The Perfect Date Night : Foodie Edition

A good foodie typically has a multitude of food places they would love to visit in their area. Mostly, places that have good prices, customer service, ambience, location and most importantly good food to match. In this case, this is MY version of a perfect date night for foodies. Most people go for reasonably priced food, but I wanted to show the the broad range of places from $$$$ to $. Of course all of these things can be mix-matched and utilized for a lot more than just a date night. A perfect date also means you need the perfect significant other to join you. Hopefully they’re not a picky eater, but if they are, make sure you choose a place with plenty options. Options is the keyword in defining the “perfect” date night.

Now lets get into the best parts!

Movietime!

Going to the movies is the best way to snuggle up with a love one and enjoy a temporary care free life away from the real world for a couple hours. The average movie theater are set up as large theaters made for large crowds, basic food options with people who can be typically in an awkward place sitting next to a complete stranger. As of late, movies theaters have moved towards being the jack-of-all trades of date nights. They’ve are added better food and drink options, better sitting arrangements that are more personal and comfortable and they’ve also have added waiters to serve you directly in your seat, so that you don’t have to walk a single step to get get any of your food and drink items.

Here are a couple of my choices for movie theaters.

Show off!

Comfortable seats!

Ipic theater ($$$$) has some the best qualities for the best movie experience possible. You will have your own two seats that is walled off from other the movie goers. You have blankets if its too cold in the theatre, a small pillow to get extra comfortable and an electronically controlled reclining chair. Their (menu) is full of “Luxury” food options such as a Wagyu Beast burgers, lobster rolls or loaded tater tots. They have a full restaurant and bars outside the theatre to relax and socialize before and/or after the movie. Of course all of these amenities come with a price. But it worth it in my opinion when you just want to have a great time!

But you just want to spend time together… Here’s a cheaper option.

Movies
Comfortable but not so private

If you not into that kind of stuff just yet. Then I definitely recommend going to Studio Movie grill ($$). It’s the same concept but the seating is not as personal and as comfortable. But you can surely get the same customer service experience throughout your movie going experience.

My Favorite part : Food

For the perfect date night, you need to have the perfect steak dinner. Steak is a staple of deliciousness that I like to experience once a week if I could. But my responsibility alarm will go off and will make sure it keeps me in line with what I want to buy. Steaks should barely touched other than the heat of the grill and mild seasoning, a minimum amount of sauces, cooked no further than medium well. After medium-well, it loses its flavor and texture. once you find the sweet spot, the flavor will surprise you!

Keeping showing off!

My pick for food is Capital Grille ($$$$)

But first you have to start off with a great appetizer that compliments the perfect date, that also prepares your palette for the rest of the nights food offerings.

seafood
Nice Appetizer!

I recommend the fried calamari or the lobster and crab cakes!

Next up.The main courses.

Steak is so good!
Yes!!

This is Capital Grille’s encrusted coffee NY strip with shallot butter sauce with sauteed spinach and lobster mac and cheese. $$$$

Going for a little cheaper…

Try Taste of Texas ($$$)

NY Strip steak with garlic butter. 🙂

Just want to spend time with your date?

Try a regular steak night in Houston . I regularly use this (site) to find what I need for steak nights around Houston.  But you have to remember to time your meals with your movietime. I would suggest eating after the movies, because who wants to watch a movie after a huge meal? This also means going a littler early to the movies because most steak nights end early depending on the day.  Pricing, seating and location are all up to you in terms of what you and special need to have a good time.

With all these steaks,you have to have the perfect sides  to enjoy them.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and cheese is must. Sauteed spinach with garlic helps with digestion and the perception of eating”healthy”. lol

Not really a meat eater or just don’t feel like eating beef? Go to Pappadeaux’s.

Blackened Catfish

Try Pappadeaux’s ($$) Mississippi Catfish Opelousas (good luck pronouncing that word)  which is blackened catfish with oysters,shrimp, and crabmeat in a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. This is all served over a delicious dirty rice.

Closing out the perfect date : The Dessert

At this point, you’ve seen a movie, ate really well and probably had a few adult beverages in-between. But you and your date have a sweet tooth.

