June 13, 2012
It’s that time of year to bring out the catcher’s mitts and tackle boxes as we spend time with and give thanks to Dad this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.
Whether you’re able to enjoy a few cold ones with good old dad in the backyard or are sending warm wishes his way, we’ve got a selection of gifts and treats to make this day an extra bit special for the guy who carried you on his shoulders like a champ and taught you all about parallel parking and three-point turns (unless that was your creepy driving instructor, then disregard).
Peep our picks for delicious bites, barbecue necessities and gifts that don’t include the words “tie” or “handmade ashtray.” And have a Happy Father’s Day, dads!
• DiBruno Bros.: Ditch the striped tie and head to the gourmet meat and cheese shop that offers a heaping display of specialty items for the grill king and culinary chief of the family. Shop cured artisanal salames from Olli Saluermeria (buy three and get a free hat), Russ and Frank’s award-winning BBQ sauces and not-your-ordinary-convenient-
• Studio Christensen: The Rittenhouse design studio and furniture showroom has an interesting array of edgy, urban chic gifts for every hip and trendy dad. We’re loving the leather Peter Pan iPhone book dock, argyle coasters and fun mix of clocks to add to the office desk offered at price points for every budget.
• Art In The Age: The Old City shop and liquor provider lists its picks for Father’s Day gifts appropriate for the stylish and spirited handy man. Custom Root liquor mason jars, handcrafted wallets, turquoise pocket knives and striped pocket squares will certainly make dad the coolest pops on the block. And of course, there’s always a bottle of Root, Snap or Rhuby because who doesn’t appreciate a pouring of something tasty and alcoholic?
• Village Whiskey: What papa doesn’t enjoy a healthy dose of bourbon and burgers? Whether you’re in Philadelphia or Atlantic City, Jose Garces’ Village Whiskey brilliantly pairs the two faves all day with a special Father’s Day indulgence. Toast dear ‘ol dad with a pour of Garces’ signature Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon and a classic Village Burger for $20. Add specialty toppings and sides of duck fat fries (scrumptious!) to compete the celebrations.
• Lemon Hill: The Fairmount resto and watering hole serves a feast of a brunch for the man of the house (and the rest of the household) with Mike’s Irish Farmhouse plate. Serving three eggs, house cured Irish bacon, Boudin Blanc and Noir (white sausage and dark-hued blood sausage), bubble and squeak (a traditional English dish made with shallow-fried veggies) and toast tops off the hearty helping at just $14.
• John & Kira’s: Cure dad’s sweet tooth with John & Kira’s Fig Tower, a whiskey infused explosion of silky dark chocolate-covered sweet Spanish figs paired with a box of the chocolatier’s 15 piece Every Flavor signature chocolates. Order online by Sunday and get 10% off your drunken chocolate purchase by using code DAD10 at checkout.
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• Del Frisco’s: Show dad he’s the boss with a manly and meaty dinner at Del Frisco’s. The Double Eagle steakhouse serves a month-long beef and bourbon special offering their popular 16oz Bone-in Filet and 20oz Prime Ribeye paired with pours of Woodford Reserve. And just for Father’s Day weekend (June 15-17), receive a side of their specialty bourbon sauce for steak dipping on the house.
• Commonwealth Proper: The Rittenhouse custom menswear shop offers sartorial threads for your one-of-a-kind dad to keep him looking dapper wherever he’s being celebrated. The men-only style showroom provides “A Proper” Father’s Day gift package with old world aesthetics and complimentary whiskey adorned with a choice of tie or pocket square, salvaged brass collar stays and a custom shirt for a very Mad Men-esque experience.
• Kembrel: With boutique locations in Rittenhouse and Midtown Village, Kembrel lists their top picks for Father’s Day gifting needs. They’ve got you covered from laptop cases to beer making books and watches, and they throw a bonus your way with 20% off purchases made online with coupon code FDP_26J at checkout.
• The Academy of Natural Sciences: Spend the day exploring fossils, dinosaur bones and dioramas with your padre as The Academy of Natural Sciences treat dads for free (no proof of being a dad necessary, but it probably helps to have some kids in tow), and they sweeten the deal with free cookies for pops at the Academy cafe.
• Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates: We’re swooning over the special Father’s Day collection chocolates at the Midtown Village shop. From 9 to 32 piece boxes displaying cool graphics of mustaches, ties and “I <3 DAD”, the bite size sweets combine handsome flavors of cognac and chestnut as well as crispy hazelnut and milk chocolate ranging between $17.95 and $49.95.
• Gary Papa Run: Festivities for the 10th annual Gary Papa Run Father’s Day 5K run and 1 mile walk benefiting the research and awareness of prostate cancer begins at 7 a.m. with teams and individual runners meeting at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While team registrations are no longer open, individuals may still register and support this great event until Thursday, June 14.
• Rescue Rittenhouse Spa: Instead of over analyzing the perfect gift or dinner for pops, why not treat him to a day away from all the family fuss and send him to Rescue Rittenhouse Spa for a relaxing rubdown (sans the John Travolta funny business) or stock him up on wash, shave and scrubs kits to indulge in everyday luxe grooming.
• The Art of Shaving: Whether you send him solo or join, gifting dad a professional shave at The Art of Shaving is a fun way to unwind with the men at the parlor. Check-out their grooming gadgets and sets, and enjoy 20% off of razors with your purchases.
• R2L: Daniel Stern’s 37th floor resto at Two Liberty Place serves a spectacular view along with their king for a day, three course prime rib dinner special. The $65 prix-fixe plates R2L’s chopped salad; prime rib with peppercorn jus, potato skins, asparagus; chocolate macaroon burger with a bourbon malted milk shake and and choice of portillo cabernet sauvignon or gentleman jack bourbon. If dad prefers brunch, R2L is also serving a brunch special at $45, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• City Food Tours: The Philadelphia City Food Tours is offering five great excuses to get outside, explore local dishes and bond with dad this Father’s Day weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, they’re providing a craft beer & artisanal cheese tasting in Old City, a taste of Northern Liberties tour, their original flavors of Philly tour highlighting the popular bites our city is known for as well as architecture/landmarks and a three hour decadent gourmet tasting of Reading Terminal Market. All tours are approximately two to three hours and cost $35-$49 per person. Purchase gift certificates and tours by Friday, June 15, and receive 15% off with code DAD15P at checkout.