Last year, Kirkendall Design published a post for Valentine’s day date ideas (http://kdesign.wpengine.com/2017/02/14/designer-date-night/). We compiled a list of high-class date night approved restaurants in a few design style categories approved by our very own designers! It was such a hit that we decided to take a spinoff of it this year. Keeping in mind Valentine’s falls on a Wednesday this year, we listed family friendly restaurants that were easier on the pocket books and acceptable for the kids too. Whether you’re looking for a fancy date for two or a place to bring the kids, surprise your loved one(s) with a designer-approved date night!
1. TRADITIONAL is inviting, warm and classic. This beloved look combines practicality and accessibility with a timeless look. If your style is traditional, you’ll love:
Blaze Pizza: Lauren’s choice because “In my current stage of life we pretty much always have kids in tow. I’ve been one to scope out a loud restaurant so that if we do take the kiddos and they cry, it’s not as obvious. HAHA! I think with kids in tow and considering there is a time limit with that, I would pick Blaze Pizza. I like it because it’s family friendly, possible take out option, also serves some beer and wine if you want to fancy it up!”
Tally’s (new location): Debbie’s choice because “It has a fun metro diner feel and is great for kids with a great variety of food. Try the Theta Burger and one of the really good homemade cinnamon rolls!”
Smitty’s Garage: Julia’s choice because “It’s a great place for everyone! Our team went together as a group and loved it!” They have delicious burgers and fries, as well as a laid-back environment with an arcade in the back for the kids (or your inner child).
Bricktown Brewery (71st location): Jayne’s choice because “They serve large portions making it easy to share. It is a family friendly restaurant and offers a full bar! Definitely go for the pizza.”
3. MODERN is minimal, fresh and simplistic. These spaces are typically open and unadorned, giving the room a feeling of airiness. If your style is modern you’ll love:
Jinya: Becca’s choice because “There’s no other place like it in Tulsa! It is dimly lit and has a nice bar with great service all around. Super fun and perfectly located downtown to go places after your meal. The spicy creamy vegan ramen is absolutely decadent!!!”
Pioneer Woman Mercantile: Heather and Lora’s choice simply because of “The Spicy Cowgirl!” It’s an infusion of cold brew, milk, Mexican chile syrup and Ecuadorian dark chocolate sauce. “Get the large to go, only after you’ve had your meal and visited the gift shop and bakery of course! Those that watch the show or follow Ree’s blog will recognize all of her famous dishes on the menu. We recommend the fancy mac and cheese and the drip beef for lunch. If you’re there for breakfast, try Edna Mae’s pancakes. It comes with three different kinds of butter. THREE! Additionally, the gift shop has a plastic wrap dispenser that will change your life! Grab one for you (and one for someone you love!)”