Dads somehow make it through the years without much pampering. They’re happy with an outdoor barbeque and game-playing, even just game-watching. They’re content with low-key celebrations, so long as there’s a beer nearby.
But no man can deny his passion for food, and in San Diego, several restaurants are tailoring their menus and themes to pay tribute to the hard-working, always-loving dad. From Beer ‘n’ Brats on the Bay with Flagship Cruises to sipping on a “Man-Mosa” at Searsucker, give Dad the gift of quality time over quality cuisine.
Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 17th this year. Save your spot for 2012 San Diego Father’s Day Brunch.
Flagship Cruises & Events: A real man’s man takes his brats with some beer, so Flagship Cruises and Events thought it apt to offer dads just that. Celebrate Father’s Day on the “Beers ‘n’ Brats” Cruise, featuring a generous buffet with a main spotlight on the bratwursts with sauerkraut and hot mustard. The two-hour trip around the Bay pours bottomless domestic beers to pair with the endless gourmet buffet that includes a chilled seafood station, salad station, breakfast options like made-to-order omelets, carving station, an assortment of fresh cakes, pastries and a chocolate fountain. The family-friendly ambiance is topped off with live music from Jo Jo Hahn. Cruise from 11am to 1pm; boarding at 10:30am. $64.50 per adult; $37.50 per child.
Anthology: Dads who rock ‘n roll can get all the fixings of their dream day at the Anthology Sunday Brunch Live. While Chef Todd Allison’s farm fresh cuisine is served, families can groove to the music from a wide mix of acoustic artists. The Anthology signature a la carte menu includes stand-outs like the Dungeness Crab Benedict, Banana Nut Buttermilk Short Stack, Cambridge House Smoked Salmon, Anthology’s Signature Black Angus Burger, Local Albacore Tuna Salad Sandwich or a Rosemary Lemon Roasted Chicken Panini. Brunch is served from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
Westgate Hotel: Dads and beer just go hand-in-hand. For Father’s Day, your main man deserves his beer to come from one of San Diego’s highest praised craft breweries, while enjoying the ambiance of a chic and modern hotel. The Westgate calls upon Stone Brewery to man the drinks this Father’s Day, pairing the brews with the award-winning Westgate Sunday brunch menu. Sip on the local beer as an extensive meal is served with live music adding to the scene in the Fontainebleau Room. Brunch is served from 10am to 2pm. $49 per person. Get details here.
Café Sevilla: Every dad deserves a vacation. Experience a Father’s Day “in Spain” at the Café Sevilla brunch buffet, whipping up all the classics that will make his mouth water. Not one, but two 5-meat carving stations heat up with lamb, pork, beef, ham and turkey. Plus, delicious tapas and $5 all-you-can-drink champagne or sangria are at your fingertips. Mixed into the experience will be live music from Spanish guitarist Israel Maldonado. Brunch is served from 10am to 2pm. $29.50 per adult; $12.50 per child. Get details here.
