Each month Meredith Sinclair shares super ways to spend
that all-important and often neglected alone time with your mate.
From the romantic and elegant to the goofball-ish and bizarre,
she's got you covered.
I've been married for almost 20 years, and my
husband would say the most shocking thing I have ever done in all
those years came almost immediately after I said, "I do." As he
carried me over the threshold and plopped me down in the kitchen, I
announced I had decided to become a vegetarian and that cooking
meat didn't appeal to me.
It was a good thing I told him after the ink dried on the
Though I've since conceded to the three carnivores in my
life and can make a mean roasted chicken, my man usually gets his
meat-tooth satisfied when we go out to eat.
So he was thrilled when I announced we'd be going to
Chicago q, an upscale barbecue restaurant for our date this
Right in the center of the Gold Coast, q is where
down-home meets Park Avenue.
With menu items like Kobe beef ribs, BBq "flights" and
house bacon cheddar hush puppies, q is a tutorial on how to dress
barbecue up and take her out. We had those hush puppies as an
appetizer (because I'm an herbivore who makes an exception for
bacon) and they seriously knocked my platform booties off. Jon had
a rack of their famous St. Louis "competition ribs," and found
great joy in ripping that tender meat from the bone. I had the
smoked salmon steak, which was quite lovely.
I will say this about q for date night: If you're headed
there on a Saturday, prepare for busy, bustling and a bit loud. You
definitely need a reservation and it may be better suited for group
dates rather than intimate one-on-one conversation. I imagine
weekday evenings feature a more calmed-down vibe.
I'm for sure planning a trip back with a posse of my best
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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