You’ve may have already visited one steakhouse, but Pappas Bros Steakhouse offers great steaks and also great desserts.

 

This dessert is a milk chocolate mousse with a toasted marshmallow with dark chocolate ganache, toffee pieces & vanilla-malt sauce.

Ice cream is good too!

If you want something different and customizable then I would chose Creamistry ($$). Creamistry uses liquid nitrogen to create your custom mix of ice cream flavors and choices in a matter of seconds. It’s really cool in terms of presentation and flavor choices.

The perfect date is relative to the people who are enjoying the night out. These are just my recommendations of course. You can use as many permutations of this list as possible that will result in your own “perfect” night.  This can also be a great idea when you may want to pop ” the question” one day !  When you have the right one, you probably have a perfect date on every date anyways!

Until next time my friends!. Don’t forget to visit my Instagram and Facebook page for more food porn!

Stay hungry!

 

 

 

Lobster with a touch nostalgia from home…

Lobster Lobster More Lobster

Any one who has moved from their respective hometown will always has a few places of they will miss visited from home. It can be their actual home they grew up in or philly cheesesteak place across street from their old high school.  In this type scenario I would like to introduction Buddy, an entrepreneur who moved from Maine to Louisiana to pursue his career in education. His also met his future wife and business partner. The nostalgia of missing food from several places from home inspired him to move to Houston and start a sandwich business. Specifically with the simple flavors of North eastern America. This is where we introduce Mainly Sandwiches. A local eatery who specializes in Lobster rolls. The keywords for this type of food establishment is; fresh, prepared perfectly and consistent. Consistency has always been my main pet peeve from local restaurants. And you know what? I didn’t have that problem at all!

Let’s get into the food.

Lobster
Great spread!

Walking into the place, you will notice the theme of a northeastern pier and the fishermen bringing in the fresh lobster catch of the day.  It took me a while to decide on what type of sandwich I wanted try. My usual plan is to get multiple items on the menu for blogging and my own personal enjoyment. :). But I settled or should I say I was focus on getting something that was full of lobster. So I ordered the regular lobster roll with a side of fries. The service? Quick! The lobster roll? Tasty. Wanting more Lobster later? Yes!!!. The lobster was perfectly cooked and was never frozen, so you know its super fresh.

Lobster Euphoria Completed!

Soda
Moxie Cola

After finishing the whole roll and needing a nap, I was jokingly speaking to my fellow blogger Mark of The Flight Tasting about a drink I notice that was everywhere throughout the restaurant called Moxie. I am very aware of the word “moxie” but not the drink itself. During this discussion, a gentlemen behind counter shouted ” would like to try it?” . We both agreed to try it, because… well… it’s something new to try! Moxie can be described as a mixture of coke, root beer and a touch of cough syrup. The carbonation level is on par with Coca Cola , which was super helpful in breaking down that whole Lobster roll. Back to the gentlemen behind the counter.  Well I found out he is the owner and operator of the Mainly Sandwiches who goes by the name “Buddy” .

Buddy was very friendly and very knowledgeable about his food and how he wanted to open a place that was representative himself and his hometown food. He wanted to bring the taste of home to share with Houston because he couldn’t find a place around town to get it just right.. There’s something about someone who knows their food and loves to share that pleasure with other people as well.

Friendly Atmosphere

BLT and Italian
The bread!

He was very adamant about trying his other sandwiches on the menu. Of course this wouldn’t be a problem, if I just didn’t down an entire loaf of bread and large sweet and tender lobster chunks. Luckily, he offered a nice sample of his Italian and BLT sandwiches.  Both of the sandwiches were the right mixture of flavors and textures when it comes to eating a sandwich. Again, the bread shines again, but the levels of flavor made you want to grab a few sandwiches to take home for later.

If you ever wanted a sandwich and want a nice quiet place to sit and eat and have friendly people discuss food from their hometown, then I recommend coming to Mainly Sandwiches.  I also recommend trying a trio of sandwiches, which means bringing multiple friends and stealing off their plates! Everyone wins!

Location : Mainly Locations

Menu : Mainly Sandwich Menu