San Diego County Fair: The fun-loving dad deserves a day at the Fair, and what better way to kick off the endless amusement then with a massive Pancake Breakfast. The whole family can grub on buttermilk pancakes cooked on-site, scrambled eggs with cheese, sausage patties, country-fried potatoes, fresh fruit salad, and a choice of juice, coffee or tea. After dining, the Fair is open for total takeover of the rides, the carnival games, exhibits and concerts. The Pancake Breakfast is served from 9am to 11:15am on the Paddock Green at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. $15 per adult (includes Fair admission); $9 per child. Get details here.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Show dad some appreciation in his language— with a giant steak. This prix-fixe brunch served at Fleming’s offers three courses of classic dishes. Need a last-minute gift? Dad will receive a complimentary $25 Dining Card from Fleming’s to use on a future visit. On the menu, you’ll find Fleming’s signature Wedge Salad or a Fresh Fruit Medley, followed by one of five entrée choices. There’s a Filet Mignon Benedict, Fleming’s New Orleans’s-Style French Toast, Prime Rib, Shrimp or Filet Frittata and a Steakhouse Filet Mignon Cobb Salad. Don’t forget to indulge in a dessert of White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Crème Brulee or Walnut Turtle Pie. The brunch is served from 11:30am to 3pm. $34.95 per adult; $16.95 per child.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens wishes dads a “Hoppy Father’s Day,” and reminds families that no dad wants to get all gussied up in a tie when he could have a signature barbeque buffet paired with an ice-cold IPA. In the dining room, over 20 hopped beers will be waiting at the bar, while Chef Alex expertly crafts his buffet. The spread features mouth-watering selections such as Mary’s Free Range Chicken, Wild Boar St. Louis Style Ribs, Arrogant Bastard Ale Smoked Cheddar Brat, or a Stone Levitation Ale BBQ Sauce All Natural Vande Rose Pork Sandwich. Hoppy beers in play include AleSmith IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin Ale, Russian Rive Pliny the Elder, Speakeasy Double Daddy Imperial IPA and many more. Brunch is served from 11am to 3pm; $39 per adult; $10 for kids 12 and under.
San Diego Maritime Museum: This San Diego landmark of the sea invites families to a sailing Father’s Day celebration aboard the 145 foot schooner Californian. The voyage begins with a souvenir group photo of your party and a bratwurst sandwich with a cold beer served to each adult prior to sailing. Not to worry if you have a little one along for the ride— hotdogs and soft drinks are available for the kids. The memorable experience takes on the waters of the San Diego Bay as the experienced crew works the lines and handles the sails, so you can kick back and enjoy the stunning views. Brats & Beer sails from 12pm to 3pm. $60 per adult; $35 per child. Museum admission included with ticket.
The Shores Restaurant: For a refined Father’s Day dining experience, The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla beckons all to the beach, with ocean views, an open-air patio and fresh California cuisine. The Shores debuts their exclusive Father’s Day menu on June 17th, including an Angus Bone-In Rib Eye Steak, Charbroiled Local Swordfish and Poached Maine Lobster Tail. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Amy DiBiase craft up mouth-watering dishes to give dad the meal he deserves. Thise menu will be served a la carte.
Searsucker: Downtown dads deserve a little special treatment of their own. This year, you can take pops down to Searsucker for specials serving all day long. During brunch, all fathers will receive a free “Man-Mosa” made by the Snake Oil Cocktail Co. experts using bourbon, blackberry, maple syrup and champagne. Along with the regular brunch menu serving such favorites as the Bennysadick, Green Eggs and Ham, Bourbon Brown Butter Toast or the Cured Salmon Sandwich, guests can dine on exclusive Father’s Day Bacon Bourbon Pancakes with Candied Pecans. Get ‘em while they’re hot! (Main image)
La Valencia Hotel: A barbeque feast can still exude class, and La Valencia Hotel aims to prove that with their Father’s Day Brunch. Guests can work their way from the breakfast station with Belgian Waffles or Herb Roasted Potatoes to the eggs and omelets, and then onto the seafood, salad and the grill. Whether dad’s a Grilled Tri Tip guy or will go wild for the Hawaiian Style Baby Back Ribs, the spread at La Valencia has it all. Save room for dessert! Sweet treats include a Guinness Chocolate Cake, Mini Cherry Crumble Pies, Peanut Butter Banana Trifles or a Margarita Panna Cotta. Brunch seating times will head from 10am to 3pm; $65 per person.
The Counter: Show dad that he is a big freaking deal with the Counter’s BFD campaign running on Father’s Day. The Counter boasts custom-built burgers that every dad should taste. For Father’s Day, any dad celebrating his special day at The Counter can request a BFD and will receive a standard burger with included toppings for free. The Counter offers over 312,000 different burger combinations, like a choice of beef, chicken, turkey or veggies along with 12 cheeses, 33 toppings, 21 unique sauces and four types of buns.
Stay tuned for more restaurant updates in our 2012 Father’s Day Dining Guide…