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Colleen Dunn and Emily Stanford | Photo: Daniel Norwood | June 7, 2013
Brunch? Blah. Golf? Over it! Stop scrambling for last-minute gifts and plans. We’ve got the goods to help you tailor a mean Father’s Day for the man in your life.
Give the grill master the day off, why don’t ya? Grab a table at S.D.’s BBQ treasure, Phil’s BBQ, where award-winning ribs and man-approved comfort food awaits. And on your way out, grab a bottle of the housemade sauce. Cause we’re thinking combo gift—Phil’s bone-sucking sauce and every BBQ-nerd’s favorite toy, a Big Green Egg! 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, philsbbq.net; biggreenegg.com
Yes, dads love golf and tools. But how about a twist on tradition? At the Morley Field Disc Golf Course, the whole Frisbee-flippin’ family can get in on the green. To finish? Head to Westfield UTC—tool shopping at Sears is about as time-honored as Norman Rockwell, but there’s also Oakley, Brookstone and Tesla Motors to get dad’s engine running. 3090 Pershing Dr., morleyfield.com; 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, westfield.com/utc
Got a baseball fan? On Father’s Day the Padres face the Diamondbacks. Make it special by adding a little something extra—get there early and join a behind-the-scenes tour of Petco Park to learn about ballpark history and get an exclusive peak inside the dugout. After the game (first pitch is at 1:10pm) may we suggest drinks at the Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar? Take me out! sandiego.padres.mlb.com; 509 9th Ave., hotelinsd.com
Moms like spa days, dads like…beer! And we like Stone Brewing Company. The new Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station features a bocce ball court that’s perfect for a little after-pints friendly competition. Or, at the original brewery grounds in Escondido, you can take dad behind the scenes on the brew tour that Forbes called the best in the U.S.A. It’s a hot ticket: Make a reservation. 2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, 1999 Citracado Parkway, stoneworldbistro.com
Whatever dad’s personal style, we know that Bill and Andy of La Jolla’s Ascot Shop can help with the perfect gift pick. Let these dapper dudes be your guides and we promise, you won’t be stuck gifting another cliché tie. 7750 Girard Ave., ascotshop.com