Do you watch “The Notebook” marathons everytime it’s broadcasted and yearn for your love life to be just like Noah and Allie? Is your way of spending time together texting each other about the grocery list? Yearning for a little more (Nicholas) spark in your love life?
In efforts to re-create your fairytale relationship this Valentine’s Day, here’s 5 places in Dallas you’re likely to dine and then fall in love all over again.
Want to get close? Get ready to spoon at:
4123 Cedar Springs Rd, Suite 110, Dallas, Texas 75219
Considered a fun mainstay with Sunday “drag brunch,” Dish is laying giving you all you can handle with a simple Valentine’s Day menu that’s loaded with more than delicious flavors, but creative eats that aren’t defined by steak and potatoes.
Jumping right in to the good stuff, highlights from the three-course menu offering includes:
- Jumbo Diver Sea Scallops with Sweet Corn, Bacon, Poached Egg, Pearl Couscous
- Lemleys Tomato Sugo, Spaghetti Squash, Pressed Tofu, Grilled Okra, Kale Chips
- Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Cipolini Onions, Baby Kale, Calabrese Peppers, Black Radish, Golden Raisin, Brown Butter
Don’t forget the Bleu Cheese Mussels with Smoked Bacon, Danish Bleu, White Wine, Texas Toast…these are sure to get the fire going in both of you.
Perhaps when you’re done at Dish, you’ll go home and spoon.
Seeking a fresh perspective? Do:
614 W. Davis Street, Dallas, Texas 75207
This farm-to-table hotspot has become the cornerstone of the Bishop Arts cuisine scene and one bite and you’ll know why people are willing to stand in line for hours in hopes to snag a spot for dinner (no reservations accepted.)
So appreciate the time you have together to catch up and try something different like:
Veal Sweetbreads with escabeche peppers, golden raisins, pine nuts and country ham
Duck Egg Custard with black truffle, kabocha squash and pomegranate
Foie Gras Torchon with apple butter, cocoa nib and pecans
After all the worldliness this place has to offer, you’ll be planning your next romantic trip together.
In a rut? Branch out to:
1628 Oaklawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75207
Go out on a limb (tee-hee) and try one of the most-acclaimed restaurants in Dallas – Oak. Described as an experience of global cuisine from a medley of cultures wrapped in a comfortable, modern design that is spiced with a sexy, avant-garde soundtrack, sounds like the perfect intro to “Let’s Get it On.” For Valentine’s Day they are hosting an $80 per person/$40 additional wine pairing dinner starting with an amuse bouche (that’s basically like a little four-play before they bring out the meal.)
Get things cooking with these picks sure to make your evening sizzle:
- Diver scallop carpaccio with smoked egg, passion fruit, celery
- Beet fettuccini with lobster, black trumpet, turnips
- Seared foie gras with hazelnut, pear, sauternes
- Venison with red cabbage, brussels sprouts, chestnut
- Kabocha squash ravioli with winter squash, fennel pollen, sage butter
Dream of that perfect kiss? Go French at:
408 N. Bishop Ave. #108, Dallas, Texas 75208
Nothing is more romantic than an evening eating things you can’t pronounce, but taste heavenly enough you don’t care to know what it is or how to say it. Look lovingly in each other eyes and feed each other a little sample of the richness that makes your knees knock and your eyes bat a little harder.
The formula for love must include the basics of good French:
- Crawfish Beignets with smoked pimento aioli, house pickled barking cat farm sweet peppers
- Tasting of Foie gras with torchon and seared, ginger snap cookie, sweet potato with a lingonberry emulsion
- Ox heart tartare with fresh grated Horseradish, poached farm egg yolk and red beet reduction
- Bouillabaisse lobster with saffron broth, mixed seafood, shrimp, clams, mussels, baby octopus and rouille
- Lobster pappardelle with hand made pasta, black truffle, leeks, champagne and fines herbes
- Cast iron duck breast “a l’orange” with hedgehog mushrooms, crisp tuscan kale, cardamom and a sweet potato purée
You might not know how to pronounce the menu, but you’ll get bonus points if you learn to say “je t’aime” appropriately.
Feel on top of the world already? Then just celebrate the occasion at:
5360 West Lovers Lane Suite 220, Dallas, TX
Congratulations if your man will agree to go to here, so no doubt this relationship doesn’t need much help. Rise no. 1 takes the art of creating soufflés to the next level with delicate entrees that will guarantee that your spirits aren’t the only thing to rise…but perhaps your blood pressure, too!
Souffles for Valentine’s Day include:
- Crabmeat & Boursin Cheese
- Truffle-Infused Mushroom
- Jambon & Gruyère
- Southwest Chicken
- Cauliflower & Brie
Can’t get enough? The best pair for your entrée soufflé is a dessert soufflé with:
- Grand Marnier Soufflé
- Chocolate Soufflé
- Bread Pudding Soufflé
- Strawberry Soufflé
Better make your reservations now, before everyone else has your spot for Valentine’s Day. However, these places always have a great menu, so you can get your fire started on any day!
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