Mother’s Day has a hold on brunch. Father’s Day is all about grilled meat. (Insert manly fist pump du jour here.) This Sunday, take the dad in your life to a good ol’ steak dinner…with a twist.
If he’s young at heart Book a late reservation--the only kind you’ll be able to get--and show Pops how the kids are doing steak these days at Bavette’s. He’ll quickly feel at home in a cushy red booth, and while he may want to dive into a dry-aged rib eye ($56), the flat iron served with crisp, salty frites ($23) is just as satisfying. 218 W. Kinzie St.; 312-624-8154 or bavetteschicago.com
If he’s a globe-trotter Treat him to Tango Sur’s insanely flavorful Lomo Relleno--a half-slab of Argentine fillet stuffed with chimichurri and ham sauce ($36, feeds two)--or make it yourself and show him how much you really care. The Latin market attached to the restaurant has a butcher counter in back that sells beef, sausages and tubs of Tango Sur’s eat-it-on-anything chimichurri for less than $2. 3763 N. Southport Ave.; 773-477-5466 or tangosur.net
If he fancies himself a high roller Does he prefer his dinner with a side of Bears player sightings? Request a table on the airy riverside patio at breakout star Chicago Cut and bask in views of the city (and the city's celebrities). The bone-in filet mignon is the storied cut here, but it sells out fast. No fear: The boneless version is equally juicy. 300 N. LaSalle St.; 312-329-1800 or chicagocutsteakhouse.com