11 Epic Steaks Worthy of the World’s Greatest Fathers

June holds two events that are near and dear to our hearts — National Steakhouse Month and Father’s Day. Coincidence? We think not. So, this Father’s Day, ditch the boring ties and cufflinks and the cheesy #1 Dad coffee mug in favor of a memorable steak dinner, which is a win-win for you. Especially if you order bigger-than-big cuts, which are sure to impress upon your pa just how much you love, respect, and admire him. Here are 11 epic steaks worthy of the world’s greatest fathers.

Meat Market, Miami Beach, Florida 
Quickly seared to create a slightly caramelized crust, a few strokes of the knife reveal a bright red center (don’t you dare order this steak cooked greater than medium rare!). The 30-ounce Wagyu tomahawk steak sourced from Down Under goes well with any of the housemade butters, including lobster butter and chili mole butter. Or you can opt for one of the sauces, like atomic horseradish truffle or Jack Daniels pasilla chili garlic. Make a reservation at Meat Market.

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Charlie Palmer Steak, New York, New York
Dry aged for 40 days, the porterhouse for two is a beautiful behemoth. Take it to even grander heights by topping it off with sautéed foie gras, half a lobster tail, or king crab. A side of truffled mac ‘n’ cheese wouldn’t be out of order either. Make a reservation at Charlie Palmer Steak.

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Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Michael Mina’s restaurant decided to take its name literally by pairing its two namesakes. Executive chef Joe Palma offers a trio of dry-aged steaks sourced from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley: an 18-ounce bone-in New York Strip, a 28-ounce bone-in rib-eye, and a 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk. The colossal cuts come with your choice of rare bourbons, such as 17-year-old Eagle Rare, 20-year-old Orphan Barrel Barterhouse, and 23-year-old Elijah Craig. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.

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Prime Italian, Miami Beach, Florida
Clocking in at 48 ounces, the porterhouse is intended for two – though you can share it with a third wheel tagging along if you’re feeling generous. Order it with your choice of chapeaux (literally French for “hats,” which is to say toppings), such as lobster or foie gras, as well as your choice of sauces, including horseradish cream, chimichurri, and peppercorn. Make a reservation at Prime Italian.

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Cook Hall, Dallas, Texas
Don your ten-gallon hat and slip on your spurs before you order the supersized, spice rubbed cowboy ribeye. It arrives with smoked baked beans, collard greens, and a tangle of fried onion ribbons. Yee-haw! Make a reservation at Cook Hall.

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RPM Steak, Chicago, Illinois
You have to prep you belly and your budget before you order this steak. Clocking in at an impressive 42 ounces (otherwise known as three frickin’ pounds), the Wagyu tomahawk costs $195 (otherwise known as a small car payment). The kitchen recommends it with jumbo asparagus, hen of the woods mushrooms, and the Millionaire’s Potato, which heavily features black truffles, of course. Make a reservation at RPM Steak.

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Dishes Worthy of a Game of Thrones: Feasts Fit for the Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms

In between the murder and mayhem, betrayals and backstabbing, trysts and torrid affairs, the characters on Game of Thrones love to indulge with a good meal. The kitchens at King’s Landing, Winterfell, and the Inn at the Crossroads are renowned throughout the Seven Kingdoms for turning out memorable feasts of epic proportions. So as the hit HBO show returns for its sixth season, we wondered what the Starks, Lannisters, and Targaryens would eat if they stepped out of our televisions and into our dining scene (we’ll take a pass on dining with Ramsay Bolton). Here are seven Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun-sized Game of Thrones dishes worthy of the successor to the Iron Throne. Because #winteriscoming.

Seaspice & Modern Garden, Miami, Florida
When Tyrion returned to Winterfell after his time on the Wall, the cooks whipped up a stunning supper starring roasted suckling pig. The Imp would surely approve of this rendition, which is served tableside with yucca gratin, green plantain fries, and pickled beets. Given the size and preparation time of this not-so-little piggy, the restaurant requires a two-day notice before the reservation and a four-diner minimum. We suggest fasting for those 48-hours, so you can truly do it justice. Make a reservation at Seaspice & Modern Garden.

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Makoto, Bal Harbour, Florida
Reminiscent of the fare served at Ned Stark’s first dinner in King’s Landing, the Kurosawa bone-in ribeye clocks in at a beyond-impressive 26 ounces. Marble-rich and imported from the Land Down Under (Australia, not Sothoryos), the beef is grilled on the robata, sliced up, and served on the grill in a stunning presentation that may have even given the King’s Hand pause to admire it. Make a reservation at Makoto.

