First things first: When it comes to treating Dad on his day, you must dispel all notions of brunch. Your husband/father/boyfriend/grandfather does not want a fritatta. He probably does not want champagne, either, but rather a good single-malt scotch or even an ice-cold IPA. So when it’s time to plan your Father’s Day feast, try one of these five Dallas favorites.
When you come to Abacus for Father’s Day dinner, be sure to give yourself enough time to stop in the bar. Sure, it’s a place to see and be seen, but on Father’s Day it’s a place to enjoy a Johnnie Walker Blue and the restaurant’s famed lobster shooters appetizer. Chef Kent Rathbun is legendary around these parts, so know that you will enjoy a meal of his inspiring takes on contemporary global cuisine. And with one of the best wine lists in the city, your food will be paired with something memorable as well.
4511 McKinney Ave., Dallas
2 Al Biernat's
Every guy wants to be treated like a king, especially on Father’s Day. At Al Biernat’s, chances are Al himself will be there to warmly greet your special guy as he walks in the door of this 17-year-old Dallas institution (and will probably know you by name by the time you exit those same doors). The menu should appeal to any man: filets, dry-aged New York strip steaks, waygu beef, cowboy rib-eyes, seafood (if you must) and more. Whatever you choose, start with Al’s salad, with hearts of palm, avocado, shrimp and crab. And if you have room, finish with his old-fashioned chocolate cake.
4217 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas
3 Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
The views are, of course, unbeatable (in Dallas, at least) at this fifty-story-high fine dining establishment. But Chef Puck’s Asian-fusion menu is phenomenal, as is the sushi. Though it’s billed as “For Two,” the grilled double-cut bone-in prime rib chop is a celebration in and of itself, and one you may want to let Dad have dibs on. Whatever you do, save room (and time) for the bittersweet chocolate souffle.
300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas
4 Meddlesome Moth
For beer aficionados, the Meddlesome Moth is mecca. It features more than 85 bottles, 40 draught beers and two live ales. There are ales of every type, ciders, even gluten-free beer. A mainly local-sourced menu features to-share items (sweet pea guacamole, Berkshire pork cheek and chicken skin chips are some of the stand-outs), and each comes with a beer-pairing suggestion.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas
5 Chef Point Cafe
Why drive all the to Watauga to dine in a former gas station? Coolness factor of its aforementioned gas station roots aside, Chef Point Cafe serves some of the best down-home cooking in the metroplex, including mounds of fried chicken aptly named “Better than Sex” and lobster bisque that would feel right at home in an upscale New England cafe. We love that chef Franson Nwaeze and his wife, Paula Merrell, took a chance on opening a 5-star restaurant in a place that previously only seved leaded or unleaded. Their Father’s Day menu will include lobster mac and cheese and beef shank tacos… and that’s just the appetizers.
5901 Watauga Rd., Watauga