Have A Sunset PokéPicnic With Your Favorite Trainer.
Welcome to Perfect Date Night, a new weekly feature that acts as your spirit guide for going on a perfect date in what is objectively Texas' best city, Dallas. Each week, we'll give you a night's worth of suggestions for a date night in a specific neighborhood, complete with recommendations for bars, restaurants, concerts, art shows, sporting events or, well, anything, really. Just make sure you include an emoji or two when you text your crush to invite them out.
• When: Any evening.
• Duration: 4 hours.
• Number of Stops: Two.
• Modest Estimated Budget For Two: $50.
• Ballin' Estimated Budget For Two: $75.
• Romance Scale: 2.5 out of five hearts.
First things first, I am an unashamed fan of Pokémon Go. I never had gaming devices as a kid, so I'm basically making up for lost time here while attempting to pretend I'm a hashtag real adult. It's no secret that Dallas has been taken by storm by it as well. So for this week, it's time to show that adults can have fun with the game too, and in a mildly romantic way to boot.
Stop No. 1: Digg's Taco Shop (7325 Gaston Avenue, Dallas). Our first stop for the evening is over at Digg's Taco Shop, not far from the Arboretum. Sure, you can eat here, or do like I prefer and get it to go and treat y'allselves to a picnic. Order a variety of tacos; personal favorites include the Banh Jovi and the Mahi Mahi, and don't forget the plantain chips and dip to top it off. Just make sure to pack your own beer for the picnic and you're all set! Oh, did I mention the next step is a picnic? Because the next part is a picnic.
Stop No. 2: The Dallas Arboretum (8525 Garland Road, Dallas). As someone who works in the marketing world by day, I've got to give the Arboretum props. They realized what was happening with the game and took it to their full advantage before any other business tried to jump on the bandwagon, and it shows. When they say they're the perfect place to spend the day hunting Pokémon, they're right. There are three gyms and what seems like a gazillion PokéStops spread across their 66 acres. Plus, you can admire the scenery and get some cute snaps together as you take a picnic break with your sweetie – remember those tacos and beer you packed?! The Arboretum gets bonus points for offering free parking after 3 p.m. every day, so make this an evening date and watch the sun set over that Squirtle you just spotted.