Sunday, June 15 is the day to show Dad how much he means to you. We’ve put together some fun ideas for the beer-chugging, whiskey-drinking, meat-eating, fun-loving Dad in your life. While Mother’s Day is all about Champagne, flowers, and pampering, Dad’s special day should be all about fun with the family and, perhaps, a little booze thrown in the mix.
Breakfast in Bed
Why should Mom have all the fun? Dads like to sleep in and start their day with crumbs in their beds too! Instead of slaving in the kitchen and worrying about a sink full of dishes, order breakfast from Olive and Finch and just drive by—they’ll bring it out to your car as soon as you pull up. Get his day started right with a Sonoma Burrito filled with eggs, pulled pork, green chiles, chimichurri, cheese, and potatoes. Or go Paris-style with the City French, a flaky croissant filled with ham, Brie, and two eggs and slathered with a red pepper aïoli. oliveandfincheatery.com
A Manly Brunch
Dad’s brunch is a manly affair and nobody does manly quite like the newly opened Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub. Fans of Argyll in Cherry Creek, which closed its doors in 2011, have been patiently awaiting the opening of Robert Thompson’s new gastropub. Chef John Broening’s elevated pub cuisine reinforces the restaurant’s motto “Eat Well – Drink Slowly – Speak Warmly.” For Dad’s brunch, start him off with a Working Man’s Breakfast Cocktail of Buffalo Trace Ancient Age bourbon and Carlsberg lager. Follow up with a real pub meal of crisp and crunchy Fish and Chips with mushy peas and housemade tartar sauce. argylldenver.com
Burger and Boozy Shakes
A big juicy burger and a creamy delicious milkshake is the quintessential Father’s Day family lunch. Add some booze to the mix and a special discount for Dad and you will make his day. TAG Burger Bar is offering a 20-percent discount for all Dads on their special day. He can build his own style of burger, beginning with a classic Angus, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon and build on it from there
with almost any topping imaginable. To help wash it down there are 20 craft beers on tap or get Dad a Boom Boom Shake made with ice cream and sorbets from Boulder’s Alchemy Ice Cream with a splash of something boozy. Our favorite is the How the West Was Won made with Stranahan’s Colorado whisky, peaches, Bing cherries, and sea salt caramel ice cream. tagburgerbar.com
Jazz Picnic in the Park
City Park Jazz is back, with its free concerts on Sunday evenings. We all know that Dad likes anything that’s free and this Father’s Day he can be serenaded by Ritmo Jazz Latino from 6-8pm at the bandstand near Ferril Lake. There’s no need to bring a grill or make Dad cook. Instead, let the talented team at Russell’s Smokehouse create a complete picnic to feed the whole family. This smoky delicious meal consists of brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, kielbasa, ribs, cornbread, beans, slaw, and a whole pie. Call them at 720.524.8050 to order then head to City Park for a family evening of warm weather and jazzy tunes. russellssmokehouse.com
Dude Food at Table 6
The fabulously talented women who make up the Denver FIVE are cooking their hearts out on Father’s Day with a five-course spread of “Dude Food.” It is a retro menu fit for the cast of Mad Men. Appetizers include Chef Carrie Shores’s Lamb Bacon Clams Casino, Chef Nadine Donovan’s Pigs in a Blanket, and Chef Aniedra Nichols’ Swedish Meatballs with sweet and sour strawberry jam. Chef Jenna Johansen is tackling the first course with Beer Braised Denver Lamb Rib and Cowboy Caviar and Elise Wiggins is making Seared Scallops with anchovy butter, red pepper, smoked pancetta relish, and truffled caviar purée. Of course, no “Dude Food” would be complete without a Rib-Eye Minute Steak, which the Denver FIVE will be serving with smoked asparagus, pickled crab, and cream cheese hollandaise. Find Dad a vintage suit, a fedora, and a cigar and let the girls do the cooking for him. Tickets are available here.