Unprompted, most fathers surveyed mentioned eating in their description of their ideal Father’s Day. But their choice of cuisine and mealtime varied:
Jeff R.—two young adults
I always enjoy my son cooking up some good BBQ or sushi—I will eat anything I don’t have to cook.
Matt—10- and 13-year-old kids
I’m usually the chef in our house so anytime someone else cooks it feels like a luxury. I’d like to go to a brunch place that has a crazy omelet bar with every veggie and hot pepper on earth. And ideally a place that makes a from-scratch Bloody Mary and throws in a bunch of weird things on a stick, because they’re delicious and the Bloody Mary premade stuff is disgusting. If the weather’s nice, I’d usually grill some burgers or steaks. But it would be great to try something that takes a little longer, maybe smoke some ribs. And get a nice bottle of red wine that costs $20, because usually we spend $10.
Bernard—three young adults
Brunch. I absolutely love brunch. We must go out…otherwise I would either A. Have to make it, or B. Be stressed that my kitchen is being destroyed. We have a tradition of going to a local beer festival together…I’m not much of a beer drinker, but this is more of a time for all of us to be together. It’s kind of an awesome day when you can finally have a drink with your kids—it makes up for the puke and poopy diapers.
Kevin—adult daughter, 1-year-old grandson
With Colleen being 25 and a mom herself, I’m happy simply to be invited over. Whether we get food someplace, cook a meal there, or go out, I like being included in family stuff, even if it’s routine.
A big lunch with as much family as can make it, my choice of entrée. That’s about it.
To sum it up:
Feed them a better-than-average version of food they like and don’t have to cook.