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Our Dads Recommend the Perfect Spots for Father’s Day Dining

Posted by Kate Seiferth | 6/12/2014 | Category: Restaurants

Are you looking for a place to treat your dad in the Chicago area this Father’s Day weekend? Check out these tasty picks from the dads around our office. Whether your dad prefers Mexican to BBQ or steak to burgers, our dads have the perfect recommendation to make this your dad's favorite Father's Day ever!

Brian Pautsch wouldn't turn down a trip to Mama Maria’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Orland Park, Illinois!  Dads who appreciate a fine tequila and a sizzling fajita platter will love this place!

Chris Pautsch is a foodie with a taste for the fine dining at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill at Oakbrook Center. For several years now, Chris' urge for a great steak has subconsciously limited his options to those well-established, go-to fine steak restaurants in Chicago such as Gibson’s, Smith & Wollensky, and Kinzie Chophouse. However, in an effort to avoid the long drive to downtown Chicago from the suburbs, a recent impromptu dinner with friends landed him at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill in Oak Brook, Illinois. They found the restaurant spacious with a contemporary atmosphere and chose to sit at a table in the bar. The group started with orders of the Cherry Pepper Calamari and the Asian Ahi Tuna Tartar, which were exotic and tasty. Next, Chris had the delicious Iceberg Wedge Salad with Applewood Smoked Bacon. For dinner. he devoured the 12oz. Filet Mignon topped with a perfect helping of crab meat (Oscar style). It was perfectly prepared, and he says it was one of the best steaks he ever had! Desert included a shared order of the Warm Chocolate Cake and Rocky Road Bread Pudding and both were excellent. They finished off the night with a glass of Port. They had such a memorable meal and experience, it is now on their top 10 lists for steak joints. Perry's is having a special on their famous Pork Chip entree for Father's Day so call now to reserve a spot for your pop!

Geoff Skyles says take your dad to Sweet Baby Ray's! Geoff would love to go to Sweet Baby Ray’s in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, which usually has a Father’s Day brunch. But he's not positive they are having one this year. Bummer, Geoff. Sweet Baby Ray's is the perfect choice for the dad who loves to BBQ but wants to relax on his big day even without a special buffet.

Keith Franklin has a taste for the Meed, a honey wine, at Ethiopian Diamond, or the margaritas could pull him in the direction of a Mago Grill and Cantina. Keith also says he wouldn't turn down a trip to Florence, Italy for some authentic Italian food. Since you eat off a shared platter with your hands and Injera at Ethopian Diamond, Keith says that it is a real family experience. Followed closely by Mago Grill & Cantina with their great margaritas and not your run of the mill Mexican food. These restaurants are fabulous for a dad with a taste for the exotic or a father with a flair for adventure.

Dan Strabbing likes that the kids are entertained at Dave and Buster's and Meatheads. Dan prefers places that keep the kids entertained as well as fed so he says Dave and Buster’s is the best place ever to go with his kids. There are a lot of food choices, but really his family goes there for the games. The kids love the racing games and games that award tickets so they can pick out a toy when the family leaves. Another place Dan and his family like to go a lot is Meatheads. They have really good food, but they also offer small extras to keep the kids entertained. They give each kid a little gift bag that has an activity sheet – connect the dots game, etc. – but also has Wikki Stix. Dan's family uses them to make glasses, bracelets, crowns, animals or write their names. But the most fun Dan says is when he makes handcuffs and tells the kids they can’t escape from him. They laugh when they break them. Dan says that they also have temporary tattoos that the boys like to put on their arms. Both places are really fun for families of all ages and dads of all ages, too. (We think Dan is using his kids as an excuse, and he really loves it more.)

Mike Biasi picks dinner with Da Coach at Ditka's. This is a great selection for the Chicago sports fan dad who appreciates a good steak and a cold brew.


On 6/13/2014 Rick Regganie said:

Love it!!! Happy father's day to all the dads.

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