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Dallas' Best for First Dates

When making a first impression, it's important to walk the line between casual and cool. So, when planning your next first day, opt for one of these knockout Dallas eateries. 

  • Gemma Restaurant
    • New American
    • Knox-Henderson
    “Truly a gem”, this Knox-Henderson New American, launched by a West Coast husband-and-wife team, “wakes up taste buds” with its “inventive”, “fresh” cuisine that’s paired with “compelling cocktails” and “excellent wines”; though it’s a “neighborhood” spot, it exudes “casual elegance”, all adding up to a “great experience from beginning to end”; P.S. night owls appreciate the late-night hours.
  • CBD Provisions
    • American
    • Downtown
    A “jewel” in the Joule Hotel Downtown, this upscale all-day American brasserie is known for its “stunning presentations” of “innovative” farm-to-table cuisine (think pig head carnitas, “a must!”), served as small plates or as family-style meals, “a highlight of the dinner menu”; bartenders pour “stiff drinks” at the ample bar in the “open”, modern dining room.
  • Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar
    • American
    • Plano
    New American “bar food done right” pairs with a “large beer menu” and “excellent cocktails”, plus seemingly “endless” whiskey choices, at this Plano hot spot with a “rustic, modern” look; given the buzz, it can get “noisy”; P.S. “leave room” for the “amazing” whiskey cake – “you’ll be talking about it for months.”
  • LARK on the Park
    • New American
    • Uptown
    This “beautiful” Uptown hot spot with views “overlooking Klyde Warren Park” offers “creative” New American fare, a “great beer selection” and craft cocktails; conceptualized by restaurateur Shannon Wynne (Meddlesome Moth), the bright, contemporary space features “chalkboard drawings by local artists.”
  • Henry's Majestic
    • American
    • Knox-Henderson
    A neon Majestic sign serves as a beacon, welcoming diners and drinkers to this Uptown gastro-pub for creative bar food with a thoughtful charcuterie program on the menu, along with scratch-made fare with a bistro bent, including rotisserie chicken, oysters, Texas-style pho and a bone-marrow-glazed Akaushi beef burger. The interior has a Prohibition-era feel, with Edison lightbulbs and retro wallpaper; a shaded patio with wood tables, strings of lights and a pool table offers an inviting vibe.
  • Public School 214
    • Gastropub
    • West Village
    This classroom-themed gastropub brings a fun vibe to Uptown’s 3700M complex, with chef-driven American eats (craft burgers, artisanal flatbreads, creative, locally sourced takes on classics like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles) that should be a natural fit for the neighborhood, along with a well-curated cocktail menu, with happy-hour specials and house infusions, plus a short list of wine and a respectable craft-beer selection. Bar games and a spacious patio with flat-screens add to the comfortable, neighborhood-hangout feel.
  • Bowen House
    • Cocktail Bar
    • Uptown
    Uptown’s hot cocktail haven, Bowen House, is in an actual prairie-style home that last housed vintage shopping landmark Ahab Bowen; the new tenant has crafted a Victorian-style, gorgeously decorated space, where you can grab a cushiony seat at the sexy curved bar and take a gander at the chalkboard to check out drink specials. Dig right into any of their stock of American whiskeys or an old fashioned and select an accompaniment from the meat-heavy menu, featuring the likes of barbecue and chili.

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