shutterstock_128635586 (640x403)Father’s Day doesn’t seem to enjoy the same fanfare as Mother’s Day.  In fact, 83% of people we surveyed said they are more likely to dine out for Mother’s Day than for Father’s Day.

What gives, guys?!  Dad suffers through mom’s health-food kicks, foregoes his restaurant order because he knows the kids won’t even eat half of theirs, and secretly hates eating his veggies, too. Give the man the meal he deserves!

Need some help?  Here are five “Man Food” ideas (hint: we’re not talking fruit salad or tapas here) that should be reason enough to get dad out of the house and into the nearest restaurant booth this Sunday.

1. You Can’t Go Wrong with Steak – Steak is the quintessential Man Food, but it’s not that simple.  There are clear levels of “manliness” on the steak scale.  It might be measured by ounces (restaurant menus cover a wide range, from 8 oz. filets to a 20 oz. Porterhouse), boneless vs. bone-in, or by toppings and accouterments. We are particularly impressed by a restaurant option to top your 16 oz. bone-in cut with applewood smoked bacon and a fried egg,

shutterstock_511860912. Brunch Can Be Manly Too – Hold the berries and bellinis, please. We’re talking about biscuits and gravy and steak and eggs. Breakfast and brunch are actually some of the most Man Food-friendly meals of the day. Did you know it’s acceptable to put bacon in Bloody Marys now? Hit the right breakfast buffet and you’ll find bacon, sausage, steak, pulled pork, prime rib, ham and corned beef all lined up for one meal.  Spicy huevos rancheros or chilaquiles are sure to add a little hair on your chest, as will a good chorizo and cheddar scramble. Not manly enough for you? Try sausage biscuits, feauturing two buttermilk biscuits with crumbled sausage, cream gravy, two eggs and grits.

3. Did Someone Say Salad? – No, they did not.  Salad is not a Man Food.  But you know what is?  Burgers! Much like steak, burgers can serve as the base for some of the most impressive Man Food creations out there.  Take a beef patty and a bun and start piling on the fun to create the man meal of your dreams.

4. BBQ Can’t Be Beat – Most dads love to grill, but there’s more to barbecue than burgers and brats!  Treat Dad to a different kind of barbecue this Father’s Day – one that features smoky sauces, pulled pork, brisket and ribs. Barbecue flavors and techniques vary by region, so check out our helpful guide before you go. Try ordering a combo platter, which allows hungry diners to pick two options from pulled pork, chopped beef brisket, pulled chicken, hot link sausage, barbecue chicken or St. Louis Ribs.


Another Man Food bonus that comes with barbecue? Side dishes like collard greens, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, fried okra, baked beans, potato salad, fries, cornbread and more!

5. The Manwich – Last, but certainly not least on our guide to Man Food is the “manwich” – a sandwich so devoid of the twists we ladies love (hummus! Apple slices! Low-carb bread!) and full of Man Food elements (meat, bread, meat) that it earns a category all its own.  The “manwich” comes in many shapes and sizes, but we feel confident you’ll find one your dad can love.  From the classic Philly Cheesesteak, French Dip, or an authentic Italian beef, to a good old fashioned roast beef or Reuben. Sometimes a simple sandwich is just what a man needs.

What do you consider “Man Food?”  Will you be taking your dad out this Father’s Day?  Tell us in the comments section below!