Father’s Day Restaurant Deals: 2015 Splurges + Steals

Lobster Benny EssexFather’s Day 2015 is June 21, and restaurants are preparing to roll out the red carpet for dads everywhere. We’ve gathered Father’s Day dining deals to find the perfect place to celebrate, from splurges to steals — and something in between. Get inspired and book your reservations today.

ATLANTA

A bit more: Fogo de Chao awaits with 16 cuts of delectable fire-roasted meats and award-winning wine for $51.50.
A bit less: At Dantanna’s Downtown, dads eat free on Father’s Day! Purchase any menu item at regular price to receive a complimentary item of equal or lesser value.
A bit different: At 10th & Piedmont, dad can dine out and have his seared meats, too, at their “Meat Lover’s Cook Out” on a street-side grill featuring flank steak, Sweetwater barbecue chicken, sausages, barbecued pork, and more.

BOSTON

A bit more: Café Fleuri is ready to treat dad like a king with a $72 per adult (including one free mimosa) meal. It’s $40 per child 5-12 years old.
A bit less: Roberto’s Restaurant wants to show dad how much you love and appreciate him with half-price on his entree on Father’s Day.
A bit different: DeWolf Tavern is hosting a Bristol oyster festival, from 11AM to 4PM, featuring local food and beverage vendors and a fun silent auction.

CHICAGO

A bit more: North Pond invites you to celebrate the dad in your life with a special three-course brunch for $45 per person and $20 per child.
A bit less: May St. Steakhouse has a delicious brunch buffet for just $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids.
A bit different: Club Lucky is offering a $25 gift certificate (good on your next visit) to every dad in honor of the restaurant’s 25th anniversary.

LOS ANGELES

A bit more: The Hobbit offers a six-course, prix-fixe menu at $92 per person at 7PM. If dad’s an oenophile, bring in a bottle of wine, and they’ll waive the first corkage fee.
A bit less: Grand Café @ Omni Los Angeles features executive chef Simon Warren’s “BBQ Brunch Buffet” with “everything for everyone” at just $39 for adults and $20 for kids.
A bit different: At Perch LA, you and dad can float above the Los Angeles skyline while overlooking Pershing Square and enjoying live jazz performances!

NEW YORK

A bit more: Le Cirque invites you to celebrate your dad in classic New York style with a lavish three-course Father’s Day brunch for $65 per person and $35 for kids.
A bit less: Eric’s Italian Bistro is your way to save on steak. Choose from a $15 filet mignon, rib eye, or skirt steak for dad – and pair it with a perfectly poured draft beer at 50% off.
A bit different: Essex is serving up extra-manly cocktails, including bacon bloody Mortys and beer manmosas at their regular brunch, which includes lobster Benedict (pictured).

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World Cocktail Day: Celebrate Like a Pro with Tips from Morgan Schick of Aaxte

May 13, 1806 marked the day that The Oxford Dictionary published and defined the word cocktail:

Cocktail (noun): An alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, lemonade, or cream.”

We celebrate World Cocktail Day each year on the anniversary of that momentous day. But let’s be real; the cocktail has since become more than a simple wedding of ingredients and a flick of the wrist. To shed light on modern day cocktail menus and trends so that you can enjoy World Cocktail Day for all it has to offer, we sat down with Morgan Schick for a drink (or three!), the bar manager of revered San Francisco hotspot Trick Dog and the town’s newest Basque-inspired restaurant and bar Aatxe. A self-proclaimed charmer who openly admits to bringing his own liquor on long flights, Schick, who is part of the Bon Vivants, a nationally recognized cocktail, hospitality, marketing, and design firm, shares his secret recipe for understanding, mixing, and enjoying au courant cocktails.

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Have fun! Drinking is about a good time. Schick advises, “Take drinking seriously, but don’t be too serious.” Appreciate the craft and enjoy the art.

Ask the experts. “It’s hard to tell from a cocktail list if a drink will be sweet, sour, or bitter,” says Schick. Don’t hesitate to chat with the bartender, so you can feel confident about exactly what you’re ordering.

