San Benito Lifestyle

Eats and Ambiance on Father’s Day

Local restaurants were expecting to be busy as families honored Dad
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With Sunday, June 19 being Father’s Day, many San Benito County residents celebrated in various ways. Outdoor recreation areas were active, and restaurants throughout the county geared up for a busy day. BenitoLink reached out restaurants around town to get the details on special events being hosted in honor of dear old Dad.  

Here is a sampling of locations that welcomed guests on Sunday:

Dona Esther’s Mexican Restaurant

Situated on the main drag of old San Juan Bautista, on the corner of Franklin Street, Dona Esther’s has been a staple in classic Mexican food in San Benito for the last 30 years. Family-owned, Dona Esther’s features live Mariachi music on weekends and a few modern twists on traditional Mexican recipes, like its Artichoke Enchiladas.

Owner Tammy Castañeda spoke to BenitoLink about the restaurant’s Father’s Day preparations: “We want to treat our fathers like kings, and we’re having a special Father’s Day buffet on Sunday. All fathers will be offered a free mimosa or bloody mary, for the daddies only!" The buffet was open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jardines de San Juan

Right across the street from Dona Esther’s is another Mexican eatery, Jardines de San Juan. True to its name, Jardines features a lovely backyard garden and patio for outdoor seating, as well as ample tables in their brightly painted interiors. If you like taking meals surrounded by flowering cacti, then Jardines might be for you. 

For Father’s Day, Jardines boasted a Mara y Tierra–surf and turf–special for all the celebrating families who came by. For those who don’t eat meat, Jardines also offers vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. The restaurant was packed at lunch, with some customers waiting nearly an hour to get a table.

The Grove Restaurant

The Grove Restaurant by Leal Vineyards has made a name for itself as a lively dining experience in Hollister, and for Father’s Day it was no different. An “All American Dad’s Feast” buffet was open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with live music by Aftermath from noon-4 p.m. The regular menu was not available on Sunday, but there were a host of hearty options available in the buffet–from wood fire roasted whole hog, to french toast puffs, to vegetable farmer’s pie, offering plenty of options for everyone. If a full bar, buffet, and sunny bocce ball courts wasn’t enough to convince someone to visit, The Grove also stocked a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar for Father’s Day Sunday.

Wherever you were on Sunday — be it a restaurant or a backyard barbecue — BenitoLink wishes all dads a Happy Father's Day.



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