Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Turn the Tables on Dad -- Take Him Out to Eat on Father’s Day, June 19

Grill Dad on his Father’s Day wishes and odds are he will mention hungering to spend time with those he loves. Atlanta restaurants come through with dad-friendly food and drink specials and brunch buffets to fill love tanks of all ages and sizes. And since he’s the special guest this time, reservations and the tab are on you!

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland for hearty Sunday brunch offerings such as deep-fried bacon, the fried chicken pancake sandwich and sirloin steak and eggs. Dinner specials with craft beer pairings also hit the spot. Call 404-876-7249.

Bring dear ol’ Dad to 
Communion, the backyard beer garden at Revival, for a beer and brat combo that’s too good to pass up. Two tokens ($10) snag a juicy brat and a cold brew to wash it down (tax and gratuity included). Hang back and challenge Pops to a few rounds of darts, cornhole, cards and horseshoes. A piece of advice: life will be better if you let him win.

Bypass TSA and fly Dad to Spain via 
Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead. The full GK Experience serves six to eight with a five-course family style dinner flavored with accents from Galicia to Catalonia. Lead him to GK’s open-air patio where he can Basque in the Sun and enjoy Sunday specials including half off select bottles of wine, $5 glasses of rosé, $4 tinto de verano, paella, a flamenco guitarist and more. Reservations: 404-939-9840.

Give Dad his 10,000 Fitbit steps by way of a Piedmont Park stroll then stop at 
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern for Father’s Day brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Other Sunday specials include half-price wings (from 4-10 p.m.), $17 bottomless mimosas and live music from 1-4 p.m. Children under 12 eat for free with the purchase of an adult entrée. For reservations, call 404-968-2288.

If your dad loves barbecue (and what dad doesn’t?), he’ll devour the Father’s Day special at 
Smokebelly BBQ -- smoked prime rib served with asparagus amandine and creamed potatoes with Asiago cheese. The $3 draft specials and Smokebelly’s usual selection of gourmet, chef-crafted staples and sides seal the deal. Call 404-848-9100.

Dad’s a bourbon connoisseur? Buckhead gastropub 
The Southern Gentleman offers chef specials with hand-picked bourbon pairings in addition to the regular Sunday brunch menu of simple-yet-sophisticated favorites like ricotta and cornmeal pancakes, Dixie bacon carbonara and New Orleans shrimp and grits. Sample bourbons with dad at a whiskey education and tasting area from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Make reservations by calling 404-939-9845.

Steak’s the word at 
Aqua blue in Roswell. Treat your meat-loving Dad to a special three-course menu featuring seafood gumbo, grilled 12-ounce ribeye served over whipped sweet potatoes, asparagus with bordelaise and your choice of dessert. Regular menu also available. $32 per person. Call 770-643-8886 for reservations.

Cotton Calf Kitchen in Braselton is hosting a “Father’s Day Endless BBQ” from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. with mouthwatering meats, savory sides, delectable dipping sauces and delicious desserts. Reservations are highly recommended: 706-684-0410. Cost is $42 per adult, $15 for children 12 and under.

In beautiful Crabapple, 
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails promises a special prix fixe Father’s Day brunch offering dishes such as duck and andouille sausage gumbo, Southern-fried chicken breast, blackened Atlantic salmon, basil-marinated filet mignon and chocolate peanut butter trifle, all for $32 per person ($16 for kids 12 and under). That evening, enjoy Cajun-smoked prime rib and a Big City Swine cocktail (with bacon-infused bourbon) for $28 or choose options from the regular dinner menu. Call 770-817-0161 for reservations.

Multiple Locations
Most likely there’s a dad-friendly 
Marlow’s Tavern location nearby ready to please the patriarch with a broad menu of classic sandwiches, salads, burgers and entrées, patio seating and lots of flat-screen TVs.

If his “daddy-isms” involve the fish that got away, reel him into 
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Atlanta’s local beach house. Both locations open at 11 a.m. so Dad can catch plenty of fresh seafood specials and favorites from the regular menu including Southern-fried catfish, sea scallops and Creole shrimp and grits (prices vary between brunch and dinner). Live music graces both locales from 5-9 p.m. 404-474-9508 (Buckhead), 770-993-5749 (Canton Street).

Ray’s Restaurants has pleasing dads down to a science. At Ray’s on the River (770-955-1187), enjoy magnificent views of the Chattahoochee along with a stellar brunch buffet ($42.95 for adults, $21.95 for kids ages 5 to 10) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta (770-649-0064) presents its signature brunch buffet ($32.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids 5 to 10) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In the heart of downtown Atlanta, Ray’s in the City (404-524-9224) welcomes families to savor a generous brunch buffet ($32.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids 5 to 10) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Each restaurant offers its own dinner menu from 5-9 p.m.

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