Hal’s may not have the most inviting exterior (think strip mall Verizon retailer), but once you’re inside, this place more than makes up for it in the food and atmosphere department. Hal’s is a laid-back steakhouse with a vaguely Cajun twist, meaning there’re plenty of blackened options and more than your average steakhouse’s selection of shellfish. Plus, with the piano man doing his thing downstairs, the Mardi Gras memorabilia and bar, and the enclosed patio upstairs, Hal’s has a more mellow vibe than some of the the neighborhood’s other steak spots. The Bachelor can get a little loose here without fear of the whole party being tossed out by a maitre d’ in a starched white shirt. Try the Trout with Crabmeat (speckled trout lightly battered and fried, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat) or the crab bisque.
Head over to Johnny's Hideaway afterwards; seriously it’s worth making dinner plans here purely on the strength of its proximity to this weirdo cougar den.