Father’s Day is a great excuse to get together with the family to celebrate the man of the house. These Philadelphia spots either offer deals for the holiday, or just have menus that are particularly dad-friendly. Skip the cooking and the cleanup and treat your dad to a great meal in his honor.
Beast & Ale
4161 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Beast & Ale comes from the same team as the popular restaurants Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz. Diverting from the Mexican cuisine of the other restaurants, this Manayunk Opentable Diner’s Choice Winner of 2014 offers savory classic food that will remind dad of his old favorites, but with a twist. Think fried bologna with cheese, dijon and tomato, BLT with red pepper mayo, fried chicken, and a two-handed burgers. There’s also a great beer list. Even better, everything is moderately priced in case you’re treating. With a second-story outdoor deck, you’ll love relaxing with dad at this laidback spot.
640 E. Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
Located in Lafayette Hill, Brittingham’s is a neighborhood favorite pub and restaurant. With an extensive beer selection and a menu of elevated comfort food classics, like fish and chips, steak and potatoes, burgers and pot pie, it’s the perfect spot to bring your dad. Live music, fire pits on the large patio, spacious outdoor dining areas, an indoor-outdoor bar and another bar on the roof, and an additional 75 seats inside provide plenty of space and entertainment for a fun evening with the family.
Bistro St. Tropez
2400 Market St. 4th Floor
Marketplace Design Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
From the 4th floor of the Marketplace Design Center, your family will enjoy views of the Schuylkill River, while eating Provence-style cuisine at Bistro St. Tropez. Chef and owner, Patrice Rames will serve his a la carte menu of classic cuisine along with a special offer just for dads on Saturday, June 20. Please note that this offer is available the night before the actual holiday. When dining with another adult or a child, dad will receive a free fire-grilled black angus ribeye steak (14-oz.) along with mushrooms, green beans, pommes frites and red wine sauce.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
On Sunday, June 21, Lacroix in the Rittenhouse Hotel will offer a special brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in honor of Father’s Day. Priced at $75 per person, the buffet-style meal will feature a selection of appetizers, chef’s table of hot entrees, raw-bar specialties and more. Decadent desserts complete the meal. Please call ahead or visit the website to make reservations as seats are limited. As an additional gift for dad, he will receive a complimentary anti-aging eye treatment (15 minutes) when he schedules a hot shave at The Rittenhouse Spa.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
If your dad loves history, beer and good ol’ casual comfort food, then McGillin’s is the perfect spot to take him on Father’s Day. Since McGillin’s has been a tradition in Philadelphia for over 150 years, chances are good that he used to drink there – or still does – with his buddies. With hearty favorites like “Mile High” meatloaf, hot roast beef, crabcake and sirloin, and 30 regional craft beers on tap, there’s plenty to choose from. To make it even more fitting, McGillin’s is run by a father and son team.
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Spirit of Philadelphia
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Make Father’s Day special by doing something out of the ordinary – take a Philadelphia cruise. The Spirit of Philadelphia offers great views of the city from its large outdoor deck along with space for dancing with entertainment provided by a DJ. Choose between brunch and dinner buffets, which include complimentary juice and soda plus one free beer for all of the dads. The brunch cruise goes from noon to 2 p.m. with boarding at 11:30 and costs $49.90 for adults, $29.95 for children ages three to 12. The dinner cruise lasts from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with boarding at 5:30 p.m. and costs $68.90 for adults, $40.95 for children.
118 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Iron Chef Jose Garces serves elevated pub classics, like duck fat fries, herb-roasted oysters and gourmet burgers at Village Whiskey. In honor of Father’s Day, the Rittenhouse spot will celebrate three typical dad favorites with its “Bourbon, Bacon & BBQ” event on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For $75 per person, guests will enjoy a selection of top-shelf bourbons paired with house-cured bacon and Village Whiskey’s signature BBQ sandwich. Beverage Manager Justin Holden will share his bourbon expertise, and Chef Dave Conn will be talking about how to pair the different styles of bourbon with food. Each guest will be greeted at the door with the restaurant’s signature Manhattan and all of the dads will receive a special gift to take home.
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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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