Planning a night with your sweetheart? Consider these gay-friendly options


PRALINE DREAM | The chewy, inventive pralines at gay-owned Jack’s Southern Comfort Food make for a unique twist on the standard box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day this year is on a Thursday — in fact, just a week away! These restaurants all offer special menus, as well as gay-friendly environments where same-sex couples can enjoy a romantic meal out on the town. (For updated Valentine’s Day dining suggestions, visit Instant Tea at

Salum and Komali from chef Abraham Salum are both offering Valentine’s Day menus, with a three-course tasting available at Salum in addition to the usual menu for $45/person, and a Latin-inspired menu (including shared dessert) at Komali for $35/person. Salum: 214-252-9604 or; Komali: 214-252-0200 or

Asador, the high-end but approachable locavore restaurant located inside the Renaissance Hotel, is preparing a Valentine’s Day dinner worthy of Aphrodite, with Gulf oysters, tuna tempura (or flatiron steak) and a dessert of warm chocolate cake or crème brulee, all for $40/person. The violinist playing throughout your meal is just a perk. 214-267-4815.

Jack’s Southern Comfort Food, the new down-home resto from Scott Jones, suggests sweetening up your sweetheart with some sweet house-made pralines. The style here — chewy instead of brittle — includes such unusual flavors as roasted pecan and candied jalapeno, spicy rosemary cashew and walnut/cranberry.  Available by the dozen in a hand-packed basket or steel bin, prices start at $45.95. 214-821-0900 or

Perpetual romantic getaway The Grape is a no-brainer on Valentine’s Day, especially with a chef-inspired three-course menu on Feb. 14 for $65/person (and $20 for wine pairings), and a romantic a la carte menu on the 15th and 16th as well. 214-828-1981 or

Sissy’s Southern Kitchen offers variety for Valentine’s Day: For those who wanna share a bucket of the signature fried chicken (plus a bottle of Moet champagne), it’s just $75 total. Or you can try a six-course tasting menu for $80/person, including oysters Rockefeller, Creole risotto, pork belly and more. 214-827-9900.

Over in The Cedars, The Terrace Bistro at the recently opened NYLO Hotel lets you dine while enjoying live music and a panoramic view. And in addition to the Feb. 14 menu, it offers you the option of a staycation, with special room rates and breakfast for those who wanna make a night of it. 214-421-1080 or

Graham Dodds, who took over the kitchen at Central 214 inside the uber-gay Hotel Palomar last year, prepares his first Valentine’s menu there, and it’s available all weekend long. The four-course menu (which includes options like seared suck with cassoulet and flatiron steak) comes with a complimentary glass of champagne. $75/person. 214-443-9339.

Uptown’s Abacus has been an institution for nearly 15 years, and there’s no better time to splurge there than a special occasion like Valentine’s. The $125/person prix fixe menu includes a host of selections for soup or salad, small plates, big plates and dessert, plus a strawberry champagne popsicle “intermezzo.” 214-559-3111.

The impressive seven-course menu at The Pyramid Restaurant inside the Fairmont includes caviar and lobster for $85/person, but go ahead and add the wine ($140) for a chance to experience sommelier Hunter Hammett’s fine pairings of wines with food — he’s one of the best at it in Dallas. 214-720-5249.

Also, the day before Valentine’s Day (Feb. 13) marks the start of Chinese New Year, and what better way to ring in the Year of the Snake than with a six-course meal from chef Wolfgang Puck, who will be on hand at Five Sixty at Reunion Tower. The cost is $135/person.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 8, 2013.