The Ultimate Father’s Day Guide

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 8:34 pm

Did you forget?  This Sunday is Father’s Day, so stop what you’re doing and make plans to celebrate dad this weekend.  The best part is, you don’t even have to leave town!

The City of Roses will be bustling this weekend, filled with great activities and eats created to pay homage to the man of the house.  So gather the family and set aside some special time just for dad.

Blow Some Smoke Cigar Night

Thursday, June 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Location: Matt Denny’s

What better way to spend Father’s Day than having quality father-and-son time with your old man? Make this year’s celebration an unforgettable and quite special one by swapping stories, enjoying a couple of drinks, and even sharing a few cigars.

Come to Matt Denny’s on Thursday, June 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for “Blow Some Smoke” Cigar Night. Matt Denny’s and Robusto Cigars will pair together to bring you an exquisite night of cigars, and Matt Denny’s signature beverage and food.

For only $45, you get two cigars, whiskey, scotch, and cognac tasting, and an appetizer buffet. (Here’s our suggestion: Before the event, stop by Robusto Cigar Shop to score more cigars for you and your dad to share.)

To sign up, call Matt Denny’s at (626) 462-0250 or call Sam of Robusto Cigar Shop at (626) 782-4427.

Matt Denny’s is located at 145 E. Huntington Drive Arcadia. For more information, call (626) 462-0250 or visit

Robusto Cigar Shop is located at 26 N. 1st Avenue Arcadia. For more information, call (626) 782-4427 or visit

One Veg World

Saturday, June 20th, and Sunday, June 21st

Cost: $9.95

Location: One Veg World

One thing we can always do for our dad to show him just how much we care is to look out for his health.  Sure, he loves a juicy steak and crispy bacon, but we can bet his heart doesn’t share the same affinity for those fatty, cholesterol-ridden dishes.

That’s why One Veg World is celebrating dads with their Father’s Day special this weekend, June 21st though 22nd.  The Spicy BBQ Burger special features a spicy BBQ soy chicken patty on a wheat bun with all the delicious fixins (vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard) and a fresh side of fries.

One Veg World is a vegan restaurant, featuring an array of delicious dishes that look and taste just like their meaty counterparts as well as delicious vegan desserts, like their creamy Root Beer Floats made with vegan vanilla ice cream.

One Veg World is located at 950 E. Colorado Blvd. #104 Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 744-3141 or visit


The Ice House

Saturday, June 20th at 7 p.m.

Cost: $15-$22

Location: The Ice House

Give dad the gift of laughter this Father’s Day by treating him to a special all-star show this Saturday, June 21st at The Ice House comedy club.  Featuring Peter Berman (Comedy Central Presents), Tyler Boeh, Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley), and The Great Omar, this show is sure to leave dad with a smile on his face.

Tickets are priced at $15 for general admission and $22 for VIP, which includes front of the line passes, access to their exclusive VIP lounge, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and preferred seats in the first two rows (and let’s face it, you know dad is VIP!).

There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend.

The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more info or to purchase tickets, call (626) 577-1894 or visit


Celestino Ristorante

Sunday, June 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Location: Celestino Ristorante

Eat and drink like an Italian Dad this Father’s Day and head to Celestino Ristorante in Pasadena for authentic Italian cuisine. Executive Chef Calogero Drago is manning the “grill” and serving up cuts of steak that will please any proud Papa!

Indulge in the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a juicy t-bone steak cooked Florentine style or the Filetto di bue al Barolo e Patate Arrosto, a filet mignon simmered in Barolo wine and served with roasted potatoes or try the Lombato de Vitello alla Griglia, a succulent grilled veal chop. Pair these juicy meats with a bottle of dry Chianti or Barolo from Celestino Ristorante’s extensive wine list, which includes great bottles of bubbles, whites and reds like the Chardonnay Groth (2010) or the Brunello di Montalcino Carmigliano Riserva (2005). Dads who desire dessert can dig into a crisp and creamy Cannoli paired with a glass of Limoncello for a sweet ending to a great Father’s Day!

Celestino Ristorante is located at 141 South Lake Ave.,  Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-4006 or visit


Father’s Day Happy Hour

Sunday, June 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Matt Denny’s

Looking for a casual, comfortable Father’s Day surrounded by happy families and friendly staff?

The Matt Denny’s team is opening their doors this week with specials just for dad, including an extra special all day happy hour on Sunday.

Served after 5 p.m. all week, specials include Steak and Scampi, Prime Rib, Potato Crusted Salmon, and Pork Chops as well as some decadent sounding desserts (we don’t want to give away all the surprises, so you’ll just have to see the menu for yourself!).

So catch up with dad over a few beers and a great meal with the Matt Denny’s team, who wish all of Pasadena a very happy Father’s Day!

Matt Denny’s is located at 145 E. Huntington Drive Arcadia. For more information, call (626) 462-0250 or visit


Pasadena Chalk Festival

Saturday, June 20th, and Sunday, June 21st, from 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Paseo Colorado

Is your dad the creative type?  Need Father’s Day plans that can accommodate the whole family?  Then look no further than The Pasadena Chalk Festival.

