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The Essential Guide to Father’s Day in Dallas

For Father’s Day, we wanted to think outside our New Balance 608s and instead find some options with a little more pep. So, we queried our staff of foodie writers who eat a lot of food, at a lot of places and have a good idea of ​​what’s hot and what’s not. Some Stan Smith’s perhaps; enduring class and still a bit sporty.

We’ve gathered all these things into one complete list of foodie finds for Father’s Day.

205 E. Front St. (Arlington)

Dad’s the boss, right? Why not get him an assortment of all the barbecue meats with his name on it? Hurtado’s El Jefe platter is just the ticket; a third-pound each of prime brisket, pork spare ribs, sausage, pork belly burnt ends, pulled pork, turkey breast and two sides of your choosing. Best of all, this assortment of 2 pounds of barbecue plus sides will set you back just $40.

5333 White Settlement Road (Fort Worth)

If Dad wants to hone his chops as a lord of the backyard cookout, score him some lessons from none other than Travis Heim. Heim’s Ultimate BBQ Dad Class is being held at Heim’s on the River location in West Fort Worth, and a seat in the class will get Dad up to speed on all of Heim’s tips, tricks, and recipes, including Heim’s famous pork belly burnt ends. The event will be held on Saturday, July 9. Tickets are $250, limited and available via Eventbrite

6959 Lebanon Road, No. 110 (Frisco) (inside J. Theodore Restaurant)

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You’ll have to find the secret code to get into this bar.

Chris Wolfgang

Chances are, your dad is a fan of the brown liquors (he raised you, didn’t he?). You won’t be able to take him on Father’s Day, but a visit to Rare Books Bar in Frisco for a pour of a hard-to-find bourbon is a great way to toast your father. Rare Book’s list of bourbon, scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskeys spans eight pages, so there are plenty of options to grab a taste of something new or hard to find. Rare Books is a speakeasy inside of the J. Theodore Restaurant, and you’ll need to check out their Instagram for a book title to share with a librarian who will let you into the bar.

Various Locations

Perry’s opens early on Father’s Day at 11 am with specials for Pop that include a 22-ounce bone-in smoked strip steak for $59 and their pork chop three-course dinner consisting of soup or salad, the chop, and the dessert trio (a sampling of seasonal cheesecake, lemon meringue square and chocolate crunch). Brunch cocktails for $9 are also available, including a brandy milk punch and the ubiquitous bloody mary and mimosas.

1303 Legacy Drive (Frisco)

An above-average old-style steakhouse with dark interiors and linen tablecloths, III Forks offers perfectly prepared 42-day dry-aged steaks and Durham Ranch wagyu. Flex with a $225 tomahawk ribeye, or go for the Father’s Day special: a $29 boneless rib-eye served with whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, off-the-cob cream corn, ripe tomatoes and spring onions. Their crab cake is solid as well, and the house salad (toasted pecans, blue cheese, Granny Smith apples, maple pecan vinaigrette) is always a perfect complement to the protein-heavy meal. Don’t forget the Garrison Brothers Old-Fashioned; if it’s not the official Dad Cocktail, it should be.

13050 Bee St. (Farmers Branch)

click to enlarge Show dad how you grew up to learn where to find the best fried chicken in the city.  - HANK VAUGHN

Show dad how you grew up to learn where to find the best fried chicken in the city.

Hank Vaughn

Who wouldn’t love a nice plate of Southern-inspired field-to-table comfort food served by chef Tiffany Derry? There’s the famous duck-fat fried chicken that serves a family of four or one really hungry dad, of course, but don’t overlook the jerk lamb chops or sous vide short ribs either. Start with an order of cornbread and finish everything off with a delicious slice of orange juice cake, of course.

6006 Belt Line Road (North Dallas)

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Mixed grill at Selda Mediterranean

angie quebedeaux

After a day of allowing Dad to relax, top it off by treating him to a fantastic meal at Selda Mediterranean Grill. Start with one of their dips, such as hummus, saksuka or spicy ezme served with their freshly made homemade pitas. The mixed grill ($55) is large enough for up to four people and offers you a bit of everything, including urfa (chargrilled ground beef), chicken, meatball, beef kebab and chicken adana. The portions are generous and the meats are seasoned well, juicy and flavorful. The dish is served with rice, vegetables and a bean salad. If you have room for dessert, the kunefe should not be missed. Just make sure you order it the same time as your meal because it takes about 20 minutes to make it. And if Dad happens to be a hookah connoisseur, they have about 20 different flavors.

