Now don’t get me wrong, you should always want to splurge on date night. In fact, there are times when you almost have to spoil your significant other (first dates or anniversaries, for example). But sometimes, you just want to go out and have a nice dinner without spending an arm and a leg. And trust me, I know how expensive date nights can get. Factor in drinks, appetizers, your main course and possibly dessert and you’ve easily spent between $50 to $60. Of course that depends on where you go, but it’s pretty average for most of the go-to date night spots in Moses Lake.
I know one of my favorite places to go is Michael’s on the Lake. They have an amazing menu and an even more amazing view of the lake from their patio. It’s actually where Cotey took me for our first date, aww. It cost him around $75 though (I peeked). While that’s doable sometimes, it’s definitely not doable all of the time. The nice thing is, it’s totally possible to have drinks and food for two at Michael’s without spending more than $30. Seems too good to be true I know, but there is a way- and it’s called happy hour. This hack does require you to either eat between 4 and 6 p.m. or after 9 p.m., although the day doesn’t matter as Michael’s has happy hour seven days a week. I see this working perfectly for those in the food service industry like us, or for those who are just night owls in general. Conversely, it works out great for those who are early eaters as well.
When we do happy hour, we usually just stick to two appetizers as their portion sizes are very generous. Of course, if you’re really hungry, you can share three appetizers without breaking the bank. All of Michael’s appetizers are half off during happy hour, so we also tend to mix it up each time we go. With so many combination possibilities, we haven’t gotten bored of anything yet. Here are some of our favorites:
Gorgonzola Truffle Fries, regularly priced $7.99
Hands down, the best basket of fries in town. They’re drizzled with actual truffle oil and served with a scrumptious Gorgonzola cheese dipping sauce. The sauce is so good! Even when we order off the regular menu, we make sure we get a side of it to go with our plain, not drizzled with truffle oil fries.
Fajita Chicken Nachos, regularly priced $12.99
What a plate of nachos. This is one of my go-to’s because it’s just that good. They use shredded chicken which I love, and top it with the works- cheese, olives, beans, avocado, tomatoes and green onions. You get a side of salsa, sour cream and a jalapeño cheese sauce as well.
Spicy Italian Flatbread, regularly priced $11.99
I will never say no to pizza, or any form of pizza for that matter. This flatbread is topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, olives, red peppers and fresh mozzarella. The Italian sausage brings a little heat but it’s the chipotle aioli that really makes it spicy.
Deep fried Mac and Cheese balls, regularly priced $8.99
Traditional mac and cheese would be enough for me, but Michael’s takes it a step further. They first make their mac and cheese with bacon and a three-cheese blend of ricotta, asiago and parmesan. Then they roll it into balls, deep fry it and top it with a bacon cheddar fondue. It’s as decadent as it sounds!
Ginger chicken lettuce wraps, regularly priced $10.99
These are a little bit lighter, but still just as filling. In the mix is chicken, peanuts, crispy noodles, mushrooms, water chestnuts and cilantro. The wraps can get a little messy but the flavors more than make up for that.
As you can see, Michael’s has some great options on their appetizer menu. And at half price, you’re left with more money to spend on drinks or dessert. It’s a win win!