6 Over-the-Top Father's Day Specials
Gargantuan steak and eggs, anyone?
You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating: dad does not need another tie. Instead, take him out for one of these culinary experiences that are as bold and impressive as he is.
Game for the Grill
Give dad a break from the grill with a meal at Nashville’s The 404 Kitchen, where the team has created a three-course Father’s Day dinner prepared entirely on a Big Green Egg. Dubbed the Safari Menu ($80 per person), it’s served communal style. The first course, One if by Sea, features peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, fried alligator and ceviche with dipping sauces and tortilla chips. That’s followed by Two if by Land, a combo of elk leg, camel ribeye, kangaroo loin, roasted whole goat and water buffalo tri-tip alongside char-grilled spring vegetables, malt vinegar potatoes and horseradish. It all wraps up with a dessert platter of blondies, smoked chocolate cake and saffron ice cream with blue cornmeal cake.
Super-Sized Steak and Eggs
Brunch-loving dads with a hearty appetite can feast on celebration-worthy portions at Tavern62 by David Burke in New York City. The Big Daddy Steak and Eggs combines a 36-ounce dry-aged porterhouse steak from New Jersey’s Fossil Farms with half a deviled ostrich egg filled with a mixture of mayo, mustard, vinegar, chile oil, salt, pepper, togarashi seasoning and lemon zest and topped with boiled shrimp seasoned with garlic, chiles, basil and lemon. (The half egg is equivalent to twelve chicken eggs and takes more than seventy minutes to boil.) The protein-packing entrée costs $150 and serves four guests — if dad’s in a sharing mood, that is.
The Beer Fiend’s Ideal Brunch
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel in Riverside, California, has partnered with local craft brewery Hangar 24 for a beer-infused Father’s Day brunch menu. Priced at $69.50 for adults and $29 for children, the menu features imperial stout-infused barbecue pork ribs paired with baked beans and corn on the cob; grilled sausage with a side of tater tots and blonde ale sauce; orange wheat beer-can chicken accompanied with warm German potato salad; and eclairs infused with the brewery’s malty Chocolate Bomber porter.
If he’s really into booze, give dad a hands-on experience at Washington, D.C.’s District Distilling. The distillery, kitchen and bar celebrates Father’s Day with a bottle-your-own-spirit program. Head distiller Matthew Strickland will give dads an inside look at the distilling process, including a guided tasting of the D.C.-made spirits. Then dad will have the option to fill a bottle with their award-winning C&O Tradesman Whiskey, an unfiltered and cask-strength variety matured in French rhum or apple brandy casks, then adorn it with a personalized label. This one-of-a-kind experience costs $60 per bottle, and the distillery will waive the $10 tour and tasting fee for every dad who visits on June 17. Afterwards, stick around for seasonal American far, like smoked trout rillettes, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and squid ink tagliatelle.
Bargain-Loving Burger Fan
For the dad who loves a deal, Beef O’Brady’s, based in Tampa, Florida, lets dads eat for free on Father’s Day, with the purchase of a second meal of equal or greater value. The casual sports-centric chain crafts impressive over-the-top burgesr like the Amarillo Firecracker, with smoked bacon, fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and jalapeno mayo.
Commit to a day of drinks and food at San Diego’s Searsucker, where the Father’s Day festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with bottomless mimosa brunch ($18). Brunch runs until 2:30, then the lively restaurant segues into Old Fashioned Happy Hour, with clever twists on the classic ($9) each. For the traditionalist, there’s a burger special, offering the house burger with Dad’s choice of draft beer for $20.