What Do Fathers Really Want to Eat on Father’s Day?
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What Do Fathers Really Want to Eat on Father’s Day?

We asked our readers, including several celebrity chefs, what they’re looking forward to eating on Father’s Day
What Do Fathers Really Want to Eat on Father’s Day?
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Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the cocktails. 

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21, so we’re on a mission to learn what foods Dad is looking forward to on the big day.

To find out, we polled several hundred dads, plus a few celebrity chefs, to find out their preferred celebratory meals — breakfast, lunch, dinner, or maybe brunch? At home or at a fancy restaurant?

The results will help you create a great Father’s Day menu — or maybe inspire you to make reservations at his favorite place. The majority of dads polled chose dinner at home for their Father’s Day celebration, with a focus on a barbecue and grilled foods.

If your dad is all about manning the grill, consider these grilling-themed gifts to add to his inventory of prized cooking tools.

Luckily, we’ve got a ton of ideas for great foods to grill this Sunday — or all weekend, if that’s how your family celebrates. We’ve also got plenty of suggestions for what to make the dad whose heart belongs to breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

When Should You Start the Festivities?

As soon as he wakes up, of course. But we’re talking about which meal Dad wants to be the highlight of Father’s Day. Dinner won out as the most popular choice (48 percent), followed by breakfast (22 percent), and brunch and lunch, both at 15 percent.

Where To?         


Most dads (58 percent) chose, heartwarmingly, the option of a home-cooked meal for their Father’s Day celebration. We’re guessing that also coincides nicely with the desire to grill outdoors this weekend, which makes sense. Any event where you get to cook with fire is pretty thrilling, and families all over the country are looking forward to barbecuing all summer long.

Roughly a third (34 percent) of dads said that they would prefer to eat at a restaurant, where it’s the chef’s job to cook with fire.


The remainder (8 percent) opted to enjoy Father’s Day festivities at a relative’s house, which we’re guessing means that they’ve got multi-generational family gatherings in the works.