Certain days cry out for fancy restaurant meals. Mother’s Day. Valentine’s Day. Anniversaries. But Father’s Day is different. I say real dads should be chilling and grilling rather than wined and dined. Real dads want to unwind in the back yard with a beer as coals burn into white-hot embers before we sizzle flesh.
With apologies to the publicists who have flooded my inbox with Father’s Day promotions since Mother’s Day, I just say no to restaurants on Sunday, June 17. I say yes to steaks. As a dad who also happens to be celebrating a birthday this Father’s Day, I say there’s no place like home. If you want to make dad happy, run out to the neighborhood supermarket, wholesale club or regional chain (such as Doris Italian Market or Penn Dutch) and buy some decent meat for a cookout. Better yet, for those who want to make the day truly special, here are eight suggestions — through online and local purveyors — for steaks that are a cut above.
Adena Farms — This Florida ranch near Ocala founded by Gulfstream Park Casino owner Frank Stronach specializes in grassfed beef that is raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. The Adena Grill at Gulfstream Park closed earlier this year, but Adena Farms ships directly to customers, with a $9.95 delivery fee and a minimum $75 purchase. Order by Tuesday for Friday delivery on dry ice. Call 352-546-3020 or go to AdenaFarms.com.
Bush Brothers — This family-run wholesaler in West Palm Beach sells mainly to restaurants, caterers and yachts but offers direct sales to customers who phone in advance and pick up from the shop. The company sells Angus beef from Creekstone Farms in Kansas and other cuts, including Wagyu variants, from California and Australia. 1931 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561-832-6666, Bush-Brothers.com
The Meating Place — A meat market and small grocery store that has been in business since 1967, it features a range of quality steaks, including Certified Black Angus Beef and dry-age USDA Prime. 277 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-368-1191, MeatingPlaceBoca.com
1947 Gourmet Meat Market — A new retail venture from Okeechobee Steak House in West Palm Beach, which has been in business since 1947. The butcher shop is selling a limited selection of 27-ounce, 55-day, dry-age, bone-in rib-eye cowboy steaks on Friday and Saturday. The market steak is priced at $29.50 per pound (roughly $50 each steak) and side dishes, beer and Rhineland knife sets are also available as gifts. 1959 Wabasso Drive, West Palm Beach, 561-570-7200, 1947GourmetMeatMarket.com
Pat LaFrieda — This high-end, New Jersey-based meat purveyor supplies top restaurants and chefs nationwide, and offers a range of cuts and packages for home delivery. Orders for Father’s Day must be placed by Tuesday (June 12) and will be delivered on dry ice Friday or Saturday. Shipping charge $14.99. Call 1-800-876-0898 or go to LaFrieda.com
Smitty’s Old Fashioned Butcher Shop — An Oakland Park staple for more than 40 years, this store run by proprietor and head meat cutter David Crumbaker features sawdust on the floor, a friendly neighborhood vibe and Certified Angus Beef. 1980 NE 45th St., Oakland Park, 954-771-9341, SmittysMeatsandWines.com
South Florida Kosher Meats — For those who adhere to Jewish dietary law, the rear parts of the cow are prohibited. But front cuts such as rib steak, skirt steak and brisket that are certified kosher are found at this long-standing market in North Miami Beach. The store closes at 3 p.m. Friday and is closed Saturday for the Jewish sabbath, and opens at 8 a.m. Sunday. 1324 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-949-6068, MyKosherMarket.com
Sunshine Provisions — Based in Hallandale Beach, this wholesale meat company from the same owners as Charm City Burger Company in Deerfield Beach and Rebel House in Boca Raton does not sell direct to the public, but its excellent steaks are available at three local specialty markets: Babe Froman in Miami (which features Sunshine’s Wagyu and prime steaks) and Marando Ranch and Farms in Davie and Fort Lauderdale (which features grassfed Aberdeen Angus steaks). Babe Froman, 9216 SW 156th St, Miami, 786-429-1315, BabeFroman.com; Marando Ranch, 5151 SW 64th Ave., Davie, 954-945-5744 and Marando Farms, 1401 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-294-2331; MarandoRanch.com