Kevin is anti-the term “date night.” He doesn’t think couples should need planned date nights and that they should just spend time together when they can. I don’t really care one way or the other if we have “date nights,” but when we do go out to eat, one of my favorite “date” places is Hillstone (formerly Houston’s) in Winter Park.
I love the atmosphere and the service is always top notch. Kevin first introduced it to my for my last birthday dinner almost a year ago.
The other evening Kevin and I went on a non-date night dinner there with one of our friends who had never been. Our friend Judy is always introducing us to new restaurants, so we wanted to return the favor. She is the one who first took us to The Ravenous Pig.
We started out with an order of the wood grilled artichokes, which a favorite dish of mine from any restaurant (although I really want to make the leap and try the smoked salmon one day). However, I forgot to snap a picture in all my excitement. It is truly wonderful. You get three very well seasoned artichoke halves, and you can taste the smokiness from the grill as you make your way through the leaves to the heart. It also comes with a wonderful dipping sauce. I’ve never had artichokes prepared so well or with so many flavors.
For our main courses, Judy ordered the sashimi tuna salad, which she really enjoyed.
Kevin ordered a hamburger. Hillstone has great burgers, which they grind the meat for each day, and they also have an amazing ahi tuna burger on their lunch menu.
I ordered the veggie burger, which was topped with a nice, thick slice of jack cheese. It was really good and hearty.
The burger was sweet, which went well with the egg bun. It was also massive, so I ended up eating half of it without the bun to save room in my belly.
After dinner, we walked around the area behind the restaurant, which has a dock and Adirondack chairs for people to lounge in while sipping wine and looking over the lake. Actually, one of my dad’s and step mom’s first dates was at Hillstone, and they sat on the dock and watched the sun set.
What do you think of “date nights?” Do you and your significant other have them? Kevin and I actually don’t do a lot of activities that involve just the two of us. We usually are inviting friends or family to join, so when we do something alone, I consider it a “date night” without telling him.