We can't think of a better time to toast to the fathers in our lives than at the beginning of summer. With the weather starting to pick up and BBQ season imminent, it seems only fitting to skip the socks this year and plan an outing revolving around at least one of his favourite pursuits.
However, if you don't want to shower your patriarch in smoked sausages and ribs, there's more than one way to celebrate this June 16. From sustainable seafood to sailing, we've rounded up the best ways to make your old man feel special (and yes, that means picking up the bill just this once).
Cruising around the Toronto Harbour is the perfect combination of relaxation and excitement (and good eats) to treat Dad to this Father’s Day. Stunning views of Toronto’s skyline replace the usual humdrum restaurant backdrop, while you drink and dine buffet style. Mariposa hosts both brunch and dinner cruises for Father’s Day so you can choose between a leisurely afternoon or a night of music and dancing under the twinkling lights of downtown Toronto.
From $79.90, mariposacruises.com
Calling all movie buffs! If your pop is a self-described film aficionado, then Montecito's movie-themed restaurant is the perfect place for your Father's Day dinner. Appropriately located behind the TIFF Lightbox, Montecito’s unique décor and locally sourced produce make it the star of the show. The Father’s Day menu features classics like ribeye steak, lamb sausage and pork chops, with gnocchi and asparagus salad as appetizers. I’ll have what he’s having!
The Beach Ribfest
We don’t know why dads in particular are associated with all things beer and barbecue, but we do know that Ribfest is the best of both. The meat-feast sees 15 craft brews and 26 vendors grilling ribs and poultry slathered in all manner of sauce, serving sides or offering desserts. There are several iterations of Ribfest over the course of the summer but on Father’s Day weekend the pork purveyors will be at Woodbine Park.
Maple Leaf Tavern
If you’re looking to have a low-key Father’s Day in the comfort of your own home, or backyard, Maple Leaf Tavern is offering a takeout set to make things simple without taking away the sizzle (of the grill that is). Their Father’s Day BBQ set comes with pork-side ribs, beef ribs and smoked sausage, all fully cooked and ready to be reheated. Spicy pickles, creamy coleslaw and BBQ sauce are also included.
TOCA’s elegant space, equipped with both a wine cellar and a ‘cheese cave,’ makes it the perfect spot for dads who aren’t afraid to enjoy the finer things in life. TOCA’s Father’s Day brunch includes a sustainable seafood bar, featuring a spread of lobster tails, snow crab legs, poached shrimp and P.E.I. mussels. If that’s not enough, TOCA will be serving their classic caesars.
With a legacy spanning over a century, Old Mill restaurant’s rustic aesthetic appeals to fathers who value time-honoured tradition. Offering both a brunch and dinner buffet, the Father’s Day fare at Old Mill includes brunch standards like bacon, sausage and eggs Benedict, while the dinner menu offers grilled classics like prime rib, ham and salmon.