I’ve received several inquiries via social media this week asking for my recommendations for Father’s Day gifts for all of the “foodie” dad’s out there. I mean, after all, how many neck ties, golf balls, and fishing lures can one guy use, right? Darn right. So I thought I’d whip up a quick post to assist anyone else who may be struggling with ideas of what to do for dear ol’ Dad this year.
1. Take Him To Breakfast
As obvious as this may sound coming from me, I can honestly tell you, as a man, and as a dad, that we LOVE going to breakfast. And it’s even better when the bill gets to be handed off to someone else! And when I say breakfast, I’m not talking about something dainty…I’m talking about something with lots and lots of grub. Some of my favorite spots in town to visit when I’m feeling especially hungry are SuperChef’s Breakfast & More, Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner, Dempsey’s Restaurant, and Tommy’s Diner. Wherever you go, just be prepared to wait, because when it comes to Father’s Day, everybody’s dad likes to eat!
2. Treat Him To A Local Food Or Brewery Tour
Columbus Food Adventures, and its sister company, Columbus Brew Adventures, are two incredible ways to sample and explore the local food and drink scenes in Columbus. Their tours are specifically designed to be both entertaining and educational, and both companies offer a pretty wide variety of adventures to satisfy many different interests. All tours are guilded by a friendly and knowledgable host, and feature anywhere from four to six stops. I’ve been on a few of the tours myself, and I can guarantee that your Dad will have a blast! They have tours running every week throughout the summer (including Father’s Day Sunday), so click the links above to check them out!
3. Give Dad The Gift Of Meat!
Thurn’s Specialty Meats is one of those places that was just made for guys. They’ve been processing hand-made sausages, smoked meats & cheeses, wild game, fresh pork products (including bulk sausage, ribs and bacon!!), deli meats, and so much more for four generations, and are the definitive authority on meat in Columbus. I absolutely love their bacon, sausages, wursts, and ham salad, and I shop here myself every chance I get. Their meats are of the highest quality, and are prepared with great care. Albert (owner) will happily wrap up any weight or measurement of meat you think Dad would enjoy (And trust me, he WILL enjoy Thurn’s meats!).
4. Give Him Some Locally Roasted Coffee!
Columbus has the privilege of being home to more than a dozen independant, locally-owned coffee roasters who are roasting beans in small batches, to ensure the highest quality cup of coffee for guys just like Dad. If he’s stuck in a Maxwell House rut, surprise him with a bag of fresh beans (or grounds) that will awaken his taste buds like never before. Some of my favorites in town include Cafe Brioso, One Line Coffee, Crimson Cup, and Roaming Goat Coffee Roasters. Many roasters have their own shops or cafe’s where you can take Dad for a cup of java and a light breakfast, or you can find others at local markets such as The Hills Market (Worthington & Downtown), Weiland’s, and Lucky’s in Clintonville. A gift card might be a good idea, too, so that Dad can stop and grab a pick-me-up in the future.
5. Spice Up His Life!!
If your foodie dad is anything like me, than he enjoys cooking and grilling almost as much as he does eating. Spices, LTD. is located in the North Market, and has spices for every style of cuisine – cajun, Asian, Latino, Southern BBQ, and hundreds more. Take Dad and let him go wild!
6. Give Him Inspiration.
Late last year, The North Market released it’s own cookbook, featuring over 100 recipes for soups, small plates, salads, desserts, main dishes and more. I’ve yet to add this to my own collection, but if your dad loves to cook, if he enjoys the food prepared by the North Market merchants, or he just loves anything that celebrates Columbus and being local, this is the book for him. He’ll find a unique and delicious selection of dishes that are sure to please family and friends.
So there you have it. These are just a few ideas I’ve been throwing around as possibilities for my own Dad this Father’s Day, and I wanted to toss them out there in hopes that maybe it would help someone else out too. This list is by far, not even close to all of the awesome, locally-inspired foodie gifts available in our great city, but hopefully it will give you some ideas of your own to follow up on. Remember, your old man enjoys getting cool gifts on Father’s Day, but really the most important thing to him is just spending time with the people who call him “Dad”.