Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Date night in DFW: Where to take your sweetie this weekend
Float the river, watch football, or get fly with Vanilla Ice. What more could you want, baby?
There are so many great things to do on a date in Dallas-Fort Worth -- too many, maybe. We'll comb through our extensive database each week and pick a few events, all with highly-recommended restaurants nearby. Here's hoping we can help you impress your date as you dine and do in DFW.
Get with the hero: Stop. Collaborate and listen. Vanilla Ice is playing Grover’s Grill and Bar this weekend. Either this is a dream or a nightmare, we’re really not sure (and isn’t that just a matter of semantics?). Grab your Fly Girl or B Boy and head up north for what will surely be one of the more random experiences of your 2013. Tickets are $40, but really – can you put a price on a dream deferred 23 years? The South Dallas born, Texas-raised rapper is back. Perhaps not “with a brand new invention,” but really it’s all about reliving the romance of the day you and your acid washed jorts met the world’s funkiest white boy (his words). Ice takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. Head to Grover's a little early for a Texas Sized Chicken Fried Steak and the Thursday drink special: $5 Texas Teas.
Saturday Fun Day: If you and your other half like football, find a barstool and a bartender and spend your Saturday toasting to your favorite teams. And what a football Saturday it is: You have the Alabama at Texas A&M game, called "this year's Game of the Century" by USA Today. If you're in Dallas (and you're missing Frankie's right about now), head to Nodding Donkey in Uptown, Milo Butterfingers near SMU or Stan's Blue Note on Greenville Avenue. At each, you'll find rowdy fans, plenty to drink and a day full of football games. If you'd rather do some good while you guzzle, check out Community Beer Company's Tailgate for a Cause, which raises money to help teens while also offering food, beer and fun.
So help you, Jesus: Grab your sweet angel and some sunscreen, and prepare yourself for a healthy dose of rock 'n' roll. This weekend, the 6th annual Dia De Los Toadies music festival takes over the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth to celebrate one of the most influential alt-rock bands to come out of North Texas. The namesake Toadies, who have been pumping out jams for more than two decades, perform both September 13 and 14. But if you have to choose one, Saturday is your best bet. Austin blues God Gary Clark Jr. will perform alongside locals Eisley, The Burning Hotels, Oil Boom and The O’s, among others. You might as well save your appetite for the vendor eats at Panther Island. Since they are allowing festival patrons access to the mini beach and water tubes ($5 rental), you'll want to stake your claim early. Then just go with the flow. General admission tickets cost $60 for two days or $30 for one day.