When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent. (Insert crickets here). Bad jokes aside, Father's Day is coming up on June 20.
NOLA Dining to Celebrate Dad
Show your appreciation for everything dad's done over the past year and take him out for dinner at one of these new fantastic New Orleans restaurants.
Take Dad out for a bit of taste of Jalisco. Secret Birria is the spot to go for excellent Mexican cuisine. The surprise on the menu is the ramen, but it makes sense because the flavorful birria broth makes a superb ramen base. The birria beef tacos are slow-cooked for five hours, drenched in the house consomé, and served with extra Mexican jus for dipping. That slow-cooked goodness can also be found in the ramen and massive burrito.
Finding a restaurant where everyone can find something on the menu they'll love can be difficult. At Misa, the menu is eclectic, and there's something for every palate. Start with crispy spring rolls made from male white crab or the avocado bruschetta on homemade sourdough. There are five different pasta dishes, including two vegetarian options. The main courses span the globe from Moroccan fish to Indian lamb shank stew. Of course, if Dad is a meat and potatoes guy, there's an aged grilled ribeye too.
Pluck Wine Bar & Restaurant
Sip and swirl for Father's Day at Pluck Wine Bar & Restaurant. The Warehouse District has plenty of good spots, but this is the one for a glass of ethically produced wine at a great price. The food menu is designed to pair well with wine, so you can't go wrong no matter what you order. Wine is even used to elevate the dishes like the roasted quail dressed in chardonnay cream or the strawberry and goat cheese salad with a riesling vinaigrette. The cheese and charcuterie boards are locally-sourced, so you can feel good about being a little gluttonous.
Thai Djing started its life as a food truck, but now the brick and mortar location on Fifth Street is the place to taste the best Thai fare in the area. The bright pink house is a sunny place with indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for making family memories around a great meal. The khao soi is a northern Thai treat with a rich coconut curry broth, regular noodles, and a cage of crispy egg noodles on top. It's a fun blend of flavors and textures. The stir-fried basil dish brings the heat, and be sure to order the mango and coconut sticky rice for dessert.
Chef Rafik Abohattab's first foray into the culinary world was running his own food truck at age 17. Then, he moved to the U.S. and worked in several kitchens before opening his own spot. Torshi is a celebration of Mediterranean food, specifically Egyptian influences. The Egyptian kofta wrap with ground beef and lamb, tahini, and the signature tomato sauce is a neighborhood favorite. Of course, family meals are for sharing, and there are several dips like labneh, hummus, baba ganuj, or a mezze platter with grape leaves and falafel.
NOLA Pizza Co.
Some Dad's don't want a big fuss made over them, so keep it casual at NOLA Pizza Co. The NY-style pies are divided into red, white, and square on the menu. The key to the dough is the water. NOLA Pizza Co. strips the water through reverse osmosis and then adds back the right amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other elements necessary for perfect fermentation. And what's pizza with beer? No worries, NOLA Brewing has more than 20 beers on tap here to raise a glass for Father's Day.