It’s been a minute since Jon and I have done any exploring and even longer since we had a date night, so when we got a chance last weekend we jumped at it. We didn’t know what we wanted to do or where we would go, we just wanted to do something.
We came up with a bunch of options: dinner and drinks in Titusville, a picnic on the beach and Disney Springs to name a few. But we decided we’d just get dinner downtown and see where the night took us. And we had so much fun!
We started off at Hawkers. It’s an Asian restaurant in the Mills 50 area of downtown and it’s SOOOO good. It’s also super cheap for a date night. Including a beer and tip our meal was $31. What?! And the food is amazing. We tried crispy pork belly (not my favorite, but it was good and Jon loved it), summer rolls with shrimp and peanut sauce (yum!), Five Spice fries, and Pad Thai (which was my absolute favorite – so good I totally forgot to take a picture).
While we were at dinner we talked about selling our house (mostly dreaming, but still fun to think about) and drove around Audubon Park to look at houses for sale. We live in the boonies right now and it would be nice to have civilization at our fingertips every once in a while. We remembered a place called Gideon’s Bakehouse was over there and decided to stop in. It’s located inside East End Market and you HAVE to go. Seriously. The only problem is that for the moment it’s temporarily closed for renovations (we got some of the last cookies before they shut down), but will be reopening later this fall. You NEED these cookies in your life. I’ve never had anything like them. There aren’t words. Just get some… As soon as they reopen… And you’ll forgive me for teasing you because they’re just outrageously good.
After cookies we figured we should at least pretend to walk off some of those calories, so we headed downtown to Lake Eola and wandered around. We found ourselves at World of Beer and decided to stop in. It’s got a great patio and quite the selection of beers, ciders, cocktails, and wine. We didn’t try their food this time around, but it sounded great with offerings like Beer Can Chicken.
This date night cost us less than $75 and it was so much fun to just have a low-key hang out kind of date. We talked and dreamed and enjoyed being together and figuring out what to do next. Highly recommend all of these fun activities!
Pro Tip: If you’re going to Hawkers (or anywhere else in the Mills 50 area) plan on getting there by about 5:30 on a Saturday so you won’t have to wait very long because they don’t take reservations.
Have you been on a great date night recently? Let me know what you did in the comments!