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Brunch Guide: Father’s Day

I call my dad Papa Love, which is pretty much the best parental moniker ever. At first he was adverse to the nickname, but it grew on him enough that now it’s completely adopted.

Have I ever told you my dad’s the shit? He routinely goes on ridiculous adventures just for the fun of it. A few weeks ago I got a call from him (I was at brunch, funny enough), where he announced he was staring the Pyrennes from a cheap hotel room in Spain. Next up: a 15-week motorcycle trip from London to Cape Town. You know, no big deal.

Yes, that's really Becca's dad.
Yes, that’s really Becca’s dad.

He lives in Tampa, so it’s not very often I get to see him unless he’s passing through the northeast. And he’s a total veggie-health nut, so I have to be wary of the brunch menus when he’s actually in town. In fact, he might not be game for a lot of the Father’s Day brunches that Cori Sue and I recommend for this Sunday, because they all seem to have a lot of pig in them.

Alas, he’s not here this week (though I will miss him on his day). And so here are some recommendations for brunch with your dad on Father’s Day.

Art and Soul

Executive chef Wes Morton will present manly brunch specials, in addition to the regular brunch menu, including shrimp Creole, farm egg frittata, “Cochon De Lait” (roasted pig), and flounder “Ponchatrain.” For dessert, a root beer float with bourbon whipped cream. Oh, and according to Thrillist, just for brunching, you’ll be automatically signed up for a chance to win a home cookout for you and 20 guests. Read our review. 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001; (202) 393-7777.

Buddha Bar

We haven’t yet tried the brunch there (and we’ve heard dinner is a bit overpriced), but Buddha Bar is offering free appetizers with the purchase of an entrée to celebrate Father’s Day. So, maybe that evens things out. 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001; (202) 377-5555.

Cajun Experience

The chefs at this New Orleans joint are preparing “just for Dad” menu additions Sunday only. Try the whole grilled two-pound Gulf red snapper, Cajun crusted prime rib, or a giant slice of “Cochon,” a 20-pound pork leg stuffed with Tasso and Boudin and slow cooked for 12 hrs. Wow. Read our review. 1825 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C.; (202) 670-4116.


Coco Sala

Coco Sala always has imaginative menus for holidays and events, and this one takes the cake. This Sunday they’re offering a “Father Knows Best Brunch.” It’s a multi-course prix fixe featuring chocolate, bacon and beer. See the entire menu here. The $36 pricetage also includes a brunch cocktail. Read our review. 929 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.; (202) 347-4265.

Cuba Libre

Mojitos, cigars, and an all-you-can-eat brunch. OK, well not cigars, but Dad can pretend he’s in Cuba, right? Take him to their “All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Without Borders,” and make sure he wears pants with an elastic waistband. Read our review. 801 9th St. NW, Ste A (Corner of 9th & H Streets), Washington, DC 20001; (202) 535-0040.



What man doesn’t like a good Italian steakhouse? Dino’s is laying out the red carpet for Pops this Sunday by offering $25 per person for three menu items, plus a special selection of meats just for Dad. Wines upwards of $50 are 33 percent off, too. Read our review. 3435 Connecticut Ave. NW, Cleveland Park, Washington D.C., 20008; (202) 686-2966.

Fleming’s Steakhouse in Tyson’s

A chain, we know, we know. But sometimes dad just needs steak … and a $25 dining gift card, which is what every dad gets during Sunday’s three-course brunch at Fleming’s in Tyson’s. We haven’t been to this particular location, but there was a Fleming’s in Naples, Florida, that treated us right for years. 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 442-8384.


Another one on our list to try (so much brunch to do, not enough weekends!), Policy’s newly launched brunch will become bacon-themed for Father’s Day. Dad not only gets a custom bacon menu, but a complimentary Beermosa. 1904 14th Street NW, Washington D.C., DC 20009; (202) 387-7654.


Another Virginia stop (after Fleming’s), Rustico’s two locations both have a stellar beer selection, great pizzas, and a chill vibe. I would definitely take my dad here, even if they’re not offering anything special for Father’s Day. You can’t beat great food. Read our review. 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203; (571) 384-1820



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