Date Night in Dallas: Memorable Evenings For $100 Or Less

couple-holding-hands-sitting2by Mike Marrero

Your next date will be Saturday during the day and starts with brunch at Boulevardier in the Bishop Arts District.  Boulevardier is a French inspired modern bistro with a selection of over 120 bottles of French and American wine, a large liquor selection including signature cocktails, and chef driven menu offering many delicious choices from its wood-fired grill.  This consistently top ranked Oak Cliff gem is open for brunch on the weekends from 11am – 3pm.  Order a round of mimosas for $10, share the Legs and Eggs featuring crisp duck legs confit, sunny side up Texas Farm eggs, homestead stone-ground grits cake, and huckleberry sauce for $16, and the French toast with biscoff, cinnamon toast brittle, Texas pecan maple syrup, and Grand Marnier Chantilly for $10.  Boulevardier is located at 408 North Bishop Avenue in Dallas.  



Now that you had a nice meal, make the short drive north to the Dallas Museum of Art.  For a limited time, the DMA is presenting Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cezanne.  This exhibit showcases sketches, watercolors, and drawings from approximately 70 artists including Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Edouard Manet.  Comprised of pieces from the DMA and private collections, this exhibit offers insight into the working methods and practices of these artists, showing you their approach to art while presenting these drawings as finished works.  Tickets are $8 a piece and plenty of self-parking is available.  The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood Street in Dallas.



Now you may be feeling a bit parched, and we have just the place for you.  Have an amazing round of cocktails at The Standard Pour.  TSP is located on the corner of McKinney Avenue and Allen Street, and is consistently ranked as one of Dallas’s top mixology and craft cocktail establishments.  Here you can sample a large selection of quality made pre-Prohibition era cocktails.


The distinctive décor features clocks set to various time zones, French 19th century elements, and a large exposed brick wall complemented by a huge variety of liquor giving a New York City vibe.  In a future trip to TSP, you must try their Fried Chicken!  This visit you should order the Honorable Death “Harakiri” with Yamizake, Lillet Rouge, Blood Orange Puree, and Dry Curacao for $13, and a Texas Two Sip with Waterloo Gin, Grapefruit, Velvet Falernum, Prickly Pear Puree, and Lime Juice for $10.  The Standard Pour is located at 2900 McKinney Avenue in Dallas.


It’s about time to wrap up your day date, but not before first stopping by Truck Yard to pick up some food for carry out.  Truck Yard is a 15,000 square feet, trailer-park themed patio bar and food truck park located in the newly renovated Lower Greenville Avenue area by Trader Joe’s.  They feature signature draft cocktails, a tree house bar with craft hand-bottled cocktails, draft beers ranging from Lone Star to Lakewood Lager, rotating food trucks, and stage for the occasional live performer.  One of the increasingly popular staples is their Philly Cheesesteak.



When you first walk in, they have an efficient order at the counter system with your choice of Rib-Eye Steak, Chicken or Baby Portobello Mushrooms as your “Protein”.  We recommend ordering a Philly combo with double meat, all three cheeses, and all available veggies for $13.  Be sure to pick up a side of their house made steak sauce, and don’t forget to grab your bag of chips which is included in the combo.  This will be enough food for two people to share and complement your evening at home with a Netflix night.


So there you have it, another great date which featured a very highly rated brunch, an art exhibit, exceptional hand crafted cocktails, and a Philly Cheesesteak becoming known around the Metroplex, for $100 including minimum 20% tip.


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