Make Dad’s Day With Feasts Fit For a King

Manly Meals to Commemorate Father’s Day
Let’s face it, as much as Dad likes to commandeer the grill, he deserves a meal out for his big day. Treat the man in your life to a brunch, lunch or dinner this Father’s Day that will leave him so impressed he might even pick up the check (you know how dads are). These top Chicago restaurants and bars fit the bill this Father’s Day, which happens to be Sunday, June 20 (in case you forgot).

Dunlays on Clark and Dunlays on the Square
Known for their delicious, hearty weekend brunches and award-winning Bloody Marys, Dunlays on Clark in Lincoln Park and Dunlays on the Square in Logan Square make for relaxing, unpretentious spots to kick back with Dad over delightfully decadent dishes and drinks. Try the fried egg sandwich (two eggs over easy with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo served on thick rye with potatoes, $9.50), Big Mike’s Irish breakfast (two fried eggs, bacon, sausage, broiled tomato, potatoes and a pint of Guinness, $12) and the famous Bloody Mary (made-to-order with your choice of vodka and a shot of Guinness, $6.50). Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at both locations.

Gemini Bistro
While the word “brunch” might evoke fussy cocktails and even fussier dishes, Gemini Bistro’s Sunday brunch packs a wallop. The Lincoln Park restaurant’s approach is sophisticated-yet-uncomplicated, as evidenced in owner/chef Jason Paskewitz’s cuisine and the restaurant’s masculine, clubby atmosphere. You and Dad can tuck into such alpha-male brunch entrees as a chorizo skillet (three eggs, chorizo, onion, peppers, chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo and corn tortillas, $12) and a gourmet spin on a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit ($10). Or, give props to the Big Daddy himself by ordering the cheekily named Elvis Presley (banana bread French toast, homemade peanut butter, fried bananas and honey, $12). Wash it all down with a morning-approved cocktail, such as bartender Pauly G’s famous Bloody Mary ($8) or the Brunch Punch (an intoxicating taste of the tropics with a blend of rums and fruit juices, $8). Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
Couldn’t score tickets to the Cubs vs. Angels game at Wrigley? Bring your baseball-loving Pops to Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville to catch the game on the pub’s 47  TVs. While you’re there, you can indulge in O’Toole’s bountiful brunch, which offers such meaty morning meals as the Irish Benedict (two poached eggs atop a toasted English muffin with corned beef, hollandaise sauce and potatoes, $8.99), steak and eggs (a 10-ounce Angus strip steak and two eggs any style with potatoes and toast, $12.99) and the Rise & Shine burger (a half-pound Angus beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg served with potatoes, $8.49). All of this can be paired with Timothy O’Toole’s make-your-own Bloody Mary bar stocked with more than 30 items ($7.50) and the “bottomless” mimosa and bellini bar ($14) for Mom. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Fizz Bar & Grill
You know fathers love backyard bashes of all kinds (except maybe those you threw as a teenager), which makes Fizz Bar & Grill’s spacious beer garden a no-brainer for Dad’s Day. Fizz’s weekly patio party, Beer Can Chicken Sundays, combines all of men’s favorite things: beer, barbecue and more beer. From 2-5 p.m., Chef Weslie Bellini serves up heaping platters of her specialty beer can chicken (made with Hamm’s), plus burgers, hot dogs and side dishes galore, all for $10 per person. Cans of Hamm’s accompany the feast for just $2 each. Fizz Bar & Grill is open Sundays from 11 a.m. until midnight.

Smoke Daddy
Dad knows a thing or two about barbecue, so take him to Smoke Daddy to test his meat mettle. The Wicker Park bastion of barbecue features a funky, down-home atmosphere, a mile-long list of beers and no-nonsense dishes like racks of spare or baby back ribs ($13.50-$21.50) and the slap-on-a-bib rib sampler ($24.95). Smoked chicken, brisket and pulled pork round out the offerings. Blues band The Dealers will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. if you and Dad are in for the long haul.  Smoke Daddy is open Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery and RB Grille
The sister River North restaurants, which just happen to be known for award-winning, handcrafted brews, will both be open for lunch and dinner on Father’s Day. Slide into Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery from 11 a.m. through 2 a.m. to indulge your desire for food, sports and, of course, good beer. Catch the day’s sporting events shown on 25 flatscreen TVs and brick projection wall in this casual neighborhood tavern while enjoying such signature dishes as Ball Park Pretzels ($3.95-$7.95), Rock Bottom Wings ($4.95-$9.95) and an array of themed burgers ($8.95-$9.95), served alongside a Chicago Gold, Walleye Wheat or any of Rock Bottom’s unique brews.

Or, step things up a notch in the refined surroundings of RB Grille. Housed within the same structure as Rock Bottom, RB Grille boasts an upscale dining atmosphere and classic steak and seafood dishes. Celebrate Dad with a lunch (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) or dinner reservation (4 p.m.-12 a.m.). You’ll enjoy such entrees as Maryland lump crab cakes ($24.95), bacon-wrapped scallops seasoned with spicy aioli and Thai chili sauce ($19.95) and 22-ounce porterhouse steak with choice of crust or sauce ($28.95). Raise a toast to Father’s Day with more than 150 wine selections or one of Rock Bottom’s award-winning beers.

Dunlays on Clark
2600 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Dunlays on the Square
3137 W. Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Streeterville
622 N. Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611

Gemini Bistro
2075 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Fizz Bar & Grill
3220 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Smoke Daddy
1804 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
One W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

RB Grille
One W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654


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