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Weekend Cheat Sheet: June 2014

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Treat Dad to a fun, food-and-foam-filled weekend in the Crescent City!

superiorseafood1Friday

Lunch at: Challenge Dad to an eating contest at Superior Seafood for a late, languorous lunch slurping 50-cent “ersters” and $3 draft beers from 4 to 6 pm. Situated in a prime, people-watching position on the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues, you can enjoy the afternoon while watching the streetcar rumble by and sampling traditional New Orleans favorites — like shrimp and grits in a tasso cream sauce, blackened fish Napoleon topped with crawfish etouffée and bread pudding smothered in a vanilla-bean caramel sauce. 4338 St. Charles Ave., (504) 293-3474, superiorseafoodnola.com

Guzzle at: Settle in for a mug of frothy brew at the Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall. Mirroring a German “Biergarten,” Aline offers a comfortable, outdoor area to kick back and partake in a selection of over 75 different beers from all over the world. Don’t worry — if you over-imbibe, there’s a cab stand across the street in front of Touro Hospital, and it’s only a staggering skip to the St. Charles streetcar less than a block away. 1517 Aline St., (504) 891-5774, facebook.com/alinestreetbeergarden

Appreciate smoky jazz at: A haven for cigar-lovers and jazz aficionados, Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar has been offering “fine wine, rare spirits, great smokes and jazz” on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Joseph streets for almost 20 years. Requiring no cover charge, the club invites you to appreciate a premium stogie while listening to local musicians, like the Joe Krown Trio, guitarist John Fohl, singer Leah Rucker and more. If it gets late and you get the munchies, Dos Jefes is also a frequent hangout for Taceaux Loceaux, one of the finest food trucks in town, serving up brisket or barbecue-pork soft tacos and its famous avocado fries to late-night visitors. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-8500, dosjefes.com

Saturday

Revive at: Experience a higher standard of coffee at Cherry Coffee, a small stand located in the corner of Stein’s Market & Deli. Wake up to what you never imagined possible when you indulge in a cappuccino from veteran barista Lauren Fink, who’s passionate about providing a perfect cuppa joe. Offering a weekly rotating menu of roasters, Fink’s purpose is to offer New Orleanians the ultimate in caffeinated experiences through quality beans and skillful brewing techniques. While you’re there, you can treat Dad to what is considered by many to be one of the finest delicatessens in the city. Philadelphia native Dan Stein opened his shop in 2007, and it has become the go-to spot for locals craving dishes that are … well … not local — like corned-beef Reubens, Davidovich Bakery bagels (fresh from New York City) and matzo ball soup. 2207 Magazine St., (985) 250-0466, facebook.com/cherrycoffee.nola

Spoil for a shave at: Your father may not admit that he appreciates a good pampering, but he’ll love getting the shave of a lifetime when you treat him to an afternoon at Magazine St. Barber Shop. Emulating the environment of a traditional men’s barbershop — down to its vintage chairs and seasoned barbers — this cordial, masculine establishment offers haircuts, hot-towel shaves and precision beard trims, providing an experience your dad will never forget (and one he’ll likely want to repeat). 4224 Magazine St., (504) 267-7823, magazinestbarbershop.com

Dine at: What says, “I appreciate you, Dad!” better than a huge, juicy steak? Settled into its new location on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Warehouse District, La Boca is famed local chef and restaurateur Adolfo Garcia’s interpretation of an Argentinian steakhouse. Start out with grilled chicken empanadas or morcilla (housemade blood sausage), and then dive right into the main attraction. It’ll be difficult to choose between the 24-ounce “Cowboy-Cut” ribeye and the 20-ounce Angus T-bone, but surely Dad will find a way. 870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205, labocasteaks.com
Sunday

Brunch at: Keep it comfortable and casual at Katie’s Restaurant and Bar in Mid-City. Your father will be pleased to leave his suit and tie at home and don a pair of shorts instead for a relaxed, home-cooked brunch at this popular neighborhood gem, located on the corner of Iberville and North Telemachus streets. Start the meal with plenty of French Market chicory coffee or brandy milk punch (or both), and feast on dishes like the crabmeat frittata, eggs cochon, sausage beignets, pain perdu or Katie’s Famous Grillades and Grits, made with tender veal in a tomato-based sauce. 3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582, katiesinmidcity.com

Tee off at: A full-service driving range with 74 range stalls and two grass-hitting areas, plus four sets of tees ranging in length from almost 5,740 yards at the tips to just about 4,300 yards from the gold tees, City Park Golf Course offers a fun and challenging round for all levels — whether Dad is a curious novice or a practiced pro. Like everything else in New Orleans, the golf course has a long history (it was originally designed by avid golfer John Tobin in 1902, and consisted of only one course and nine holes at the time). The historic, oak-filled course now offers 18 holes, and a championship-level course is in the works as part of the City Park Master Plan for 2018. 1051 Filmore Ave., (504) 483-9410, cityparkgolf.com
Grub at: Get your burger fix at a new spot that’s simultaneously a blast from the past and a taste of the future at Atomic Burger on Veterans Avenue in Metairie. Aspiring to “put the food back in fast food,” brothers Joe and Nick Spitale launched The Jetsons-like, ’50s-style burger joint late last year in an effort to offer a higher standard of drive-through options in an area flooded with Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s franchises. Choose from a simple menu of fresh-ground beef burgers with additions like bacon-onion jam, grilled mushrooms, roasted poblano peppers, and American or Swiss cheese. Likely the most far-out features of Atomic Burger are its signature Atomic Freeze milkshakes, which are made by whirring -321F nitrogen into delicious liquid flavors (like apple pie, salted caramel, wedding cake, cookies ’n’ cream and Nutella with marshmallow). 3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 309-7474, theatomicburger.com