Have you bought a gift for Dad yet? How about a card? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve assembled a list of food-related awesomeness sure to make him smile. And to make things easier, we grouped them based on his preferences. Happy shopping!
For the Wine Enthusiast: Hi-Time Wine Cellars Cabernet Promotion – Costa Mesa/Irvine/Newport
June is all about Domestic Cabernet at Hi-Time. Purchase a bottle and be sure to hold on to the receipt. When you dine at either Bistango (19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, (949) 752-5222; www.bistango.com) or Bayside (900 Bayside Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 721-1222; www.baysiderestaurant.com) during the month of June, show the receipt to waive corkage on your red. If Dad can polish off a bottle over dinner, buy the wine and make reservations for him and his hot date. A robust glass of vino is always appreciated, and you’re supporting a trio of family-run businesses at the same time. 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463; www.hitimewine.net.
For the Carnivore: A Perfect Care Package – Santa Ana
Let’s discuss this gorgeous assembly of meat and accessories. Start with a 16-ounce (yes, a full pound!) sirloin steak, dry-aged for 45 days. One whole pound of sausage. And two pounds of pork rib tips. But that’s not all! Electric City Butcher Meat Rub and Baby Roos BBQ sauce will make it all taste delicious. Barbecue grilling claws and smoking wood chips are also included to help you out. Lastly, “Man of the Woods” Tallow Soap is for sprucing yourself up after the mess you made. This $100 present needs to be pre-ordered, and pickup is scheduled for June 15-17. Request yours before the end of the week, and receive an extra 10% of store items. 201 E. 4th St., (714) 474-9096; www.electriccitybutcher.com.
For the Hockey Fan: Brunch with A Side of Teemu – Laguna Beach
Now serving one of the best brunches we’ve experienced in a while, Selanne Steak Tavern takes what you know about the weekend meal and takes it to another level. It’s not just a cinnamon roll; it’s a Bourbon Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun. We inhaled our Shrimp and King Crab Cocktail dipped in Sriracha aioli and Ketel One cocktail sauce. But the real MVP goes to Teemu’s “Brunch” Burger: American Wagyu beef blended with house sausage that’s then topped with Kurobuta pork belly. Oh, then add avocado, butter lettuce, tomato, a fried egg and something called baconaise. Totally worth the sleepy time feeling afterwards. If you’re in the right room, there may be a bit of sports memorabilia in a display case. 1464 S. Coast Hwy., (949) 715-9881; www.selannesteaktavern.com.
For the Disney Fan: For Their Collection
We might not be able to afford Disney passes (or tolerate some of the crowds), but one thing we can do is learn more about Walt’s entrepreneurial spirit. This hardcover discusses many of the early restaurant concepts in Anaheim, and how Walt’s dietary habits and outside influences helped shape their inception. This includes candid photos and discussion about his family life you typically don’t come across. Eat Like Walt is also a great find for the person who loves eating at restaurants. Check it out.
For the Frugal Finder: GardenWalk Dining Deal – Anaheim
Grasslands Meat Market has a thrifty deal in store for dad. Stop by anytime this month to order a family-style platter, and they’ll add in a complimentary family platter. You can redeem this deal from 4-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight Friday and Saturday. On the actual holiday, stop by for brunch for a one-day-only special: Dad’s brunch is free when you purchase a brunch. They’re serving brunch that Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why are we salivating? 400 W. Disney Wy., (657) 208-1133; www.grasslandsusa.com.
For the Home Cook: Mediterranean Grill Night – Costa Mesa
Start thinking about your next party by getting a few tips from Spice & Tulips. They’ll be teaching a tasty class on June 28 at The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa. The menu features Turkish-style Ground Beef Burgers, with a quartet of vegetarian sides. We want a platter of their Farmer’s Market Rainbow Carrots & Purple Cabbage with Blood Orange olive oil dressing. Early birds registering before June 14 pay $65; afterwards it’s $75 per person. Oh, and feel free to BYOB to pair with dinner; there’s no corkage. 403 El Camino Real, Tustin, (714) 975-1770; www.spiceandtulips.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.