It's Father's Day in Los Angeles. What can you do to show that special guy how much you appreciate him? Here are just a few ideas regarding restaurants and activities that you and your dad can enjoy together on Father's Day, June 17, 2012.
Nothing says 'Dad' (and dude) like a James Bond movie. Take your pops to the movies for a Timothy Dalton era Bond double showcase: The Living Daylights and License to Kill, brought to you by the American Cinematheque. As a bonus, before the screenings, the author of James Bond Unmasked will sign copies of his book at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre lobby. Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. on Father's Day, June 17th.
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
(between Las Palmas and McCadden)
If a taste of everything is your dad's eating philosophy, check out Drago Centro's six-course Father's Day tasting menu ($60). Beer pairings are an extra $30.
525 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
If your father has a sweet tooth, why not indulge him by getting him a 'Tool Kit?' Not exactly your wrench and hammer sort of thing, the butchly named gift actually consists of a dozen mini vanilla and chocolate cupcakes adorned with edible tools and vanilla and chocolate buttercream ($24). If Dad is watching his weight, go for the smaller 'Dad's Toolbox' made up of one rich chocolate fudge brownie and one chocolate chunk blond ($10). Or go rogue and have them decorate some cupcakes with your choice of golf, tie or tool decorations ($3.25 each).
8389 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If your dad is a traditionalist then steak and potatoes will hit the spot. Morton's is your place. For $69 your dad will get to partake of their special Father's Day menu consisting of a soup or salad course, entree (including mouth-watering filet mignon), and vegetable of choice. Make room for dessert as well--a choice of double chocolate mousse, key lime pie or individual soufflé.
3400 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
Beverly Hills Adjacent:
435 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Nothing says 'I love you, Dad' like a beer (or several). If your father's a brewmeister take him to the second annual Rock & Brews Local Craft Beer Festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southern California breweries will be serving up their favorite beers on tap and a portion of proceeds will go to City Year Los Angeles. Father-favorite foods like pizza, Bavarian pretzels and Italian sausages will be available as well. Tickets are $50 per person and include eight four-ounce pours, a lunch buffet ticket, and a commemorative beer glass.
143 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
It may sound like an old cliche, but sometimes traditional activities are the best; case in point: golf. Treat your dad to an afternoon of golf or just some time on the driving range. The greens fee is only $23.
10450 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Most dads and cars go together like fric and frac. So, why not treat your dad to automotive eye candy--in style--on Father's Day? Every year, on Dad's special day, Rodeo Drive closes for its Concours D'Elegance vintage car show. Hot rods, muscle cars, Woodys, 1920's cars and European vehicles will be on display. The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is free of charge.
Enjoy barbecue selections by Patina Catering as you and your father relax on the Main Lawn. Food is available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring folding chairs and blankets to sit on; limited tables and chairs will be available (however no outside picnics are allowed). The price of a Descanso Gardens ticket gets you in ($8 for adults, $6 for seniors/students and $3 for children 5-12; free for kids four and under.
1418 Descanso Drive
Paso Robles would be considered a short distance road trip from Los Angeles. Your father's worth the trek. When you arrive at this vineyard you'll be lavished with a gourmet lunch (including wood-fired pizza and wine). Gorgeous views of the winery and a relaxing bocce ball game make for the perfect Father's Day. The luncheon event takes place between 12-2 p.m. Cost is $35 per adult (includes wine) and $15 for children ages six to 12; children under five dine for free.
3810 Hwy. 46 E.
Paso Robles, CA 93446