I am currently in the process of writing a little e-book about date nights in Charlotte, and since it is nearly completed, I wanted to go ahead and start this Date Night series on the blog. My goal is to document a monthly date with my husband to share here that will (hopefully) give all of you fun ideas for dates with your own significant other 🙂
We started the evening with dinner at Ajbani Moroccan Cuisine, a little hole in the wall on Central Ave near Plaza Midwood. The restaurant is basically a take-out spot with only two small tables inside, and the food is served in to-go containers with plastic cutlery. The building is almost entirely kitchen with a counter at the front and a few pieces of decor that give a sort of Pier 1/World Market vibe. I loved it.
The staff was very pleasant and friendly, and the prices were more than reasonable especially considering the amount of food they give you. My portion was large enough for my dinner Friday night and lunch for me AND my daughter Saturday afternoon. Oh, and did I mention it was frackin delicious? I ordered the Berber Chicken: roasted chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce of saffron, cinnamon, and garlic served over a mound of couscous. The dish was full of flavor without being all in your face. Oh yeah. My husband went with a lamb dish that I refused to try because lambs are too cute for eating. We grabbed a couple of Cokes out of the cooler since they don’t do fountain drinks, but I noticed a sign for Moroccan mint iced tea (after we had already ordered and paid) that I would really like to try on our next visit. We were too stuffed for dessert after dinner so we didn’t try the tahini and chocolate truffles either. Next time!
After we stuffed our faces, we made the short drive to The Rabbit Hole on Commonwealth for the Robot Johnson sketch comedy show.
The Rabbit Hole is an intimate concert venue with a capacity for only 300ish people and features local and nationally touring acts. Friday was my first time attending an event, and I really liked the place. They had a decent sized bar, clean bathrooms, and a smattering of comfy couches for sitting. I would really like to check out a band here (I will keep an eye on their schedule), but we had a blast watching the comedy show!
Robot Johnson is (according to their website) Charlotte’s oldest sketch comedy group. The R-rated show was about an hour long and consisted of maybe 12-15 short skits. The writing was fantastic, and the acting was stellar. They did a skit about bingo that had me (and everyone else) laughing like crazy. I couldn’t get the little jingle the girl sang out of my head all weekend! I would recommend this group to anyone that is a fan of SNL or Madtv and maybe doesn’t offend too easily. I, personally, did not find anything offensive in the show, however, a few topics might be touchy to others.
All in all, it was a fantastic date, and we both had tons of fun. Perhaps next time I will remember to take a selfie of us enjoying ourselves, but instead here is a pic of…um…the cool design of the crosswalks in Plaza Midwood??