There’s a bit of a beverage theme in this special edition of Grub Guide. However, we go through a list of high and not-so-high dining options to help your wallet out. So figure out his favorite drink and schedule accordingly. He’ll be happy you thought of him.
The Blind Pig Celebrates a Duo of Holidays – Rancho Santa Margarita
The crew in RSM actually has a whole weekend of eats in store, so don’t feel like you have to celebrate only on Sunday. For a bonus on Sunday Brunch, The Blind Pig will kindly cover Dad’s first round of beer if he dines in. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but this special will last all day. Be sure to ask about their prime rib special as well. If he’s more of a shellfish guy, National Lobster Day is Saturday. The kitchen’s got their tasty version of a lobster roll served with fried pickles for $22. Pair that with one of their stellar cocktails, and all is good in the RSM ‘hood. 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy, (949) 888-0072; www.theblindpigoc.com
Five Crowns Keeps It Classy – Corona del Mar
While their special Sunday brunch menu is apparently secretive (but expect everything carnivore they’re known for and then some), we do know that it will not only be offered from 1-8 p.m., but there will be small batch Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey deals available that day. Order it neat, or do a trio of Woodford Reserve, Double Oak and Rye. For something above and beyond, try booking tickets to their Summer Music Series going on this Friday at 6:30 p.m. in their backyard. $75 will get you three courses, a glass of wine and live entertainment from Chapman University pianists. They also request that you bring $10 cash as a donation for the performers. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., (949) 760-0331; www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns
Salt & Straw’s June Camping Series – Anaheim
Dad may tell you he only wants your love and to hang out, but you can do both by taking him out for ice cream at Downtown Disney. Salt & Straw’s limited edition this month has a wide range of tastes. Take the Mushroom Muddy Buddies, for example. For a quirky name, it has a unique crunch from actual candied mushrooms. Our favorite (of course) was the Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs. When we shared samples at the office, one co-worker said it was like “A maple doughnut in ice cream form.” Rocky road fans will go gaga over the Campfire S’mores and its smoky, toasted marshmallow fluff. The one we weren’t expecting to like so much: Spruce Tips & Huckleberry Crisp. That housemade jam and hazelnut crumble swirled throughout was a welcome taste on top of a brownie we had acquired. Did you know they just came out with an ice cream cookbook? We’re giving away a copy to one lucky reader if you follow me on Instagram and comment here with your favorite ice cream flavor. 1550 Disneyland Dr., E-103A, (714) 855-4321; www.saltandstraw.com
Slater’s 50/50 is One and Done – Huntington Beach and Anaheim
Say it with us: Badass Bloody Mary! Only being offered on Father’s Day, this concoction is made up of spicy bloody mix, house-made bacon vodka, a house slider, buffalo wing, and fried mac-n-cheese ball. We suppose the celery is your healthy balance? Dad may need a nap afterwards. www.slaters5050.com
Orange Hill is All About the AYCE
We realize that some parents simply crave a buffet. Over at Orange Hill, they’ve got everything listed above, plus a killer view. With reservation times that run from morning to pre-dinner, it’s an easy choice. Plus, children below five eat free. The small print says you’ve got a two-hour time limit. 6410 E. Chapman Ave., (714) 997-2910; www.theorangehillrestaurant.com.
Firkfest is Baaaaaaack! – Anaehim
Founded by Erin and Greg Nagel (Full disclosure: Yes, our OC Weekly colleague), Firkfest is six years strong and going on Saturday, June 29. In addition to over 30 independent craft breweries pouring 50+ beers, this year they’ve thrown in a Nacho-Fest! Proceeds to this year’s event will be donated to the Anaheim Halloween Parade. Use code fathersday to knock off $5, plus fees! Slap on some sunscreen and get extra hydrated for a leisurely afternoon. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd.; www.firkfest.com
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.