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Jan 27, 2013 06:25 PM

Good date restaurants in Normal Heights area


This is my first post so please be kind.

Would any of you be so kind as to provide a good "date" restaurant in the Normal Heights area? Flexible as to food (almost any will work), and generally flexible as price (as long as it's not super duper pricey).

Thank you.

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  1. Welcome!

    Not sure if this is a first date or a special occasion, but I'm always happy with the craft beer and pizza selection at Blind Lady Ale House. It's almost always crowded and parking can be tricky, but it's a lively atmosphere with good food. Great as long as you're not looking for quiet, intimate dining. Check out their website to see if it works for you.

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    1. re: melee

      I love BLAH as much as the next person (and I'm a huge beer and pizza lover), but BLAH is not a good date restaurant. The benches and tables, and the noise (all of which are great in other situations), do not make for a good date restaurant.

    2. Jyoti Bihanga our favorite place in Normal Heights. They have a great vegan "meat"-loaf that was surprising good. Not sure if it is a "date night" place necessarily, but it sure is tasty!

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      1. re: bradly

        Would non-vegetarians enjoy Jyoti?

        Thank you!

        1. re: SanDiegoChow1888

          I think so. I went with a group of 5. We had one vegan among us and the rest of us card-carrying meat eaters and everyone really enjoyed it. If you would be okay eating vegi dishes at an Indian or Thai restaurant you will be fine here, and if not, just get the "neat"-loaf and mashed potatoes :). Probably the best meat loaf I've had at a restaurant, vegan or not.

          1. re: bradly

            They don't serve alcohol, or allow byob. A date without alcohol is like a day without sunshine.

      2. Cafe 21 is a good choice.

        Blind Lady would be an *awful* date restaurant if you want to connect with your companion emotionally or intellectually. It's always loud, full of commotion, and somewhat uncomfortable.

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        1. re: notjustastomach

          I respectfully disagree. Sometimes a little noise/activity brings some welcome energy to a date. I guess it just depends on where you are in the relationship and the atmosphere you're seeking. My first date with my husband 18 years ago was at Father's Office in LA. It's pretty loud & full of commotion there too. In those days they didn't have their own menu: you ordered from the pizza place next door. It was funky and had a bunch of beers we'd never heard of, so we looked at it as an adventure and just had fun with it. As I said, BLAH wouldn't be destination for a romantic date. If they are looking to keep things light, or they are just getting to know one another it might be just the ticket. The food is great & reasonable, beer choices outstanding and the people watching can help provide some good conversation.

          1. re: notjustastomach

            Thank you!

            I think you are right we want to avoid a loud place.

          2. How about Jayne's Gastropub? Not sure if it's in Normal Heights but if it isn't is pretty darn close. On 30th about a block from Adams.

            Farmhouse Cafe is closer to University Heights rather than Normal Heights, but that might be a possibilty as well.

            Good luck on the date :-)

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              What is the noise level like at either Jayne's or Farmhouse? Would either be too loud to carry on a normal conversation?

              Thank you!

              1. re: SanDiegoChow1888

                Farmhouse, yes,

                not been to Jaynes in a while, but as I remember, yes,

                Urban Solace, yes.

                1. re: SanDiegoChow1888

                  Second Jayne's. I don't think it's loud at all, and I think the back patio (if it's a nice evening) would be particularly nice for a date.

                  1. re: aloha925

                    Plus one, especially on the back patio.

                    1. re: aloha925

                      What he said. Sound level is ok if you go early (5ish) or late (9ish), but that is unacceptable for many people.

                      1. re: aloha925

                        +2 BB, even though it is way out of our hood.

                        1. re: aloha925

                          The back patio is lovely. We were there on a December night & I don't remember feeling cold.

                          Have fun on your date!

                        2. re: SanDiegoChow1888

                          Farmhouse gets a bit noisy, but I don't think Jayne's does. You don't have to yell at your date to be heard and the waiters aren't lip-reading pros.

                      2. Not in Normal Heights but if you would consider going a bit south to Banker's Hill I would highly recommend Cucina Urbana, especially a table in their upstairs atrium where it's a bit more secluded, quiet and (yes!) romantic.

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I've always heard that Cucina Urbana is quite loud. Is that true?

                          Thank you!

                          1. re: SanDiegoChow1888

                            YES, IT'S TRUE!

                            Sorry, my ears have not recovered since our last visit. Good place, I've enjoyed the food, but I'm simply too old.