The saying “better late than never” certainly applies to our belated Valentine’s dinner date. I was traveling for work the week of the actual holiday, so we made plans to make up for it the weekend I got back. Nate kicked things off right away and had some beautiful flowers waiting for me when I got home!
For our date, Nathan chose the dinner location and I chose the dessert spot, so we ended up restaurant hopping and making a full evening of it. It was so fun! And much less crowded than if we’d tried to do this on February 14th as opposed to the 18th 🙂
For dinner, Nate chose Twenty Tap. We hadn’t been back since the first time we went there, and since we’ve both been craving burgers and fries for a while, it totally hit the spot.
Twenty Tap has our favorite fries in Indy and a great selection of burgers, so we were set!
I got the turkey burger with tomato jam, caramelized onions, arugula, and whipped goat cheese. (Simple salad on the side.)
Nathan got the wrath burger with bacon, mushrooms, sautéed onion, romaine, and bleu cheese sauce.
We also shared a basket of fries with garlic aioli and chipotle sauces on the side.
It was just as delicious as we remembered! We had a few fries leftover and asked for a box to take them home. Couldn’t let any of the deliciousness go to waste #noshame. We would have finished them off but we had to save room for dessert!
For dessert, we went to the northside Harry & Izzy’s. My FAVORITE dessert is the brownie a la mode from Malibu Grill in Bloomington. But…since Bloomington is a bit of a drive just for dessert, I decided to see what Indy had to offer. I have heard great things about Harry & Izzy’s brownie dessert from friends and Yelp, so this was the perfect occasion to try it!
We had to wait ~20 minutes for a spot at the bar, but it was great just to hang out, people watch, and let our dinner digest for a bit. I loved doing a casual, laid back dinner spot and then a little swankier place for dessert (although still much less swanky than their sister restaurant, the famous St. Elmo’s downtown). Not only was it fun variety but it helped our budget immensely 😀
When we were seated at our bar-top table, we ordered the brownie dessert and a milk punch cocktail for Nate, which he enjoyed while waiting for our food. We also exchanged our Valentine’s cards while waiting!
When the brownie finally came out, I think I literally made heart-shaped eyes…
Signature Brownie: Decadent classic, handmade dessert, served with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, rich caramel sauce, sweet candied pecans, whipped cream and topped with a cherry.
In case you can’t tell, this was everything I hoped for and more. I told Nathan it may have stolen the spot as my new favorite dessert – and it’s dangerously closer to our house than Malibu Grill in Btown! My favorite part was the sweet candied pecans that added the perfect crunch with the ooey gooey fudgey brownie. Of course, the ice cream is a non-negotiable. We demolished the whole thing.
Overall, 5 stars for this dessert and 5 stars for the entire date! It was a perfectly satisfying and celebratory meal. We may have to restaurant hop more often! I know some people don’t get into the Valentine’s Day hype, but in my opinion, any excuse to go on a date with my best friend is wonderful 🙂