Chances are, if you haven’t made a reservation yet at one of Dallas’ date-night hot spots, you may be out of luck, unless you and your date have a sense of adventure, in which case you should skip the high-end spots and opt instead to explore the outskirts of DFW food.
None of these spots are hip or trendy, and most of them certainly wouldn’t be described as romantic, but if your sweetheart is a foodie who loves to try something new, these spots can deliver. As an added bonus, dinner will be gloriously inexpensive and no reservation is required. Show up at your valentine’s door with a bouquet of flowers and treat them to a meal they won’t soon forget. Check out this slideshow to see the full list.
BigDash Ice Cream & Pastries
717 Lingco Dr., Richardson
If you’ve never tried Syrian sweets before, now’s your chance. The friendly folks at BigDash will fill you up with pistachio-laden ice cream and gorgeous crepes.
Sura Korean Bistro
2240 Royal Lane
If your date goes bananas for bulgogi, treat them to a grill-it-yourself meat bonanza at Sura Korean Bistro and wind down the date by wandering around Koreatown to walk off all that banchan.
Dire Dawa Cafe & Restaurant
2119 Buckingham Road, Richardson
If coffee gets your date’s motor running, treat them to an experience they’re not likely to forget anytime soon: a traditional Ethiopian coffee service at Dire Dawa in Richardson.
408 N. Texas Blvd., Denton
If your date lives in Denton, grab a warm bowl of ramen at The Taste and slurp the noodles a la Lady and the Tramp.
Pietro’s Italian Restaurant
5722 Richmond Ave.
After serving comforting Italian fare for more than 50 years, Pietro’s is closing for good on Feb. 20, so stop by with a date and renew your vows to love carbs ’til death do you part.
Nate’s BBQ To-Go
2009 W. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton
If you and your date love exploring off-the-beaten-path barbecue, head to Carrollton to grab takeout from this tasty barbecue trailer.
Multiple locations in Irving, Richardson and Carrollton
If you’re sticking to the ’burbs this Valentine’s Day, hit up one of LA Burger’s four locations to try Korean fusion hot dogs and burgers.
12101 Greenville Ave.
Ethiopia’s flavorful fare is well represented in DFW, and for someone who’s never experienced injera before, an Ethiopian meal can be especially fun. Try a beginner-friendly spot like Desta.
8315 Preston Road or 4909 W. Park Blvd., Plano
If your beau loves sampling booze they’ve never had before, go way outside the date-night box and take them to this new Plano liquor store that offers guests endless samples of their selection of casked liquors, oils and vinegar.
1700 W. Park Row Drive, Arlington
This new Arlington eatery blends Caribbean and Mexican food for a flavorful fusion that’s endless fun to explore.
13920 Josey Lane, Farmers Branch
DFW’s lone Sri Lankan restaurant is in Farmers Branch, and if your sweetheart loves to spice things up, this fiery fare will do the trick.
9785 Ferguson Road
Stick two straws in your house-made root beer, order a couple burgers and make googly eyes at each other while you dine inside a piece of Dallas food history.
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New York Sub
3411 Asbury St.
Open since 1976, New York Sub closed a few years ago but was resurrected by chef Andrew Kelley, and it’s better than ever.
9665 N . Central Expressway
If your sweetheart goes nuts for Tex-Mex, treat them to one of the grandfathers of Dallas’ Tex-Mex scene, Tupinamba Cafe, open since 1953.