Cards are nice, but the real way to your dads heart is through his stomach. Here are 20 edible presents that will make this Fathers Day extra delicious.
By Sarah Gish
Bust out the burnt ends: These juicy, flavor-packed nuggets of brisket are pretty much a delicacy in Kansas City. If your dads a barbecue fanatic, you cant go wrong showing up at his house with burnt ends from his go-to smokehouse. The internationally famous ones (Oklahoma Joes, Jack Stack) will likely be packed on Sunday, so if you dont feel like waiting for an hour, it might be a good time to try a new, under-the-radar spot.
One idea: Smokeys on the Blvd, a family-owned barbecue joint off 145th and Metcalf in South Overland Park, has a drive-thru. Try Smokeys cult-classic BBQ Spaghetti ($8.99), a cowboy version of spaghetti and meatballs in which smoky baked beans and burnt ends stand in for marinara and meatballs. And please, dont skip the potato salad.
Satisfy his sweet tooth: At Glace Artisan Ice Cream, a gourmet coffee shop with locations at 4960 Main in Kansas City and 4535 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, you can customize a pint and take it to go (just dont forget to bring a cooler with ice). My pick: Half Salted Pretzel, half Peanut Butter Chocolate.
Customize a six-pack: My dad drinks one beer, and that beer is Miller High Life Light in a koozie. But if I were to help him branch out a bit, I would go to a local liquor store ( On the Rocks in Lawrence or Bier Station in Waldo, for example) that lets you mix and match bottled beers to build six-packs. Then I would pick out some light yet flavorful beers like Tallgrasss Halcyon Wheat, Boulevards KC Pils or 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, and Tow Head Blonde Ale from Mothers Brewing Company. Heck, I might even throw in a Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State.
If your dad is a real beer nerd, you cant go wrong with a set of Spiegelau glassware. The specially designed glasses enhance the flavor, aroma and even the color of any brew. Boulevard sells them in their gift shop (2501 Southwest Blvd.), and theyre 25 percent off through Sunday.
Toast together with whiskey: Lenexas own Darkhorse Distillery now makes bourbon, rye and white whiskey. Buy a bottle at one of these locations or take your dad to a bar that serves the local spirit, such as Grunauer. You could also take him to Harrys Country Club -- the River Market bar has an ungodly number of whiskeys according to Esquire, which recently named Harrys one of the best bars in the U.S.
Do brunch: Somehow, Mothers Day became associated with brunch and Fathers Day, with grilling. But it doesnt have to be that way. Dads dig pancakes, bacon and Bloody Marys, too.
Several local restaurants are offering up extra-special brunches this Sunday for Fathers Day. Simply Breakfast, 4120 Pennsylvania in Westport, is making Monte Cristo sandwiches (thats basically a deep-fried ham and cheese), corned beef hash, and homemade banana bread. The Blue Moose Bar & Grill in Prairie Village is serving a manly brunch complete with barbecue and prime rib. Pig & Finch in Leawood, Gram & Dun on the Plaza, and The Drop on Martini Corner are also prepping special Fathers Day brunches Sunday.
Upgrade his morning coffee: If your pops a java junkie, buy him a gift certificate at your favorite shop or replace his bitter bargain brand with a bag or three of locally roasted beans from The Roasterie, Parisi Artisan Coffee, PTs Coffee, or my latest discovery, Fresh Coffee Roastery in Lawrence.
Buy him a steak (and maybe a golf bag): On Sunday, Sullivans Steakhouse in Leawood is serving dry-aged New York strips and long-bone ribeyes. Customers will be entered in a drawing to win a Nike golf bag. If thats too far south, go to Antons Taproom, a restaurant and bar near downtown Kansas City that specializes in dry-aged steaks. (Want to know what makes dry-aged steak so good? Read this.)
Show you care with summer grilling supplies: You can find a lot of great, local gifts for your dad at the grocery store. Bonus: Thats where the cards are, too! Heres your shopping list.
Five Vines Artisanal Ketchup. The Leawood ketchup company has flavors like Thai ginger, smoked serrano and black truffle.
Mama Sacorros salsa. I buy the hot version in bulk.
Spicy Jalapeno & Lime hummus from The Hummus Company. Even hummus haters dig this spicy dip.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a monthly cooking story for The Stars Food section and tweets (mostly) about food @sarah_gish.