Treat dad to one of these six local eateries for a great Father’s Day.
For dads who love a big juicy steak and all the traditional sides, BLT Steak doesn’t disappoint. Be careful not to get too full before dinner though, as the chicken liver paté and popover pre-entrée are almost a meal themselves. The filet mignon is always delicious and they also make a great NY Strip. Noteworthy sides include well-seasoned stuffed mushroom caps and crispy potato skins. For dessert, don’t leave without trying the peanut butter chocolate mousse with banana ice cream. 1625 I St. NW, 202-689-8999
Local shop Compass Coffee on 7th St. NW is a great choice to take dad for a low-key Father’s Day. The no frills, cozy spot prides itself on focusing on one thing–making a good cup of joe. Compass works with some of the world’s best coffee buyers to import beans from Guatemala, Ethiopia and Indonesia. 1535 7th St. NW, 202-838-3139
If dad has a sweet tooth, this Convention Center area bakery is the perfect spot to chat over a decadent pastry or two. Treats vary by day but expect to see items like a soft sugar cookie topped with festive rainbow sprinkles, mini eclairs and cakesicles (a larger version of the cake pop you see in most bakeries). Buttercream Bakeshop uses local ingredients whenever possible and everything is baked from scratch. 1250 9th St. NW, 202-735-0102
Mother’s Day isn’t the only morning for a good brunch. The warmth and luxurious atmosphere at the Jefferson’s restaurant “The Greenhouse” is perfect for celebrating Father’s Day. Dad will be delighted with new brunch items including the Osetra caviar parfait with a poached egg, and the gooey cheese pretzel bread calzone served with barrel-aged feta and a baked hen egg. 1200 16th St. NW, 202-448-2300
The retro 1920s feel of the buzzy Gaslight is a fun place to share a cocktail with dad. The old school style of the saloon serves up classic drinks with a twist. There’s the Aztec Old Fashioned, made with Bulleit bourbon, cinnamon simple syrup, barrel aged bitters and Aztec chocolate bitters. The Parisian Sazerac is not for the faint of heart. It packs quite a punch with 1789 whisky, bitters, absinthe, and simple syrup. 2012 9th St. NW, 202-864-6272
Local Joe Neuman, pit master and owner of Sloppy Mama’s BBQ has a food truck that frequently pops up around the city. In addition to the truck’s offerings, Sloppy Mama’s has a mouthwatering catering menu that is perfect for a Father’s Day picnic in your favorite local D.C. park. There’s St. Louis style pork ribs, brisket or smoked chicken with Carolina, Georgia gold or Kansas City sauces. Sides such as cole slaw, a rich mac and cheese, savory baked beans and potato salad complete the meal. Don’t forget the pillowy soft potato or brioche rolls and banana pudding for dessert. 1942 11th St. NW, 202-430-4433