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It's not too late! Where to take your dad for Father's Day

The Market Table at Fogo de Chao is tempting, but save room for the main attraction.

The Market Table at Fogo de Chao is tempting, but save room for the main attraction.

Sunday is Father’s Day. (You knew that, right?) If the date somehow slipped your mind, or you just haven’t gotten around to planning for it, we’ve got some food-related ideas you can borrow – and we’ll let you take all the credit. From special menus and prices to special events, there are plenty of choices. Just be sure to make reservations so you and dad aren’t disappointed.

Special Restaurant Deals

Fogo de Chao

This is the place to book a table if your dad is a committed carnivore. Sure, there’s a mile-long salad bar, but let’s not kid ourselves, it’s all about the meat at this Brazilian steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis. The menu is all you can eat, but it will cost you — $50.95 per person for the full churrasco experience (dinner prices apply all day on Father’s Day). But in addition to getting your fill of grilled meats and other goodies, dad will also get a gift card for a complimentary lunch or dinner to use on his next visit.

645 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

612-338-1344

The pizza oven at Chef Shack Bay City is ready for the weekend.

The pizza oven at Chef Shack Bay City is ready for the weekend.

fogodechao.com

Sunday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

Again with the meat. This time it’s all-American barbecue with all the fixings. This Twin Cities favorite has been serving up ribs since 1975. It may not be the newest, trendiest spot in town, but the fact that it still packs people in after more than 40 years means they’ve had time to hone their craft. The ribs are aged at least 48 hours and cooked in a custom pit. Whole slab, half slab, baby back, St. Louis style, you name it, Dad’s meal is half off from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the purchase of another entrée of equal or greater value.

1933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

612-871-8969

www.rudolphsribs.com

Sunday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

On Father’s Day, Oceanaire is offering a special three-course meal for $59. The first course includes options like the chopped house salad, and a beefsteak tomato and mozzarella salad. For the main course, dad can choose from signature dishes like single cut filet and seared sea scallops, served with a choice of side dish. Dessert is key lime pie, cheesecake, or baked Alaska. You can call the decor classic or just old-fashioned, but there’s no arguing that the restaurant is a perennially popular choice for celebrating special occasions.

50 S. 6th St., Minneapolis

612-333-2277

www.theoceanaire.com

Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Food-related Festivities

A slab of ribs is waiting for you at Rudolphs.

A slab of ribs is waiting for you at Rudolphs.

Chef Shack Bay City

Sure, you can track down the Chef Shack food truck around town, or eat at their Minneapolis brick-and-mortar outpost. But this weekend, head to Bay City, just across the river from Red Wing, to visit the newest Chef Shack location and eat some chef-made pizza cooked outdoors. Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer welcome chef Christian de Matteo, recently of New York restaurant Harry Cipriani, and newly relocated to Minnesota.

W6379 Main St., Bay City

715-594-3060

chefshackranch.com

Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Running Aces Casino and Racetrack

They'll be grilling up a whole hog on Father's Day at Create Catering.

They'll be grilling up a whole hog on Father's Day at Create Catering.

Turn the holiday into a weekend-long celebration with a series of events during the Summit Father’s Day Weekend at Running Aces in Columbus. On Friday from 6-8 p.m., sample four Summit beers paired with a special menu that includes loaded tots with Eichtens two-year Cheddar, Nueske’s bacon, chives, and bacon ketchup; and grilled chili lime shrimp with tomato watermelon gazpacho, cucumbers, spring pea shoots, and black sesame seeds. On Saturday and Sunday, the fun includes harness racing, with Summit beer specials all night, and a trout air fishing experience with pond-to-plate dining (you catch them, the folks at Running Aces clean ‘em and cook ‘em for you) from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. both days.

15201 Zurich Ave., Columbus

651-925-4600

www.runaces.com

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, call for timing for specific events