Father’s Day Meal Recos: Celebrate dads worth celebrating, with some of the hottest names around
Right? Sometimes, luck of the draw, you get a paternal relative who is so decent, so caring, so generally badass – even if he sometimes pushes the “dad joke” envelope a little too far, don’t is this not ? – sometimes there is a man who relieves you well, and then you are decent enough to want to honor his goodness whenever a convenient excuse comes along.
Boy, the way Glenn Miller played…
As is the case with the father of Yasmin Diallo Turk, for example.
You might have heard of that “Father’s Day” thing? It’s had an annual moment since 1910, and here it is again – Sunday, June 19. And what are you going to do about it, O human child?
You might get the old man one presentcertainly – and we have some recommendations to consider both locally and beyond – but maybe (instead of or in addition to this freebie) you want to treat him and maybe the rest of the family to a fine meal somewhere in or around this bustling metropolis?
Watch: Here’s an array of dining options that we think will be exactly the kind of thing you (and your excellent family man) will enjoy:
DELIVERY TO THE FARM: FATHER’S DAY AT YOUR DOORSTEP One of our favorite businesses in this growing city, The Farm just opened its store for Father’s Day with an abundance of Dad-inspired goodies. Surprise him with French toast and bacon for breakfast in bed, or treat him to a rejuvenating Epsom salt bath, or celebrate him with sumptuous steaks, or perfect pork chops, or tails buttered lobster, or a ruby red trout, or – ah, shit, these cutting-edge folks have pretty much everything a family man could want. 9715 Burnet Road. Building 7 #400, 512/529-8569. deliveryfarm.com
WHISKEY DINNER AT THE HOTEL GRANDUCA Here’s a whiskey dinner just before Father’s Day, with Visconti Ristorante’s maple-glazed quail, smoked prime rib with prawns, potatoes with gouda dauphinoise and cake with vanilla bourbon mousse for dessert. And the generous whiskey pours will be provided by the Hill Country bourbon scholars of Milam & Greene. It’s a great gift for a man who appreciates a good bourbon, we think; it’s a good opportunity to get together as a family to start a weekend for your paterfamilias. Thu. June 16, 5:30 p.m. Visconti Ristorante, 320 Capital Hwy TX. S., Bldg. B, 512/306-6400. $95. granducaaustin.com
SWOOP HOUSE: FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH Here’s an excellent choice for this Father’s Day: live music in the garden, inflatable water slide for children under 12 and all you can eat for dad, with a refined buffet served by Sawyer & Co. and De Nada Cantina. How is a meal of shrimp remoulade, barbacoa eggs benedict, scrambled eggs (with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and pepper jack cheese), tacos al pastor, fried chicken tenders, summer fruit salad, biscuits fresh jam, etc. – How does that sound? Answer: Delicious enough for any father. Sun. June 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600. $50 ($20, children). 2dine4.com
SALT & TIME COOKOUT COMBO PACK Alright, but maybe the old man would like to flex his legendary king of the grill aspect on his day of days? This mighty meat mavens baller pack feeds 3-5 people and will only be available for pre-order. Wings, beef skewers, chicken thighs, pork chops, Franklin barbecue briquettes, homemade marinade, hardcore carnivore spices – are your mouth watering yet? Will your dad be a little too flashy with these metal clips? Is America any better than this, citizen? 1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383. $125. saltandtime.com
FATHER’S DAY CUPCAKES Do you have a dad who loves cupcakes? So The cupcake bar will set it up nicely, with a variety of affordable Father’s Day packages – a six-pack of cupcakes, a whiskey-enhancing “Smoky” gift set, an anthology of dad jokes, and more – prepared fresh, delivered to time and filled with all the goodness of confectionery to make a father smile. Mon-Thu, June 13-16. 7801 N. Lamar, 512/903-0187. $5-95. thecupcakebar.com
SNAP KITCHEN: FATHER’S DAY BARBECUE SET It’s easy to show your old dad some love this year: stop by your neighborhood Snap Kitchen (or place an order for delivery) from June 14th to 19th for the Father’s Day BBQ set that includes Peach BBQ Breast, Bacon-Cheddar-Egg Bites and a Chocolate Brownie for under $20. Tue-Sun, June 14-19. Various places. $18.49. local.snapkitchen.com
FAREGROUND: BBQ, BOURBON AND BURGERS Idea: Celebrate your dad on good Saturday before Father’s Day – at the stylish Fareground outpost in the heart of downtown, where they offer a day full of grilling and relaxing, with bourbon and whiskey tastings at Ellis and freshly made burgers with all the toppings. Sat. June 18, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. 111 Congresses. faregroundaustin.com
FATHER’S DAY PORK AND GOAT ROAST Treat your dad to a day of delicious food, great wine and lots of family fun at William Chris Vineyards in the Land of the Hills. There will be garden games (listen: laser clay pigeon shooting) and a petting zoo – and a scavenger hunt just for kids – and live music by the Emily Herring Band, to accompany the the place’s famous goat and pork roasts and all the delicious fixin’s. Sun. June 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10352 US Highway 290, Hye, 830/998-7654. $50. williamchriswines.com
TURF & SURF FOR FATHER’S DAY AT TLC Think you can get this deal for yourself too, but it’s available (all day) on Sunday, June 19, because it’s supposed to be for your Pops, kid: when you buy TLC’s Cowboy Ribeye (it’s a 22 oz Linz Heritage grilled bone-in steak), you’ll get a free 8-8 lobster tail with it. And it also comes with rosemary garlic roasted mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, yes. It is, we mean, a real decent meal. Sunday June 19. 1100 S. Lamar #1150, 512/580-0971. tlcaustin.com
TRULUCK’S: FATHER’S DAY DINNER In addition to their usual seafood and steak menu, Truluck’s will be presenting the following Father’s Day entrée: Tenderloin Medallions with Maine Oscar Lobster and Smoked Salmon with a Potato cooked twice. Mmmmm, do you have a father worthy of this meal? So, as we said earlier, you are both lucky; but call to reserve. Sunday, June 19, 4:30-9 p.m. 400 Colorado or 10225 Research #4000, 512/482-9000. $125. Trulucks.com