Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th, 2012, so if you haven't figured out what to do for dad, how about showing his stomach some love with good eats? Here are some last minute dining picks that rely on your knowledge of good ole' dad's tastes.
If he loves barbecue: There may be a wait, but people are always raving about the melt-in-your mouth wonderfulness that is Gatlin's. Get the sliced beef brisket if they still have it, and watch your dad get his hands dirty before cleaning off the plate with a big smile on his face. In Katy, Spring Creek Barbecue (multiple locations throughout Houston) is always a fun family place (they might even sing to dad, if you're lucky), and if you're in Sugar Land, head over to the Whole Foods on Hwy 6 and 59 for some great quality barbecue take-away (my favorite is the chopped beef sandwich). For chef-driven barbecue, Triniti is also offering a special 10-course Father's Day barbecue tasting that ends with a scotch and cigar for dad, as well as take-home chocolates, just $75/adults, $10/children's plate 12 and under.
If he loves steak: If you can still get a reservation, the old man will surely be happy with a treat from Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland. Go fo the gold and order him that hunk of a $99 32 ounce Kobe dry-aged bone-in ribeye (just thinking about it makes me salivate), a side of creamed corn and skillet potatoes, one of the Killen's signature desserts, and your papa will be proud to have a raised such a generous and loving child. Other excellent options: Del Frisco's in the Galleria for some of the best VIP service in the city, Perry's Steakhouse if you are in The Woodlands or Clear Lake, Pappas Brother's, Vic & Anthony's downtown. If he wants and all-you-can-eat extravaganza, try Fogo de Chao or another Brazilian rodizio option like Nelore on Montrose.
If he loves brunch buffet: You can find Father's Day brunches all around Houston, starting with one of my faves, Hugo's. Amid festive live music, dad can get his fill of everything from shrimp salad to migas plates and pork ribs, along with their famous tres leches and Mexican hot chocolate for about $27. Quattro at the Four Seasons and The Houstonian are other options for spectacular brunch buffets. New to the buffet game is Latin Bites in Memorial, which will be offering a Peruvian-inspired brunch buffet with more than 30 dishes and live music for just $35. Seniors/$28 and kids under 12, $10.
If dad loves fancy, specialty options: Rainbow Lodge is a great brunch destination that is upscale and masculine at the same time. For comfort food with a gourmet twist (think red velvet pancakes or awesome fried chicken) Max's Wine Dive's gourmet comfort food brunch is always a home run. Over on Post Oak Blvd, Philippe Restaurant + Lounge and RDG + Bar Annie next door are the very definition of upscale, located as they are next to luxury boutique Hermes. Brasserie 19 is the perfect River Oaks haunt for some specialty oysters and champagne. And last but not least, visit Tony's, where five star service is always available when budget is no constraint.
If he loves dessert: It's not too late to surprise Dad with a cake, a cupcake, or that special something to satisfy his sweet tooth. Ooh La La Dessert Boutique in Katy and Town Center, Crave Cupcakes at Uptown Park and Rice Village, Dolce Delights in Midtown, Cheesecake Factory in the Galleria and Sugar Land, Petite Sweets near River Oaks, and Marble Slab Creamery all offer great to-go dessert options.