Food

Father’s Day Dining and Drinking Specials Around Washington

Restaurants offer free beer, fried chicken, and plenty of meat for dad.
Grab fried chicken to-go from Jackson 20 along with slaw and watermelon. Photograph courtesy of Jackson 20.

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, June 21. No plans yet? No problem. Unlike the seemingly-obligatory Mother’s Day brunch, restaurants offer a variety of specials and deals—and typically aren’t booked solid—for dad. Here’s where to find great takeout, free beer, and of course, lots of meat.

For dads who like picnicking (but not cooking):


Fried chicken to-go at Jackson 20

480 King St., Alexandria; 703-842-2790

This American restaurant’s summery feast includes eight pieces of crispy fried chicken, watermelon, and coleslaw.

Call ahead by Sunday, June 21 to order; $28 per takeout package.

BBQ bags to-go at Society Fair

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-3247

Chef Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong’s market/restaurant prepares a picnic-friendly basket with pulled pork sandwich makings, barbecue chicken, potato salad, and cornbread. ($75, serves four). The shop also sells a variety of items for the grill (burgers, sausages), prepared sides, and presents for dad like a spiced rum kit.

Order your bag online by 9 pm on Friday, June 19 for pick-up on Saturday, June 20.

Fathers can pick between a prime rib special or regular meaty treats like the burger at Central. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Fathers who love meat:

Suckling pig brunch at The Pig

1320 14th St., NW; 202-290-2821

Pork-loving pops will dig this swine-filled—and wallet-friendly—brunch, featuring biscuits and ham, pork fat potatoes, and the main event: a stuffed, roasted Pennsylvania suckling pig.

Served Sunday, June 21; $25 per person.

Steakhouse specials at Dino’s Grotto

1914 9th St., NW; 202-686-2966

Chef Dean Gold gets in the Father’s Day spirit with Flintstone-esque portions of meat, such as a two-plus pound T-bone from Shenandoah Valley, or a boar strip loin. Dad can top it all off with luxe sauces like truffle and ramp butters.

The a la carte dishes are offered Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21.

Prime rib dinner at Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-626-0015

Central’s menu gets a “manly meal” makeover for Father’s Day. The special du jour: prime rib, green beans, and a baked potato. Diners can also opt for stellar fried chicken or burgers from the regular menu.

Served Sunday, June 21; $34 for prime rib dinner.

“Man-hungry” dinner specials at Et Voila!

5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-237-2300

Hunker down for a meal of beef Napoleons with mushrooms. or a béarnaise-sauced New York strip. Holiday bonus: the restaurant will throw in a monogrammed pilsner glass for dad.

Sunday, June 21; a la carte menu.

More meats at MET Bethesda

7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda; 301-767-1900 (Inside Westfield Montgomery Mall)

Manly specials planned for brunch include a surf n’ turf Benedict with filet and lobster. Dinner brings a ribeye steak for two with all the trimmings.

Sunday, June 21; $28 for the Benedict special; $49 per person for prime rib dinner.

Joe’s classics at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab

750 15th St., NW; 202-489-0140

Filet mignon, grilled tomatoes, Alaskan king crab, and banana cream pie are among the specials for dad. The restaurant recommends reservations.

Sunday, June 21; a la carte menu.

Beer-loving fathers will have plenty of beer to choose from–plus a free cold one–at City Tap House. Photograph by Andrew Propp.


Dads who love beer:

Complimentary beer at Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna

2201 14th St., NW; 202-234-5000; 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-243-4400

Dads get a complimentary cold one at both of Mike Isabella’s Mediterranean eateries. The restaurants suggest Victory Brewery’s Summer Love—part of Kapnos’s June tap takeover—Port City, or Champion Killer.

Sunday, June 21; a la carte.

Free beer with a barbecue dinner at City Tap House

901 9th St., NW; 202-733-5333

Love beer and meat? Head in for chipotle-glazed, hickory-smoked ribs, and get a complimentary beer for dad. On the side: homey dishes like cornbread, coleslaw, and baked beans.

Sunday, June 21; $25 per person.

Burgers and brews at Del Frisco’s Grille

11800 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda; 301-8881-0308;750 15th St., NW; 202-450-4686

Two local Del Frisco’s branches offer a burger and beer deal, which includes any beer on tap, fries, and a cheeseburger ($17.50). The North Bethesda location also offers an a la carte brunch on Sunday with Father’s Day specials.

Sunday, June 21; $17.50 per person.

Dads with eclectic tastes:

Brunch at Mio Restaurant

1110 Vermont Ave., NW; 202-955-0075

Mio mixes Puerto Rican and traditional DC-brunch dishes for their Father’s Day specials. Dad’s can celebrate with a whole fried snapper, ceviche, beet salad, and a caipirinha.

Sunday, June 21; a la carte menu.

Virginian wine dinner at Jardenea

2430 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-955-6400

Explore the local wine world with dad over a four-course pairing dinner at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel’s restaurant. Dishes include duck breast with mushroom bread pudding and roasted strawberries with bourbon chocolate ganache.

Sunday, June 21; $75 per person person.

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