Date Ideas for National Couple Appreciation Month

Mongolian Hot Pot (courtesy photo)

April celebrates couples all month long with National Couple Appreciation Month. Whether it’s spicing up your weeknight with a new happy hour or celebrating your relationship over weekend brunch, show your partner how much you appreciate them with a date at one of the following destinations.

Nestled in the heart of Mission Hills, Farmer’s Bottega boasts farm-to-fork cuisine amidst a rustic and romantic atmosphere. Kick off the week with an early brunch date at the local eatery. Savor popular dishes include the Lemon Poppy Pancakes served with mascarpone cheese and lemon zest, or the Short Rib Benedict, which features slow-braised short rib, chipotle hollandaise, and soft polenta. Pair your order with a glass of rosé or a Tangerine Mimosa and cheers to love.

Experience an immersive dining experience with a date night at Mongolian Hot Pot, located in Clairemont Mesa. The hot pot eatery specializes in serving authentic Chinese Mongolian hot pot and offers a wide array of fresh ingredients to choose from. Enjoy an order of the Ying Yang Hot Pot, a half serving of signature original soup broth and a half serving of spicy broth. Get creative with your plus one and perfect the ultimate hot pot with fresh veggies, handmade noodles, and premium proteins including Supreme Angus Beef, Lamb Shoulder and USDA Choice Rib Eye. Pair your hot pot with beer specials during happy hour, available daily from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Head to Mira Mesa for All-You-Can-Eat lunch and dinner specials at Shabu Works. The sister restaurant to Mongolian Hot Pot, this destination is dishing up unlimited shabu-shabu, an authentic Japanese style of hot pot. Choose from flavorful soup bases such as Garlic Miso Tonkotsu and Spicy Miso, and elevate your hot pot with US Wagyu Beef, Premium Pork Belly, fresh vegetables and more. If you’re planning at at-home date night, opt for a Hot Pot Home Kit featuring all of the hot pot fixings plus the option to add on a personal stove and pot set.

Soak up the beautiful San Diego weather and explore one of the many hiking trails the city has to offer for an outdoor date idea. Make sure to fuel up before or after the adventure with a stop at Grater Greens located in Mission Valley. With a fresh medley of salads, grain bowls, wraps, and the option to craft your own creation, there are flavors for every palate. Try the new seasonal creations, the Kick Asparagus Salad, and the Strawberry Bliss Salad, which features a spinach and arugula base, tossed with fresh strawberries, shaved red onion, basil, feta cheese, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Savor tacos for two along the bay at Quiero Tacos. New to Seaport Village, the eatery features a fun menu with refreshing starters such as the Holy-Viche, which incorporates the fresh catch of the day cooked in a lime marinade with pico de gallo, mango cubes, yams, corn, avocado, and cucumbers! For an entrée, share one of the signature Burros. The Carnitas Tatemadas Burro features seared slow-cooked pulled pork carnitas, fries, guacamole, pico de gallo, and a lime aioli. Quiero Tacos provides the bites and Mike Hess provides the brews, enjoy the irresistible duo with outdoor seating that overlooks stunning bayfront views.

Make it a date to remember with a trip to Chula Vista’s historic Third Avenue. Surprise your loved one with a beautiful flower arrangement from The Singing Florist followed by a fun tea party at My Cup of Tea. Grab breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner from one of the many restaurants along the Avenue like Talavera Azul and The Balboa. Or opt for a self-guided brewery crawl and check out the local brewery scene with popular spots such as Third Avenue Alehouse, Thr3e Punk Ales, and Chula Vista Brewery. The perfect date awaits along Third Avenue!