Art Smith—former personal chef to Oprah—celebrates dads at his Capitol Hill restaurant with an all-you-can-eat carving station featuring Carolina pork barbecue and prime rib. A salad, two sides, dessert, and a flight of beer are included in the $39 price. The carving station as well as the regular brunch menu are available from 11 to 4.
This Penn Quarter pan-Asian restaurant is offering a two-course menu for lunch and dinner. Starters include coconut-lime shrimp with mango salsa and warm spinach salad with bacon vinaigrette. For the main course, there’s a grilled cilantro-marinated pork chop with Thai salsa; Korean sizzling beef with sesame-ginger sauce; or shrimp sauteed with chili, Thai basil, tomatoes, and cream. The fixed-price menu is $29. A special barbecue takeout menu will also be available through June 21. Main-course choices include Thai barbecue chicken and Laos grilled steak. Sides are sticky rice; bacon-cheese fries; papaya salad; and a house salad. The takeout dinner is $20 for one entrée and two sides.
At this Thai dining room in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, chef Aulie Bunyarataphan has created a menu that features many of her husband’s favorite dishes. From noon to 10:30, you’ll get a complimentary mimosa (flavors include coconut, pomegranate, ginger-lemon, and mango) with a purchase of a $16 “mini-entrée.” These include mango-barbecue Atlantic salmon with brown-rice pilaf; grilled Chilean sea bass with stir-fried vegetables; spicy drunken seafood noodles with Chinese lo mein; grilled flank steak with spicy green-papaya salad; panko-crusted chicken with ginger rice pilaf; crispy duck breast; grilled petite filet mignon with sautéed shrimp and asparagus; and an assortment of dumplings (shrimp, pork-and-crab shumai, mushroom-and-ginger, and chicken-and-winter-squash pot stickers). For dessert, choose among three flavors of house-made ice cream and sorbet ($6) or chocolate-mousse cake ($7). The regular menu is also available.
Beacon Bar & Grill
This Modern American restaurant in the Beacon Hotel is hosting a barbecue-inspired brunch buffet from 11 to 5. There’ll be live entertainment and a complimentary glass of Champagne, mimosa, or Bloody Mary. $29.95 per adult, $14.95 per child.
Michael Mina’s high-rolling restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel is offering a family-style dinner with choices such as butter-poached prime rib with horseradish cream; fried chicken with black-truffle mac and cheese; stuffed pork chops with cornbread; and lobster pot pie. Dinner is served from 6 to 10, and the shareable main courses range from $29 to $65 per person ($15 for children under 12).
The Butcher’s Block
If your father is hands-on in the kitchen, consider this culinary demonstration from chef Robert Wiedmaier and chef de cuisine Chris Watson at their Old Town wine-and-butcher-shop (1600 King St., Alexandria). They’ll show you how to clean and butcher a whole animal. The class, which begins at 7:30, is free, but reservations are required. Call 703-894-5253 for a spot.
For $24.95, three of restaurateur Geoff Tracy’s spots will feature special brunch options, such as a dry-aged prime New York strip with fried eggs and home fries. Chef Geoff’s and Chef Geoff’s Downtown will host their regular live-jazz Sunday brunch from 10:30 to 3. At Lia’s, all bottles of wine will be half price.Co Co. Sala
Does Dad have a sweet tooth? This chocolate-obsessed restaurant/lounge in Penn Quarter will serve both fixed-price ($22) and à la carte brunches. Dishes include French-toast s’mores; citrus-ricotta pancakes with white-chocolate/lemon cream; a twice-baked cheese soufflé; and a breakfast flatbread. Fathers will get chocolate treats to take home.
Del Merei Grille
This relaxed Del Ray neighborhood restaurant will serve an à la carte brunch from 10:30 until 2:30; entrées range from $8 to $20. It will also serve the regular dinner menu starting at 5, with a prime-rib special for $24.
From Friday, June 19, through Father’s Day, this Cleveland Park dining room will transform itself into a traditional Italian steakhouse. In addition to the regular menu, there’ll be specials ($22 to $38) such as venison, buffalo, T-bone steak, lamb chops, wild boar, and flatiron steak. Each is served with choice of sauces, including green-peppercorn, red-wine, and butter-balsamic. On Sunday, a special Father’s Day brunch runs from 11 to 2:30. Choices ($7 to $22) include wild-mushroom bruschetta and sourdough French toast with cherry-vanilla syrup. All brunch specials are served with applewood-smoked bacon or house-made boar sausage. There’s a children’s brunch menu, and the regular menu will be available, too. Friday through Sunday, bottles of wine over $50 will be 33 percent off.
This European fusion restaurant (12050-A North Shore Dr., Reston; 703-742-6466) will offer a special brunch menu including lobster ravioli; eggs Benedict; seafood and meat paellas; and chicken cordon bleu. The regular menu will also be available. Brunch will be served from 11 to 2:30. Dishes range from $8.95 to $13.