Where to Feed Dad this Father's Day

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Restaurant recommendations from MnMo food critics Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers.

Jason’s Picks

Everyone goes nuts for Mother’s Day brunch, but Dad wants to be taken out too! At least this dad does! Will someone please take me out?

  • Monte Carlo: Relationships with dads are all about tradition, and the Monte Carlo has been there since 1906. Order the incredible dry-rubbed chicken wings, get a Monte Manhattan or an Old Fashioned from the copper-topped bar, and share the story of how dad accidentally dropped his first-born. Twice. (North Loop)
  • The Butcher & The Boar: Doesn’t this place just smell like dad? A hint of smoked wood, a touch of sweet bourbon, and a whole lot of meat. The pork chop is legendary, the sausages are decadent, but don’t overlook the beer garden for a casual afternoon talking about the Twins. (Downtown Minneapolis)

The Butcher and the Boar, sausages
The Butcher and the Boar. Photo by TJ Turner

Joy’s Picks

All those hardworking dads out there deserve something better than a tie or an electric razor. These are the spots where I love to treat my guy, who’s the hardest-working dad outside of show business. 

  • The French Hen: This darling little St. Paul brunch spot turns out a killer biscuits and gravy (my husband’s fave); followed by a stroll through the neighborhood, it’s our idea of heaven. (Cathedral Hill)
  • Joan’s in the Park: This is another unassuming little neighborhood restaurant, but the steaks here are unbelievable. The menu serves classic fare fit for a modern palate. Plus, the patio is a secret haven in the city. (Shh! Don’t tell.) (Highland Park)

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