Unlike Mother's Day, when the maternal figures in your life are happy to celebrate with a brunch resplendent with bottomless mimosas and pretty pastries, Father's Day can be more about the meats. We've rounded up some options geared toward feeding the fathers in your life. (All events take place Sunday unless otherwise noted.)
Chabad of Bakersfield Pop-up Jewish deli: The tasty lineup includes sandwiches, packed with a half-pound of meat (pastrami, corned beef or smoked turkey) that is imported from New York. Each is served on rye bread with topping options (lettuce, tomato, onions, mustard, mayo or Russian dressing) and includes a half-sour pickle slice and choice of potato salad or coleslaw. Plates range from $13.99 to $16.99.
Potato salad and coleslaw, which are made at the center, will be sold as sides for $2.99. Potato knishes ($2.99), also made on site, are available as well as sliced half-sour pickle ($1.50).
Those who can't pass on chicken matzo ball soup ($3.99) are in luck as well as kids looking for a kosher hot dog ($2.50). Dessert consists of traditional chocolate rugelach or cinnamon kichel cookies ($1.50 per order).
Water and soda will be available ($1.50) as well as Dr. Brown's soda ($2.75) including the unique Cel-Ray flavor.
In the past, people could take their chances hoping to order the night of the event, but Esther Schlanger, the community center's director, said pre-ordering is a must. Visit ChabadofBakersfield.com/JewishDeli to order.
Food will be available for pick up or to dine with others at the center, 6901 Ming Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. while Jewish music plays in the background.
Proceeds raised will benefit the Camp Gan Israel Scholarship Fund, which helps send children to the Jewish day camp.
Dad not a deli type? Here are some other dining options for the big day.
Centro 18 Latin Steakhouse: This downtown spot won't let Dad down with its Brazilian-style barbecue brunch. Endless skewers of premium meats will make the rounds including filet mignon, skirt steak, ribeye, smoked brisket, cheddar sausage links, bacon-wrapped chicken, barbecue ribs, New York steak, tri-tip, barbecue wings, herb-crusted lamb chops and more. The all-you-can-eat buffet will also include Latin American and American side dishes, salad bar, made-to-order omelets, seafood bar and dessert station. Bottomless mimosas will be served and each father gets a free 24-ounce draft beer of his choice (with valid ID). Cost is $40, $15 for children 6-10 and free for kids 5 and under. Visit Centro18.com/reservations or call 493-0177 to make reservations. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1517 18th St.
The Tower Craft Bar & Grill: Brunch will include options like steak and eggs, Belgian waffles, omelets and more along with a bloody mary bar and specialty cocktails. Prices vary. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1200 Truxtun Ave. #100.
Eureka!: Treat Dad to a whiskey cocktail and he will receive a complimentary engraved Eureka! whiskey glass (while supplies last). 10520 W Stockdale Highway.
Rubio's Coastal Grill: Treat Dad to a meal with a buy-one-get-one free offer (coupon at rubios.com/coupons/fathers-day-2018). The offer is good for entrees of equal or lesser value ordered in the restaurant with coupon on Sunday at both locations: 9200 Rosedale Highway, Suite 200 and 1321 Easton Drive #100.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse: Dad can pick up a free pint glass during his Father's Day meal as well as 20 percent off VIP card (good for a later visit between June 18 and July 8). The promotion is available Saturday and Sunday while supplies last. 10750 Stockdale Highway.
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace: Enjoy all your favorites: the carving station, build-your-own waffle bar, the specialty omelet station and all the side dishes and desserts along with bottomless champagne and mimosas. Cost is $34.95, $17.95 for children 8-12, $10.95 for kids 3-7 and free for those 3 and under. Call 328-7560 for reservations. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2800 Buck Owens Blvd.
Bakersfield Elks Lodge #266: Buffet will consist of omelets and eggs cooked to order, bacon, gravy, fruits, pastries and crepes. Cost is $12. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1616 30th St.
California Pizza Kitchen: The pizza chain will offer a special prix-fixe menu for $49.99 with three entrees (choice of chicken piccata, garlic cream fettuccine or any pizza), two small plates (choice of charred shishito peppers, white corn guacamole and chips, crispy mac ‘n’ cheese or bianco flatbread) and one dessert (butter cake, salted caramel pudding or Belgian chocolate soufflé cake). Deal available June 15 to 17 at 10150 Stockdale Highway.
The Links at Riverlakes Ranch: Dads can feast at a prime rib carving station, shrimp cocktail tower, dessert and salad stations along with made-to-order omelets, chicken-fried steak, biscuits and gravy and other breakfast favorites. Cost is $24.95, $12.95 for children 12 and under; featured mimosas $2 for guests 21 and over. Reservations are required; call 587-3801 to book. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5201 Riverlakes Drive.
Triassic Vineyards: Those wanting to celebrate later in the day can head to the Father's Day Dinner with barbecue pit-master Royce Johnston at the Tehachapi winery. Head to the Triassic tasting room where Johnston from RJ Smokehouse will serve his famous chicken and tri-tip fresh off the grill along with homemade creamy mac and cheese and coleslaw and Triassic wines. (Additional wines will be available for purchase.) The family-friendly event will also include live music by Movin' On. Seating is limited and pre-paid reservation ($25) is required by June 15. Call 822-5341, ext. 1, to book a spot. 5 to 7 p.m., 24627 Cummings Valley Road, Tehachapi.
Redhouse Beef: The new local ranch shop, offering the brand's grass-fed and grass-finished beef, has a few Father's Day boxes ready for those cooking this weekend. Options range from 4 pounds of signature burger grind, with Rancho Gordo beans and brioche buns from fellow local business Baker's Outpost for $50 to four dry-aged T-bones, seasoning, sourdough loaf from Baker's Outpost and a Redhouse hat for $140. Reserve your box by noon Friday by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Pickup is Saturday at the ranch shop, 649 Enos Lane.
Romano's Macaroni Grill: The restaurant will open early (9 a.m.) for Father’s Day brunch with specials including avocado toast, sweet berry French toast, grande bloody marys and the honey bunny, a nonalcoholic fruity drink with honey. Prices vary. 8850 Rosedale Highway.
Marie Callender’s: The California Avenue location will offer a brunch with a carving station, create your own omelette station, Belgian waffle bar and more. (The Oswell Street location will have its regular menu.) $18.99, $8.99 for children 12 and under. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3801 California Ave.
The Broken Yolk Cafe: Both Bakersfield locations will offer a buffet that includes two complimentary beverages for Dad and a chance to him to win a grand prize. Dining options include omelet and tri-tip carving stations, french toast, chicken-fried steak, cod with crusted pecans and more. $21.95, $10.95 for children. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3300 Buena Vista Road and 7919 E. Brundage Lane.
Baskin-Robbins: Get $3 off any ice cream cake or cookie cake using the chain's mobile app. Specialty cakes for Father’s Day include the Cold One Cake, which is shaped like a mug of beer.
Cold Stone Creamery: The ice cream shop is selling Father’s Day ice cream cakes including the Tall Dark & Delicious, which consists of layers devil’s food cake, sweet cream ice cream, brownies and chocolate ice cream with Oreo cookies.
Wienerschnitzel: Dads get a free old fashioned sundae on Sunday. One sundae per dad.
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