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Father's Day Ideas for Every Kind of Dad in LA

By Lesley Balla  |  June 11, 2014
Credit: The Counter

It doesn't really matter who the Dad is in your life, Sunday, June 15, is all about him. Whether he's a beer and burger kind of guy, a whiskey or chocolate lover (or both), or really into brunch buffets, here are a bunch of ideas to celebrate this weekend.

Free Burgers: Any guest who takes dad to The Counter (any in the U.S.) on Father’s Day and says “My Dad is a BFD” will get a free burger for pops. Limited to one burger per Dad with a paying guest. Additional and premium toppings cost extra.

Freegans: All vegan-friendly Veggie Grill locations will give dad a free entree (of equal or lesser value) with the purchase of your entree. Deal starts at 5 PM on Friday, June 13 and runs through the weekend and all day on Sunday.

For Whiskey Drinkers: Whether it’s for Sunday brunch, the afternoon English roast or dinner at The Pikey, Dad’s can get a flight of whiskey (four tastes) for $14. Take your appetites: Depending on the menu, dishes include steak and eggs with thrice-cooked chips; short ribs with stuffing, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy; and fish and chips.

For Wine Drinkers: Goldie's chef Thomas cooks up some specialties for Silverlake Wine's Sunday afternoon wine tasting. This week the sips reflect biodynamic, small-producers making Bordeaux blends in California. $20 per person. Reservations are mandatory; call 323-662-9024 for more info. Starts at 3 PM.

Beer As Food: In addition to the regular menu at Cooks County, Dad can enjoy specials like ale-battered shrimp, beer-braised short ribs and stout ice cream shakes. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5:30-10 PM.

Free Beer: Take Dad for dinner at L’Assiette. The three-course meal includes soup or salad and steak frites for $25 - and he’ll get a pint of beer on the house. At Osawa in Pasadena, pops gets a free glass of Sapporo with lunch or dinner. Think: shabu shabu or Japanese-style prime rib. And at all of Ricardo Zarate’s restaurants - Mo-Chica, Paiche and Picca - Dad gets a free cerveza with his meal.

Barbecue With a View: There will be a special Father's Day table added to the belly-busting brunch buffet at Cast & Plow at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. In addition to the usual offerings (eggs, waffles, etc.), there will be German bratwurst, Italian sausage and all-beef sausages and all the accouterments to fix them any way he likes. Reservations are strongly suggested. It's $75 per person, $35 for kids 12 years and younger. Nearby, Cafe del Rey has a barbecue-inspired brunch buffet with unlimited beer, sparkling wine and mimosas for $40 per person.

Boozy Chocolates: Does Dad like scotch and chocolate? Compartes has Macallan-infused or Guiness dark chocolate truffles in clever manly designs for the stylish, sweet toothed man in your life. Pick them up at the Brentwood shop (and pick up some honey peanut butter truffles for yourself, while you're at it).

My Two Dads: The Abbey welcomes gay dads and their kids, as well as prospective dads, at its annual Father’s Day Brunch. The buffet-style offerings include eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt and much more. And festivities are topped off by a children’s concert and festival co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and RaiseAChildUS. Starts at 11 AM. $19 for adults, $7 for kids.