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The Guild, West Hollywood, California
On Oath Day, the newly minted brothers of the Nights Watch dine on food normally reserved for the Master Commander and his high-ranking crew. Jon Snow and company enjoyed rack of lamb, which reminded us of chef Cho’s rack of New Zealand lamb chops. Pierced with a knife to create an Instagram-worthy presentation (#jonsnowisforever), it arrives with brown butter pommes puree, pomegranate demi, and a variety of veggies. Make a reservation at the Guild.

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Father’s Day Restaurant Reservations: Delicious Last-Minute Deals and Offers

Nothing says 'Thanks, Dad!' like a juicy steak.
Nothing says ‘Thanks, Dad!’ like a juicy ribeye.

Father’s Day is just a few days away, but there’s still time to book a table for Sunday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local Father’s Day pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

A bit less: Shula’s 347 Grill — Celebrate Father’s Day by treating Dad to a free entree. One per table; another entree must be purchased by one other diner.
A bit more: Park 75 — Head to the Four Seasons Hotel for a special BBQ with Dad experience.$70 per adult ($79 including Bloody Mary’s and beer), $30 for kids 6-12.
A bit different: Amura Japanese Sushi Restaurant — $5 New York steak after rebate, for fathers only.

A bit less: La Tasca — Enjoy three tapas dishes and a dessert for $25 per person from the special “Tapas for Papas” menu.
A bit more: Morton’s The Steakhouse — Let Morton’s do the grilling. Join them for a mouth-watering three-course meal for only $69 per person.
A bit different: The Alehouse Columbia — Order a growler gift basket, which includes a signature pint glass, growler, and gift card.

A bit less: Antonia’s at The Beach Restaurant and Bar — All-you-can-eat brunch buffet for only $14 per person.
A bit more: Palm Restaurant — Offering a 16-ounce, bone-in filet mignon at a special price of $45 and a $79.95 summer lobster dinner for two.
A bit different: Orchard Street Chop Shop — All dads get a complimentary cigar with entree purchase to enjoy on the terrace or take home.

A bit less: Domo 77-Aurora — Steak and lobster plus shrimp and chicken combination with soup, salad, veggies, fried rice, and a bottle of house wine for $59.96 for two people.
A bit more: deca Restaurant + Bar at The Ritz Carlton — Featuring a “Beef, Bourbon, and Beer Brunch” with Half Acre Beer Co., Revolution Brewing, and Woodford Reserve for $79 per person.
A bit different: Bistro Dre — All fathers will receive a complimentary slice of cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce — and a gift bag.

A bit less: Randolph’s at Warwick Denver Hotel — Check out “Blues, Brews, and BBQ” on the patio. All your favorite brunch and BBQ items from the grill. Local draft beer included, all for just $25 per person.
A bit more: EDGE Restaurant & Bar — EDGE has partnered with Rickenbaugh Caillac of Denver for brunch and test drives on Fathers Day. $55 per adult, $25 for children (under 12).
A bit different: Aquarium Restaurant — Treat Dad to an under-the-sea adventure! Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Aquarium Restaurant and Aquarium Adventure Exhibit this Father’s Day. Continue Reading

Top Chef Texas Episode 6: Chef Ed Hardy Wonders, ‘Who Shot Ty-lör?’

Overcome by the heat, Padma relies on an old Victoria's Secret pose to keep her balance.

This week’s Top Chef: Texas has Ed Hardy of Red Rooster Harlem and I in a decidedly Dallas state of mind

First, what up with all the chef-smokers? As a former smoker, I am proud to say that I made it through culinary school without a puff! Why do you think so many chefs light up?

Because we all drink? You’ve got to do something something with your free hand while you’re drinking. I solved this problem years ago by double-fisting. That way I don’t have to smoke.

Good thinking! So, of the classic sauces — tomate, espagnol, hollandaise, bechamel, velouté — which would you most like to do? I think espagnol is gross.

I was mystified. Didn’t we drop all pretense of the classic French sauces years ago? Aren’t they too heavy for today’s sophisticated palates? Okay, home cooks. Let me explain. No, wait, that’ll take too long. Let me sum up: Espagnol IS gross. Tomate is tomato sauce. Near as it doesn’t make a difference. Don’t let folks tell you otherwise. Hollandaise is delicious. Add herbs or whatever spices you want. Have a ball! Velouté is boring. It’s a roux with some stock. But don’t make it. Bechamel is non-boring velouté because its a base for cheese sauces. Substitute milk for stock. Don’t forget a dash of nutmeg. That, in a nutshell, is all you need to know anymore about classic French cuisine. Modern French cuisine? That’s another story…

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