By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16th, and is a holiday celebrated by millions across the nation to honor the men of the house. Once again, Miami Beach offers an array of wonderful possibilities to make this holiday day a special one.
Start the day with a family brunch that will sure satisfy dad’s appetite. The Bazaar by chef José Andrés at 1701 Collins Avenue, is offering a Spanish-inspired buffet brunch especially for Father’s Day. The menu includes a caviar table, embutidos (hams, sausages), a raw bar and some traditional breakfast items.
Another option if he loves Asian cuisine is Tanuki, located at 1080 Alton Rd., a great way to start the day. For $58 guests can enjoy a brunch of pan-Asian dishes with appetizers, main course and dessert, in addition to bottomless mimosas and wine. Dad also gets a complementary Sapporo beer, while other members of the family receive a welcome cocktail.
For those who love cars, the ‘Father’s Day Festival of Speed‘ at Lincoln Rd (from Alton Rd to Meridian Avenue), is a fun alternative that is free for all. From 10AM until 3PM the show will display 50 to 60 exotic, vintage and muscle cars alongside the cafes and boutiques of Lincoln Road.
Jungle Island is also offering a day filled with cars, beer, music and animals, with their “Dad Day Supercharged” Father’s Day celebration. Dads get free admission to the park on Sunday. Especial amenities include a live presentation by “Big Sounds Better,” an exhibition of classic cars by “Classic Car Club Miami,” and an ample selection of craft beers provided by “Concrete Beach Brewery,” enjoy from 10AM to 5PM.
If the ‘old man’ loves art and/or technology, then head to Artechouse Miami at 736 Collins Avenue. On Father’s Day they will offer buy one, get one free admission for their “Xyzt: Abstract Landscapes” exhibit by Adrien M. and Claire B., both French multimedia choreographers and artists.
Artechouse has a “mission to inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential, and exploratory art form. Artechouse connects audiences to the arts, and simulates interests in the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity.” Play with light particles in a giant cube with dad from 10AM to 11PM, with an admission of $24 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $17 for children.
To finish the day, take dad to a luxurious experience reminiscing of James Bond and Monaco-like settings, at the Casablanca Cigar Lounge at South Pointe. Step into their boutiques to try the finest cigars these tobacconists have to offer, accompanied by the finest liquor.
Another option to close Father’s Day, is a hearty steak dinner. Miami Beach is home to some of the best steakhouses in the nation. Chef Peter Vauthy’s Red, the Steakhouse at 119 Washington Avenue, is a hot spot in South Beach.
The restaurant is known for its delicious steaks and almost twenty sauces and toppings available to accompany them, including black truffle demi-glace and Florida peppercorn.
A little more north, at the Fontainebleau Hotel, the StripSteak by Michael Mina, offers a la carte cuts of steaks. The restaurant also has its own aging room and butcher shop. Dad will sure be pleased.