I think it’s important to treat yourself to something special every once in a while and it’s even better when you get to share the experience.
Back in July, I met a nice young man named Evan. He reversed catfished me. He was much more attractive and charming in person. Our first date was over tacos and it went so well we planned a second date for the High Museum to see the stunning Alex Katz exhibit.
Our date was so fun, I loved having someone to go with that enjoyed talking about the art and wanted to actually take time looking at everything instead of breezing by. After our few hours gallivanting around the High, we attempted to get some smoked wings at Moe’s BBQ (which I will review at a later date) but low and behold it was closed. We then ventured to Atlantic Station where we knew we could find late night grub.
He was just as giddy as I was while we walked through shops and reading over the restaurant menus plastered outside. We settled on Yard House, a late night gourmet, beer-focused restaurant. It’s a national chain that feels like a swanky Cheesecake Factory with as many beer options as the “Factory” has of dessert.
We ordered a variety of appetizers including some duck wings. Dressed with an herb salad, maple soy glaze, sesame seeds, red onions, and serrano chiles. It was almost $12 for about 5-6 wings. Traditional buffalo wings are also an option at Yard House, but when you’re riding that “second-date-things-are-going-great” feeling, you gotta get the duck wings.
Ho-lee crap, those wings were so rich. The tender and fatty duck was so moist that the sweet and spicy Asian inspired sauce was a delightful compliment.
It was perfect as an appetizer because an order of more than 4 would be sickeningly decadent.
Evan and I had a great time but it was our last date together. He was really candid with me at the end of the date that he was only a few weeks out of a 5 year relationship and they had broken up over some really terrible lies she had told him. We had a really great connection but I feared that his feelings from his previous relationship would flow into our budding romance. I don’t want to get hurt and I wanted him to have closure before starting something with me. ( He was still spending time with her family because they had shared pets.)
I wish him all the best and am glad we got to share some fancy wings together.
A word of advice, when on a date, be open to trying new foods, new experiences and being honest about your feelings! It can really make a date so special.
3 out of 5 clucks for sauce (unique and rich)
3 out of 5 clucks for meat (again, unique and decadent)
4 out of 5 clucks for experience ( fun atmosphere and nice presentation)