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The Full Menu: The Best Places For Date Night in Houston

Houston food writers name thier favorite places around the city for date night in the latest installment of our monthly food segment.


The lava toast at Houston’s Mein.


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If you’re wondering where to take your date for Valentine’s Day — or just need somewhere good for date night in general — our local food writers discuss their favorite places around the city for such an occasion in this month’s installment of The Full Menu.

In the audio above, we hear from Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder.

Along with the restaurant recommendations (listed below), our foodies also offered up some general tips on how to pick a good place for a date night (or day):

  • Go somewhere you like and feel comfortable at
  • Don't pick a place that's very loud — you want to be able to talk to each other
  • Aim for diversity of options on the menu, unless your date has a particular kind of cuisine in mind
  • If you're a parent of a kid who has a lot going on, you might find yourself with an opportunity for an impromptu date night — find a place you can get into on short notice
  • Go fancy if you want to, but don't feel like you have to especially for "getting to know you" dates
The crispy focaccia at Rosie Cannonball.

Restaurants Mentioned In This Edition:

Daily Gather
Night Shift
J-Bar-M Barbecue
Zen Japanese Izakaya
Rosie Cannonball
Sunday Press
Revival Market
Railway Heights
POST Houston
Traveler's Table
BCN Taste & Tradition
Doris Metropolitan
Pier 6

(L-R) Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder, discuss the local restaurant scene on The Full Menu.
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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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