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What You're Eating: Father's Day Brunch

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Father's Day equals meat, meat and more meat! Unless they're vegan, it's a good bet that your dad will want meat in its various permutations for Father's Day. Here's a roundup of the best deals for the weekend.

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Agora Churrascaria

1830 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 222-9910

Brazilian steakhouse Agora Churrascaria has servers going from table to table, carrying skewers of meat to slice off for guests. That's 12 different cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken, seasoned with rock salt to accent the individual taste of each cut, then slow-roasted over an open flame. If dad is hanging out with non-meat eaters, Agora also has a hot and cold salad bar, comprised of Brazilian and seafood. For Father's Day, all dads will receive a $15 gift certificate, good on their next visit to the restaurant.

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Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 729-1144

If you want your significant other to experience a romantic walk by the beach, a Father's Day treat is waiting at the Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. A set brunch menu costs $48 for adults, with unlimited champagne and mimosas, and it also includes lemon-ricotta pancakes, crab claws with seared ahi tuna, grilled Kobe burgers and a chocolate fountain with fresh berries. Dads also get a complimentary Bloody Mary or draft beer. Bonus: kids under 12 pay only $22.

If you ever want to visit Back Bay Bistro on a Wednesday, the Back Bay Clam Bake is a great deal for $19: clams, mussels. dungeness crab, lobster and shrimp are steamed fresh and boiled, then served with corn on the cob and red potatoes.

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The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove

15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 376-6900

Father's Day brunch starts off with a choice of craft beer, champagne, mimosas and more, but gets better with beignets and ambrosia. A mishmash of cuisines that are fit for the beach are part of the menu, such as steak chilaquiles, a surf and turf dish with crab cake and a grilled petite filet, and more.

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Café Sevilla

3252 Mission Inn Ave
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 788 0611

Because every dad wants a flamenco show to celebrate Father's Day, the brunch at Café Sevilla (from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will be followed by live music and a flamenco show at 6 p.m. In its three locations (Riverside, San Diego and Long Beach), the restaurant and tapas bar has a consistently varied menu; the buffet, at $35.95, will include oysters, smoked salmon, traditional tapas and a traditional American breakfast selection (including an omelet station).

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Don the Beachcomber

16278 South Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

There's fresh seafood, tender steaks, burgers, giant salads, but the best part about celebrating Father's Day at this Tiki-inspired beach venue is the unlimited beer and live Polynesian entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We're thinking hula dancing to match the tropical cocktails will be in order. Don't forget to order the kalua pork.

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Enterprise Fish Co.

174 Kinney St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The almost 100-year-old building that houses this Santa Monica restaurant was once a transfer station for the narrow-gauge Red Car line, Los Angeles' first mass transit system. It then became the repair house for the Pacific Ocean Park, home to the oldest wooden roller coaster west of the Mississippi. When you're this close to the beach, you may want to skip the cholesterol and pig out on lobster instead; the two-pound live Maine lobster is priced at $42.95.

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Fleming's Steakhouse

Multiple Locations

A three-course brunch for $36.95 is all well and good (especially when it's eggs Benedict, lobster bisque and prime rib!), but what makes Fleming's Steakhouse a bigger treat for dad is the $25 dining gift card he'll receive for a future visit. A choice of 100 wines by the glass from "Fleming's 100," a wine list that features many choices at $10 or less, should also be exciting.

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7241 West Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 910-0895

Cinco in Westchester is pulling out all the stops for pop this Father's Day, taking care of the brunch, the beer and the gift all in one fell swoop. For $25, dad will get a stylin' Cinco T-shirt, a beer (Scrimshaw, WC Wit, Strand Beach House, or Jamaica Red Ale) and the Big Papi Plato featuring skirt steak, rice and beans, two eggs over easy, salsa, guacamole, grilled green onions, and corn tortillas.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Multiple Locations

The family-run Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is busting out the big pints for Pop! In addition to a $3 special on 16-ounce Lazy Dog House beers and Firestone DBA, every dad who dines at Lazy Dog on Sunday, June 16 will receive a free limited-edition pint glass while supplies last. And because one can't subsist on beer alone, dads can also dig into Lazy Dog's famed BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs with housemade BBQ sauce, or a prime steak like the Garlic-butter Glazed Flatiron or Bacon Wrapped Coulotte.

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Cafe del Rey

4451 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-6395

Cafe del Rey's seaside brunch, at $42, will offer Executive Chef Daniel Roberts' personal twist on midday staples with a special three-course brunch menu with bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine, or sparkling cider. The restaurant's Mediterranean brunch will include dishes such as Dungeness crab cakes, triple-prime beef burger and flat-iron steak and eggs.

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Fig & Olive Melrose Place

8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

A Provençal brunch, priced at $40, will be hosted at Fig & Olive, and it will of course be olive oil-driven. Special brunch selections include: lobster salad, beef tartar, poached egg with prosciutto and mushroom and yellowfin tuna. Mocktails at $10 each will top off the brunch.

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514 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3744

Mo-chica, the Peruvian restaurant from "Food & Wine's" Best New Chef, Ricardo Zarate, introduces a new five-course "OG Tasting Dinner" featuring dishes never-before-served at the downtown location. Available only on Tuesdays, guests can enjoy the following prix fixe menu for $27 per person: vine tomato and burrata salad with huacatay dressing; ceviche trio featuring monkfish liver, scallops, and yellowtail; roasted chicken layered with truffle and shiitake mushrooms, paired with grilled kabocha; quinoa risotto with short ribs estofado and fresh chickpeas; and tres leches cake.

Mo-chica is also continually open from lunch through dinner. From 2:30 to 5 p.m. daily, the entire food and beverage menu is offered for 20 percent off.

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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 909-1644

On Tuesday, June 18, chefs Wolfgang Puck, David Chang and Roy Choi join forces to present the ultimate Chefs Dinner. The event will feature an amuse bouche followed by five courses of Asian-inspired dishes using farmers' market ingredients selected by the chefs that morning.

Priced at $190 per person (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity), the event is for everyone. An optional wine pairing is available for an additional $80.

Lilledeshan Bose @lillitot lives in Fullerton, a city she's heard described as "The Paris of Orange County."

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