Painless Valentine’s date ideas from the chubby baby himself
We’re experts in many things: brow shapes, converting European shoe sizes, Napa wines, and the best places to score late-night tacos.
What we’re not so gifted in are matters of love. Because let’s be real, love is tough. What shouldn’t be tough is making plans for Valentine’s Day. The drama is so unnecessary—and trust, we know drama. So we’ve called on Cupid to share a few recommendations for date nights in Dallas that are low-stress and still really fab.
PIZZA ❤️ 🍕PARTY FOR TWO
Where: Americano, 1530 Main Street.
What: Get ready for this. Order the night’s featured dinner for two and you’ll get two salads, two entree pastas, and a bottle of wine for $65—plenty left to splurge on flowers, after-dinner cocktails downstairs at Midnight Rambler, or something sparkly.
Who: The couple who doesn’t “do” Valentine’s Day (but still totally does)
How: Americano will still be serving it’s regular dinner menu and reservations aren’t required, but you should definitely make one online here.
FOR YOUR BESTIES—SINGLE OR NOT
Where: Wheelhouse, 1617 Hi Line Drive.
What: A Galentine’s Day music/dinner/cabaret extravaganza (hosted by us, so, duh you should go). On Wednesday, February 13, Movies That Should Be Musicals will debut their drag-fueled parody of the ’90s classic, Clueless. There will be singing, cocktails inspired by the movie, a select dinner menu, and guaranteed dra-ma.
Who: Besties, gal pals, and anyone boycotting the following day’s festivities.
How: Book your seat here. General admission tickets are $15; VIP tickets are $30 and include priority seating, complimentary cocktail, and swag bag. MTSBM star Brigham Mosley has quite the following in Dallas, so snag your seat early. Complimentary valet.
DINNER WITH A ROMANTIC VIEW
Where: Mirador, 1608 Elm Street.
What: A special four-course tasting menu with terrace-level views of the downtown skyline. The prix fix menu ($85 per person) balances sophistication and inventiveness with dishes like a pickled shrimp and king crab starter, roasted rutabaga agnolotti in a parmesan broth, and filet of beef with a mole bordelaise. There’s also the option to add coursed wine pairings for an additional $60.
Who: The couple who’s drunk in love. #couplegoals
How: Reservations required. Book online in advance here. Complimentary valet.
SOMETHING PRETTY SWEET
Where: Commissary, 1217 Main Street.
What: The bakers at Commissary are celebrating the holiday of love with by doing what they love to do: bake! For the week of Valentine’s Day, they’ll be filling the patisserie case with themed desserts. There will be a red velvet tart with milk chocolate and raspberry meringue, cheesecake mouse with white chocolate and strawberry, and a pistachio rose shortbread—in the shape of a heart, of course. While there, you can pick up a bottle of rosé, or fresh-made pasta and meatballs to make an easy dinner at home.
Who: BFFs, parents, kids, husbands…anyone you love and want to surprise!
How: No reservations or planning required. Just show up early to make sure you get your top picks from the dessert case! Free parking in the The Davis Building Garage on Field Street. (Just get your ticket validated.)
LA DOLCE VITA
Where: Sassetta, 1617 Hi Line Drive.
What: A three-course Italian tour with a braised lamb gnocchi as its star. The prix fixe menu ($60 with optional $85 wine pairings) includes a complimentary amuse-bouche and glass of prosecco. It will be offered alongside the regular dinner menu, which features hand-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and small plates like tuna crudo, and charred octopus (our favorite!).
Who: The dating-my-best-friend couple who’s romantic, but not trying too hard.
How: Reservations are strongly (again, strongly) recommended. You can make them online or by calling 214.307.5690. Complimentary valet.
WINE & DINE THEM
Where: CBD Provisions, 1530 Main Street.
What: A prix fixe, three-course dinner offering favorites from the Texas brasserie’s menu and features created especially for the evening. To start, choose from options like a farm-fresh squash salad or grass-fed beef tartare. Options for the main course include chicken ballotine with black truffle jus and a house-made lump crab linguine. $60 per person, with an optional $25 wine pairing or $15 beer pairing.
Who: The foodie couple who loves fine dining but doesn’t want to feel fussy
How: Reservations recommended and easy to make online here.