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Weekend Cheat Sheet: June 2015

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Spend a whole weekend celebrating your fantastic father! You know he’d do it for you.

Friday

NOLCIBOEDITLunch At: There’s nothing quite like an authentic, Italian deli sandwich — something that seems to have been practically non-existent in New Orleans. That is, until Cibo opened up in the Riverbend. Located in the space that once housed Maurice French Pastries (among other things), Cibo offers classic Italian sandwiches like meatball Parmigiana with melted mozzarella; roast pork with cheese fondue and broccoli rabe; and, one of my favorites, an imports combo with prosciutto, soppressata, capicola and fresh mozzarella. All sandwiches are served with a tangy pasta salad, but you won’t be completely satisfied until you try one of the incredible cannoli. 1114 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 592-7797

Relax At: Take dad to experience the shave of a lifetime at Modern Men Barber Shop, located just a hop, skip and a jump from the Starbucks on Maple Street. The men’s salon, co-owned by experienced barbers Sherie Williams and Paula Niven, is fairly new to the neighborhood. Offerings include everything from haircuts to waxing for men of all ages. Let the duo trim your father’s wily mustache and beard, or treat him to a complete hot facial shave (complete with face cleansing, aromatic hot towels, a massage and a smooth, clean shave). Modern Men also offers a complimentary beverage with every service! 7701 Hampson St., (504) 309-7103, modernmenbarbershop.com

Quaff At: Open for almost 40 years, Cooter Brown’s Tavern has long been a popular sports bar and restaurant in the Riverbend (where South Carrollton Avenue ends, or begins, depending on how you look at it). The big draw to Cooter Brown’s — aside from fresh-shucked oysters, crawfish boils and 20 flat-screen TVs — is the mammoth beer selection, which features more than 400 domestic and imported brews. To top it off, Cooter’s recently expanded to include The Snooty Cooter, which is a craft-beer bar with more than 40 unique draughts on tap. 509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104, cooterbrowns.com

Saturday

Revive At: So much more than a gelateria, Angelo Brocato Italian Ice Cream and Pastry in Mid-City has been luring New Orleanians for 110 years. Spend the morning basking in the Brocato family’s aromatic bakery, sipping on a frothy cappuccino made from Italian espresso. Or, try one of our city’s signature drinks — a café au lait brewed with beans from local roaster Try-Me Coffee Mills. Your morning java will only get better when dunked with an anise iced biscotti or while munching an order of crisp, handmade cannoli or a flaky, custard-filled Napoleon. 214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078, angelobrocatoicecream.com

Tee Off At: With 1,300 acres, New Orleans City Park is the sixth largest (and likely the oldest) park in the country. Where else would you find a fantastic golf course? Open to all golfers, from professional to amateur, City Park Golf offers a challenging and fun round. Plus, the park’s new practice center features a full-service driving range with 74 stalls and 2 grass hitting areas. But, if Dad is seeking something a bit more laid back, there’s always City Putt — a brand new 36-hole mini-golf complex with two locally themed courses to enjoy! 1051 Filmore Ave., (504) 483-9410, cityparkgolf.com

Kick Back At: Inspired by family picnics and backyard cookouts, owner Jason Tournillon recently opened The Backyard in Lakeview. Encouraging folks to “get together,” The Backyard offers a simple menu of classic picnic fare (kicked up a notch or two), with items like Muffuletta deviled eggs, smoked chicken wings rolled in a Crystal Hot Sauce reduction, potato salad with fried Chisesi ham, Sloppy Joes and hot dogs made from 100 percent Black Angus beef that has been spiral-cut and char-grilled. The Backyard also features, well, a backyard with picnic benches, lots of freshly cut lawn space and even a playground for kids. 244 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 309-8767, thebackyardnola.com

Sunday

Breakfast At: What could be more laid back than breakfast at your favorite neighborhood restaurant? Located in the university area near South Carrollton Avenue, Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe has been serving breakfast and lunch for almost 20 years to the many students of Tulane and Loyola universities, not to mention the rest of the Riverbend’s denizens. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Panola Street Cafe offers simple dishes like eggs and bacon, Huevos Rancheros, an array of three-egg omelets, pancakes and Belgian waffles, and five different versions of Eggs Benedict. 7801 Panola St., (504) 314-1810, panolastreetcafe.com

Catch a Fly Ball At: Take dad out to the ballgame at Zephyr Field (aka “the Shrine on Airline”). Fill up on peanuts and Cracker Jack, not to mention a few brews, and watch the New Orleans Zephyrs take on the Nashville Sounds or the Omaha Storm Chasers in one of the city’s finest sports arenas. Enjoy the game, and “root, root, root for the home team” — all while sporting a replica home jersey, a batting-practice hat or both! 600 Airline Hwy., facebook.com/zephyrsbaseball

Score a Frank At: Because nothing gets you in the mood for hot dogs like baseball, head on over to Dat Dog located on Freret Street, one of the city’s blossoming food corridors. Choose from a variety of franks like beef, pork, Italian, turducken, duck sausage, crawfish sausage, alligator sausage, Slovenian sausage and much, much more. Pair your dog with cheddar bacon ranch fries and a Mexican Coke float; sit outside under the stars; and thank your lucky dogs that you’re not eating the franks at the ballpark. 5030 Freret St., (504) 899-6883, datdognola.com