14 Father’s Day Fun Spots in So Cal

IMG_0241Here are some fun events to bring Dad to and celebrate his special day –

1. Tender Greens Scavenger Hunt 

Take your Dad with you to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Tender Greens this weekend. Tender Greens is partnering with KCRW on an epic, community wide, two-day photo scavenger hunt on June 18 and 19. Explore and discover Los Angeles in unexpected ways by finding hidden clues at Amoeba Music and snapping a selfie with a shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Players follow clues to snap photos from Santa Barbara to Orange County, and Los Angeles to Palm Springs to earn points for prizes, compliments of Tender Greens and KCRW Fringe Benefits. There is a one time $5 sign-up fee with a donation to KCRW. The grand prize is a $5,000 gift card worth of Tender Greens. Register to play at http://events.kcrw.com/kcrws-scavenger-hunt/. 6290 Sunset Blvd. (323)382-0380, 9523 Culver Blvd. (310)842-8300, and 8759 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)358-1919.

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2. Father’s Day at Shade Hotel

Treat dad to a barbecue feast with three craft beers at the “Who’s Your Daddy” event on June 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Sample beers in the courtyard and enjoy Executive chef Ashley Oates unlimited BBQ that includes a variety of tacos, chicken sliders, Maine lobster mac and cheese, bacon corn bread and watermelon salad. One lucky winner will receive a TaylorMade golf bag, donated by Golfsmith in El Segundo. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Richstone Family Center to help prevent and treat child abuse. An adult entrance fee is $45 and children 10 and under are $15, excluding tax and gratuity. 1221 N. Valley Drive. (310)469-3466.


3. La Dolce Vita

On June 18, Uzielli will have his prized 2005 Ford GT in front of his restaurant to honor its 50 years. Uzielli is the grandson of Henry Ford II and is proud of his car. In 1966, the Ford GT won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Le Mans race, known around the world as the world’s oldest sports car endurance race and one of the most influential races in motorsports history. Ford’s 1966 victory marked the first time in history an American car won. In honor of this special occasion and Father’s Day, the restaurant will offer a Steak and Scotch special with a 8 oz. grilled Wagyu ribeye and choice of sides that include spinach, broccolini, artichoke, penne marinara, peas and onions with smoked bacon or pan-roasted asparagus. Dad will enjoy a flight of four pours of whiskey. Three hail from the Scotch producing regions of Scotland, and the fourth is a modern whiskey from Seattle. It is a meal that might inspire dad to happily croon a pleasing tune. $$$ The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday-Thursday from 5–10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5–11 p.m. 9785 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)278-1845.


4. Father’s Day at The District By Hannah An
Chef and restauranteur Hannah An brings Vietnamese soul to fried chicken on Father’s Day weekend. On June 18 and June 19, An makes a Szechuan spice brined fried chicken and biscuit with buttermilk gravy and a sunny-side up egg. Bring dad for brunch or dinner. Dad will enjoy one of the special whiskey, beer or hand-crafted cocktails. Hannah’s special secret sauces and spices are available for purchase at the restaurant. 8722 W. 3rd St. (310)278-2345.

5. Little Tart Restaurant Burger & Beer 
Dad can enjoy a choice of any burger on the menu with fries, and his choice of any beer for $12 all day on Sunday, June 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Some of the burger options include ‘The American Way’ with a special blend beef patty layered with lettuce, onion, tomato, dill, pickle, and spicy house sauce on a brioche bun. The ‘I’m All In’ burger has bacon jam, mushrooms, cheese and crispy onions on a ciabatta bun. Dad might like the TART burger with caramelized onions, sliced bacon, blue cheese, and mustard aioli sandwich on brioche. Limit one beer deal per family. Child must be present to redeem the offer. 740 S. Western Ave., #116 (213)387-2300.IMG_1493

6. Baltaire Celebrates Father’s Day
Chef Travis Strickland is making a hearty Father’s Day buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Dad can feast like a king with a carving station featuring USDA Prime Rib, glazed
Nueske spiral ham, and leg of lamb; Prime filet eggs Benedict with housemade English
muffins; French toast with spring berry compote; and an extravagant iced shellfish
station with fresh oysters, shrimp, scallop ceviche, and king crab. There will be a few
Manhattan, Bloody Mary, and canned beer carts roaming around the restaurant. The
price is $85 per adult and $50 per child; cocktails/beer are an additional cost. 11647
San Vicente Blvd. (424)273-1660.