The Pasadena Chalk Festival was the recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for being the largest public art event of its kind.  Imagine rows and rows of incredible drawings, all made of chalk and totally temporary!  That means no festival is alike.

It will feature super-special attractions, like the Animation Alley where you can watch artists create animation through chalk, and the Chalk of Fame featuring murals depicting TV and film.

Kids will enjoy the Kids Chalkland, their own art spot where they can create Father’s Day cards for their dads. There’s also free face painting with donation from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both event days.

Think this festival is limited to chalk? Think again. For the car loving dad, don’t miss the Pasadena Police Classic Car Show on Green Street between Los Robles and Marengo on Sunday, June 21st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While exploring the murals and chalk artworks, your dad can also groove to the music courtesy the artists playing on the main stage. Steve Ruiz, Relish, and Susie and the Troublemakers are just some of the musical acts that will add more energy and fun to this event.

You can even score dad some original artwork from some of the chalk artists through the Silent Auction in the Art Gallery.

And at the end of the festival, you can vote for your favorite mural at the INFO booth and catch the Chalk Festival Awards Ceremony on June 21st at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage.

For more information about Pasadena Chalk Festival, visit http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.        


Sunday, June 21st.  Lunch hours 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner hours 5:00 pm. To 9:30 p.m.

Location: Osawa

For Dad’s who savor grill-time, swing by Osawa in Old Town Pasadena. Share a Shabu Shabu pot at the counter, where you can cook a delicious dinner with your kids.

Succulent proteins range from tender Rib Eye ($21.00) served with tofu, Napa cabbage and Udon noodles to tasty Tonkotsu Silver Pork ($20.00), sliced thin and accompanied by tofu, Napa cabbage and Ramen noodles. Since Dad only deserves the best, why not splurge on the authentic Wagyu Beef from Saga ($89.00 or $39.00 for a half order) to throw into the pot as well!

Also, do not miss out on fresh seafood selections that are perfect for Papa, like the Seafood Cigar With To-Ban-Jan Mayo ($8.00) or enjoy on a little fresh Sashimi of Tuna, Yellowtail, Octopus, Salmon, or the fresh catch of the day. Treat Dad to a bottle of Cold or Hot Sake, share an ice-cold pitcher of Asahi Draft Beer ($22.00) or sip on a glass of vibrant Iced Green Tea ($2.00). Dad will be nothing but pleased (and full) after this outstanding meal at Osawa!

Osawa is located at 77 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena.  For more information, call (626) 683-1150 or visit 


Corazon de Mariachi Father’s Day Brunch at IX Tapa Cantina

Sunday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $25

Location: IX Tapa Cantina

If your dad can’t say no to Carne Asada Burritos, Cheese Enchiladas in Salsa Verde, Chicken Fajitas, Carnitas, Baja Tacos, and practically delicious Mexican dish, then you should make plans to go to IX Tapa Cantina on Father’s Day for an eat-all-you-can Mexican buffet.

It’s all part of IX Tapa Cantina’s Corazon de Mariachi Father’s Day Brunch. There will be a complimentary tequila shot for your old man, followed by the buffet featuring a wide selection of Mexican entrees, seafood, omelets, desserts, and more. The margaritas and micheladas will be flowing, so toast to dad often.

To set the festive mood, live marachis will be performing classic favorites and special songs for the number one man in your life. Coax him into dancing and let the fun begin!

IX Tapa Cantina is located at 119 East Colorado Boulevard Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 304-1000 or visit


Father’s Day Buffet at El Cholo Cafe

Sunday, June 21st at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: El Cholo Cafe

Nothing says, “I love you Dad!” like a delicious meal. What could be more idyllic than a slow Sunday with dad filled with toasts and tons of tasty dishes?

Give him what he wants and take him to El Cholo Cafe on June 21st for the Father’s Day Buffet and let him feast like a king that he is.

The Father’s Day Buffet Brunch will feature El Cholo’s signature Mexican dishes from burritos to quesadillas. As a gift for the dads, El Cholo will offer a complimentary El Cholo pen or El Cholo Tequila shot.

The buffet will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and there will also be live entertainment from a trio band from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

A photographer will also be roaming around the restaurant, capturing special and candid moments between you and your dad.

For reservations, call (626) 795-5800.

El Cholo Cafe is located at 300 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-5800 or visit


Magnolia House

Sunday, June 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Magnolia House

This Father’s Day, get Dad out of the house he built and into the house where he can relax with great food, cocktails, beer and wine. Stop by Magnolia House for a bounty of Brunch treats during the day or dine over a delectable Dinner in the cozy bungalow on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena in the evening.

Dads who treasure the traditional can begin with The Basics, a simply delicious brunch plate of two eggs, thick cut Applewood smoked bacon or all natural sausage with home fries and toast. Executive Chef Kyu Yi is also cooking up tasty omelets like the Bacon Omelet with Applewood smoked bacon, wild mushrooms, Bourbon onions and Gruyere (Also served with home fries and toast).

