The Nonconformist’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

By Farah Fleurima | February 3, 2014 By Farah Fleurima  |  February 3, 2014

There’s a Valentine’s dining experience for everyone outside of simply gazing across the table and swooning (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Here’s a handful of February 14 options for the lust-weary, the happily single, the newbie daters and everyone in between.

  • For Late-Night Sushi and Spa Lovers: Asya at Spa Castle

    What to order: Hot Stone bibimbap and the hot stone massage
    How much it will set you back: $12.99 for the bowl, $200 for the rubdown
    Date points scored [on a scale of 1 to 5]: 5, because a sizzling meal on a stone then a stone melting away all your tension can only lead to good things

    1020 Raiford Rd., Carrollton; 972-446-6800

  • For Hipster Haters: Truck Yard

    What to order: Ribeye cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz and provolone (trust us)
    How much it will set you back: $9
    Date points scored: 4, for the laissez faire, devil-may-care-about-Cupid attitude and the fantastic eats

    5624 Sears St.; 469-500-0139

  • For the Book Lover: The Library Bar

    What to order: The Macallan 18; it just seems like something bookworms would drink in their shelf-lined offices
    How much it will set you back: $25 per glass
    Date points scored: 3, order it like a boss (and if things go downhill during the date and you need a distraction, the books all around you are real)

    3015 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-224-3152

  • For Carnivorous Couples: Blind Butcher

    What to order: The sausage board
    How much it will set you back: $15
    Date points scored: 4, for encouraging a sausage fest without so much as a smirk

    1919 Greenville Ave.; 214-887-0000

  • For the Awkward New Daters: Nasher Café

    What to order: The grilled vegetable panini, because you still want to give off the appearance of healthy eating on that second or third date
    How much it will set you back: $12
    Date points scored: 3; because the cafe closes at 5, this’ll have to be a day date

    2001 Flora St.; 214-242-5144

  • Photo by: Kevin Marple

    For the Brinner Lovers: Bread Winners Café

    What to order: French Benedict
    How much it will set you back: $15
    Date points scored: 5, because breakfast for dinner is an offbeat pick that makes you look like a date-planning whiz. A bonus is Bread Winners’ lengthy list of decadent desserts - continue your weird ways and start the meal with cheesecake.

    3301 McKinney Ave.; 214-754-4940

  • For the Singles Ready to Mingle: Del Frisco’s Grille

    What to order: 16-ounce Prime NY Strip. You’ll need energy to navigate the bustling Uptown singles scene.
    How much it will set you back: $39
    Date points scored: 1, and you’re kind of OK with that.

    3232 McKinney Ave.; 972-807-6152

  • For Partners in Love and Fitness: Sundown at Granada

    What to order: Stuffed avocado with endive
    How much it will set you back: $14
    Date points scored: 4, for caring for your sweetie's heart in more ways than one

    3520 Greenville Ave.; 214-823-8305

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Del Frisco's Grille

American Uptown
Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$47
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Library Bar

Bar Oak Lawn
Atmo.27 Decor26 Service24 CostE
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Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck

American Arts District
Food20 Decor21 Service21 Cost$33
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Bread Winners Cafe

American Uptown
Food23 Decor21 Service20 Cost$19

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