Do Some Good This Thursday.
Welcome to Perfect Date Night, a 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: Thursday Night.
• Duration: 4 hours.
• Number of Stops: Two.
• Modest Estimated Budget For Two: $110.
• Ballin' Estimated Budget For Two: $160.
• Ideal Partner: The cutie you met while volunteering.
• Romance Scale: 3/5 hearts.
This week, we're aiming to fill you with a special kind of feeling — and, no, it's not love. It's moral superiority.
You know what we're talking about. It's that tingle you got when you saw that Trump lost the Iowa Caucus, or that fuzzy feeling you get when you the asshole who cut in front of you in line at Chipotle has to go back out to his car because he forgot his wallet.
That in mind, we're turning this week's perfect dating idea into a way to both have some fun and earn some good karma.
Stop No. 1: Cafe Momentum (1510 Pacific St., Dallas). The first stop on the Feel Good Train is Cafe Momentum. You've probably heard of this little restaurant due to the extensive news coverage it received when it first opened, given its unique mission. Namely, the majority of the employees there are at-risk former juvenile offenders going through a program that teaches them culinary, life and job skills. The restaurant itself has a menu full of delicious New American cuisine, and you can rest easy knowing that your hard-earned dollars are going straight back into helping the non-profit build its program. Make sure to make a reservation, though, as this remains one of the more in-demand dining spots in town.
Stop No. 2: Benefit Concert for the Howards at Trees (2709 Elm St, Dallas). Deep Ellum is a community that takes care of its own. So, when local musicians Kevin and Becki Howard's baby boy was recently delivered 12 weeks early, Trees and numerous local artists stepped up to throw a benefit concert in their honor. With tickets only running $10, take the opportunity to show your date that you're not only philanthropic and care about cute newborn babies, but that you're a local music fan as well. Artists ranging from headliner Sarah Jaffe to the Vandoliers, The O's, Buffalo Black and The Azalea Project will be playing sets, and raffles with some kickass prizes will be happening all night. Nothing says love like winning your date a raffle basket at a benefit concert, right?