Date nights don’t happen often enough, so when my husband and I manage to free up time in our hectic schedules and line up the babysitter – we want to make it worth it! One of our favorite places to go is Summer House at Pike & Rose. When I’m not with my kids, I want to feel relaxed and Summer House has just that effect. The restaurant is designed with a laid back West Coast beach house feel – think hanging plants, white color scheme, and neutral colored furniture. There’s also a fabulous outdoor patio area that is perfect during the warmer months. It’s just the place I can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and some great food!
The restaurant features a California-influenced American menu that emphasizes seasonal ingredients. There is something here for everyone – tacos, hamburgers, sushi, pasta, sandwiches, and salads. The wine list is great too!
Everything my husband and I have tried, we have loved! When we dined at Summer House last weekend we ordered the chips and guacamole as an appetizer and the prime rib french dip and the spice rubbed bigeye tuna. So, so good!
And the best part of all might just be the cookie counter at the front of the restaurant! Our favorite is the chocolate chip cookie with chunks of marshmallow bar on top. We normally grab a couple to take home to our girls and then they don’t really mind that we left them with a babysitter!
If for some reason your babysitter cancels at the last minute, go ahead and take the kids with you. They have a kids menu that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters – spaghetti & meatballs, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, salmon fingers, and even breakfast for dinner.
Summer House also offers a weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 3pm (including a kids brunch menu). I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard great things, so that is next on my list! The menu features benedicts, pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs and omelets. Plus the sunrise punch and passion fruit margarita sound pretty amazing!
So make sure to schedule the babysitter and enjoy an evening at Summer House, you won’t be disappointed! And if you have enough time, head over to iPic across the street for a movie after dinner!