By Amy Reyes
Recession, downsizing and rising gas prices do not mean you get to neglect pops on Father's Day. For all the year-round mooching dear old dad puts up with, the least you can do is spring for a meal - a nice one. Believe us, he'd rather wolf down a big fat steak than pretend to love that corny money clip you were going to give him. Here's where to go to impress papi with some culinary jewels - and by jewels we mean steak.
Café Prima Pasta offers dads 50% off the entire menu, including cocktails, appetizers and entrees until 6 p.m. After 6, dads can indulge in Steak Pizzaiola accompanied by free-flowing Bloody Mary's, Bloody Maria's and a variety of red wines.
Cafe Prima Pasta, 414 71st Street, Miami; (305) 867-0106.
Canyon Ranch Grill offers a prix-fixe "Nourish" menu designed to improve heart health. The $36 menu features dishes like bison tenderloin and Peruvian ceviche rich in antioxidants, fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and other anti-inflammatory ingredients essential for decreasing risk of heart disease.
Canyon Ranch Grill, 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-7474
Fogo de Chao treats dad like royalty Sunday with free, limitless salad bar, meats and sides with purchase of at least one regular $46.50 meal. Yup - we said free. Absolutely free. Book reservations - now.
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, 836 First St., Miami Beach; 305-672-0011
Maya Tapas & Grill is actually buying your dad a steak this Sunday. Bring the family and dads will enjoy a complimentary 14-ounce skirt steak served with mashed potatoes, bleu cheese crouton and chimichurri sauce. Boozer's bonus: The sangria pitcher is $39.95 and corkage fees are waived for Florida residents.
Maya Tapas & Grill, 809 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 538-0058
Morton's The Steakhouse dishes up a $65 price fixe menu at their Gables and North Miami Beach locations. Options include filet mignon, New York strip steak, cajun ribeye steak and key lime pie. Menu available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Morton's The Steakhouse, 17399 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 305-945-3131 and 2333 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-442-1662
Red Koi Thai and Sushi Lounge offers dad a chance to relax at this hip Miracle Mile Thai and Sushi lounge. Indulge in two-for-one beers, house wine and house sake on Father's Day. Not a bad option if your dad likes to see and be seen.
Red Koi Thai and Sushi Lounge, 317 Miracle Mile, Coral Gable; 305-446-2690
Scarpetta offers chef Scott Conant's Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with unlimited bellinis and an assortment of dishes using the freshest ingredients. Kids under 10 dine for $24.95 and adults for $49.95. Scarpetta will also open for dinner at 6 p.m. with its à la carte menu, so if daddy loves Italian, this is your spot.
Scarpetta, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4660
Smith & Wollensky celebrates dads with a three-course prix-fixe menu for just $49. If the doc's got daddy off red meat, try colossal shrimp cocktail or tempura-crusted soft shell crab. Otherwise, head straight for the filet Mignon and Smith's famous banana sundae. You only live once.
Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305.673.2800
Texas de Brazil offers its Meat Feast for Fathers, featuring (what else?) churrascaria-style gourmet meats, including picanha, Brazilian sausage, leg of lamb and filet mignon. If dad needs to cleanse his palate, he can visit the salad bar boasting sushi and up to 75 items. The cost is $44.99 per person. Get a reservation - this is in the Dolphin Mall. Can you say crowded?
Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami; 305-599-7729
Viceroy at Icon Brickell gives pops the barbecue of his dreams with an afternoon of family fun on the pool deck featuring live music and gourmet BBQ stations serving up grilled skirt steak, hamburgers and chicken. Dad will also love the dessert bar and an Oktoberfest-style beer garden. The pool party will take place 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for young adults under 21.
Viceroy Miami at Icon Brickell, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-503-4400
An aged T-Bone steak on the grill ( with heat on top), at the Smith and Wollensky steak house restaurant in South Beach. Photo: Pedro Portal.