5 Dude-Friendly Food Gatherings for Father's Day
There are plenty of great places for brunching and toasting your pops on Father's Day, but these events are particularly dude-friendly. Here are our top 5.
Firestone Walker "Collabrewtive" Brunch
Want to turn your dad into an Instagramming craft beer and coffee lover like yourself? Here's your chance to indoctrinate him into your food-loving ways. This Sunday at Lot 613, Food GPS and Firestone Walker are getting together to feature six brewery-roaster duos that have created a unique coffee beer for the occasion, as well as six food stations helmed by several of L.A.’s most talented chefs. Seating will be communal, with guests free to chart their own culinary adventure, at their own pace. Beers and coffee collabos include Firestone Walker Brewing Co. + Intelligentsia Coffee; Golden Road Brewing + Handsome Coffee Roasters; Eagle Rock Brewery + Tierra Mia Coffee; Beachwood BBQ & Brewing + Portola Coffee Lab; Cismontane Brewing Company + Caffe Luxxe; and Ladyface Ale Companie + LAMILL Coffee. Vittles to soak up the beer will come from some of our favorite local establishments like Bestia, Cook's County, Huckleberry/Milo and Olive, Littlefork, Rivera, and Sotto.
The event, which will include a live DJ, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and isn’t limited to fathers. Tickets are $50 per person ($60 at the door if available) and comes with all six dishes and pours of all 12 craft beers, including the six special coffee beers. Children 12 years and under are admitted at half price, which includes all six food items, plus a parting gift. A portion of the event proceeds will go to Share Our Strength, an organization that’s dedicated to battling childhood hunger.
Boilermakers and boys' brunch at Comme Ca
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, chef David Myers will whip up dude-friendly brunch options like Dad’s Chorizo Hash with bell pepper, sofrito and poached egg and Steak and Eggs with Alsatian potato salad. Comme Ca’s bartenders will be mixing up beer cocktails for the occasion, like the Wildcat made with bourbon, lemon, basil, simple syrup and topped with beer. And for the more traditionally manly dads out there, they'll be serving up a Comme Ca-style (see: classy) boilermaker with a pint of Stiegl pilsner and a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon. For reservations call (323) 782-1104.
Gladstone's beach buffet
Let's get real: Your dad doesn't want some fru fru brunch with mimosas and blinis. Take him over to Gladston'es by the beach for an epic AYCE Father's Day buffet of the manliest proportions. Stuff yourself with BBQ St. Louis ribs, rosemary roasted pork tenderloin, house smoked whole fish, corned beef hash, and more. There'll be plenty of pastries and sweets too, and you can work it all off with a game of catch on the sand when you're done. Buffet is $45 for adults and $19.95 for kids 12 & under, and it goes until 6 p.m. You can find out more info on their site.
Habanero-eating contest at Chichen Itza
Is your dad a hot head? Then take him down to one of the city's best Mexican restaurants to prove himself. Chichen Itza will be hosting a habanero-eating contest, and the winners will get a cash prize. Each contestant will be outfitted with a big bowl of the Yucatán peppers and cochinita pibil as a chaser. The small, round peppers rate 150,000-325,000 on the Scoville scale. Compare this with jalapeño pepper that rates a mere 2,500-8,000. Yeah, they're hot. The person who eats the most chiles during the timed event will win a gift certificate from the restaurant. You can find out more info on their site.
Free burgers at the Counter
What's better than burgers for breakfast? Free burgers for breakfast. The Counter Custom Built Burgers will buy your dad a burg just for being his awesome self on Sunday. Any guest who tells their server, “My dad is a BFD.” will get a 1/3 lb. burger gratis. (That excludes bison and market select burgers). The offer is valid at all Counter locations throughout the country.