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How to Celebrate Father’s Day in the Bay Area

Takeout dinners, DIY kits, and a truly baller wine club

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Behold, the Father’s Day spread available for takeout at Izzy’s

Though more activities than ever have reopened in the Bay Area, Father’s Day (which is Sunday, June 21) still isn’t as straightforward a celebration as it was in pre-pandemic times. Clearly sensing that, a number of Bay Area restaurants are offering packages, specials, and deals for dad’s day. Here are some of the lushest spreads, most savory steak dinners, and cleverest gifts to celebrate all the patriarchal figures in your life.

The Father’s Day steak dinner kit from Accarrino’s To Go X SPQR

Accarrino’s To Go is a takeout pseudo pop-up from SPQR chef Matthew Accarrino, so it’s technically that operation that, for $185 per kit, will hook you up with a prosciutto platter, side salad, 28 oz ribeye, two sides, and a banana cream pie. Order here for pickup on Saturday or Sunday.

The Father’s Day to-go menu from Izzy’s

The 30-year-old San Francisco steakhouse’s special Father’s Day menu includes a bacon Caesar; a bacon-wrapped, blue cheese-topped 8 oz filet; and cocktails like the Evolved Revolver (Four Roses bourbon, Mr. Black coffee liqueur, sweet vermouth, and cardamom bitters). The menu’s here and can be ordered online or by phone at 415-563-0487 for takeout. Delivery is also available via Caviar, Grubhub and DoorDash.

Z&Y Restaurant’s special Father’s Day package

Chinatown standby Z&Y might be best known as a lunch, dinner, and date night spot, but chef/owner Han Lijun has pulled together a special Sichuan deal that feeds 6–8 people for $150. Included in the menu are dishes like grilled tiger skin with preserved egg and tea-smoked duck, both of which open the door to many dad-style jokes. Takeout orders can be phoned in at 415-981-8988 and get a 15 percent discount, delivery is available via Caviar.

The gift of local cheese

The Cheese School of San Francisco has a slew of gifts great for lactose-tolerant dads, including DIY kits that allow him to make his own. For less enterprising pops, there’s a nice $69 package of cheese, wine, and crackers — that one’s not shippable, though, and is only available for delivery in SF. See their full selection of cheesy treats here.

Sam’s Anchor Cafe’s stovetop clam bake

Sam’s Anchor Cafe is a Tiburon landmark, famous for its great views and fresh seafood. Their deck is again open for outdoor dining, but risk-averse dads and those who love them might opt instead for Sam’s $95 clam bake meal kit, which includes clams, mussels, shrimp, corn, potatoes, linguica, herb butter and wine to steam (and sip). It’s $95 to feed four folks, but fancy dads might appreciate the lobster tail upgrade (an additional $25 per tail). Order here for Saturday or Sunday pickup, and don’t worry: Instructions on how to make the meal will be provided.

ACT Catering’s Father’s Day feast

In the pandemic, Kristine Seinsch’s Emeryville-based catering company pivoted to a meal kit model, and she’s blown it out for this weekend with a five-course $45 per diner Father’s Day feast that includes short ribs, fiscalini cheddar mac and cheese, and a double chocolate brownie with Suisun Farms strawberries. And, if your dad is a veg head, there are options too: The ribs can be swapped for a smoked jackfruit BBQ meatball dish with poblano sofrito, crispy kale, and shallots. Online orders need to be placed by 5 p.m. Friday for weekend delivery, and can be made here.

A wine club with a mission

Does your dad love natural wine and charitable causes? Do you have the funds for a year-long, truly lavish gift? Then you’re the target audience for Russian Hill pan-European spot Lord Stanley’s newly-launched LS Wine Club. For $275 per month, they’ll send your pop six bottles of wine, and a portion of every month’s cost goes to a different local cause. This month, the recipient is Black Earth Farms, an Oakland-based agroecology collective led by black and indigenous folks. Membership also includes tasting videos, wine notes, and treats like house spiced olives, nuts and tinned fish. Most importantly, there’s a logoed tote bag, the perfect way for dad to subtly communicate that his kid gives a gift that keeps on giving. Subscribe here.