu. Celebrate with Champagne, Border Palomas, Bellinis and Texas Bloody Marys, and they will offer $2 mimosas until 3 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring their regular dinner menu and $15 Sunday Supper feature and half-price wines.

Sal y Pimienta Kitchen, 818 Town & Country, 832-849-0097  
The kitchen is offering a Buffet-syle Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., featuring more than 50 South American favorites. Cost is $35 per person; $15 for children 9-12 years-old; and $12 for children 5-9 years-old, with Mimosas, Sangria or Clerico Specials for $12. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sud Italia, 2347 University, 713-664-7571 
This cozy Italian restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offering a special three course prix-fixe menu ($39.50) as well as a children's menu ($12.50). Choices include dishes such as sauteed swordfish steak with black olives and capers, spaghetti alla Bolognese, and warm chocolate lava cake.

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295; 12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300; 1140 Eldridge, 832-230-3842  
All three locations will be celebrating the day with an expanded brunch, various specials and even a special mixed-grill plate with a variety of dad’s favorite meats. As an added bonus, owner Sylvia Casares is offering gift certificates for a specially-created Father’s Day Grilling Class to be held on Saturday, July 16. To purchase a gift certificate in advance, call the Eldridge location at 832-230-3842 (where the class will be held) or purchase on Eventbrite. The cost is $64 per person.

The Tasting Room CityCentre, 818 Town and Country, 281-822-1500 
Enjoy a $30 chef specialty steak meal, and/or a cigar with glass of scotch for $10. Specials are available all day.

The Tasting Room Kingwood, 1660 W. Lake Houston, 281-361-0044
Kingwood will be offering a special, 3 course dinner from 4 p.m. to close on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They’ll also have whiskey, wine and tequila flights for Dad to try.

The Tasting Room Uptown Park, 1101-18 Uptown Park, 713-993-9800
Kicking off Father’s Day, MAX’s Wine Dive famous brunch is coming to The Tasting Room Uptown Park.

Texas de Brazil, 822 Town & Country Blvd, 713-730-3013; 16535 Southwest Fwy, 281-242-3313
Opening early at 11 a.m., all Fathers dining will receive a certificate for a complimentary lunch or dinner to use on their next visit.

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, 713-528-3474
This Gulf Coast-inspired favorite will be offering all Dads an 8 ounce Filet Mignon for $17.99 (regularly $37.99) Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Urban Eats, 3414 Washington, 832-834-4417
Urban Eats will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Vallone’s, 947 Gessner, 713-395-6100
This Father’s Day, Vallone’s is beefing up its popular Sunday offerings with a three-course, prix-fixe menu with a meaty selection of carnivore favorites including Short Rib Hash, Center Cut Filet Eggs Benedict and The “Tex”, a 6 ounce center cut filet mignon served with cheese enchiladas. Other offerings include Chicken Fried Broken Arrow Ranch Quail, Crab Scramble, Challah French Toast and Corn Raviolini. Available exclusively on June 19 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the three-course, prix-fixe menu is priced at $45 per person.

White Plate Art, 4318 Kyle, 832-930-0010
Make memories as well as mouthwatering brunch items with your favorite father figure this Father's Day. White Plate Art offers a hands-on cooking experience in a cozy, comfortable setting. Prepare and enjoy Kobe Breakfast Sliders with Fried Egg and Avocado, Thick Sliced Bacon and Maple Flapjacks, Beer Battered Shrimp with The Best Tartar Sauce, and a refreshing Mocha Almond Granita. Cost for class is $85 per person. BYOB. No corkage fees. 

We will be updating this list throughout the weeks leading up to Father’s Day. Please let us know if you'd like to be included at dish@houstonpress.com.

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