Write your own tale. A cocktail is an experience, not a drink. At Trick Dog, menus are conceptually themed and cocktails are named after colors, zodiac signs, and San Francisco landmarks. Give your home-mixed favorite a quirky twist by coining it after a memorable adventure, or order something extra exotic when out to make it a night to remember. Currently, the menu at Trick Dog is Chinese-themed, and anyone who dares to enter may order the Boduolige Shuang. Say what?  Count us in.Continue Reading

Top Brewery Restaurants to Dine at During American #CraftBeerWeek

Goose Island  blog copyAmerican Craft Beer Week kicks off today, and we’re thirsty for some quality draught craft brews. Here are five top brewery restaurants waiting to serve you delicious food that pairs perfectly with a pint this week. Take a tour, reserve a table, and raise a glass.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego, California
One of the 50 largest craft breweries in the nation, Ballast Point has been in business since 1996. Their brews and operations have garnered several World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival honors, as well as numerous other local and international nods. The new restaurant opened in the completely revamped tasting room in November 2014 and quickly went on to win an OpenTable award for 2015 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurant in America.
Don’t miss: Calico, an American amber ale, which has won 21 awards, including a 2001 Great American Beer Festival Gold and the 2002 World Beer Cup.
Rave restaurant review: “Our second visit but won’t be our last. Love the beer and food!”
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Breckenridge Colorado Craft, Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, Colorado
With a portfolio of almost 20 beers, including seasonal, small batch, and barrel-aged offerings, Breckenridge Brewery retains the spirit of its home brew roots even as it has blossomed from a modest 3,000-barrel-a-year brewpub into a popular craft beer and restaurant company, producing more than 62,000 barrels of fresh beer annually. In business since 1990, it was the third craft brewery to open in Colorado.
Don’t miss: Breckenridge Colorado Craft eatery showcases brews other than the Breckenridge Brewery family of beers, but don’t leave without trying a SummerBright Ale, a golden ale with citrus notes.
Rave restaurant review: “Great food, great brews, great service. Went two nights in a row, and would’ve gone again!”
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Goose Island Brewery, Chicago, Illinois
Goose Island started out as a brewpub in 1988, which gave way to a full-scale craft brewery in 1995. There are nearly 30 Goose Island beers available, many of which have earned accolades at both the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery is well respected among industry peers for pioneering the process of barrel-aging beer back in 1992.
Don’t miss: Sofie, a saison, which earned a 2011 Great American Beer Festival Bronze. If you happen to visit in November, quaff one of the much-heralded Bourbon County series of beers.
Rave restaurant review: “Pub fare with a few twists. Quality of food is good and a good value. Recommend for group outings and, of course, great beer selection.”
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Mother’s Day Cocktails: 10 to Try as You Toast Mom

Blog Mom's Day Cocktails Founding Farmers Cucumber Delight copyAs you raise a glass to the special mom in your life on Mother’s Day, we invite you to think beyond the Bloody Mary. We’ve rounded up 10 refreshing craft Mother’s Day cocktails from some of the OpenTable 2015 Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America to make Sunday even more delicious.

1. Absolutely Smashing at Lokal, Chicago, Illinois: Orange vodka, pineapple, and orange juice combine for a decidedly adult way to start the day.

2. The California Cooler at Great Maple, San Diego, California: Strained over ice, this cooler with fresh-pressed watermelon juice, mint, lemon press, agave, and organic Square One cucumber vodka will help you chill out.

3. Cucumber Delight at Founding Farmers, Tysons, Virginia: American Harvest vodka is mixed with the fresh flavors of Domaine de Canton, cucumbers, and cantaloupe (pictured).

4. Dirty Gertie at Gertrude’s, Baltimore, Maryland: Get down with a dirty blend of lemon peel-infused‏‏ Tito’s vodka, ‘dirty Gertie’ mix, Old Bay-dusted shrimp, and an Old Bay-seasoned rim.

5. Duck, Duck, Goose at Echo and Rig Steakhouse & Butcher Shop, Las Vegas, Nevada: With a blend of Ketel​ One Oranje and fresh pomegranate arils, and muddled with fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and mint bitters, this almost sounds like a health drink. Almost.

6. Pimm’s Cup at Rosebud, Atlanta, Georgia: Drink like the royal family with Pimm’s, lemonade, fresh citrus, mint, and cucumber. PS: Don’t forget to raise a glass to Charlotte.

7. Pistol Punsch at Root & Bone, New York, New York:  Sugar moonshine, black tea, cardamom, and pineapple come together for a Southern-style wake-up call on Mother’s Day.Continue Reading