Brunch-Free Father’s Day

Father’s Day in Atlanta isn’t the brunch fiesta that Mother’s Day is. By the time June rolls around it’s often just a little too warm to wait outside for 45 minutes to get seated at your favorite eggs-five-ways spot, and maybe brunch isn’t exactly his idea of a man-meal. So Father’s Day is, for many dads, a chance to go some place family friendly and sink a couple of cold ones while basking in the love of their wife and children.

This weekend, Der Biergarten has a K├Ânig Ludwig Platter for $70, and it’s enough to feed most families. It’s a selection of meats, sausages, and sauces that will transport you to Bavaria. Buy the platter, munch on it through the afternoon then head over to STATS to watch Game 5 of the Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs, or head across town to have a family night out at the Braves v Giants game.

Lure, Fifth Group Restaurants’ flagship Oyster House, has some brunch-time options, but it’s not the huevos rancheros kind of brunch you’re going to find at most places around town. This is cold-water oysters, and Rhode Island calamari. So if your kids are a little older (or have exceptionally developed palates) get to Lure between 11am and 3pm on Sunday. Reservations are recommended, so call 404-817-3650 without delay!

Big Green Egg have partnered with Rays on the Creek in Alpharetta to offer a $15 cooking-out class on Saturday night. There’ll be pulled pork sliders and pizza, along with beer specials — spots are limited so you’re going to want to call 770-649-0064 to give dad a great evening learning how to grill things that are cooked all the way through, rather than charcoal on the outside and raw on the inside. That’s not actually “blackened, Cajun-style” no matter what he says. Just be prepared for him to want go out and buy a Big Green Egg on Sunday.

And nothing says Father’s Day like grill-shopping…