It's not all my fault. Before Mother's Day I was bombarded with brunch and gift suggestions for Mom. Business have been much more lax about hyping their Father's Day offerings.
Makes sense. Fathers just want to not be bothered. Mothers want attention. But Mothers often make children feel guilty if they don't give Fathers attention too, probably because their day is such a big deal it looks bad if nobody notices dad's holiday.
Maybe another reason is that over the past generation and a half, the image of the quintessential Dad has gone from Windsor-knotted Father Knows Best to potbellied Homer Simpson. Quite a devolution, and inappropriate to ponder on this holiday.
At any rate, I don't know a single dad anymore who is excited about a necktie, and except for that, most things (besides being left alone) that Dads want are expensive. Cars. Golf clubs. La-Z-Boys. Plasmas.
This year, though, you can fall back on the reliable tie.
Because this year, the shopping has been done for you, and it's a joke - the team at Faustina in downtown Salt Lake has been scouring the city for the ugliest ties it can find and are giving them to all the dads who dine at Faustina on Father's Day.
Executive Chef Billy Sotelo will also feature his prime rib special, served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh spring asparagus for just $24 from 5 to 9 p.m. The beautiful patio will be open, weather permitting.
Faustina is located at 454 E. 300 South. Call 801-746-4441 or go to faustinaslc.com.
On the other hand, if your Father is more a fishy kind of guy, head for the Oasis for Lobster Brunch. Oasis Café, also in downtown S.L.C. at 151 S. 500 East, will be featuring lobster specials for Father's Day Brunch. From 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., diners can add lobster to any dish for just $5. Call 801-322-0404 or go to OasisCafeSLC.com.
Happy Father's Day, all you daddy-o's.