Portland Father’s Day Guide

Our picks for your Dad’s Day celebrations, from beer and BBQ to bacon at brunch.

By Allison Jones June 15, 2011

The Country Cat’s Adam Sappington helps his son during the Junior Chef competition at Montavilla Farmers’ Market’s opening day.

In the restaurant world, Mothers seem to get all the love—brunches and bouquets abound at every eatery in town—but what about our Dads? So often they’re stuck with grill duty this time of year, burning the hair off their arms while flipping burgers every weekend. This Sunday, let dad leave the grill to the pros. We’ve got plenty of ideas for Fathers’ Day so Dad’s grilling apron can take a break and YOU don’t have to get stuck doing dishes on a Sunday night.

Podnah’s Pit Dry Aged Rib-Eye Steaks
No surprise here: Fathers’ Day is Podnah’s busiest night of the year. This Sunday, snag the Fathers’ Day dinner special: the pit masters will be serving up the best dry aged rib-eyes in the city. If your dad loves a good plate of BBQ, you can’t go wrong here. Rodney Muirhead at the team at Podnah’s will be up at 5 am so you can sleep in and look forward to a delicious dinner. That’s real love.
1625 NE Killingsworth; For more info, call 503-281-3700

The Heathman Restaurant’s Classy Dad’s Dinner 4pm to 9pm
For the dads with pocket squares and refined tastes, this downtown Portland institution has you covered. The Heathman’s Michael Stanton and Phillipe Boulot are serving up a classic Fathers’ Day dinner this Sunday, with smoked pork chops, stuffed veal breast, a “foie gras cappuccino,” and 50% off a bottle of wine (Dad’s choice, naturally). All items are a la carte, so every dad gets what he craves.
1001 SW Broadway; For reservations call 503-790-7752.

Soi 9 Wings on the House for Pops 12 pm – 9:30 pm
Soi 9, the Thai eatery at 1914 W. Burnside, will buy all dads a beer and a plate of Soi 9 wings with the purchase of at least two entrees. Located near Jeld-Wen field, it’s the perfect place to bring dad before the TImbers game Sunday night!
1914 W. Burnside; More info available at 503-894-9153

Wildwood’s No Somm Sunday Supper available 5 pm to 9 pm.
Got a nice bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Break it out this weekend to toast the most important man in your life. Every Sunday at this famed Northwest Portland eatery, wine lovers around town are invited to bring their favorite bottles from home for free. With no corkage fees all night, Wildwood invites you to enjoy dinner with Dad featuring sips you know he’ll love. This Sunday, Chef Dustin Clark will serve up family-style dishes to share with the whole family, so bring a crowd (and a few bottles)!
1221 NW 21st Avenue; Reservations available at 503-248-9663 or online.

Scotch Pairing Dinner at Cocotte
This Northeast Killingsworth French bistro is bringing out the manly booze for Fathers’ Day with a three-course dinner for Dad with Scotch pairings, and a $25 brunch buffet complete with a pint of local beer and a Bloody Mary bar. For dinner, think Cedar-Planked Columbia River King Salmon with sweet corn, fava beans and strawberry radish relish paired with Ardbeg Uigaedail Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Slainte mhath dadaidh!
2930 Northeast Killingsworth St; Reservations available at 503-227-2669.

The Country Cat’s Meaty Brunch Brunch available from 9 to 2
Adam Sappington – everyone’s favorite chef/dad in overalls – and Jackie Sappington – Adam’s pastry-slinging partner in crime – are adding a few Dad’s Day specials to the always-delicious Brunch menu at their Montavilla neighborhood family-friendly restaurant. This Sunday’s treats include New York Steak and Eggs with a bacon-wrapped potato cake and Scrapple Hash with crispy pig ears.
7937 SE Stark St; For reservations, call 503-408-1414.

Booze, a Burger, Sushi, and a Shave at Yakuza 5pm to close
For something completely different, treat Dad to a lather and special menu at this Northeast Izakaya. Dad can choose three dishes plus the drink of his choice then lather up for a straight-edge shave (courtesy of Rooks Barbershop) and a soak in Yakuza’s "secret outdoor hot tub". Childcare is included, all for just $65 (Food and drink only, $35).
5411 NE 30th Ave; RSVP by 5/17 to ensure access to the whole shebang at [email protected]

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