Father's Day is Sunday, but it's not too late to make plans to treat Dad (trust me, I'm a dad). I've combed through the many Dad's Day events, gift ideas, and deals offered by local restaurants, and these are a few of the most interesting ones out there.
(A COVID-19 disclaimer: Please be cautious out there. Eat at a patio if you can. If you can’t, keep at least six feet distance from other parties, don’t touch your face, sanitize and wash your hands constantly, and wear a mask if possible.)
How about a cooking class with Chris Shepherd? You can get Dad the Underbelly Hospitality package that includes a live Zoom cooking class (Sunday evening) with the James Beard winning chef. What will Dad be cooking? How about a 44 Farms 16-ounce ribeye with sides? That'll come in a package with a Georgia James slab salad, a 375ml bottle of Maker's 46, and a jar of 44 Farms Jameson salt. The experience is $225.
Or maybe you want a cooking class with Beard nominated chef Anita Jaisinghani? The Pondicheri chef/owner will host hers Saturday afternoon focusing on how to cook items like "hot and sweet" chicken curry and masala grilled cheese with condiments you have in your pantry. The class is $25; if you want the ingredients, pay an extra $50, and pick them up at Pondicheri ahead of time.
Weights + Measures
If Dad is a fan of the Men at Work album Business as Usual, or maybe loves the Crocodile Dundee flicks, then the Aussie-inspired mixed grill platter at Weights + Measures is the right food gift for him. Available for Saturday and Sunday brunch, the platter includes lamb chop, pork steak, beef medallion, smoked link sausage, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, egg, potatoes, and gravy. It's just $25 too.
The folks at MAD in River Oaks have assembled one heck of a take-and-make menu for Father's Day. Bring home a pre-marinated 16-ounce wagyu bone-in ribeye, a 24-ounce beef tenderloin, or a 16-ounce skirt steak—just add heat. You can also grab rice dishes with shrimp, octopus, and calamari or, my favorite, duck confit leg and bok choy, plus sides and desserts. But that's not all: gin-and-tonic kits to-go and wines to-go are available as well. Prices vary by item.
Tony's is also doing the wagyu thing for Father's Day. Get raw A5 wagyu strip loin, 55-day dry-aged prime steaks, or fish like Chilean sea bass and Tasmanian salmon. Everything comes with cooking instructions, and of course, you'll want to add accompaniments like twice-baked potatoes and focaccia bianco. Prices vary by item.
Maybe Dad's wish for Father's Day is to sit in a quiet room with an entire tray of chicken wings. (I've had that wish before.) Or maybe you're having a socially distant outdoor party and just need some easy-to-serve meat. Sticky's Chicken is offering wing trays (5o for $55, 75 for $65, or 100 for $85) including one of four marinade flavors. Call 713-703-5230.
Speaking of wings, Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ is smoking up chicken wings for the occasion. Get a dozen for $15, and it comes with your choice of sauce (Alabama white, gochujang BBQ, sweet BBQ). Pre-order now, and pick up through Friday at Greenway Plaza, on Saturday in Spring Branch, or on Sunday in Montrose. Need some re-heating instructions? Here you go.
Does Dad enjoy a spirit from time to time? Doris Metropolitan has teamed up with Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye for a Father's Day package made for the whiskey lover. Get tickets to the distillery, a $150 gift card to Doris, a Davidoff cigar, and a Dad's Day card for $199.
Kenny & Ziggy's
If Pops is a fan of smoked fish and bagels (and really who isn't?), Kenny & Ziggy's is the spot. The restaurant (Post Oak location) is offering family size brunch options for four to six people, with options including the smoked fish brunch (Nova Scotia salmon and whitefish, plus bagels and beverages). You can also get the New York brunch (salmon, whitefish, also sable or sturgeon) or the delicatessen lunch (all of the meats including pastrami, salami, turkey, corned beef). Order by Thursday. Prices $95-$169. Call 713-871-8883.
Is raw fish how your Dad rolls? If so, Kata Robata has a heck of an option in its sashimi feast. Proteins include uni, king crab, and otoro. You can also pair sake (720 ml bottles) with your platter. The price for the feast is $150, and it feeds four. Email [email protected] and pickup between noon and 7 p.m. at the restaurant.
Verandah Progressive Indian Cuisine
Fill Dad up on Sunday with a tasting menu crafted by Verandah Progressive Indian Cuisine chef/owner Sunil Srivastava. The three-course menu includes options like chicken ke pharche (fried chicken) with caper golden garlic chutney and coriander pesto; semolina polenta with malai corn, dakshini saag, and fish kofta; and chicken pepper steak with achari subzi (sometimes spicy dish of starch and vegetables) and rogani sauce (creamy tomato sauce). A welcome cocktail is included. The meal is $45 per person.