Nestled between S. 9th and 10th St. in downtown Lincoln, near the Haymarket, lies one of the fanciest restaurants in town. This little Thai restaurant, called Blue Orchid, is one of my favorite date night destinations in Lincoln.
At first glance, the ambient, charming atmosphere seems inviting. If not too crowded, the establishment provides a nice spot to sit and have a personal conversation with a close friend or significant other. The dim lighting creates a sense of romance to your dining experience and lends itself to the restaurant’s charm and appeal as a date night destination.
In addition to the comfortable, amorous quality, Blue Orchid offers a plethora of traditional and delicious Thai entrees, including vegetarian and vegan dishes. It also offers milder choices for those who cannot handle traditional Thai spice combinations. Lahd-Nah, stir-fry, drunken noodles, pad Thai, spring rolls, curries, salads and a few additional unique options give the restaurant access to a broader audience while maintaining an authentic Thai quality.
Holly Sheese, junior education major, said, “Blue Orchid is sophisticated and classy. I love Thai food and this is one of the best places I’ve been to. The portions are huge so that’s always a plus.”
The biggest problem with the Blue Orchid could be the cost. Not everyone is able to afford a $12 to $20 range for entrees. The pricing might seem high, I believe that the experience is worth the extra cost.
Aerlice LeBlanc, a junior graphic design major, said, “Blue Orchid is the perfect place for a date or small party. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff adds to the friendly environment. Even if you don’t like Asian food, everyone can find something, even vegans and people who like mild food.” LeBlanc recommends the pineapple curry, as it is her favorite dish.
“When you go,” added LeBlanc, “remember to call ahead, make a reservation and dress up a bit.”
If you’re looking for a date night destination in Lincoln, look no farther than the Blue Orchid.
Sara Roberts is a junior Business Administration and English major.