Date night looks drastically different during a pandemic. We’ve swapped our dress shoes and babysitter for sweats and carry out. One thing that the pandemic hasn’t taken from us is our love for food and supporting local restaurants. We choose to enjoy our meals at home, but these four favorite local joints have patios and are following strict guidelines to keep customers and staff safe.
- As a self-proclaimed margarita connoisseur, I love telling anyone who will listen that Revolucion has the best house margarita in town. It’s to die for. The hardest decision at Revolucion is whether or not to order their skillet queso as an appetizer. Spoiler alert: the answer is always yes.
- The vibe and aesthetics of Kindred Spirits is so mature and lavish; it’s a whole entire mood. The drinks are flavorful and the live music and bands set it apart as a date night destination. We recommend their signature drink Eastpoint Tea as a nightcap or kick-off to set the tone for a warm and cozy night in or lively time on the patio.
- When I recently brought home Florence’s, my husband took one bite and said “I feel healed.” If that isn’t a five-star review, I don’t know what is. Florence’s is a staple in Northeast Oklahoma City that has been locally owned and operated by Black women since the 1950s. Florence’s has maintained their slow-cooked legacy over the decades, and if you couldn’t tell their fare is made with fresh ingredients from local farms and growers, you’ll definitely be able to tell that every bite is smothered in love.
- To be totally transparent, I get the same meal from Barrios every time, but the drinks are so creative and unique I’ve had them all. The Barrios patio is one of my absolute favorites and they have an outdoor firepit if you and your date choose to heat things up on Valentine’s Night.
Whether you’re pandemic dating or showing extra love to your significant other, drink responsibly, wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance.
Skye Latimer is co-owner and partner of Folded Owl. Skye serves on the East End Commercial District board of directors, the Mary Abbott Children’s House board, is chairperson of the Equity Brewing Company Trust and was a founding member of Black Women Voices Oklahoma City. She and her husband and son live in Norman. Follow her everywhere @heavenlyskyes.