Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, but there’s still time to make plans. While the restaurant industry doesn’t go all-out with flowers, teas, and brunches the way they do for Mom, a handful of Detroit restaurants have specials to celebrate father figures with food and drink. So instead of cooking another meal at home, treat Dad with a day out.
Mamba Hamissi, founded and co-owner of the East African restaurant, is marking his first Father’s Day in the space by participating in a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20 that will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
He will be joined on the stream by Quan Neloms, Detroit educator and founder of In Demand; and Calvin Mann, president of Good Fathers Only and of Encourage Me I’m Young. The conversation will expand on each father’s organization, and provide encouragement and resources for father figures tuning in.
“Black fathers are active, involved parents,” says Mamba. “Conversations like this are necessary in order to reshape the narrative and encourage the next generation that they are capable and worthy.”
Other restaurants are offering specials for the holiday, too. Below is a guide on where to take Dad:
Andiamo: This Father’s Day, Dad will receive a free entree up to $20 with the purchase of another of equal or greater value from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The special is available at all locations. Diners must present a voucher, available online at andiamo.com, before ordering.
Bakehouse46: Pre-order dessert (or just snacks) from Bakehouse46 in Birmingham and Rochester. The Father’s Day Pack comes in a gift box and includes two chocolate chip cookies, two chocolate lover cupcakes, and two whiskey-bacon Rice Krispies treats for $30. Place orders from Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20 in the store or online for pickup.
Win Dad some Better Made chips: Submit a short essay of 150 words or less describing why your dad is the best there is and send it with a photo, to Better Made by Friday, June 18. The subject of the winning entry will win Better Made products. Enter at bettermade.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail entry to Better Made Father’s Day Contest, 10148 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48213.
Mitchell’s Fish Market: Father’s Day specials include lobster and shrimp stuffed salmon ($35), Shanghai sea bass ($39), the dynamic duo, which consists of lobster and shrimp stuffed lobster tail, four bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp, smashed redskins, and asparagus. Reservations are recommended.
Morton’s The Steakhouse: The national steakhouse chain will offer a two-course land and sea menu for $79 per person on Sunday. Guests can enjoy their choice of an entree option, including an 8-ounce center-cut filet mignon, a 16-ounce double-cut pork chop, or an 8-ounce “Manhattan Cut” Strip Steak, paired with a side item dish and dessert. Reservations are requested.
River Crab: This spot along the St. Clair River is offering specials on three dishes for Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 19 to Sunday, June 20. Entrees of Parmesan-encrusted snapper and shrimp, lobster- and shrimp-stuffed salmon, and 18-ounce prime rib and shrimp scampi are included. Prices are $35 to $49.
Stage Deli: Enjoy a meal at home without cooking. A barbecue package serves four and includes chicken, smoked brisket, macaroni and cheese, salami, baked beans, coleslaw, and more for $100. Get a deli tray with corned beef and pastrami, salads, and fixings for $85. Order before Thursday, June 17.