Anyone can take dear old Dad out for a steak or a stogie on his big day, but if you’re looking to go beyond the norm, check out these spots that offer up both food and fun on Father’s Day weekend (and beyond).
If Dad is a car nut, try: The Porsche Experience Center
What you’ll do: Rev your engines on the facility’s test track and choose from a variety of driving modules including an off-road circuit and a low-friction circle. Want a little extra attention? Porsche offers one-on-one training with their driving consultants.
What you’ll eat: Restaurant 365, located on the second floor of the Porsche Experience Center, offers a seasonal fine-dining menu thtat includes appetizers, soups, salads and entrees including lamb loin, sea scallops and wiener schnitzel. If you’re planning on eating, though, you’ll have to move the Father’s Day celebrations to Saturday — the restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Porsche Experience Center and Restaurant 365, One Porsche Drive, Atlanta. 888-204-7474. porschedriving.com/centers/Atlanta.
If Dad likes go-karting and games, try: Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
What you’ll do: Get your heart pumping with high-speed indoor go-karts, a 7-D ride, a cosmic rock climbing wall and a multitude of video games.
What you’ll eat: The Andretti Grill features appetizers, salads, burgers, pizza and smoked options from the Big Green Egg, as well as desserts and a variety of alcoholic beverages.
If Dad’s into planes, try: 57th Fighter Group Restaurant
What you’ll do: If Dad missed his calling as a fighter pilot — or just likes planes — he’ll be able to watch planes land and take off at the edge of the Atlanta DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The restaurant’s aviation-themed memorabilia will make him feel like he’s in the pilot’s seat.
What you’ll eat: On Sunday, choose from a brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or dinner from 5-9 p.m. Dinner items include crawfish etouffe, pork tenderloin and a variety of appetizers, soups and salads.
57th Fighter Group Restaurant, 3829 Clairmont Road, Atlanta. 770-234-0057. www.the57threstaurant.com.
What you’ll do: Hone your golf skills — or lack thereof — with golf “games” that ask you to hit targets with balls. Also select games that test your accuracy, short game and more and get some TLC with individual and group classes. If you want to get an early start this weekend, Top Golf open at 8 a.m. on Father’s Day.
What you’ll eat: Top Golf’s upscale pub menu offers a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, sliders and desserts, as well as beers, wines and craft cocktails.
If Dad likes soccer, try: Novo Cucina
What you’ll do: The restaurant recently installed a turfed Dragon Goal soccer field. Popular in Europe, the small-sided field will let Dad focus on his technical skills before or after dinner.
What you’ll eat: Novo Cucina, from the team behind Sotto Sotto and Fritti, offers up an Italian menu that includes a variety of pizzas, salads and pastas, as well as homemade gelato.
Novo Cucina, 5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Dunwoody. 470-275-3000. novocucina.com.
If Dad likes baseball, try: Coolray Field
What you’ll do: The Gwinnett Braves are playing out of town this weekend, so you’ll have to postpone Father’s Day until Monday, but watching the minor league team play should be worth it.
What you’ll eat: There are your typical baseball concessions options, plus a restaurant, Niekros (named for pitcher Phil Niekro) that offers burgers, sandwiches and the Knucksie, a pulled pork/cole slaw sandwich served on cornbread.
Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive NE, Lawrenceville. milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t431.