It’s time to celebrate Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 19, 2022. If you want to make lasting memories for dad, plan to visit Chandler, where there’s plenty of choices to create a one-of-a-kind agenda for his special day.
Father’s Day Restaurants in Chandler, AZ
We get that your dad is the master of his own grill but think about treating him to lunch or dinner for a change. In Chandler, it’s easy to appeal to his tastebuds with a variety of unique dining options, from burgers and barbecue to hip brew spots:
For the nostalgic dad, American Way Smokehouse will satisfy any craving he has for food prepared with premium ingredients the old-fashioned way. Set amid vintage memorabilia and repurposed décor elements, American Way Smokehouse’s specialty is using locally-raised dairy and meats smoked on pecan wood, and handmade breads for its lineup of hand-crafted sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. Plus, the market, which is located in the Merchant Square Antique Mall, offers more than 50 retro soda selections served in bottles that harken back to simpler times.
Map: 1509 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 772-1877
Sometimes, all a man needs for a meal is a hearty sandwich and a cool beverage to wash it down. At Romey’s Sandwich Bar in Uptown Chandler, Dad can have his pick of artisan sammies and order a round of drinks—canned and bottled beer, seltzers and cocktails. The cheeky menu includes such items as Justin Tuna Lake Sandwich with white albacore tuna, dill pickles, shredded lettuce, fresh tomato and red onion on toasted sourdough; or the Pass the Hasselhoff, with crisp lettuce, pastrami, Swiss, dill pickles, tomatoes, salt and pepper, and signature spicy mayonnaise served on toasted sourdough. Plus, any of the signature sandwiches can be made into salads.
Map: 275 W. Warner Road, Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 597-6056
If your dad is the surf and turf type, DC Steak House is probably your Father’s Day destination. Located in the New Square center, the modern steakhouse delivers a fine-dining upgrade on an old classic. Steakhouse staples such as shrimp cocktail, fried eggplant and truffle fires make the appetizer list, while the entrees include filet mignon, Porterhouse steak, Wisconsin veal chop, swordfish, walleye pike, lobster tail and Alaskan king crab. Guests also have the option of ordering ribs, chicken and pasta dishes, as well as sides that include lobster mac-n-cheese, grilled asparagus and sautéed Brussels sprouts. Plus, the wine and cocktail options are equally top-shelf.
Map: 180 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 899-4400
Since it’s Father’s Day, good ole’ Dad just might prefer a relaxed sports bar and grill such as BKD’s Backyard Joint. The focus at this energetic, yet casual pub is community, camaraderie and sportsmanship, with a scratch menu of eats that includes daily brunch, game-day style burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, wings and salads, and entrees from meatloaf to short ribs. The beverage roster features “Backyard Creations” with specialty micheladas and martinis, mules, beers towers, growlers, wine and an assortment of domestic bottled brews. And, of course, plenty of live game play with NFL, PGA, LPGA, horse racing and international soccer on the tube all day.
Map: 980 E. Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 935-2537
Activities for Spending Father’s Day in Chandler, AZ
Sure, food and beverages are an essential part of any Father’s Day celebration but here are some things to do with Dad in Chandler, AZ with activities and experiences the whole family can enjoy as you honor the man of the house:
Escape the heat by catching a blockbuster summer movie at a Chandler theater, including Harkins Theatres Chandler Fashion 20, a multiplex cinema where you can experience premium movie-watching with Ciné 1 extra-large screens, Ultimate Lounger reclining seats and Dolby Atmos 3D object-based sound.
Father’s Day also is the perfect holiday to reserve an adult tee time with dad at one of the many scenic and award-winning golf courses in Chandler such as the historic San Marco Golf Course, the first green grass course built in Arizona. If you have young kids in tow, check out Swingin’ Safari, an indoor glow-in-in-the dark, 18-hole mini-golf course and arcade where all ages can enjoy some fairway fun. For more inside gaming action, visit 810 Billiards & Bowling, a classic bowling alley and arcade with a twist, plus a full-service bar and comfort food menu.
You always could raise a local pint or two of MoonJuice or Devil’s Ale to your stand-up dad at SanTan Brewing, located in the heart of historic Downtown Chandler. And then take him on a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how Arizona’s largest combined brewery and distillery makes its award-winning craft beer and spirits at SanTan Gardens Brewery and Distillery facility in Uptown Chandler.
Or consider pulling off the daddy of them all—a hat trick for the day by catching a Phoenix Rising soccer game at the club’s stadium in the Wild Horse Pass entertainment district. Fans can purchase a Father’s Day package (valid for the July 2, 2022 match) that includes a ticket, meal voucher, a limited-edition Rising Dad T-shirt and post-match photo with your group.