Fathers are one of the most influential people in our lives. He fixes your broken bike and teaches you to ride it. He guides you into young adulthood, facilitating the journey through an introduction to new life experiences. He teaches independence and courage. He is the family’s first responder in emergency situations. So raise a glass to Dad on Father’s Day, and show your appreciation by treating him to an excellent Father’s Day dinner at a top-notch restaurant. Ready for some gastronomic excursions with Dad?
Manny’s Steak House
825 S. Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Men’s Journal describes the 50-oz. Bludgeon of Beef as “part meal, part weapon.” But the rough-looking sides of beef are tender to the cut. Manny’s Steak House gets rave reviews from visitors the world over, as well as native Minnesotans. Some steak flavors are deeply intense, but always pleasing to the palate. Loaded, hash or baked potatoes with a fresh Caesar or a hearts of palm salad round out a robust family meal. There are also plenty of wines and cocktails to select in order to toast to Dad; finish with the Maker’s Mark whiskey bread pudding for a nice, manly dessert for Dad.
1840 Central Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
The ancient Mayan civilization holds many mysteries, but Maya Cuisine in Minneapolis uncovers many Mayan secrets through culinary artistry. Sample rarities such as a 12-inch beef tongue tortilla, with your choice of flavorful toppings from the salsa buffet bar. Enjoy a traditionally prepared Mayan or Mexican plate with generous servings of rice and beans. Portions are hearty and you don’t pay a hefty price for a first-class meal. Plates are meant for generous rounds of servings—don’t hesitate to share.
2851 Central Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
A cozy family eatery, Chimborazo serves up savory traditional dishes from the Andean highlands and the lush regions of Ecuador. Fill your plate with beef or cheese turnovers, cheese-filled potato pancakes and fried fresh plantains. In Latin America and the Caribbean, plantains are a nourishing substitute for potatoes. Vegetables are always fresh and complement generous sides of beef, pork and chicken. Like Maya Cuisine a few blocks away, Chimborazo has something that pleases everyone.
Butcher & The Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
It’s one of the most ultimate dining experiences in comfort food, with touches of the exotic. Butcher & The Boar has beef, pork and lamb charcuteries grilled and roasted to perfection. For a special treat, try the Foie Gras Torchon wrapped in duck pastrami. An alternative to the standard steak dinner are the artisan beef and wild boar sausages in different sizes and smoky flavors. For a full dining experience, pair with skillet cornbread or Texas toast, a lettuce wedge or arugula salad, or sides of potato and vegetables.
301 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Rivaling some of Minnesota’s best steak restaurants, J.D. Hoyt’s is equally acclaimed for its ribs, chicken and seafood. For the vegans among us, this steak and rib dining establishment has tasteful vegetarian selections. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a nice bottle of wine, and you’ll have the makings of a fine evening to show your appreciation to Dad. No reservations are necessary for early dining at J.D. Hoyt’s. Otherwise, book a reservation before customers crowd in after 6 p.m. If planning a special event, reserve space well in advance.
Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.