Cards are nice, but the real way to your dad’s heart is through his stomach. Here are 20 edible presents that will make this Father’s Day extra delicious.
Bust out the burnt ends:
These juicy, flavor-packed nuggets of brisket are pretty much a delicacy in Kansas City. If your dad’s a barbecue fanatic, you can’t go wrong showing up at his house with burnt ends from his go-to smokehouse. The internationally famous ones (Oklahoma Joe’s, Jack Stack) will likely be packed on Sunday, so if you don’t feel like waiting for an hour, it might be a good time to try a new, under-the-radar spot.
One idea:Smokey’s on the Blvd
, a family-owned barbecue joint off 145th and Metcalf in South Overland Park, has a drive-thru. Try Smokey’s 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, don’t 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 don’t 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 Tallgrass’s Halcyon Wheat, Boulevard’s KC Pils or 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, and Tow Head Blonde Ale from Mother’s Brewing Company. Heck, I might even throw in a Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State.
If your dad is a real beer nerd, you can’t 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.), andthey’re 25 percent off through Sunday.
Toast together with whiskey: Lenexa’s 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 Harry’s Country Club -- the River Market bar has an “ungodly” number of whiskeys according to Esquire, which recently named Harry’s one of the best bars
in the U.S.
Somehow, Mother’s Day became associated with brunch and Father’s Day, with grilling. But it doesn’t 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 Father’s Day.Simply Breakfast, 4120 Pennsylvania in Westport, is making Monte Cristo sandwiches (that’s 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 Father’s Day brunches Sunday.
Upgrade his morning coffee: If your pop’s 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, PT’s Coffee, or my latest discovery, Fresh Coffee Roastery
Buy him a steak (and maybe a golf bag): On Sunday, Sullivan’s 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 that’s too far south, go to Anton’s 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: That’s where the cards are, too! Here’s your shopping list.
Farmland brats infused with Boulevard Wheat and Pale Ale beer.
Five Vines Artisanal Ketchup.
The Leawood ketchup company has flavors like Thai ginger, smoked serrano and black truffle.
Mama Sacorro’s salsa
. I buy the hot version in bulk.
Spicy Jalapeno Lime hummus fromThe 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 Star’s Food section and tweets (mostly) about food @sarah_gish.