The secret to a long and lasting relationship? It’s all about date night. So says Hector Garcia, owner of Hector’s on Henderson where live music and imaginative dishes blend to create the perfect setting for an evening of romance. Garcia, a romantic himself, is always looking to give patrons an extra dose of love potion. At the restaurant’s first Valentine’s Day dinner, each couple walked out with a tiny can of chocolate body paint (complete with brush). No promises for a repeat this year, Garcia says, but anyone who dines at Hector’s should expect the unexpected. That’s clear from executive chef Blythe Beck’s menu, with dishes such as lambchop lollipops and lasagna layered with lump crab and tiger shrimp. “We have fun,” Garcia says, “but we take our food seriously.”

Hector’s on Henderson
2929 N. Henderson
214-821-0432

Hours:
Tues-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.-2p.m. and 6-11 p.m.
Fri, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight
Sat, 6 p.m.-midnight

Five more spots for a romantic dinner

With its dim lights, glowing candles and arguably the best wine list in the city, it’s no wonder this restaurant has seen hundreds of first dates, marriage proposals and anniversary celebrations during the past 35 years.

The Grape
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AS COZY AS IT GETS
Reservations are essential at this tiny and hidden gem, where the gourmet menu changes daily but the atmosphere is always intimate.

York Street
6047 Lewis

TAKE A DIP
It doesn’t get much more romantic than relaxing in a booth for three hours while dipping things into melted (and imported) cheese and chocolate.

Simply Fondue
2108 Greenville

CONVERSATIONS BY FIRELIGHT
Even when it’s cold, the best seat in the house is near the patio’s fire pit. Besides — you’ve got your love to keep you warm.

Kirby’s
3525 Greenville

MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER
Reserve a booth for two in the concerto room, where the pianist takes requests. (And if he plays your song, no one will mind an impromptu dance.)

St. Martin’s Wine Bistro
3020 Greenville


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