Mother’s Day is widely acknowledged to be one of the biggest brunch days of the year. Father’s Day isn’t as big a restaurant day — maybe Dad wants to play golf, or stay inside watching U.S. Open golf, or grill his own steak or just take a nap — but it is growing.
Many DFW restaurants and breweries are doing things to make Dad feel special, so here’s a quick, last-minute round-up. We will be updating when we can. Reservations recommended except where noted.
Chef Blythe’s Southern Bistro: The North Richland Hills restaurant will have some special items both Saturday and Sunday, including roasted prime rib w/au jus and horseradish creme, pan-seared pork chop with red-wine pork demi, and, at brunch, pulled-pork hash and Monte Cristo Benedict. For a full menu, check Chef Blythe’s Southern Bistro on Facebook. 9160 N. Tarrant Parkway No. 180, North Richland Hills, 817-770-4905, http://www.chefblythessouthernbistro.com
Chef Point Cafe: The Watauga restaurant will have a special Father’s Day menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. If you really want to splurge, spring for the 22-oz. cowboy steak ($45) for Dad. Or go for the South African 6-oz. cold-water lobster double tail ($39). 5901 Watauga Road, 817-656-0080, http://chefpointcafe.org (the restaurant asks that in lieu of reservations, diners should call ahead and get on a waiting list).
Max’s Wine Dive: Max’s already has a cool Sunday brunch, and Victor Villarreal, who recently took over as executive chef, is adding an item to it this Sunday: a pork chop with eggs and hash with a red wine demi (it will be offered all day, not just brunch). 2421 W. Seventh St. Suite 109, Fort Worth, 817-870-1100, http://www.maxswinedive.com. The Dallas location will have a special brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for $29.95. 3800 McKinney Ave. No. 100, Dallas, 214-559-3483, http://www.maxswinedive.com.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille: Get a three-course meal — a specialty salad, dessert and, in between, Perry’s trademark seven-finger pork chop — for $29.95 between 5 and 9 p.m. Sunday. The adjacent Bar 79 will have specially priced items during the same hours. 2000 McKinney Ave, Suite 100, Dallas, 214-855-5151; also 2440 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco, 214-494-4645. http://www.perryssteakhouse.com
Pluckers Wing Bar: Dads can eat free at Pluckers on Sunday — if they post a photo of their family eating at Pluckers on social media with the hashtag #Pluckers. That will get you (if you’re a dad) a complimentary entree, side and non-alcoholic beverage (up to a $15 value). Multiple DFW locations; http://www.pluckers.com
Queenie’s Steakhouse: The Denton steakhouse is named in honor of owner Tim Love’s mom, but it plans to honor Dad during Sunday brunch. The $35-per-person feed begins with a chef’s starter platter for the table, with hot, fresh Back Dough donuts, smoked fish, caviar, cream cheese and toast points, fresh romaine salad, and a fresh orange juice mimosa. Entree choices inlcude chicken-fried quail and waffles; the omelet of the day; a brunch burger with bacon, jalapeño hollandaise, skinny frites and a fried egg; pulled-pork eggs Benedict and more. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 115 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940-442-6834, www.queeniessteakhouse.com
The Ranch at Las Colinas: The Ranch doesn’t open for brunch often, but it will do it for Dad, just like it did for Mom. Thirunch will feature “a variety of meaty BBQ goodness inspired by generations of grill-loving dads,” as well as an 11-station buffet featuring flatbread, salad, carving, taco, shrimp-cocktail and dessert stations. If you prefer the a la carte route, there will be chicken-fired steak, chicken tenders and waffles, blackened snapper and other options. $44.95 adults, $18.95 children 9-13; $10.95 children 5-8; free for children 4 and under. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, 972-506-7262, http://www.theranchlc.com
Spiral Diner: Got a vegan dad? Take him here for Father’s Day brunch. Heck, if he’s got a sweet tooth, take him here anyway for the whiskey-peach pancakes (with peaches, pecans and whiskey creme sauce — and Spiral Diner does great pancakes). The other special item is the tofu Benedict: vegan hollandaise poured over house-made “bacon,” grilled tofu and sauteed spinach, atop an English muffin. 1314 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-332--8834; 1101 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas, 214-948-4747, http://www.spiraldiner.com
Texas Motor Speedway: This isn’t a restaurant thing, but if your dad is a fan of auto racing to the point that he’d like to get behind the wheel, Fittipaldi Exotic Driving is offering specials. New to Texas, Fittipaldi Exotic Driving (launched by racer Christian Fittipaldi and his partner Bill Scott) puts you behind the wheel of “the world's most desired, expensive supercars.” You can drive or let a professional do the driving. But it’s an indulgence: Even with a 20 percent Father’s Day discount, drives start at $235 (rides are $69). But what’s a littlle money when you’re driving a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche or GT-R? Father-child packages are also available. Drivers must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license; guests 14+ can enjoy a Race Ride in an authentic racecar. A parent or guardian must accompany all guests under 18 years of age. Reserve at www.drivefittipaldi.com or at 281-584-6618.
Woodshed Smokehouse: Father’s Day menu items at Tim Love’s meat-heavy Trinity River hangout will include Bourbon Cherry Cobbler and a special on the bar’s signature Smoked Old-Fashioned, made with Rebecca Creek whiskey, Bitter Truth Creole bitters, orange rind and smoked ice, “imbued” with smoky flavor from 10 minutes in a meat smoker filled with pecan wood.” 3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth; 817-877-4545, www.woodshedsmokehouse.com