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Make it a date!

by Erin Page & Lindsay Cuomo

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance! We think it is a lot more fun to celebrate all of the loves in your life – your kids, your sweetheart, your family and your friends. Make it a month-long celebration with these “date-night” inspirations filled with locally owned restaurants great for families, grown-up date options and fun girls’ night out experiences.

Happy early Valentine’s to you, our cherished readers!

Family-Friendly Eats

Treat the family to a night out on the town and yourself to a cooking- and dishes-free evening while showing some locally owned restaurants some love.

Fresh & Flavorful 

For casual fast food, Saturn Grill (6432 Avondale Dr) creates fresh, scratch-made favorites for lunch and dinner. From the spicy turkey sandwich on homemade flatbread to sweet and spicy house-made chicken salad, there’s something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options. Save room for their homemade desserts!

Owned by parents wanting to create a family-friendly atmosphere, Nhinja Sushi & Wok (OKC, Edmond, Yukon) provides fast, fun and fresh fare. For Guatemalan food and Latin favorites, check out Cafe Kacao (3325 N Classen Blvd), offering breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes.

For a tasty spin on comfort food, check out Iron Starr Urban Barbeque (3700 N Shartel). Smoked meats, fancy mac & cheese and out-of-this-world double chocolate bread pudding make for a flavorful family meal.

Dinner & a Park 

Downtown Oklahoma City’s new Scissortail Park is the perfect place to work up an appetite. Walk the beautiful trails, rent a paddleboat at the boathouse and let imaginations run wild on the unique, creative play structures, sand pits and climbing walls. Then, head across Hudson Street to Social Capital (517 S Hudson) for street tacos, salads and house-made ice cream. You can’t beat the view of the sun setting on the OKC skyline from the expansive outdoor decks.

Food Hall Fun

Food halls have become all the rage, and they are perfect for families as the variety of options means everyone can get exactly what they want. The Collective (308 NW 10th St) features 8 kitchens and an outdoor dog-friendly patio with views of downtown OKC. Try an Indian Taco from Kitchen 1907 or authentic Belgian waffles from Press Waffle Co. Parlor (11 NE 6th St) combines a collection of chefs with three levels of seating, including outdoor patios. Try Korean food from Oh My Gogi or fried chicken tender creations from Ray’s Chicken Kitchen.

Sweet Tooth

For an after-dinner or anytime treat, grab a whole pie or just a slice at Pie Junkie (1711 NW 16th St) with flavors ranging from bird dog buttermilk and peanut butter chocolate to key lime and apple crumble. Enjoy cake by the slice, cookie sandwiches and other goodies at Katiebugs Sips & Sweets (7 NW 9th St). Katiebugs’ winter sips can be topped with their famous handmade marshmallows! Indulge in an ice cream cookie sandwich, sundae or fountain favorite at Roxy’s Ice Cream Social (OKC, Plaza District, Classen Curve, Edmond).

Editor’s note: Find our list of metro restaurants offering kids-eat-free and family discounts at

Date Night

Do: Fall in love with a classic ballet

Dine: Midtown eats

The OKC Ballet brings a stunning production of the story of Giselle to the Civic Center Music Hall Feb. 9-11. Get swept away with this tale of a young peasant girl who has a passion for dancing but dies of a broken heart. A quick trip up Walker Ave offers a host of Midtown dining options including Packard’s New American Kitchen and R&J Lounge and Supper Club.

Other stage productions this February include:

  • Small at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre, Feb. 15-25
  • Bravo Broadway by OKCPhil at Civic Center Music Hall, Feb. 16-17
  • Wicked at Civic Center Music Hall, Feb. 21-March 10
  • Twelfth Night at Shakespeare on the Paseo, Feb. 22-March 10

Galentine’s Night Out

Three ideas to celebrate friendship during the month of love:

  1. Pinky Patel – New Crown, Who Dhis Tour at Tower Theater: Pinky Patel, a PTA mom turned creator and comedian, is coming to OKC on Feb. 17. She is best known for her hilarious commentary and viral videos that have garnered over 64.5 million likes on TikTok. Tickets start at $26.50 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  2. Indulge your creative side at Factory Obscura: On Feb. 10, Factory Obscura is hosting a Mix-Tape V-Day Bash complete with a community art show, love-themed dance party and live immersive performance by Nia Moné. Tickets are $26.
  3. Test your skills at OKC Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee(r): This fun annual event features a delightful evening of spelling fun, a silent auction and local brews on Feb. 16 at Oklahoma Contemporary. Proceeds benefit arts education initiatives in the Oklahoma City metro.

For even more Valentine’s family fun, visit our Valentine’s Fun Guides to find family-friendly events, date night inspirations, staycation ideas and romantic escapes. 

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