Time ticked down on Friday until 8:15pm. I waited like a kid on Christmas Eve. I got dressed, a little dressier than normal (ie. I changed out of the yoga pants and tank top!), and wrangled my hair (I seriously need a haircut). We were finally going to try out a restaurant that I had heard about from multiple friends. Of their delectable entrees to their amazing make your own S’mores. And I could not wait until our 9:15pm reservation. This was going to be the perfect date night.
Cent and I went to Tillman’s Roadhouse for Dallas Restaurant Week.
It was amazing! I had heard only great things about Tillman’s Roadhouse, so I was super excited to try it out. YUM. Times infinity.
It was also really fun to be there on Friday night when Tillman’s amazing hand-crafted S’mores were being featured on Sugar Rush, a new show on the Food Network, hosted by Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes.
I absolutely loved Tillman’s ambiance and decor. Like, I want to go back now. Although, I don’t think my waistline would thank me. My tastebuds would, though!
So, I’ll admit it. I’m totally not a foodie. I usually can’t find the nutty undertones of a dish or fruity finishes on a wine. But, that aside, I do like to eat. And I appreciate (and love) looking at food photography. Having photographed food a few times before, it’s definitely not as easy as it looks. But it is as delicious as it looks, at least for the times I’ve photographed food!
I had heard about Dallas Restaurant Week before, but I don’t think we were really paying attention, and for the last two years, completely missed it. What is Dallas Restaurant Week? Well, basically a bunch (a long list!) of restaurants offer a three-course meal for a prix-fixe (set price) of $35. Many of the restaurants on the list are places where the entree begins at $35+, so this is a great deal for a great cause, as a portion of the cost of each meal is donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Awesome.
After perusing the list of participating restaurants a few weeks ago, I knew that I didn’t want to miss out this year. And what a perfect date night idea, right?
To make it even easier, Restaurant Week has partnered with OpenTable to make easy, quick reservations online. I just made ours! We will FINALLY be going to Tillman’s Roadhouse! I just looked at their menu, and can’t wait til Friday!
Which restaurant do you want to try?
Now that we’re not dating anymore, but married, it can sometimes be a challenge to think of something to do for our date night that goes beyond “dinner and a movie”. But let me just say that we love movies and we love eating, so it suits us quite well.
However, it’s fun to mix it up with different kinds of date nights. Because sometimes when you go to the movies, annoying teenagers decide to movie hop and talk at full volume. DURING the movie.
So I thought that I’d share some of the date nights that we have had that are outside the dinner and a movie box.
- Dave & Buster’s: I like Dave & Buster’s for the air hockey. And the tickets. Oh and you can totally suck at video games, but it doesn’t matter. And when I can get more baskets in than Cent (doesn’t happen very often), it’s a small victory.
- Miniature Golf: Our first game of mini golf together was actually during our engagement photos. We had a great time and it’s in these types of situations that you can see your mate’s true competitive spirit. I’ll gladly say that I won that round. And I got a hole in one. Twice.
- Musical or Play: When Cent came to visit me in California for the first time and met my family, we went to see The Lion King on stage. Then when we celebrated our two year anniversary, we went to see The Lion King again at Music Hall at Fair Park.
- Comedy Show: Who doesn’t enjoy laughing? Especially when you can avoid getting singled out in a crowd by a stand up comedian. Cent and I went to a stand-up comedy show of local comedians and it was a good time.
- Aquarium: Since we dated long-distance for about three years, we only saw each other every 8 to 10 weeks (long stretches stink!), so when we finally did see each other, our dates tended to be kicked up a notch. For our first anniversary, Cent took me to the Dallas World Aquarium to see the penguins. Because I have a fascination with penguins.
(one of our engagement photos by Travis Hoehne
What are you date night ideas?
Dave & Busters
8021 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
Speedzone (for miniature golf and go kart racing)
11130 Malibu Drive
Dallas, TX 75229-4403
Dallas Summer Musicals Box Office
542 Preston Royal Shopping Center
Dallas, TX 75230
Call: Phone: 214-691-7200
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m | Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PHONE Orders : 214.631.ARTS (2787)
at the Doubletree Hotel
8250 N Central Expressway
(aka Highway 75)
Dallas, TX 75206 – 214.328.4444
Dallas World Aquarium
1801 N Griffin St
Dallas, TX 75202
Hours: Open 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)