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This article is the second in a summer-long series titled “A Perfect Summer Day.” With Father’s Day this weekend, the RoundTable thought it would be appropriate to offer this suggestion for “A Perfect Summer Day for Dads.”
Dad should grab his buddies and start the day at one of President Barack Obama’s favorite restaurants, Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop, located at 825 Church St. Although the president has been known to frequent the Hyde Park location, Dixie Kitchen Evanston offers the same Southern, Cajun and Creole favorites made popular in the Hyde Park restaurant. It features a wide selection of salads, seafood, pastas and vegetarian meals, so there is something for everyone. The weekend brunch menu is an Evanston favorite. For a menu and hours go to www.dixiekitchenevanston.com or call 847-733-9030.
It’s Tee Time
It would not be a day for dads without golf. Following breakfast, the guys can head to Evanston’s Frank Govern Memorial Golf Course, 1031 Central St., for a short and friendly round. This convenient and affordable golf course is offering both nine- and 18-hole rates for 2009. Tee-time reservations are recommended and can be made as early as one week in advance. Call 847-475-9173.
Hold the Ketchup
For lunch dads do not need to go far for a satisfying Chicago-style hot dog. Mustard’s Last Stand at 1613 Central St. is located just a few blocks west of Frank Govern Memorial Golf Course. The Last Stand has been feeding hungry Wildcats fans for more than 20 years with its plump and juicy all-beef, Vienna brand dogs. The small space has a sports-themed décor and counter seating, but dads should opt to sit outside at one of the four umbrella-topped tables and enjoy the view of Ryan Field.
After lunch dads can go directly to one of Evanston’s many beautiful and wide beaches. Here they can choose to rest on a towel and read a book or simply take a nap. The more active types can go for a cool swim or take advantage of the City’s watercraft rentals at Dempster Street Beach. Sailboats, kayaks and catamarans are available to rent. Paddles and life jackets are provided. Renters must bring a driver’s license and a credit card. The rental season begins June 13 and runs through Sept. 7. Hours are weekdays 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 847-866-2913 for prices.
Visit the Block
If the men have had enough of the outdoors and would prefer a little culture, they can visit the Mary Leigh Block Museum of Art on the Northwestern University campus, 40 Arts Circle Drive, to view “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks.” Before his death the pioneering African-American artist (1912-2006) selected the 73 photographs in this exhibition as his most powerful photographs. Parks’ photos capture the American experience in the 20th century, from poverty to the civil rights movement. Free guided tours of the exhibition are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from April 25 to June 28. To learn more about the Block Museum and the Gordon Parks exhibit go to www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu or call 847-491-4000.
Dinner and Live Music
Pete Miller’s, 1557 Sherman Ave., is named after Harold “Pete” Miller, a WWII Purple Heart Veteran who had a great love for “good Scotch, a great steak and swinging jazz.” The extensive menu includes fresh fish flown in daily and hand-selected, as well as prime aged steaks. Pete Miller’s is a perfect place for dads to wind down and enjoy a good meal and live jazz music after a fun-filled day. For a calendar of music go to www.petemillers.com or call 847-328-0399.
Pool tables are also available at Pete Miller’s, but the RoundTable advises dads not to stay out too late. The children will be up early, and mom will be in need of a break herself.