Have A Romantic Evening In Oak Cliff.
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: Friday night.
• Duration: 4 hours.
• Number of Stops: 3.
• Modest Estimated Budget For Two: $100.
• Ballin' Estimated Budget For Two: $150.
• Ideal Partner: Really anyone. It’s pretty one-size fits all.
• Romance Scale: 4 out of 5 heart emojis.
We’re going classic this weekend with dinner, a movie and ice cream — but Jefferson Boulevard-style. Everything is close together here, so you can focus on worrying about what your date thinks and has to say instead of where you’re going to find parking next. That's a good thing!
Stop #1: El Ranchito (610 West Jefferson Boulevard). I know you all love Chipotle, but maybe just this once stop at El Ranchito instead? They do traditional dishes pretty well here, so don't pass on the mole enchiladas. Might I also suggest just get the paradilla? It's plenty to share. Also, order the margarita. I know it’s almost $10, but I would never steer you wrong when it comes to my favorite alcoholic drink — and this one is damn strong.
Stop #2: Texas Theatre (231 West Jefferson Boulevard). The Texas Theatre is a classic Dallas date-night spot for many a reason. They've got awesome taste in movies, the usual movie snacks and, best of all, a bar. Tonight, we're going to honor David Bowie by watching his cult-favorite film, Labryinth. Bonus points if you order up his supposed favorite drink (a martini) to sip while you snuggle down and pay homage to the Goblin King.
Stop #3: Carnival Barkers Ice Cream (345 West Jefferson Boulevard). Let me start by saying that it is never too cold for ice cream — especially when it’s ice cream as delicious and creative as Carnival Barker's ice cream. You can end the night on a sweet note by splitting a Rice Krispy ice cream sandwich or you can go even more romantic with your choice by throwing an extra straw in a float and getting cozy. Plus, no matter how the night ends, at least you’ve still got ice cream!