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Feed Dad at local eateries

If Dad likes a good steak, he has plenty of dining options for Father’s Day. Here are some of the area restaurants celebrating on Sunday.

•Hall’s Tavern at Coventry, 5745 Coventry Lane, will offer a rib-eye steak with two sides for $17.99. Or get a 7-ounce sirloin and shrimp with special sides and the chef’s featured dessert for $11.99. For reservations, call 459-2893.

•Hall’s Factory, 5811 Coldwater Road, will offer a $17.99 steak special. The 18-ounce T-bone is served with two sides. Bloody Marys are $5. For reservations, call 484-8693.

•The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will have two options, each for $9.95. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy pancakes, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, barbecue chicken, ribs, pulled pork and the salad bar. From 4 to 8 p.m. feast on pizza, wings, the same barbecue items and the salad bar. For reservations, call 490-5765.

•T.W. Fable, 360 N. Main St. in Bluffton, will be open noon to 6 p.m. serving all-you-can-eat prime rib for $36. The menu also will feature mahi mahi tacos, a Belgian waffle tower with truffle butter and honey, eggs Florentine, green eggs and ham Benedict, grilled melon and prosciutto, and steak tips and fries.

For reservations, call 260-353-1360.

Prepare feast at Olive Twist

Learn how to whip up a great meal for Dad during a demonstration cooking class Saturday at the Olive Twist in Covington Plaza.

Laura Wilson, who owns La Dolce Vita in Roanoke and has trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, will run the class, called “A Feast Fit for a King,” from 1 to 3 p.m.

The menu features smashed tomato Caesar salad, shrimp scampi al Dragoncello (with orange, tarragon, garlic and red pepper), risotto and strawberry shortcake with balsamic vinaigrette.

The class is $60. Advance registration is required; call 436-3866.

The Olive Twist also will have a salad class at 6:30 p.m. on June 27 with local chef Janie Ebinger.

It’s $12; registration is required.

New eateries opening doors

Wu’s Chinese restaurant has opened at 4411 Coldwater Road, in the former Ponderosa. The menu includes dishes such as red shrimp, tangerine crispy beef and spicy honey chicken.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant was destroyed by fire in March 2010 and was rebuilt in the same location.

Here are more eateries on the way:

•Signs are going up for Koto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, 301 E. Washington Center Road in the former Bar-B-Cutie.

•Café Fraiche will open soon at 300 Washington Blvd. in the lobby of the Lamplight Inn. It will offer breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

•For Goodness Cakes is coming to 6014 N. Clinton St. in the Washington Square plaza.

Mead, honey wines at local foods dinner

Mead was made to pair with chicken tikka masala.

Taste them together at 6 p.m. on June 28, when JK O’Donnell’s has its next local foods dinner, highlighting New Day Meadery in Indianapolis.

The menu also features an ahi tuna lettuce wrap, grilled duck with root-vegetable barley salad, raspberry-barbecue pork slider and roast leg of lamb. There will be a Guinness and chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

In addition to the semi-dried mead, the honey wines will include plum, peach, raspberry and blueberry versions.

Local farms providing meat and produce for the meal are Gunthorp Farms in LaGrange, County Gardens & Farm Market in Roanoke, Richert Ranch in New Haven and Home Place Gourmet in Decatur.

The meadery owners will discuss the history of mead and how it is made.

The dinner is $35, which doesn’t include tax or gratuity.

JK O’Donnell’s is at 121 W. Wayne St.

For reservations, call 420-5563.

T.W. Fable adds hours, menu

Since it is adding Tuesday night hours for the summer, T.W. Fable in Bluffton is moving each of its Destination Tasting dinners one day earlier, to the last Monday of the month.

The next one is from 6 to 9 p.m. June 27, focusing on the Midwest, with regional wines and a bourbon tasting option.

The menu will feature an Indiana creamed corn croquette, a “deconstructed” Chicago Dog with brown mustard custard, and Ohio Wagyu beef with mushroom risotto and black truffle foam.

Reservations are required for these events; call 260-353-1360.

The restaurant, 360 N. Main St., also has created a “Sunset” menu of lighter fare, with salads, flatbread pizza, wraps and a lobster roll.

It’s available 5 to 6 p.m. in the dining room, or all evening for those sitting in the outdoor café area.

Summer hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

From July 10 to Aug. 28, the outdoor café will be open Sundays for the Summer Concert Series at Kehoe Park. Service hours are to be determined.

Dicky’s planning beer tastings

Every Thursday night through August, Dicky’s Wild Hare will offer a free beer tasting and live music.

The event runs from 8 to 10 p.m.

This Thursday, Bell’s Brewery will be featured and Island Vibe will perform.

Dicky’s is at 2910 Maplecrest Road.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, email sscarlett@jg.net or call 461-8313.

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