2011 Father's Day Gift Guide

Boats, Whiskey, Beef, and Cheesecake

kayaking for dad!

Spoil Dad with an all-day tour of his favorite things.

Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club
Share a mango quesadilla on the patio overlooking Portage Bay before exploring the nearby waterways.
Why: Rent a single or double kayak for a leisurely tour or challenge Dad’s athletic prowess by going for a stand-up paddleboard.
When: Cafe, daily, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 4-9 p.m. Paddle Club, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hours vary seasonally and with weather.
Where: 1303 NE Boat St. (206-545-8570).

An Afternoon Tour of
Woodinville Whiskey Co.
The year-old suburban distillery crafts savory, small-batch spirits for discerning dads.
Why: The Age Your Own Whiskey Kit ($150), two 750-milliliter bottles of young White Dog whiskey, a two-liter wooden aging barrel, instructions, and a pair of tasting glasses.
When: Wed.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Tasting-room tours, 4 p.m.; by appt.
Where: 16110 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE, ste. 3, Woodinville (425-486-1199). Tours are free.

Quinn’s Pub
The Capitol Hill restaurant has all the dark wood features, fine spirits, and substantial eats a man could want.
Why: Northwest Pastures steak with potatoes, onions, and mushrooms (or pan-roasted Idaho trout, sausage, or veal confit), served with a host of seriously well-mixed cocktails. Go for the Negroni.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 3 p.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat., 3 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 5-10 p.m.
Where: 1001 E. Pike St. (206-325-7711).

The Confectional
Dessert is served small-plate style with individually portioned cheesecakes and cheesecake-filled truffles for those who like to try all the flavors.
Why: The Seattle’s New York-style cheesecake is a local take on the classic, touched with vanilla and lemon zest, while the toothsome Mexican chocolate hits with a bit of spice.
When: Sun. & Tues.-Thurs., 1-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 1-11 p.m.
Where: 618 Broadway (206-282-4422).

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The Confectional
618 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Woodinville Whiskey Co
16110 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE
nr Red Hook Brewery
Woodinville, WA 98072
1001 E Pike St
@ 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
1303 NE Boat St
@ Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105