It takes a special man to be a dad and sometimes, that dad or “father figure” in one’s life may be an uncle, a stepdad or a teacher. All deserve to be celebrated and thanked on Father’s Day with a meal that is fantastic and filled with good company and great memories. South Florida has miles of beautiful coastline, so why not take dad to a waterfront restaurant where he can enjoy fresh wafts of sea breeze? Or opt for a local eatery known for its creative plates and fresh ingredients.


Toro Toro Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 372-4710

If Dad is loves a touch of Latin flair in his dishes, take him to Toro Toro, located in the luxurious Intercontinental Plaza in the heart of Downtown Miami. This modern, upscale eatery infuses Pan Latin flavors into its creative dishes, like the braised short ribs with orange coriander or the achiote BBQ salmon. Seafood lovers can also opt for the grilled octopus, served with fingerling potato salad, or the parmesan crusted sea scallops in lemon butter sauce. Looking to go earlier in the day? The restaurant offers an amazing Sunday brunch menu, complete with a seafood and raw bar and rodizio grill. Take note: Guests at Toro Toro are asked to dress business casual (tell Dad to leave the flip flops and shorts at home).


Edge Restaurant
1435 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 381-3190

For a unique twist on the classic steakhouse, take Dad to the Edge Restaurant on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell. The fresh farm-to-table meals here are served in lighter portions, so the family can order multiple plates to share and try a little of everything. If you’re here for Sunday brunch on Father’s Day (11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), hit up the taco shack for slow cooked pulled chicken tacos or the “suckling pig” station for slow roasted pork, and save room for the strawberry pistachio mousse. At night, opt to sit on the rooftop terrace for great views of downtown Miami with a handcrafted cocktail in hand.


The Foxy Brown
723 E. Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
(754) 200-4236

The Sunday brunch breakfast bar at the Foxy Brown is key to a Father’s Day excursion. Bellini’s, mimosas and red or white sangria glasses are only $8. The belly stuffing meals served at The Foxy Brown will have Dad retiring to his recliner in no time. For brunch (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Dad can indulge in anything from crab cake benedict to hangar steak hash, served with 2 eggs and chimichurri hollandaise sauce. Dinner starts at 4 p.m. on Sundays, and offers up homey dishes like beef a roni – pasta, house braised short rib ragu and ricotta cheese, mac and cheese and bangers and mash.

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429 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 525-2421

The location of Coconuts says it all–Seabreeze Boulevard. Yes, this is a waterfront restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale offers up some amazing seafood with an even better view. Try the Maine lobster claw meat in a Lobster benedict, shrimp & grits or a seafood frittata (lump crab, Maine lobster, shrimp), or the Morning BLT (fried eggs, Neuske bacon, mayo, lettuce and tomato). The kids will love the chocolate fudge swirl pancakes and French toast.


Kelly’s Landing
1305 S.E. 17th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 760-7009

Aficionados of New England culture and its seafood will love Kelly’s Landing. The “wicked good” soups include fresh “chowdahs”, like New England clam and seafood chili. The best “lobstah” in town is also served here, and Dad can order up by the pound. Or opt for the traditional New England style Lobstah Roll, served with fries and coleslaw. The brunch menu has favorites like the prime rib with poached eggs and lobster benedict. Dad can also order Kelly’s “Burg-ah” and veggie lovers can get the “Gah-den Burg-ah” to complete the full experience, save booking a trip to Boston.

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