Father’s Day Dining: Enjoy a Feast with Your Dad

By: Toni Cunningham | June 10, 2013
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Since it’s his special day, you might want to consider a restaurant that has… let’s say “heartier” choices on the menu, as opposed to lighter fare. This is the time for a medium-rare prime rib or buttery crab leg dinner on your dime, people!

This Father’s Day, take your dad out to a meal fit for a king at any of the following Metro Detroit restaurants:

Karl’s Cabin, 6005 Gotfredson Rd., Plymouth, doesn’t waste any time getting to the good stuff. Crab Cakes and Smoked Trout or Wild Mushrooms & Steak are two choices that will start your meal off right. Main courses include a plethora of char-grilled meats, like Natural Ribeye, NY Strip Steak, Filet Mignon and more. Pan Walleye and Newport Scallops round out the seafood options, and with all of these delicious options, your dad will surely leave happy and with a full stomach.

Texas de Brazil, 1000 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is the steakhouse for hearty appetites—and carnivorous ones at that. All cuts of meat are seasoned and slow roasted to perfection over an open flame. Your choices include beef, pork, lamb, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Dad can round off his meal with a healthy side salad, and not-so-healthy-but-oh-so-good sides including garlic mashed potatoes, fried bananas, cheese bread and various sauces.

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Gandy Dancer, 401 Depot St., Ann Arbor, should be in consideration if your dad prefers surf to turf. Their vast seafood menu includes Coldwater Lobster Tail, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Crab Stuffed Shrimp. If he has a tough time deciding between entrees, your dad might enjoy the Ultimate Seafood Mixed Trio, which consists of grilled salmon, crab cakes and coconut macadamia shrimp. There are a few other beef options, but this place is serious about the seafood.

Cameron’s Steakhouse, 115 Willits St., Birmingham, offers several Signature Selections your dad will surely enjoy. Entrée choices include Filet Mignon, Bacon Wrapped Twin Filets and Colorado Lamb Chops. You had me at “bacon wrapped.” Chef’s Selections like Filet Oscar (with lump crab, béarnaise and asparagus) and New York Au Poivre (with a pepper crust and cognac peppercorn sauce) are also crowd pleasers.

The Hill Seafood & Chophouse, 123 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, has the best of both worlds when it comes to menu choices. Seafood dishes including Pan Seared Scallops, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Hawaiian Ahi Tuna are balanced out with chophouse items like Roasted Pork Loin “Porchetta” and USDA Prime New York Strip (which is aged for 35 days and seared at 1500 degrees).

If I were you, I would err on the side of caution and make a reservation before your party of eight heads out. Nothing would put a damper on Father’s Day quite like waiting two hours for a table. Call ahead, and have a Happy Father’s Day!