Dads are a pair of big arms to pick you up when you fall. They're a grill master waving smoke away from your face. They impart their vast wisdom freely, and their hearts are as big as Texas. Yep, dads are pretty awesome.  So this Sunday, take your Dad out to eat at any one of Irving's diverse restaurants. We've made it easy for you by listing our top 5 picks for Father's Day. Now, be sure to call first in case reservations are required.

For more events this weekend, stop by our website at www.irvingtexas.com.

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SUNDAY FUTBOL & TEJANO MUSIC

Soccer fans

WHERE: Southern Junction
WHEN: Sun, Jun 17 @ 12 Noon
COST:  No cover

Doors open at noon and the action begins at 1:00 pm when Brazil takes on Switzerland in the FIFA World Cup games. You can watch it on their 24 ft. TV. SoJo will have delicious party food available for purchase and drink specials ($20 domestic beer buckets, $25 premium beer buckets and $3 margaritas) so you can kick back and enjoy the game.  Later, you can finish off your weekend with foot-stomping Tejano music and dancing! LEARN MORE

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MEAT, MEAT, AND MORE MEAT

Villa's Grill

WHERE: Villa's Grill
WHEN: Sun, Jun 17 @ 11 am - 6 pm
COST: $24.99

Villa's Grill is owned and operated by the Cunha family, who immigrated to Texas from southern Brazil. Alex's passion for grilling began when he worked at a churrascaria and learned the intricate details of Brazilian cuisine. Alex then passed his skills down to his son, Lucas, who runs the Irving Villa's Grill location. For a delightful staff, generous gourmet salad bar and all-you-can-eat mouthwatering varieties of meat, take your Father on Sunday to Villa's Grill in Historic Downtown Irving. Special pricing on Father's Day is $24.99 per adult, $12.99 per child (ages 6-10) and children 0-5 eat free. The Irving location is BYOB, and be sure to call for reservations: 972-259-2939. LEARN MORE

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BUFFET AT THE RANCH

Buffet at the Ranch

WHERE:  The Ranch at Las Colinas
WHEN: Sun, Jun 17 @ 9:30 am - 3 pm
COST: $46.95

You can't get any fresher than The Ranch's farm-to-fork cuisine, unless you grow it yourself. They set the bar high for Father's Day buffets by featuring over 40 of their favorite Texas brunch items. Special buffet pricing is $46.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 9 - 13, $10.95 for children 5 - 8 and kids under 5 eat free. There's no need to saddle up and wrestle your own cattle for a fresh, mouthwatering slice of beef, just mosey on down to The Ranch and fill your plate.  LEARN MORE

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FATHERS EAT FREE!

Sirloin

WHERE:  Cool River Cafe
WHEN: Sun, Jun 17 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 pm
OFFER:  Limit $40*

Good 'ol Dad may be the best grill master around, but don't make him cook his own meal on his special day, especially when Cool River is offering a free steak on Father's Day.  *Now you have to purchase another meal of equal or greater value than the free steak dinner, with a maximum cost of $40, but you're not going to let your Dad eat alone anyway. Let him soak up the ambiance at Cool River, delight in the smell of those steaks on the hickory grill, and then tell him what a smart cookie you are to find such great food and a free meal. He may just do that hair-tousling thing you hated as a kid. LEARN MORE

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DINNER AT A MOVIE

Clint Eastwood

WHERE:  Alamo Draft House
WHEN: Sun, Jun 17 @ 12:35 pm
COST: $9.46 + cost of food

How would the man in your life like to watch Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly on the big screen in some of the most comfortable seats around? Since the movie is a Spaghetti Western, the Alamo Drafthouse is offering all-you-can-eat spaghetti to purchase. Here's the best part, if you buy $75 or more in their gift cards, you'll receive 15% off. So you get dinner, phenomenal scores, gorgeous vistas and Clint Eastwood, all in one afternoon while saving $11.25 or more. If that's too much excitement, then after the movie you can stop by TCBY or The Pop Factory for something to cool you down.  LEARN MORE

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Be sure to tell Dad how much you love him by turning your phone off during dinner. He'll really appreciate the one-on-one conversation. Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there! Here's mine doing what he loved best.

Chet Clark