Father’s Day is HERE!!! On Sunday, June 19 – treat your Dad well…here are some dining suggestions.

Show your Dad some amore on Father’s Day the way the Italians do it: with family and good food. At Pasadena’s Celestino Ristorante, he can enjoy the fruits of generations of family recipes and local, seasonal ingredients as Executive Chef Calogero Drago prepares traditional Italian cuisine in an elegant, intimate setting. Start with a sumptuous order of Zuppetta di Cozze e Vongole Pepate, mussels and clams in a delicate tomato broth with black pepper before moving on to the pasta course: Pappardelle con Fagiano e Morelle, a gamey, sophisticated fettuccine dish with pheasant and morel mushrooms. Dad can sink his teeth into a Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a Florentine-style T-bone steak, Ossobuco alla Milanese, a veal shank served with saffron risotto, or the decadent Coniglio al Forno con Salsa di Olive Nere, a tender roast rabbit with a black olive sauce. Pair it with a robust red like a 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Badiolo or a 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione or go straight for a Manhattan and raise a toast to il padre. Celestino Ristorante will be open for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm; 141 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.795.4006; http://www.CelestinoPasadena.com

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CELESTINO by Moretti Photo                  

Start out Father’s Day right by taking Dad to Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen in Hollywood, where he can get his Brunch on in style. Satisfy his sweet tooth with a sumptuous stack of Sweet Potato Pancakes, served with yogurt spuma, dates and a strawberry maple syrup sauce, or his savory side with some tasty Tocino, cured pork belly topped with a coddled egg on chickpea hash. If Dad is looking for something a bit heartier, he should order up the Angus Brisket Sandwich with caramelized onions, chimichirri, potato and chayote slaw on a cemita bun. A spicy Demi-Mary will add a kick to his morning with organic tomato juice, soju, horseradish and a blend of herbs and spices, while a refreshing Adult Spiced Latte, made with cardamaro, cinnamon syrup, nitro cold brew, cream and organic cinnamon is sure to brighten his day. These dishes will pair perfectly with a Saint Archer Blonde Ale, a Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin or a Bootleggers Old World Hefeweizen. And did we mention that Dads dining at Demitasse will also receive a Complimentary Beer with brunch on Father’s Day, while Half-Priced Coffee Beans will ensure that his buzz lasts well into the week. Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen will be open for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2016 from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight; 1542 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028; 323.498.5155; http://www.CafeDemitasse.com

What could be more Dad-appropriate than a delicious burger? Let Dad feel like the Original Grill Master by taking him to HACHÉ LA this Father’s Day. Dad can have the best of both worlds with their Burger Brunch, where, you guessed it; an egg and bacon can be added to each and every burger! Dad can get a kick out of the Habanero Brunch Burger with four chile mix, garlic mayo, queso fresco, bacon and egg, or he can throwback with the Roaring Forties Brunch Burger with Portobello, blue cheese, caramelized onions, mustard, bacon and egg. Take Dad on a Greek vacation you did not have to pay for with the Mediterranean Brunch Burger with spicy hummus, roasted red peppers, feta, bacon and egg or order up the signature Karma Brunch Burger. The options are limitless, and the Mimosas are Bottomless for only $20.00. Make sure to leave Dad wanting more with any of HACHÉ LA’s Craft Beers and finish off his amazing meal with one of their signature Frozen Custards! And get ready for the Father’s Day Special where for just $13.00, you can thank your Dad for a lifetime of burnt burgers with a kick-ass Karma Burger Combo. He will be in heaven when he bites into the juicy 100% ground Angus Sirloin Karma Burger, topped with creamy Karma sauce and American cheese, served with crisp lettuce, tomatoes and onions on a soft, cracked wheat bun. A burger, a side of Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers’s Triple-Cooked Fries and a tall, cool glass of Mama’s Little Yella Pils – it is the perfect way to show some gratitude to Dad. HACHÉ LA will be open for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2016 from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm; 3319 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323.928.2963; http://www.HacheLA.com