7. Beer Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar
On Sunday, June 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. six beers will be paired with ‘Dried and True’s’ local, handcrafted beef jerky for $25 per person. Guests receive a 10% off retail purchases of beer from the tasting lineup. Treat Dad to a Father’s Day customized or theme gift basket. The “Made Dad Breakfast in Bed” basket has jam, almond butter, pancake mix, and a Huckleberry cookbook; The “Take Dad Out to the Ballgame” is filled with craft beer, sausage, nuts, cheese. Sweet-tooth Dad’s may like the “For the Sugar Daddy In Your Life” with caramel corn, chocolates, and a bottle of wine. The baskets can be ordered in advance. 1314 7th St., Santa Monica (310)899-6900.


8. Father’s Day Grigliata Poolside Lunch
On Sunday, June 19 from 12 to 4 p.m., guests can celebrate dad with an indulgent, Venetian lunch buffet poolside and at The Restaurant at Mr. C. Sip endless pours of Peroni Nastro Azzurro or from glasses of house wine. The special buffet is $85 per person and $47 for children ages 4-12. The price is inclusive of bottomless Peroni or wine. Adding to the festivities, families can enjoy live music by the hotel’s resident American jazz and blues performer Reverend Shawn Amos, and play life-size Jenga, corn hole, and ping pong. The menu features an Italian Grigliata station with grilled specialties like hamburgers with sundried tomato aioli, BBQ short ribs, salmon, herbed chicken, corn on the cob, and summer vegetables, alongside classic Cipriani pastas, a jacket potato bar, hand-sliced Prosciutto de Parma, roasted beet and baby kale Caesar salads, and housemade desserts like mini lemon meringue tarts. 1224 Beverwil Drive (310)277-2800.


9. Vegan Fare for Father’s Day
Dads who prefer a delicious, healthier meal for brunch should go with their family to The Gadarene Swine on Sunday, June 19. The special Father’s Day menu will be available for $35 per person with reservations starting at 12 p.m. and final seatings at 2 p.m. Some of the pre-fixe items include a Bloody beer that is similar to a Michelada; bittersweet greens salad, brown rice veggie wrap; and a cherry and berry cobbler with sugar cookie crumble topped with Kefir Lime-Mint Ice Cream. 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818)508-5500.

10. Father Enjoy Taste
Give dad a break from grilling and take him to Taste on Melrose. The staff will do the work instead on Father’s Day with a cookout. All day on Sunday, June 19 Executive Chef Brian Sheard grills and prepares baby back ribs; Hosin pulled pork sandwiches; truffle fingerling potato salad and Allagash cheddar biscuits. Executive Pastry Chef Katie Shyne offers guests a sweet selection of desserts including Donut Holes with bacon powdered sugar and a Sweet Irish Coffee—a Jameson-infused panna cotta with Baileys whipped cream, cold brew coffee sauce, and chocolate covered potato chips. 8454 Melrose Ave. (323)852-6888.image002-25

11. Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Bring Dad to enjoy June specials for a meal. The team is making a Greek burger featuring a fresh lamb patty topped with feta cheese, arugula, pickled red onions, tomato, cucumber and tzatziki sauce. It’s all between one of Hopdoddy’s famous egg buns. Enjoy this with a frozen banana shake made with homemade churned ice cream, fresh bananas and a decadent chocolate sauce. The shake is topped with whipped cream and a chocolate dipped banana chip. Another June favorite is a watermelon mojito made with blended juicy watermelon ice cubes, extra-large mint leaves, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and a splash of soda water. 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd, #116, El Segundo (310)414-2337and 12746 Jefferson Blvd, #1120 (310)410-2337.


12. Ox & Son
Known for his bold bites and elevated comfort food, Chef Brad Miller is giving thanks to dads with specials all day on Father’s Day. Get dad a two cent craft beer to enjoy with barbecued pork ribs made with Gochujang BBQ, creamy slaw & french fries. He also is making Dads a spicy hot steak & eggs breakfast burrito from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s chili-marinated hanger steak, cilantro scrambled eggs, heirloom tomato, paper thin jalapeño, avocado, cheddar, mole, spicy tobacco onion & BBQ crema. 1534 Montana Ave. (310)829-3990.

13. Fathers Special at Pitchoun
All fathers receive a complimentary beer or mimosa on Father’s Day. Enjoy a brunch with original Toulouse sausage & roasted potatoes. Finish with a chocolate whisky éclair. This rustic French bakery and cafe with a fireplace offering classic pastries, savory items & coffee drinks that the entire family will enjoy. 545 S. Olive St. (213)689-3240.


14. Father’s Day at Mastro’s Restaurants
Dad deserves world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine and live entertainment on his special day. What is better than a tie? How about premier cuts of beef such as a flavorful 24oz porterhouse, 32oz “chef’s cut” ribeye chop or 18oz bone-In filet. All pair nicely with the lobster mashed potatoes and a martini. Mastro’s six new cocktails for summer include a Spa Cooler, Jack the Buddah, Spirit of Summer, Solrita, Calyx Southside, and Mastro’s Lemon Drop Martini. 18412 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu (310)454-4357.

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