Fine Feeding for Father’s Day 2011

“Dad”, “papi”, “pops”, “daddy”, “padre”… Whatever nickname you have for your old man, Sunday, June 19 is the official day to celebrate all that he’s done for you. It used to be that a spiffy new tie was the go-to gift for dad; but these days, nothing says “thank you” like a satisfying Father’s Day meal…

Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu
WHAT: Pick-and-choose three-course brunch menu
HIGHLIGHTS: House smoked Scottish salmon bagel plate, biscuits with wild game gravy and poached eggs, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: The cozy fireplaces and mounted birds, antlers, and fish in this century-old rustic lodge will make dad feel like he finally got to go on that hunting trip he’s always dreamed of.
HOW MUCH: $55 per person, $30 two-course meal for kids
WHEN: Father’s Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 818-222-3888
419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

Drago Ristorante
WHAT: Fixed five-course “Festa del Papa” dinner with optional beer pairing
HIGHLIGHTS: Pig trotter croquettes with potato foam and truffle sauce; pork belly with polenta gorgonzola cream and cherry; bacon bread pudding with maple gelato
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: As long as dad eats pork, he’ll love this hog-centric tasting menu, paired with craft beers hailing from Belgium, Germany, Italy, CA and NY.
HOW MUCH: $59 per person, optional beer pairing for $20 per person
WHEN: Father’s Day, 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 310-828-1585
2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Drago Centro
WHAT: Fixed six-course dinner menu with optional beer pairing
HIGHLIGHTS: Prosciutto with bocconcini mozzarella and compressed melon; lobster carbonara with egg yolk and parmesan; crispy pork belly with gnocchi and chile foam
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: Italian warmth meets contemporary LA design in this downtown spot. The leaning tower of wine is pretty impressive too.
HOW MUCH: $70 per person, optional beer pairing for $30 per person
WHEN: Father’s Day, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 213-228-8998

525 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
WHAT: Annual Distinguished Dad’s brunch buffet
HIGHLIGHTS: Orange cilantro chicken, sushi, domestic and imported cheeses, prime rib, made-to-order omelets, skirt steak, fresh seafood, chocolate dipping fountain, bourbon nut tart, butterscotch flan, mojito station, champagne, and mimosas.
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: What dad wouldn’t love an all-you-can-eat buffet with mimosas, mojitos, and champagne to wash it all down? We know it might be a little drive, but being tucked up against those San Gabriel mountains as a steel drum band jams away just seems like something a father would like.
HOW MUCH: $75 per adult, $35 per child (ages 4-12)
WHEN: Father’s Day 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
RESERVTAIONS: 626-585-6218
1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

Vertical Wine Bistro
WHAT: Pick-and-choose three-course dinner menu
HIGHLIGHTS: Veal sweetbread salad with capers, shallots and lemon; crab ravioli with saffron and rapini; roasted rib eye with spiced fries and sautéed mushrooms; rootbeer float with Brazilian nut cake, vanilla gelato, and chocolate drizzle
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: If dad loves vino, he’ll enjoy gawking at the selection of 650+ wines from around the world at this modern-style bistro
HOW MUCH: $34 per person, optional wine pairings for $22, beer pairings for $12
WHEN: Father’s Day, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
RESERVATIONS: 626-795-3999
Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
WHAT: All-you-can eat BBQ lunch, beach games, cardboard boat regatta, BBQ contest
HIGHLIGHTS: Light BBQ lunch, horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, all-you-can eat BBQ dinner grilled up by 10 professional chefs
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: Yes, it may be a bit of a trek to Newport Beach, but starting dad’s day festivities a day early might result in pops winning $50 for his amazing horseshoe-throwing skills, or $500 for his Barbequing expertise!
HOW MUCH: $25 per adult, $15 per child for all-you-can-eat BBQ; $50 entry fee for family cardboard boat building contest; $5 entry fee for horseshoe tournament
WHEN: Saturday, June 18 (the day before Father’s Day!) Light BBQ lunch and tournaments: 11a.m.-2p.m.; cardboard boat regatta: 3 p.m.; all-you-can eat BBQ and entertainment: 7-9 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 949-729-1144
Newport Dunes Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Morton’s The Steakhouse
WHAT: Pick-and-choose three-course dinner menu at all L.A. locations
HIGHLIGHTS: Caesar salad; baked five onion soup with crusted swiss cheese; filet mignon with bearnaise sauce; broiled salmon in beurre blanc sauce; hot chocolate cake
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: Come on, all dads love a big juicy steak with a fresh Caesar salad to start and rich chocolate cake to finish.
HOW MUCH: $69 per person
WHEN: Father’s Day, 5-10 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: Morton’s Woodland Hills: 818-703-7272; Morton’s Burbank: 818-238-0424; Morton’s downtown: 213-553-4566; Morton’s Beverly Hills: 310-246-1501
Specific Locations

WHAT: Exclusive Father’s Day brunch menu
HIGHLIGHTS: Chef Greg Paul’s “mancakes,” beer-batter pancakes with slab bacon and a barley malt maple syrup.
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: If Dad’s a man who insists on starting his day with a hearty breakfast (and perhaps an early morning brew) he will find both in ample supply.
HOW MUCH: A la carté, prices vary
WHEN: Father’s Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 310-618-1321
1321 Sartori Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Locanda del Lago
WHAT: Three or four-course dinner menus
HIGHLIGHTS: Zucchini blossoms with Maine lobster-ricotta-lemon stuffing; breaded veal chop with sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and garlic; almond custard with spiced wine reduction and almond milk sorbetto
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: The Third Street Promenade location will allow for great people watching, as dad digs into rich Italian grub.
HOW MUCH: Three-course menu: $49-54; four-course menu: $62; dishes a la carte: $9-36 each; optional wine pairing: $24
WHEN: Father’s Day week: Saturday, June 18-Friday June 24 from 4-10 p.m.; and Father’s Day from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 310-451-3525
231 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tiato Restaurant
WHAT: Outdoor BBQ paired with handcrafted beer
HIGHLIGHTS: Wagyu beef, rib eye steak, grilled Cajun prawns, baked clams, farmer’s market vegetables, and chef Helene An’s “secret kitchen” BBQ sauce to top it all off
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: Sipping on a nice, cold handcrafted beer, while being serenaded by American jazz, and eating high-quality BBQ food in an outdoor citrus herb garden—what more could a father ask for?

HOW MUCH: Dishes range from $20-40
WHEN: Father’s Day 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 310-866-5228
2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

La Cachette Bistro
WHAT: Special Father’s Day brunch menu
HIGHLIGHTS: House smoked salmon eggs benedict on brioche; grass fed beef tartar with toast and French fries; roasted half chicken with tapenade jus and French fries; stuffed French toast with blueberry and crème fraiche; Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream
WHY POPS WILL LOVE IT: An extensive farmer’s market-clad menu will offer dad sweet and savory options galore on the heated patio of this French-style bistro.
HOW MUCH: Dishes range from $6-16
WHEN: Father’s Day 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: 310-434-9509
1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401