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Favorite Greater Phoenix Restaurants for Five Kinds of Dads on Father's Day

Family of eight = automatic gratuity. Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch ponders.
Family of eight = automatic gratuity. Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch ponders.

Father's Day, celebrated this year on Sunday, June 17, pays tribute to our dads, who, in one sweaty and heated moment, engaged in coitus with our moms and made us the people we are today. Yay, Dad.

But dads aren't all the same, especially when it comes to what they like to eat. So here's a handy little list that helps match the kind of dad with the kind of restaurant he might enjoy the most this Father's Day. And even if they don't match exactly, perhaps the lists will help to spark some ideas. As Dad would say, "Now that's usin' your noodle."

Clark Griswold
Clark Griswold

1.) The All-American Dad He may be a bit clueless at times, but he loves his oddball cousin, holidays (especially Christmas), and will stop at nothing to take the family on vacation. He's not into fancy-schmancy restaurants; he just wants to have a good meal in a place where he can relax and have enough money leftover for another trip to Wally World.

Take him to: - Beckett's Table, East Phoenix - Chelsea's Kitchen, East Phoenix - Liberty Market, Gilbert - The Parlor Pizzeria, Central Phoenix - Windsor, Central Phoenix

Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights
Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

2.) The Meat-and-Potatoes Dad He's a motivator, a supporter, and a coach of life's many lessons to his family. Sometimes his love is tough, sometimes tender, but it's always there when you need it. All of which makes him hungry for the food he loves most: good ol' steak and potatoes and, sometimes, a whiskey-flavored drink.

Take him to: - Arrowhead Grill, Glendale - BLT Steak, Paradise Valley - Don & Charlie's, Scottsdale - Donovan's Steak & Chophouse, East Phoenix - Durant's, Central Phoenix

 

Uncle Phil, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Uncle Phil, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

3.) The Man-of-Good-Tastes Dad Sure, he likes the finer things in life, but he still keeps it real when it comes to his family. Stern yet compassionate, he hasn't let success spoil him. And he knows a good thing when he sees it, or, in this case, tastes it. Luxury? That's his middle name.

Take him to: - Binkley's, Cave Creek - Christophers & Crush Lounge, East Phoenix - FnB, Scottsdale - Posh, Scottsdale - ShinBay, Scottsdale

Professor Henry Jones Sr. and son
Professor Henry Jones Sr. and son

4.) The Adventurous Dad He's on the go, loves to try new things, and is a bit of an intellectual when it comes to nurturing his family. Sometimes he lives in his head and can seem a bit standoff-ish, but you know when you need him most, he'll be there. Pique-ing his curiosity is essential, especially when it comes to food.

Take him to: - Curry Corner, Tempe - Cafe Ga Hyang, Glendale - Hana Japanese Eatery, Central Phoenix - The Mission, Scottsdale - Villa Peru, Tempe

 

Noah Levenstein
Noah Levenstein

5.) The Awkwardly Sweet Dad He's a bit bumbling, his jokes are a little forced, and when it comes to various rites of passage, he's misguided but endearing all the same. Asking him important questions, especially about sexuality, may cause excruciating moments of embarrassment, but you know he's doing his best. And he's incredibly sweet, which is why taking him out for a dessert as equally so is one of the best gifts you could give him.

Take him to: - Citizen Public House, Scottsdale - Coup de Tartes, East Phoenix - Cowboy Ciao, Scottsdale - T. Cook's, East Phoenix - Quiessence, South Phoenix

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Beckett's Table

3717 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-954-1700

www.beckettstable.com

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Chelsea's Kitchen

5040 N. 40th St.
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602-957-2555

www.chelseaskitchenaz.com

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Liberty Market

230 N. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

480-892-1900

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The Parlor Pizzeria

1916 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-248-2480

www.theparlor.us

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Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-279-1111

www.windsoraz.com

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Arrowhead Grill

8280 W. Union Hills Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308

623-566-2224

www.arrowheadgrill.com

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BLT Steak

5402 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

480-905-7979

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Don & Charlie's

7501 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-990-0900

www.donandcharlies.com

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Donovan's Steak and Chop House

3101 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-955-3666

www.donovanssteakhouse.com

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Durant's

2611 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-264-5967

www.durantsaz.com

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Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

480-437-1072

www.binkleysrestaurant.com

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Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-522-2344

www.christophersaz.com

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FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-284-4777

www.fnbrestaurant.com

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Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-663-7674

www.poshscottsdale.com

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ShinBay

7001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

480-664-0180

www.shinbay.com

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Curry Corner

1212 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-894-1276

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Café Ga Hyang

4362 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

623-937-8550

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Hana Japanese Eatery
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The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-636-5005

www.themissionaz.com

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Villa Peru

1857 N. Scottsdale Road
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-946-3334

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Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-398-4208

www.citizenpublichouse.com

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Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-212-1082

www.nicetartes.com

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Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-946-3111

www.cowboyciao.com

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T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-808-0766

www.royalpalmshotel.com

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Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

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