Karma Burger at HACHÉ LA, photo by acuna-hansen

Time to take Dad on a Japanese adventure to honor him this Father’s Day by making your reservation at Osawa in Old Town Pasadena. For Dads who enjoy the “do-it-yourself,” have him order the Shabu Shabu, where he can cook a delicious dinner with proteins ranging from tender Rib Eye served with tofu, Napa cabbage and Udon noodles to tasty Tonkotsu Silver Pork, sliced thin and accompanied by tofu, Napa cabbage and Ramen noodles or the Wagyu Beef from Saga. Also, do not miss out on fresh seafood selections and enjoy Sashimi of Tuna, Yellowtail, Octopus, Salmon, or the fresh catch of the day. The treat of the evening will be Osawa’s Father’s Day Surf & Turf featuring pan-fried Maine lobster and a 10-ounce prime New York steak with wasabi mashed potatoes and onion ring tempura. If Dad is looking for something to wash that down with, he will delight in the Free Draft Beer all fathers will receive on that day. You could also treat Dad to a bottle of Cold or Hot Sake, share an ice-cold pitcher of Asahi Draft Beer or sip on a glass of vibrant Iced Green Tea. Osawa will be open for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2016 for Lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for Dinner from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm; 77 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.683.1150; http://www.TheOsawa.com

Spice up an ordinary Brunch with extraordinary Mexican flavors at Playa Vista’s SOL Cocina this Father’s Day. Dads will love SOL’s classic Chilaquiles Verdes, a tongue-tingling mélange of corn tortillas, tomatillo salsa and queso fresco topped with scrambled Huevos Mexicanos, crema, coxita cheese and onions and the Mahaca Wrap Ahogado, containing a manly portion of shredded beef cooked with ancho chile, onion, cumin and oregano, Huevos Mexicanos, cheese and refried beans, drenched in guajillo chile salsa and topped with pico de gallo and avocado. Dad’s appetite will be no match for the Breakfast Burrito, a Sonoran-style large flour tortilla filled with Huevos Mexicanos, cheese and refried black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos and onion or the Huevos Rancheros with three fried eggs over easy, on corn tortillas with refried black beans, topped with fresh tomato salsa ranchera, roasted poblano chiles, cheese and avocado. He can wash it down with a Michelada or sip on some Don Julio while he soaks up the Playa sun. Dad wants to sleep in and miss out on the brunch action? Not a problem at all when you have a Father’s Day Dinner fit for a king! Start him off with the Grilled Sweet Corn, a whole corn on the cob that is roasted and grilled, served buttered, with chipotle salsa, cotixa cheese, ground ancho chile and lime, cut tableside. Get right into the main event with the Carnitas Street Taco Plate with slow roasted and shredded pork, topped with chicharrones, diced avocado, onions, cilantro and raw tomatillo salsa. Order up the Taco Vampiro, a double tortilla with melted cheese, Serrano chiles and scallions, stuffed with carne asada, guacamole and pico de gallo topped with cotixa cheese, chipotle aioli and cilantro or the heartier Chipotle Garlic Ribeye Steak with grilled corn and potatoes and jalapeno toreados, creamy green chile cheese sauce! If he is torn between beer and a margarita, he can have both: The Frozen Beer tops off a frozen signature house margarita with ice-cold Tecate, while the Bulldog combines Agayales Blanco tequila with fresh lime, grapefruit soda with an upturned bottle of Coronita for a Dad-sized beverage that’s as fun as it is refreshing. SOL Cocina Playa Vista will be open for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2016, from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm; 12775 West Millennium Drive, #160, Playa Vista, CA 90094; 424.289.0066; http://www.SOLCocina.com

The Raymond 1886 will be celebrating Dads from day to night with a special Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday morning and a $50.00 Three-Course Dinner in the evening. Treat your Dad to a Brunch on The Raymond’s intimate outdoor patio, where he can have creative reign over his own Omelette masterpiece with fillings like corned beef hash, shrimp and bacon, or lay siege to a Breakfast Burrito, filled with perfectly rendered pork belly, eggs, bell pepper, onion and cheddar cheese and smothered in house enchilada sauce. Griddle Cakes with pecans, bananas, honey butter and maple syrup will give him a sweet start to his Sunday, while savory Cheddar & Herb Cakes, layered with ham, cheddar, white mushrooms and a poached egg will add a touch of luxury to the most important meal of his day. Of course, no brunch is complete without booze, and 1886 Bar’s master mixologists take mid-morning cocktails to new levels. You cannot go wrong with a seasonally-infused Bloody Mary or Michelada, but a classic Ramos Fizz, made with gin, fresh citrus, cream, egg white and orange flower water will take Dad straight back to the good old days. As night falls, Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan will present an exquisite three-course Father’s Day Feast, sure to please the patriarch in your family. Cap it off with a Complimentary Old Fashioned or Manhattan, and this is one dinner Dad is certain to remember. The Raymond 1886 will be open for Father’s Day Sunday, June 19th, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm for brunch and 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for dinner; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; http://www.TheRaymond.com