The backyard patio at Saint Lou’s Assembly is ready for dad.
Father’s Day doesn’t quite bring out the brunch crowd the way its matriarchal counterpart does, but, hey, dads like to eat too. Chicago establishments understand this, at least, and although the offerings are more varied, there are plenty of different food and drink deals at restaurants and bars around the city this weekend (and most of them will surely have the golf match on TV).
So pull dad away from the grill, and let someone else handle the grub so you can get some quality family time.
Bar Roma: Several special brunch items are on the menu for Father’s Day, including a sweet corn, dungeness crab souffle ($9) and a duck confit entree ($16). The Andersonville restaurant’s main highlight, however, is a complimentary bombolino (Italian doughnut) with whiskey caramel sauce for all the dads. Reservations available, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, 5101 N. Clark St., 773-942-7572
Bistronomic: If dad’s feeling a little fancy, the French-inspired restaurant is offering a two-course prix-fixe brunch menu ($26), with starters like a Caesar salad or chicken liver mousse and entrees such as eggs benedict or Le French Burger. An additional $15 will make your mimosas bottomless, while the 12-and-under crowd can dine for $12. Reservations recommended, 9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Sunday, 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400
Commonwealth Tavern: Dads will be able to find the US Open on the dozen 70-inch screens at the tavern in Roscoe Village. Affordable ($3-$14) brunch items are available, but the main attractions are the build-your-own mimosa ($3) and bloody mary ($6) bars. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, 2000 W. Roscoe St., 773-697-7965
Dusek’s: Surf-and-turf is the move down at Dusek’s, where dad can dine on a special composition of a 10-ounce New York strip steak, Oscar-style, with fresh Alaskan king crab, salsa verde hollandaise sauce, charred garlic scapes and mustard spatzle ($38). Over-the-border favorite Three Floyds will be on tap as well for a tasty chaser. Reservations available, 1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851
GreenRiver: Get to this downtown spot early to grab a spot on its 18th-floor terrace, weather permitting, of course. Hungry fathers and families can enjoy a new steak and eggs brunch item, or just sip on some of GreenRiver’s lauded signature cocktails ($15 each). 259 E. Erie St., 312-337-0101
Italian Village: For a carb-centric Father’s Day, the Italian Village is offering its full menu, plus a pair of special entrees: a rosemary encrusted prime rib ($31.95) and a double-cut bacon-wrapped pork chop ($25.95). Both items are on special all week leading up to the holiday. Reservations available, June 12 through June 18, 71 W. Monroe St., 312-332-7005
Maple & Ash: The modern steakhouse will open for brunch on Father’s Day, and, during dinner service, it will break out some rare, coveted cuts of meat, including a rib-eye cap and a pair of 30-plus-ounce options. Reservations available, 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888
Oak Brook Hills Resort: Dads can expect something of a red carpet treatment at this Bimmers, BBQ & Bow Ties celebration ($65, $20 ages 13-20, free ages 12 or less). The laundry list of activities caters to “guy stuff,” featuring a barbecue spread, craft brews on draft, bourbon and cigar-rolling classes, a BMW car show with test drives, personal styling consultations, live Dixieland music, golf tee-times (for an extra cost) and, crucially, activities to keep the kids occupied. Tickets required, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, 630-850-5555
River Roast: Swap dad’s usual backyard barbecue for Father’s Day Smokeout at River Roast ($55 adults, $15 kids 5-12, others free). Cheese and charcuterie kick off the feast, ribs, brisket, chicken and salmon follow from the smoker, while sides and desserts are also served. Reservations recommended, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, 315 N. LaSalle Drive, 312-822-0100
Roanoke: A three-course prix-fixe menu ($33) awaits diners and dads at this spot in the Loop, featuring classic selections like clam chowder, prime rib and chocolate mousse. Cocktails start at around $11, and a 25-seat sidewalk patio is also available for early arrivers. Reservations available, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, 135 W. Madison St., 312-940-3760
Saint Lou’s Assembly: To celebrate the occasion, executive chef Carlos Cruz is putting a Midwestern spin on the Southern classic meat n’ three plate, serving brisket alongside pasta salad, house pickles and white bread as the sides ($15). Make this lunch an early one — Lou’s patio provides a cool outdoor space. Reservations available, 664 W. Lake St., 312-600-0600
Shaw’s Crab House: The seafood restaurant’s suburban location is doing it up for dads with a special brunch buffet ($39, $10 children 7-12) featuring a trio of stations: a cold seafood and salad bar, a grand hot buffet and a dessert table. The regular dinner menu will also be available during the evening, and any father who visits Shaw’s for the holiday will receive a $25 gift card toward a future visit. Reservations recommended, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (brunch) Sunday, The Streets of Woodfield, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, 847-517-2722
Smoke Daddy: The popular barbecue spot along Division Street will host live acoustic music throughout dining hours on Father’s Day for guests to enjoy along with brunch- and lunch-style entrees on the menu. Noon – 7 p.m. Sunday, 1804 W. Division St., 773-772-6656
Tuco and Blondie: The self-described Mexifun spot in Lakeview will feature its usual brunch menu — which includes chilaquiles — for the holiday, but the highlight is a free margarita for all dads (available through dinner) to get the day (or night) started right. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (brunch) Sunday, 3358 N. Southport Ave., 773-327-8226
210 Restaurant: Finish off the holiday weekend with an old-fashioned pig roast ($45, $20 ages 11 or less) at 210 in Highwood. Salads are available to start things off, followed by a meaty entree selection that includes barbecue baby back ribs, pit-smoked tri-tip and lighter options like chicken and bass, plus a collection of traditional sides. Dessert concludes the occasion with key lime tart, brownies, cookies and fruit, plus some live music from the Windy City Bluegrass Band. Reservations recommended, 210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-433-0304