5 no-fail menus for Father's Day

Don’t know what to serve dad? We’ve got you covered with meals to suit every father's taste

For the "classic" dad

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For the "classic" dad

The “classic” dad loves a good ‘ole meat and potatoes dinner and this menu hits all the right notes, with a little twist. Be sure to serve this meal with a big, bold red wine.


Grilled Grass-fed Rib-eyes with Herb Lemon Butter

Creamy Cumin-and-Garlic Potato Gratin

Garlic and Thyme Green Beans

Flourless Chocolate Soufflés



For the health-nut dad

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For the health-nut dad

Steak, potatoes, and chocolate won’t cut it for this dad. After he’s climbed a mountain or biked 50 miles, serve him this nutritious, satisfying dinner that includes a light and refreshing flavored water, heart-healthy grilled fish and whole grains, and an antioxidant-rich dessert.


Herb-infused Spa Water

Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Nutted Brown Rice Pilaf

Blueberries in Black Pepper-Syrah Syrup



For the early-riser dad

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For the early-riser dad

If your dad’s a morning person, surprise him with this hearty breakfast to start his day off on the right foot. We’ve included all the classic components, but with some special twists to make this breakfast something extraordinary.


Cardamom Coffee

Devil’s Mess

Francie’s Fruit Salad

Coffee and Brown Sugar Bacon


For the vegetarian dad

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For the vegetarian dad

Meat’s not his style, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want something filling. A pasta dish loaded with veggies fits the bill. We rounded out the meal with classic Italian accompaniments and flavors. For dessert, don’t skip the ice cream sandwiches--they’ve got peanut butter, so there’s a little protein, right?


Basil Gimlet

Vegetable Ribbon Pasta Shells

Three-Cheese Garlic Bread

Greens and Herbs Salad with Classic Vinaigrette

Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches



For the adventurous dad

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For the adventurous dad

Ho-hum chicken and grilled steak won’t impress the adventurous eater. He wants to be surprised. For him, we’ve got a twist on sangria, oysters with a spicy glaze, a salad with actual flowers in it, Armenian kebabs, and an unusual--yet delicious--ice cream.


White Peach Sangria

Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Glaze

Eat-your-garden Salad

So Amazing Armenian Lula Kebabs

Bulgur Pilaf with Spinach

Coconut Avocado Ice Cream



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