How to Paint the Town Red

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you know what that means … Dates for everyone! YOU get a date and YOU get a date and YOU … Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t have a date. I’m currently dating myself and I’m happy to report that me, myself, and I are VERY happy together. But one day I will have a date (are you listening, Universe?), and when I do, this is where we’re going!

Highland Park


Javier’s is known for their spicy margaritas and super-cool Cigar Lounge. But don’tcount out the cantinflas. They’re my absolute FAVE! (Pro tip: The cantinflas are super rich so you can go for uber-romance and split them with your date!) Follow up dinner with an after dinner drink and cigar in the Cigar Lounge. I always get a scotch (something my dad introduced me to) and split a vanilla cigar (I’m not cool enough to smoke a real one).

Downtown Dallas



Begin with pre-dinner drinks at Midnight Rambler inside The Joule Hotel. Have a fewsips of my favorite cocktail, the Velvet Goldmine, and then follow up with dinner atAmericano (also inside the hotel). Start with the oysters as an appetizer and YOU MUST have the spaghetti and meatballs. Trust me, you will not regret it. Some of thebest I’ve ever had (and I consider myself a spaghetti and meatball connoisseur)



Dinner at Terilli’s is a great way to spend V-Day. Terilli’s is one of my go-tos. It’s such agreat atmosphere and you really feel like you’re in NYC. Great music and the BEST martinis in town IMHO! Start with the “signature” italchos (they’re not on the menubut they’ll know what you’re talking about) – chicken, pesto, sundried tomatoes, you cannot go wrong! Add a Flirtini or Champagne Dream Martini followed by the Chicken Scampi! YUM! If you have a sweet tooth, follow dinner with St. Martin’s Wine Bistrojust down the street on Greenville and have a glass of wine and some delish chocolate!



If you want to stay in and cook a romantic dinner for your hunny, here is my go-to date night dinner, of course by Ina Garten. This is legit the best way to prepare your steakand the Roquefort sauce is to die for. I’m positive all my ex-boyfriends are still cravingthis dish. I’m totally serious. (Find the recipe here) Start with a wedge salad, a great bottle of Malbec (or Silver Oak if you’re feelin’ super fancy) and add your favorite side (I always do mashed potatoes and haricot verts!).

And there you have it! Caroline Cradick’s “How To Paint the Town Red for Valentine’s Day”.(See what I did there?) 😉 Happy V-Day!


Caroline Cradick


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