My latest $40 comes from a weekend getaway to New Orleans. I was traveling to the Crescent City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my Gamma Phi Beta chapter being on the Loyola campus. Although there to see sorority sisters I also wanted to spend some time enjoying the city with the bf so we had a late dinner Friday night at one of my favorite places: Port of Call
Port of Call is basically a pirate themed dive bar, and usually that is not my thing but honestly, I just don't think a trip to Nola is complete without a visit. There's also a pirate themed dive bar in Memphis and I've only been once so that's not the attraction - it might be the fond college memories, the dark and mysterious ambiance, or just the fact that the food is really good - it's probably a combination of these. Seriously though, it's so dark inside I couldn't get an ambiance picture for y'all. Beyond not spending a fortune going out the point of $40 dating is to get creative and try different things so even if I wasn't going to one of my favorite places I wouldn't have minded a trip to a dive bar, for me its certainly something different.
It's a popular destination so there's usually a wait, since we got there after dinner time we only had a 40 minute wait, I would say we were seated in 30. We got a monsoon drink to share while waiting, luckily the weather was nice enough. I knew exactly what I wanted before we even sat down but since Shaun was a first timer he looked over the menu, not that there's much to choose from.
I think its really weird they charge for sour cream yet bacon bits are free but whatever. We both got our potato with a topping but when my burger came loaded with cheese I remembered that it is possible to use some for ones potato, I also think the sour cream amount is excessive but apparently not everyone agrees with that. Since we weren't looking to party and had spent the day driving we were both tired and decided the one monsoon split was enough. If you really don't want to share drinks you could get two $5 smaller drinks. I realize most people will want more than one small drink but look my goal here is to show that dates around $40 are possible, you can make you date however expensive with as much booze as you want - as long as you drink responsibly of course : ). I am typically a wine drinker anyway so I find myself not doing well with more than one hard liquor cocktail so the one drink split was just fine for me.
The large drink and some waters were just what we needed to wash down this deliciousness.
After our bellies were full we left very happy and only had a 3 block walk to the car, lucky us. Parking is this neighborhood can be hard to come by.
Total cost for this Date
One Monsoon to share $10
Two Burgers and Potatoes $26
*So this date is a little over $40, but you might have noticed on the other $40 dates there have been instances of a few dollars left over. These dollars add up and can be saved for a budget buster or splurge night. For me I was in New Orleans on vacation so it was totally splurge worthy. From the previous dates posted the splurge fund had $9, so now it's down to $3.