Still trying to decide what to do with Dad this weekend? If a fancy brunch isn’t quite a fit for the father(s) in your life, here are a few casual, comfortable places that have plenty of room for the family.
With a long list of ever-rotating microbrewed beers, deliciously unconventional thin crust pizzas like the American Pie (essentially a Big Mac-inspired pizza) and just enough television screens to catch whatever game might be happening, this restaurant fits the bill perfectly for a date with Dad. There may not be a patio here, but all of the large windows open completely, making it easy for the summer breeze to still make its way throughout the room.
1080 8 St. S.W., 403-264-2739, beerevolution.ca, @revolutionyyc
Since going through a fairly substantial renovation following severe water damage earlier this year, The Block now allows minors on its dining room side, making it a great family-friendly choice for this weekend. There’s all-day breakfast here for anyone who likes to brunch later in the day and a big mix of dishes from deep-fried pickles to its signature upscale take on a tuna melt, fish and chips and more.
2411 4 St. N.W., 403-282-1339, eatdrinkblock.com, @blockyyc
Craft Beer Market
Though it can get a bit loud and rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights, on Sundays this big beer hall offers a more subdued atmosphere for brunch and afternoon drinks. Opt for anything from breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs and roast chicken to Bennies or chicken and waffles. It’s also kid-friendly during weekend brunch, so bringing along little ones is no problem at all.
345 10 Ave. S.W., 403-514-2337, craftbeermarket.ca, @craftbeermarket
Home and Away
Feeling bad that you don’t shoot hoops in the driveway with your dad as much as you did when you were a kid? Well, kill two birds with one stone at this popular sports bar on 17th Avenue S.W. Sip on some beers or Home and Away’s impeccably garnished caesar and shoot some (mini) basketball hoops while you wait on your food to arrive.
1331 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-9789, homeandawayyyc.com, @homeandawayyyc
If your dad likes watching baseball on Sundays then head straight upstairs at The Unicorn to enjoy a sports-themed cantina that dishes up an array of Tex-Mex-style cuisine like big taco salads, burgers and Mexi tater tots as well as a weekend brunch that includes a Mexi-fry poutine topped with cheese sauce, pico de gallo, chorizo and a sunny-side up egg. Sounds good to me.
223 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-3665, superpub.ca, @unicorncalgary