Long before Little Lovely arrived, Jody and I would enjoy our Friday night dates over a quiet dinner and drinks. Inevitably, our conversation would turn to envisioning our future family and how we would spend Friday nights together. So it’s now a joy to pack up Eloise and set out for family date nights.
It can definitely be a little nerve wracking to take a baby to a restaurant, but we try to select spots that are child-friendly offering high chairs and outdoor dining space. Also catching the “early bird” special means that there are less patrons present since not everyone is thrilled to dine alongside a seven-month old. Of course Little Lovely’s sweet grin and giggles should surely charm anyone.
We always enjoy an evening at Tazza Kitchen where we try to snag a table on the covered patio. Located in Trenholm Plaza, Tazza has a wonderful,big-city ambience and offers a diverse wine and beer list as well as a delicious menu featuring local produce – also note the daily happy hour from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Another easy option is Taziki’s in Cross Hill Market for quick, healthy Mediterranean fare. We usually choose a cafe table on the side of the restaurant so Little Lovely can have her space.
Eloise dining at Taziki’s on a warm, spring evening. We always bring a bag of toys that can be strapped to her high chair with a Baby Buddy and some Mum Mums for baby to snack on.
Our go-to, which never disappoints, is Za’s. Since reopening late last year the new and improved Za’s has upgraded its menu and polished its interior decor. We have become regular groupies of the live music shows featuring local talent such as Emily Wells and Jon Rooks. Eloise is in good company as many families and young children play on the plaza outside and eat brick-oven pizza.
A night out is fun, but the best place to spend happy hour is right at home. Mom and Dad can leisurely sip a cocktail while watching Little Lovely lounge on the lawn. Cheers!