Father's Day Restaurant Suggestions

While you can always give your dad a gift for Father's Day, it's also nice to make the day stand out and commemorate it with an event for your dad and a special meal or outing could be a great way to do that. If you want to design an outing or go somewhere that will suit your dad and make him happy, but if you're having a hard time thinking of an idea or are just looking for new possibilities, here are some ideas. Dad's Hobby Meal - If your dad is a big fisher, you could go fishing and then eat what you've caught, or just eat a fresh fish dinner by the water. Or maybe your dad is a big baseball fan. A lot of baseball stadiums have been upping their culinary offerings to expand on the typical hot-dog and pretzel selection. But for some of us, it's hard to beat a hot-dog and beer and a baseball game.

Old Memories Meal - Maybe your dad keeps talking about a restaurant he used to frequent in his younger days or a meal he used to love but hasn't had for a while. Consider trying to recreate that dish or seeking out that restaurant to help your dad get a blast from the past and enjoy a great food memory.

A TV Dinner - If your dad is a big fan of cooking shows, he might enjoy a meal at the restaurant of one of these chefs. Or, along the same lines, you could try to find a restaurant you saw on a Food Network show that one of these chefs visited and recommended. It's always to fun to go somewhere or see something in person after you've seen and heard about it on TV. For a really creative evening out, bring along a video camera and tape your own rendition of show.

A Manly Man's Dinner - If your dad is a real man's man, or just wants to eat like one for a day, take him to a real authentic steak house or a great BBQ place. Treat him to a big rack of ribs or a juicy porterhouse for the ultimate dinner. In New York City, places like Hill Country for barbeque and Peter Luger's for steak are both excellent choices.

Cooking Class - On the other hand, if you don't want to go out to a restaurant, or are looking for a nice way to spend some quality time with your dad, consider taking a cooking class together. Check out five great options for cooking classes here.

What's your favorite Father's Day memory?