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Procrastinator’s Guide to Father’s Day Dining (& Drinking): Choices Beyond Traditional Brunch

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While the usual brunch makes for a great way to celebrate Father’s Day, check out these 8 places to grab a bit and/or drink with dad this Sunday.

Tasty’cue at Killen’s Barbecue:  Dad won’t be able to get enough of the stellar brisket, beef ribs, pork belly, sausage and more.  Be forwarned:  There’s usually a line (get there early; they only serve until the kitchen runs out), but you won’t be disappointed, especially on weekends when your wait time includes a free cold brew.  **Bonus:  On Father’s Day, the Pearland joint is offering up a $20 plate with 16 oz prime rib, horseradish mashed potatoes and green beans for dad.

Scotch tasting at Reserve 101:  Skip the eats and go straight for the booze.  Say cheers to pops with a tasting of 4 Macallan single malt scotches at the downtown whiskey bar at 5 pm.  Enjoy pours of 3 different ages, plus a Rare Cask-$50/person.  Make your reservations on line.

Bites and beer at Karbach:  It is a slam dunk at Karbach’s new 2 story, 19,000 SF building, complete with a patio restaurant (noon-5:30pm) and tap room with 30 taps, special bottle and can releases.  Nosh on items including beer battered fish and chips, pizza and a house burger with white cheddar cheese on a Hawaiian bun, and then take a tour of the tap room (1-3pm).  Choose from a variety of tasting packages including a deal with a 16 oz glass and 3 beer tokens for $12.

Noodles at Mein:  For the foodie dad, hit up Chinatown newcomer from Mike Tran (Tiger Den, Aka Sushi) for Cantonese flavors in hip, art deco surroundings.  Dive into house-made noodles served up in a variety of styles from soups to stir fry, with your choice of toppings including tofu and shrimp.  Try the can’t miss shareable plate of Chinese style chashu roast pork (marinated braised pork belly).

Iguana at Cuchara:  Dine outside the box at the Chuchara in Montrose.  Sunday, the brunch menu of authentic Mexico City fare gets an adventurous twist with the addition of 8 unique barbacoas, including 1 filled with iguana meat (prepared with olive oil, guajillo chile and vinegar).

Grill out at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop:  They fire up the grill Sunday, offering lessons from a pro (11am-1pm).  Jump behind the grill – or just kick back and feast like a king – as top chef Monica Pope shares her expert techniques and recipes ($65/person).

Steak at Vallone’s:  For a chop done right, head to Vallone’s Steakhouse (11am-3pm), located at the Gateway Memorial complex, where they’re hosting a 3-course meal ($49/person).  Starters include classic Ahi tuna tartar and wild salmon Carpaccio.  Move on to your choice of a handful of entree options like the standout 8 oz, center-cut filet mignon, worth the $11 upgrade.  For the finale, choose from a trio of desserts:  a chocolate brownie with Belgian chocolate, snowball cake (with marshmallow cream and coconut) or lemon meringue.

Burger at Pappas Burger:  Who doesn’t love a great burger?  Especially the juicy half-pound prime beef burger, topped with ceddar o Swiss, at either of 2 Pappas Burger locales.  If you’re looking to indulge without the wheat, the culinary powers that be searched high and low for the best gluten-free bun.  P.S. Don’t miss out on the killer off-menu onion rings.  **Bonus:  Friday through Sunday, dad can score a bacon cheeseburger with fries, 4 Buffalo wings (with original, Asian or barbecue sauce) and either a milkshake, soda or beer, all for $16.95.



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