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Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

No matter if your dad is a beast in the kitchen (hello grill master!) or the king of take-out—treat him to a little something extra this Sunday, June 18, for Father’s Day and take him out for a nice meal and quality time with his nearest and dearest. A variety of OTP restaurants are cooking up special dishes and menus meant to show dads the love on Sunday, one bite at a time. Here are a few spots to put on your radar:

Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar

Bring your dad to Avalon’s recently opened Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar for the The "Big Papa" Share Plate this Sunday. A prix fixe menu of small bites will be offered alongside a beer flight—all for only $35. Bites include one brat slider, Big NY slider, veggie slider and one “The Best Hot Dog You’ll Ever Eat” in addition to tastes of Cauliflower Fries, Golden Frites, Garden Tots and Pretzel Bites, plus four 4 oz. beer tastes of dad’s choice. T sampler serves one to four people—so come extra hungry!

900 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 678-266-6218.

Osteria Mattone and Table & Main

In downtown historic Roswell, local favorites from R.O. Hospitality—Table & Main and Osteria Mattone are both offering special menu items for meat-loving dads. At Table & Main, dad can nosh on a Southern meal of Big Green Egg-smoked split bone ribeye that comes with madeira and veal stock-glazed mushrooms and creamed Georgia greens casserole (market price). Up the street at Osteria Mattone, try the bone-in ribeye with truffled polenta and badna cauda for $40.

Table & Main, 1028 Canton Street, Roswell. 678-896- 5178.

Osteria Mattone, 1095 Canton Street, Roswell.  678-878-3378.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Celebrate Father’s Day in downtown Crabapple at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, which is offering a special prix fixe Father’s Day brunch and specials that pair with High West bourbon. Enticing offerings include sticky toffee pecan beignets, shrimp and grits, blackened Atlantic salmon, a truffle-salted petite filet mignon and maple bacon bread pudding—all for $32 per person. Milton’s is also serving its regular menu, including Milton’s Prime, a selection of prime steaks.

800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770-817-0161.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill

Ride the beach vibes at the Roswell location of The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, serving up a mega seafood feast for ocean-loving dads. The special Father’s Day offering features a crab cake, lobster tail, a skewer of shrimp or scallops (grilled, blackened or jerk style) with two sides for $34.95.

1105 Canton Street, Roswell. .

Ray’s Restaurants

If brunch is a must, consider the smorgasbord that is the brunch buffet at Ray’s Restaurants. Enjoy views of the Chattahoochee at Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs while filling up on eats from several carving stations, seafood and salad bars, morning and afternoon/evening options and desserts ($45.95 for adults, $22.95 for kids ages 5 to 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Or head to Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta for options like peel-and-eat shrimp, rosemary-roasted leg of lamb and roasted prime rib ($39.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 5 to 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ray’s on the River, 6700 Powers Ferry Road. NW, Sandy Springs. 770-955-1187; Ray’s at Killer Creek, 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770-649-0064;

C&S Chowder House and Hugo’s Oyster Bar

In Roswell, both C&S Chowder House and Hugo’s Oyster Bar will be opening early for brunch at 10 a.m., with a Bloody Mary bar available at both restaurants. On the menu at Hugo’s, dad can order up a special of grilled hanger steak with a skewer of grilled shrimp that comes with malanga puree, chimichurri sauce and a side house salad ($30). At C&S Chowder House, a special Dads Surf n’ Turf will be served, featuring an 8-oz. filet mignon, potatoes and asparagus, and choice of house or Caesar salad ($32), with the option to add a shrimp skewer ($8), lobster tail ($18) or a half pound of Alaskan king crab ($28).

C&S Chowder House, 12040 Etris Road, Roswell. 470-321-5077.

Hugo’s Oyster Bar, 10360 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 770-993-5922.


Metro Diner

Does dad love a good diner? Consider checking out the Roswell location of Metro Diner, whose Charleston shrimp and grits and meatloaf were featured on Food Network’s “Diner’s, Drive-In, and Dives.” Head to the diner, which is now serving beer, wine and mimosas, and kick back on their covered patio to enjoy a home cooked feast diner-style. You can try their fried chicken and waffles topped with house-made strawberry butter and a sweet and spicy sauce or one of several menu specials being offered on Sunday, to include: seafood frittata, cinnamon roll pancake, country fried steak breakfast and more. Most dishes are priced under $15.

880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Ate. 100, Roswell. 678-539-0879.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Sure it might be a bit an hour and a half from Atlanta, but if you really want to indulge dad this Sunday, consider heading to The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee for their Big Father’s Day Cookout from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The special cookout will feature regional guest chefs cooking up some of their favorite dishes for dad, along with offerings from local eatery Copperwood Pizza. Chef’s participating in the cookout include Chef Brandon Carter of FARM Bluffton in Bluffton, S.C.; Chef David Carrier of Certified Burgers and Beverage in St. Simons Island; and Chef Casey Burchfield of Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. You can also enjoy live music, a kid’s activity corner, beer and wine, plus a concert from Nashville artist Jason Eskridge as part of the resort’s Lake Summer Concert Series in The Backyard, followed by a fireworks display. The evening is priced at $58 per adult, $29 per child (ages 4-12) and children under 3 are free.

1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro. 706-467-0600.


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