It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, so get Dad out on the golf course or let him nap on the couch in peace, but when his stomach rumbles don’t make him stand guard at the grill – take the man out! He deserves to dine in style and we’ve got a list of local joints serving up meals fit for a king.
JDRN @ Tower 23 (Pacific Beach)
Remember when Pops used to make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a kid? Well serve him the grown up version this holiday at this PB eatery. New Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin has recreated the dish with an innovative take on foie gras, with peanuts, berry jam and biscuits. We can attest that this PB&J will have Dad celebrating.
Arterra (Del Mar)
New menu and music will have Father raising a glass to you if you treat him for lunch or dinner at Arterra. And in that tumbler? Choose something for the man of the house from the spectacular new Bourbon program. You’ll find over 15 premium, handcrafted varieties, plus infused cocktails and bourbon flights of small batch, single-barrel, grain, age and distillery options.
AVANT (Rancho Bernardo Inn)
Let Dad work up an appetite with a round on the greens, and then meet him in AVANT for wine country-style cuisine created by new Chef de Cuisine, Matt Sramek. You’ll find local craft beers and menu options for the man of the hour like Ahi Tuna Sashimi with a citrus ponzu and wasabi crème fraiche, and the Grass-Fed Dry-Aged Bone-In Rib with marbled potatoes, foraged mushrooms and dolce gorgonzola.
Tabletop Commons (Hillcrest)
Is your Daddy-o into playing games as a family? Then this 21+ board game bar is for you and yours. Beat dad (or let him win) for a Father’s Day game night with over 150 board and card game selections. Chow down on Sunday Brunch menu bites, too, including Chicken and Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls and Bacon Sriracha Eggs Benedict!
Cusp (La Jolla)
Chef Donald Lockhart’s seasonal menu is bound to please for a special Father’s Day meal. Dad can fill up on the Bolognese Pappardelle (pappardelle noodles in a pork sausage Bolognese grana Padano) or the Red Wine Braised Beef Cheeks with creme morel kale and cipollini onions. Don’t forget a drink: the bartenders here use fresh-squeezed juice and house-infused liquors. Pair the great eats with an unbeatable La Jolla view and Dad will be one happy man.
Draft (Mission Beach)
Just in time to celebrate dad, Draft on South Mission Beach has mixed up new libations to toast your forbearer with fantastic flavors. The “Off the Market,” a tangy, yet smooth creation made with Templeton Rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, honey and Black Market Hefeweizen. We also recommend the spicy Paloma’s Travel this Sunday: a cocktail mixed with tequila, fresh lime, agave, egg white, fresh Serrano pepper, grapefruit bitters and Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale.
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