Dads will also be happy to sink their teeth into the juicy Manly Burger, a prime dry-aged beef burger topped with Gruyere cheese, wild arugula, house-made Harissa tomato ketchup and horseradish on a toasted Portuguese bun. Pair these satisfying dishes with a little liquid satisfaction, as Magnolia House’s Signature House Old Fashioneds On Tap will be flowing for just $5.00 all day! And enjoyable anytime of the day, The Lumberjack’s Breakfast is mixed with blended scotch, apple brandy, maple, cardamom syrup, lemon and egg whites. Beer guzzling Dads will also be happy with the fine selection of brews on tap, including the Mischief Belgian Strong Ale,Black Butte Porter and Craftsman 1903. With so much to offer every Dad this Father’s Day, Magnolia House just might become your Dad’s new home away from home (you are welcome Mom)!

Magnolia House is located at 492 South Lake Ave., Pasadena.   For more information, call (626) 584-1126 or visit 



A Father’s Day Fiesta

Specials good through Friday, June 19th through Sunday, June 21st

Location: El Portal

Is your dad a Mexican food fanatic?  Or maybe he just loves a good margarita?  Either way, El Portal is offering lots of great specials just in time for the big holiday.

The Chicken Serrano special features medallions of chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto ham, julienned red bell peppers, and jalapeno cheese smothered in a Veracruz sauce served with rice and fresh vegetables.

If your dad is a real carnivore, look no further than the Chalupa del Caribe.  No, no, it’s not one of those odd looking things from Taco Bell.  This dish is more like a casserole, layered with sautéed pork loin, tender steak, chorizo, queso fundido and even cactus.  It’s all simmered together with a  molcajete sauce and served with rice, beans, and tortillas.

Some men can’t live without their steak, which is why the Top Sirloin Steak a la Cesar is on the menu just in time.  This tender top sirloin steak is wrapped in bacon, seared and served with a brochette of grilled shrimp and topped with a brandy and green peppercorn sauce, served with red potatoes and fresh asparagus.

Top off the night with a round of their margaritas and toast dad!

El Portal is located at 695 E. Green St. Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-8553 or visit


Father’s Day Beer and Bourbon Market Brunch at The Royce Wood Fired Steakhouse

Sunday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $92 per person, $35 per child under 12

Sponsor: The Langham Huntington

You know your dad can’t say no to quality beer and bourbon right? Make him the happiest man in town by bringing him to The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse’s Father Day Beer and Bourbon Market Brunch where he can have exclusive bourbon and beer tastings in the Red and White Wine Rooms.

Not only will he get to enjoy these manly drinks, he will also love everything about the interactive Sunday brunch experience, from the displays of fresh breakfast pastries to the elaborate food displays at the Chef’s Table. Your father can also have flowing mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Don’t forget to raise your glasses all together in honor of your hardworking and dutiful father!

Please note that the regular Sunday Market Brunch menu and pricing will not be available on this date. Stay tuned for the Father’s Day Menu specials in this space soon!

For reservations, call (626) 585-6410.

The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 585-6410 or visit


Father’s Day Cardio Tennis Clinics

Sunday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Complimentary (see below regarding reservations)

Sponsor: Chuan Spa and Ojakian Tennis

Start your Father’s Day celebration on an active and energetic note. The Langham Huntington’s Chuan Spa and Ojakian Tennis are teaming up to offer fathers complimentary Cardio Tennis Clinics on Sunday, June 21st.

Cardio Tennis is a high-energy fitness class that brings together the best features of tennis and cardiovascular exercise. It’s a full-body calorie-burning aerobic workout that will boost your father’s energy and promote good health. And the good news is, all levels are welcome (so don’t worry if dad is a little rusty).

There will be two class times, one from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and the other 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Each class can only accommodate 16 attendees, so register early.

Reserve your slot by emailing Ojakian Tennis at or calling (310) 770-1918. Note: Walk-ins are not allowed.

Based on demand, extra class times may be added.

Chuan Spa is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 585-6414 or visit

Ojakian Tennis located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. Pasadena. For more information, call (310) 770-1918 or visit


Father’s Day Special Facial Treatments at Chuan Spa

Available beginning Monday, June 1st

Cost: $90 to $170

Sponsor: Chuan Spa

Pamper your father to the hilt—and treat him to an extra luxurious spa treatment at the award-winning Chuan Spa. The calming ambience at the Chuan Spa alone will put him in a relaxed mood and make him forget about his stresses at home and work. Add the facial treatment to the equation, and you’ve got yourself a recharged and rejuvenated dad.

Pamper dad with the Turo Gentlemen’s Refining Facial, which will improve the health of his skin. This facial is designed to target any sensitivities caused by an active lifestyle or shaving. The Turo Gentlemen’s Refining Facial includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, a mask, and a relaxing cold stone facial massage. This 60-minute facial costs $170.

If dad is short on time, consider the Turo Gentlemen’s Timesaver Facial, a quick 30-minute facial that will rejuvenate his skin and leave the texture smooth and hydrated. This facial costs $90.

For reservations, call (626) 585-6414.

Chuan Spa is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 585-6414 or visit

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