6007 Legacy Drive (Plan)

click to enlarge The Father's Day spread at Bulla comes with a special gift for dads.  - BULLA GASTROBAR

The Father’s Day spread at Bulla comes with a special gift for dads.

Bulla Gastrobar

If you’re aiming to be Dad’s favorite, a trip to Bulla Gastrobar will have you well on your way. Located in Plano’s bustling Legacy West, Bulla is known for their authentic Spanish fare, specialty cocktails and fun atmosphere. Start your meal with a chef’s board of cured meats and cheese followed by an assortment of tapas, including albondigas (meatballs), sautéed garlic shrimp or pintxos (grilled meat skewers) to share. You can never go wrong with one of their many varieties (chicken, steak, seafood or mixed) of paella, which are large enough to share and range from $25 to $39.50. For dessert, Dad will love the torrija, a caramelized brioche topped with honey and served with mascarpone ice cream. On Father’s Day, Bulla is giving all dads $20 bounce-back coupons for their next visit, and they’ll receive a box of chocolate clusters.

8687 N. Central Expressway (North Park Center)

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Lamb spiendini at Terra

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If your dad loves meat and an open flame, then Terra is a great choice. It’s located on the third-floor rooftop of Eataly, where chefs cook seasonal ingredients over wood-burning flames, allowing the simple flavors to shine. Their assortment of spiedini’s (grilled and skewered meats and veggies) are a great way to start your meal. Choices include quail, mushroom, sausage or lamb skewers. Dad will surely enjoy the Tagliata di Manzo, which is a Rosewood Ranch wagyu steak served with fingerling potatoes and rosemary. For something unique, hit the gelato cart — just this once let Dad load up on all the toppings he wants.

8024 Spring Valley Road, Suite 8024

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Cool dads love vegan fare, like these “shrimp” tacos at Nuno’s.

Anisha Hello

Nuno Arias Jr. opened this spot with his own father in mind. “I saw the health effects that being vegan had on my ill father,” Nuno says, and now he too is a full-fledged vegan and father of three. Five days a week, this hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex eatery serves some mean vegan Mexican food. Go for the fishless tacos, a popular dish stuffed with grilled vegan “fish” and spices. Or perhaps you’ll find a safer option in the ‘Krunchwrap,’ an original take on the Taco Bell favorite. Wash it all down with one of Nuno’s creamy milkshakes, made with oat milk soft serve.

4200 Legacy Drive (Flat)

click to enlarge Handel's Homemade Ice Cream is a father-son operation.  - ANISHA HOLLA

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is a father-son operation.

Anisha Hello

It’s hard to find a father who would say no to a cold post-meal treat. Open seven days a week, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream in Plano is a father-and-son-owned ice cream parlor that makes all of its ice creams in-house. It has more than 40 different flavors on the menu, so you might find yourself sweating about which one to choose. Don’t worry, though, samples are available. Try the blueberry cobbler, a fan-favorite flavor made of vanilla ice cream laced with a blueberry ripple with sugar cookie crumbs adding a nice crunch to each lick.

Is Dad more of a bottle-of-wine-at-the-house guy? We’ve got that covered too. Here are recommendations from Jeff Seigel, our local wine curmudgeon.

About $20 (available at Total Wine)

Carol Shelton is one of the world’s best zinfandel winemakers, and this California red shows why.
The vines are more than 60 years old, which gives it a dark, almost savory flavor (in addition
the brambly berries). Perfect for barbecues.

About $10 (available at Central Market)

This Spanish pink is always top-notch, and the current vintage is even better than that. It has an almost orange aroma, with subtle, barely ripe berry fruit, and a stony finish that seems to go on forever. Sit on the
porch and toast Dad.

About $12 (available at Central Market)

This French white blend is reliable – at a fair price and always well made. It’s fresh, with lots of citrus, and some minerality on the back. Just the thing if Dad prefers white wine.

Chris Wolfgang, Angie Quebedueax, Hank Vaughn, Anisha Holla and Jeff Seigel contributed to this article.


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