Dad deserves a weekend on the town and we have a few fantastic suggestions of things to do, bubbles to drink and fests befitting an unforgettable Father’s Day.
Lunch at – Let Chef Ben Wicks wow you with po-boys made from quality ingredients and skilled technique at Mahony’s Po Boys on Magazine Street. Using fresh local ingredients, Chef Wicks creates his own versions of classics like Certified Angus “Pot Roast” Beef, Jumbo Grilled Shrimp with Fried Green Tomatoes and Remoulade and the almighty “Peacemaker,” featuring plump, fried oysters, thick-cut bacon and cheddar cheese.
Guzzle at – For the largest collection of craft beers in all of New Orleans, look no further than the Avenue Pub. Located on the corner of Polymnia Street and St. Charles Avenue, this unique pub has long been a hangout for both local and out-of-town beer aficionados looking for the hoppy taste of something different. Owner Polly Watts prides herself on having a wide array of craft beer in bottles and on tap like Evil Twin Mini Growler, Parish Envie Pale Ale, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and much, much more.
Play at – Spend the evening with “Lady Luck” at Harrah’s New Orleans on Poydras Street. Hit the tables for roulette, poker and blackjack or test your fortune at a one-armed bandit. If you’re in the mood for some laughs, check out comedian Anthony Jeselnik, who will be performing all month long or dance the night away at Masquerade, Harrah’s New Orleans’ hot and happening nightclub featuring top DJs from around the country.
Breakfast at – Featured in Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar offers what many consider the city’s best breakfast. Owner Greg Surrey opened the cafe in 2001, offering a quaint little spot for healthy juices and an international array of dishes. Choose from house-made Bagels & Lox, Scrambled Eggs with Salmon, Bananas Foster French Toast and Surrey’s famous Huevos Rancheros.
Tee off at – Shoot for a hole in one at the Audubon Golf Course! Designed by famed golf architect Denis Griffiths, the course features exquisite landscaping, several lagoons and contoured Bermuda fairways. “Golf Digest” voted Audubon the number one course of “Courses Over 100 Years Old” and one of the top public courses in the state of Louisiana. Run by the Audubon Nature Institute, the 4,220-yard layout is set amid hundred-year-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss.
Dine at – What would a man want more than a nice juicy steak? Take Dad to one of the newest steakhouses in town, Desi Vega’s Steakhouse on St. Charles Avenue. The new restaurant replaced Mike’s on the Avenue, but retained Vicky Bailey, its charming hostess. Named for Desi Vega, the partner of Mr. John’s Steakhouse further Uptown, Desi Vega’s Steakhouse offers everything a steak-lover could want, from a tender filet mignon to a well-marbled ribeye.
Revive at – To work off the heavy dinner from the night before, take a walk by the Morning Call Coffee Stand in New Orleans City Park to revive and revitalize. Originally located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, Morning Call has been serving patrons since it was founded by Joseph Jurisich in 1870. Enjoy a rich cup of café au lait with a few beignets while luxuriating in the breezes under the ancient oaks in City Park.
Cheer at – “Root, root, root” for the New Orleans Zephyrs at an afternoon game at Zephyr Field in Metairie on Airline Highway. Enjoy a hot dog while watching the home team, managed by Ron Hassey, slide into what is hoped to be a winning season.
Relax at – One of the hottest burger joints in town, Company Burger is the perfect spot to enjoy a juicy, all-American cheeseburger with hand-cut fries. Chef/Owner Adam Biederman is fiercely proud of his Freret Street restaurant that has become immensely popular, especially with the Tulane and Loyola college students who live nearby. Supplement your burger with a Barq’s or bring on the real deal with a surprisingly wide selection of brews from a NOLA Irish Channel Stout to a Tin Roof Blonde.