Father’s Day doesn’t get the love that it deserves. Sure, Mother’s Day is the more momentous occasion, one of the busiest days of the year in the hospitality industry, and a fitting tribute to the woman who carried you for nine months… But what about a day for the man who taught you the fine art of lame jokes, the guy who informed what your definition of terrible music is, that king whose famously frugal lifestyle could squeeze a nickel from a penny?
If any of those hit home for you, then Father’s Day is a wonderful occasion to show him that despite his best intentions, you still grew up with an excellent taste for the finer things.
So, when the day arrives (June 20!), pick any of these outstanding spots to prove to the man that not skimping on a good meal is always worth it.
The good people at Tourism Langley have saved you more than a few shopping trips, by putting some of their favourite local items into one gift. Treat dad to a cornucopia of tastes from fantastic Langley businesses like hot cranberry pepper jelly, from The Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm, and a package of Cavatelli pasta with tomato sauce from Mangia e Scappa. To top things off, you can thoughtfully add in a gift card from Township of Langley Golf Courses or continue the food theme with a gift card toward Chew on This Tasty Tour! A well-rounded start for an unmistakably well-rounded guy (maybe don’t tell him that).
Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse
While not an exclusive Father’s Day engagement, this is a stand-by option that no dad could pass up. Set against the rolling greenery of the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, it’s no wonder why this is a destination for family occasions. Dad will love their 3-course meal feature where he can decide between a New York steak, baby back ribs, a lobster burger, and more for his main. Imagine sending him for a day on the links, and then surprising him with a family dinner in the clubhouse when he’s done. You can take all the credit for that nugget.
Dominion Bar + Kitchen
One of our favourite social hubs in Surrey, Dominion is going all in this year for the big day. One of the more unique offerings for the occasion, parties of up to 6 can take part in “Birdies + Buckets With Dad”. A full-on putting competition, accompanied by a menu of tasty buckets: Kusshi oysters, honey mussels, spot prawns, or fried chicken. Did we mention the prize for putting master is a new iPad? At last, you can give dad the truest form of paternal happiness- playing Candy Crush while half-watching the news on mute.
The culinary wizards at Railtown Catering have yet to let us down when it comes to feeding guests, and it looks like their continuing the tradition. This year, they’re offering an “Epic Tailgate BBQ” to celebrate the man of the hour. Give dad a break from the grilling duties with this pack of summer favourite comfort foods: beef brisket, sausage haus brats, smoked pork shoulder and beer brined chicken. It’s a meal that will surely leave dad silent with deep appreciation, and depending on your family, it’s possible that could be appreciated just as much as the food.
Pacific Yacht Charters
Take Dad’s BBQ experience even further by showing off your grilling expertise firsthand. With PYC’s Father’s Day BBQ Box, you can set up the ultimate family picnic. Not only will you get kebabs galore, stuffed jalapenos, and jam-jar parfaits, but you can even get a single-use compostable grill to make it all happen! A wonderfully unique package that will surely be discussed for Father’s Days to come- just hopefully not because of how you mismanaged the proteins. Just in case, best not to let dad within viewing distance of your chef process.
If dad’s tastes veer towards modern Chinese, then Torafuku should be your first stop for a feast. Boasting five delicious courses for two, order a couple to suit your party needs. With a menu of foie gras stuffed chicken wings, braised short ribs, and one of our faves, housemade mango pudding, this is the perfect option if you’re looking for something with big, bold flavours.
Meditteranean just tastes better in the summer for some reason. One of Vancouver’s favourite Lebanese eateries, Nuba has delivered pinnacle summer flavours with their Father’s Day BBQ Kit: watermelon salad, fresh pita and house-made hummus, and a variety of tasty skewers. Scope out a solid spot to toss a blanket down, and this is a delicious excuse to kick off the season with a picnic. Just remind him that despite the weather forecast, tops are definitely not optional.
So how will you be showing off your good taste to the old man? Any of these options will prove the point that oftentimes, more is more. He can enjoy TV dinners every other day of the year, but this time, you’re planning the menu. Just say you got it from your mom’s side.