Father’s Day is on June 18th this year (2017)—are you prepared to make it memorable? If so, remove that weed eater from your online shopping cart, and lead Dad on a tummy-tastic adventure through any or all of these world-class restaurants in Central Florida.
The Crooked Spoon Gastropub (Clermont, FL)
This Clermont staple has got craft beers, pub food, and the word “gas” in its name—what father could resist that? If the thought of eating a five-star-quality, full-flavored burger makes your pop drool, The Crooked Spoon is the place to spend your Father’s Day afternoon.
Every Dad Must Try: Cocoa & Coffee Burger; Shrimp & Grits; Lobster Grilled Cheese; Pretzels w/ Beer Cheese Fondue.
Duffy’s Sports Grille (Orlando)
Validate Dad this year and give him the “MVD (Most Valuable Dad)” treatment at one of Orlando’s quintessential sports bars, Duffy’s. As much as we love this restaurant for its March Madness setup, it’s even better for Father’s Day thanks to a full menu of family-favorite deliciousness, including enough beef, chicken, pork, and (dare we say it?) veggies to sink a battleship.
Every Dad Must Try: The Hangover Burger; Homemade Meatball Sub; Jumbo Lump Crab Macaroni & Cheese.
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café (Sanford, FL)
No dad can turn their nose away from a good German beer. So bring yours to Hollerbach’s restaurant in Sanford and let him go wild taste-testing every light Pilsner, toasted Dunkel, and sweet Hefeweizen he can get his fill of. Then let him load up on the “wurst” kind of meat there is: Sausage.
Every Dad Must Try: Das Boot (2-liter beer in a boot-shaped chalice of envy); Sausage; Sausage; More Sausage.
Mark’s Prime Steakhouse – Photo: marksprimesteakhouse.com
Mark’s Prime Steakhouse & Seafood (Ocala, FL)
A medium-rare prime rib—sometimes that’s all Dad wants as a gift for Father’s Day. Head over to Ocala’s Mark’s Prime Steakhouse for that and then some on Sunday, June 18th, and let his arteries rejoice for just one afternoon.
Every Dad Must Try: 11oz. Filet Mignon; Lobster Pasta; “Mark’s Ultimate Burger.”
OakWood Smokehouse & Grille (Leesburg, FL)
Did someone say “BBQ Ribs?” Yes, we did. Grab dad for a lunchtime treat of some award-winning smoked barbecue at Leesburg’s OakWood Smokehouse & Grille. This is one of the best chain BBQ joints in town, and it really nails that smokehouse flavor.
Every Dad Must Try: Pulled Pork; Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs; Texas Toast Pork Sandwich.
The Cellar Restaurant – Photo: thecellarrestaurant.com
The Cellar Restaurant (Daytona Beach)
With Dad’s new necktie on—a Half Windsor Knot should suffice—head to Daytona Beach’s foremost Italian eatery, The Cellar Restaurant, and let him dine on savory pasta, succulent veal, and sparkling wines. Call for a reservation in advance as their dining area might be packed for Father’s Day.
Every Dad Must Try: Fettuccine con Ragu di Coniglio; Lombata di Vitello al Giardino; Any Risotto.
Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse (Orange City, FL)
Some dads are more in tune with the sea than with land, which makes this Orange City sushi spot a must-visit this Father’s Day. From raw nigiri and maki rolls to tempura-battered entrees, Fujiyama is one of our favorite Japanese steakhouses in all of Central Florida.
Every Dad Must Try: It’s sushi—try it all!
The TOP (Gainesville)
The TOP is a restaurant that pairs a low-key atmosphere with some of the area’s loveliest pub-style burgers and dozens of on-tap beers. If your dad is more likely to mow the yard on Father’s Day than hit the town, this is the Gainesville bar for him.
Every Dad Must Try: Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.
A New Honda for Father’s Day
After Dad has gained a few pounds from his Father’s Day binge, lead him into one of our Central Florida Honda Dealers locations to test drive a brand-new Honda! Now, that’ll be a Father’s Day gift he’ll not soon forget. We have Honda dealerships throughout all of Central Florida, including Orlando, Ocala, and Gainesville, so we’re just a short drive from any of the local restaurants above. Treat Dad like the superstar he is!
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