Good evening! After a going through the annual Marriage Seminar at my church, I realized my husband doesn’t know how to plan a date night out. Well I am an event planner through and through, which has filtered over into all aspects of my life. That being said, I’m going to help out he and all of you other date planning challenged people. The list below is ten different, unique to Houston, date night ideas (although I’m sure you can adjust these for your hometown).
1. Movie night at Discovery Green
Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a movie during the only time of day Houstonians can get outside this time of the year
2. Saturday night movie and dinner Tiny Boxwoods
Not only is the tiny green lawn a lush oasis in the middle of the city, but on Saturday nights you can have dinner and bring a blanket and sit out on the lawn and watch a movie. It’s the perfect Houston date night!
3. Catch a Houston Culinary Tour
Pick your tour, most are themed around a particular local chef and their recommendations. It’s a great way to learn about the foodie scene in Houston.
4. Dine in a remodeled church at Mark’s
It’s a gorgeous restaurant and definitely meant for a special night out. Call ahead to get them to save you a lobster, its supposed to be one of the best plates in the city.
5. Desserts Only date at Fluff Bake Bar
Rebecca Masson has finally moved up from her awesome dessert bar inside of Revival Market to a free standing store, and we all have to try it. Her desserts are to die for so this would have to be one of my top date night suggestions.
6. Jump in line at Killen’s BBQ
As far as Houston goes, I have to say Killen’s is SO where it’s at. And what better way to spend time together than chatting while waiting on Texas BBQ. Enough said. Oh and get there early, they open the line at 11am.
7. Kayak on Kinder Lake
Go kayak on Kinder Lake. Afterwards, since you’re in the middle of town, hit up our new Dallas based taco restaurant Velvet Taco. When you’ve been plying outside all day, few things are better than a casual taco joint.
Hugo Ortega is one of Houston’s most infamous chefs and Hugo’s is his namesake restaurant. Hugo’s is an exceptional Mexican cuisine, and in a city full of Tex-Mex, Hugo’s stands out as the true Mexican restaurant king in town. On that note, one of Hugo’s other restaurants seems to be the most clear sister: Caracol. Caracol is a Mexican Coastal kitchen with fabulous Mexican seafood dishes. You can’t miss the El Coco for dessert, it is served complete with a small hammer to crack the chocolate dome around the dessert…. Yes, I said chocolate dome.
9. Catch a free concert at The Miller Outdoor Theater
You can bring your own picnic dinner and catch on of the theater’s free concerts for a fun, less expensive night out.
10. Eat in the garden where your vegetables are picked at Coltivare
This is one of my all time favorites and I’ve been coming since the first week it opened. Its popularity has of course increased since that first week but you can’t keep food this good a secret. It’s the kind of place you leave and then tell everyone you know because it is that good. I mean everything on the menu is that good and I’ve tried most of it, even with the seasonal changes. It was opened based on Revival Market’s popularity by the same owners and as of this summer, Revival has also started serving dinner. I hear it’s incredible and how could it not be, coming from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber?
Happy date night everyone!