Gifts and Grub for Dad

Celebrate your main man with these thoughtful gifts and special meals for Father’s Day.

The old adage that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach persists for a reason. If your dad has a sweet tooth, make his day with creative confections from Cocoa Dolce, including chocolate covered bacon ($5.50 for a three-pack), cordial cups ($12 for box of 12) and stout marshmallows ($13.50 per package), made with Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, double-dipped in Belgian dark chocolate and sprinkled with artisan butter pretzels.

Leather and wood’s natural cool factors get a boost when they’re combined into this masculine, minimalist valet tray a sweet spot for Dad to stash his stuff when he walks in the door. Carefully crafted by KC CO., the tray ($125) looks even better with the company’s simple wallet ($85).

Photo by Aaron Lindberg


If Dad is a connoisseur of craft cocktails and brews, Function Junction has just the thing. Hammered Moscow mule mugs (on sale for $20) are perfect for entertaining (and decorating your kitchen or bar area) and a Mr. Beer Craft Brew Kit (on sale for $50) lets the owner brew beer in four steps.

Celebrating Father’s Day away from dear old dad? Send him a pleasant surprise in the form of a Ship & Dip box. The KC-based company’s special collection of goodies for the occasion includes BoysGrow Agave Ketcup, Chipotle Mustard by Saucy Mama, Competition Blend #9 BBQ Sauce by Daniel’s and Hombre Beef Jerky for $22, along with recipes he’ll love for barbecue pork butt and old-fashioned meat loaf. Order by 5 p.m. June 16 for guaranteed delivery.

For those who prefer to share appreciation with a meal, dads can get select dishes for free at Drunken Fish Sunday, and Morton’s Grille is celebrating with a three-course meal for $45. Signature items featured on the special menu include steakhouse chili and steak and blue cheese flatbread starters, bacon fat braised ribs, horseradish crusted salmon and a 6-ounce center cut filet mignon for the entrée and white chocolate pecan bread pudding, New York cheesecake or ice cream cookies for dessert.

Brunch isn’t reserved for Mother’s Day. Bluestem is serving up steak and eggs and smoked beef hash 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (play it safe and make a reservation). The menu also features sweeter dishes, such as Megan Garrelts’ cinnamon rolls, banana bread, carrot cake and chocolate pudding cake with mint ice cream.

Avenues Bistro has a brunch buffet for dads featuring filet mignon fajitas, peel and eat shrimp, ribs and Asian style wings as well as a choice of French toast, waffles, eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy or an omelet. Diners can also take advantage of the restaurant’s Sunday Supper deal, a four-course meal for $15 5 – 8 p.m.