This weekend, get creative with date night! No matter your culinary preference, Lubbock has countless restaurants that are sure to satisfy your palate. In fact, why choose just one? Make your night out on the town a progressive dinner and check a few of the boxes off on your must-try list in the 806!
We have curated a few lists of perfect pairings to help inspire your date night itinerary. Can’t find a baby-sitter? No problem! There is even a kid-friendly option to make it a fun outing for the whole family.
Drinks + Charcuterie Board
The Nicolett is a fine-dining destination with a focus on Texas High Plains cuisine. No need for a reservation, enjoy drinks and a charcuterie board on the patio, brought to you by Chef Finn Walter. Walter’s experience in Paris, Austin, Napa Valley and Santa Fe shines through in every dish, as he showcases ingredients that are natural to the region.
The West Table Kitchen & Bar
Pan Seared Ribeye
The West Table presents an evolving, seasonal menu with distinguished craft cocktails and countless gluten-free options that meld electric New American cuisine with global accents. Try the Pear Collins cocktail and the pan seared ribeye – they will not disappoint!
Burklee Hill Vineyards
Cast Iron Cherry Cake +Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
This family-owned vineyard, winery and bistro serves exquisite food to pair with each locally-grown bottle of wine. End the night with the cast iron cherry cake and vanilla bean ice cream. This delectable dessert is sure to make your night end sweetly.
Order a glass of wine and Sylvana’s queso and immerse yourself in the flavors while enjoying the eclectic music. With baked cheeses, artichoke hearts, sweet onion jalapenos, pico de gallo and house-baked tortilla chips, the owner’s Spanish heart shines through to ensure you get the best experience.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Picosos was built “from the ground up” by its owners and local natives Heather and Jeremy. This Mexican kitchen prides itself on flavor and the people around them. Order the sour cream chicken enchiladas and enjoy the hospitality of another hometown restaurant.
Mi Linda Michoacana
Mangoneada-Especial or a Paleta
Mi Linda Michoacana is a hand made ice cream shop located just off of 34th Street. Order a Mangoneda-Especial or a Paleta for a sweet treat to end your night.
Orlando’s Italian Restaurant
Fried Beef Ravioli
Since 1965, Orlando’s Italian Restaurant has been a staple in the 806, earning it the title of Lubbock’s oldest full-service restaurant. With innovative Tex-Italian family recipes, the menu includes a variety of dishes. Order the fried beef ravioli and a drink from the bar to see why this is a local favorite.
Italian Garden is a family owned and operated restaurant. Order the chicken milanese and experience how the flavors of chicken, bacon, spinach and creamy alfredo come together in a mouthwatering concoction.
One Guy From Italy
Serving the Lubbock community for over 40 years, One Guy From Italy is the perfect place to end your night. Order the classic tiramisu cake and experience the flavors of an authentic Italian dessert.
Fun Noodle Bar
Start your day at Fun Noodle Bar with a basket of dumplings and a drink. This Asian restaurant prides itself in making every noodle, dumpling and steamed dish from scratch with high-quality ingredients.
Pho District 1
Com Chien Dac Biet
Pho District 1 is a Vietnamese restaurant located off of Quaker Avenue and 19th Street. Order the Com Chien Dac Biet, a plate of fried rice, pork, chicken and shrimp. This combination is sure to satisfy by giving you the opportunity to try out three different proteins!
West Straws is an authentic boba tea shop that brews the tea fresh every four hours. The new owners are working hard to keep the values and practices of the previous Vietnamese owners alive. Order one of the many flavors of boba tea and immerse yourself in the culture.
Spanky’s is a classic burger and fried foods joint that’s served Lubbock since 1982. Infamous among college students and Tech fans alike, we would be remiss to not recommend ordering the fried cheese with ranch and a drink! While indulging, ask for a Spanky’s coloring sheet. After finishing eating, ask a staff member for a tack to hang your kid’s art on the wall. Not only will your kiddos get to leave their mark on Spanky’s, but they can take a piece of it with them with their Spanky’s souvenir cup.
Fried Chicken Strips
To keep the fried fare going, Dirk’s Chicken, located downtown and recently opened by the esteemed chef Cameron West, serves Lubbock with the best fried chicken; all the while showcasing the comical work of the late Dirk West. Dirk spent years creating cartoons for the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal and created several Big 12 Conference team mascots, including Texas Tech’s Raider Red. This iconic diner is the perfect setting for a family meal as your children will love looking at the cartoon-framed walls.
This Lubbock-made Sno is the perfect treat to end your day. Bahama Buck’s Shaved Ice has over 100 original gourmet flavors that are sure to put a smile on your face. Go through the drive-thru or go into the store and enjoy the many board games they have available to play while enjoying a cup of snow. Beware of brain freezes!
By: Lacie Freelen
By: Visit Lubbock Interns
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