Date Night & the Lighter Fare Menu at Houlihan’s in Creve Coeur, MO

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Between this crazy winter weather, multiple sick kids, and countless appointments, the last few weeks have really taken a toll on me. I’ve been exhausted. It is easy to get stressed and lose myself with so much going on. Luckily, last week my husband and I pulled off a weeknight date night to unwind and enjoy some good food.

Houlihan's #SoEatingThis

Our date nights typically include dinner and shopping without kids (exciting, I know). However, since this night was much needed, we just opted for a dinner on a week night. The restaurant of choice: Houlihan’s. We visited the one in Creve Coeur, MO on Olive Blvd & Mason.  For being a weeknight, it was nearly packed, but the atmosphere was still relaxed and comfortable. I couldn’t think of a better way to unwind from the madness than to have a cocktail. The X-Rated Moscato Martini looked amazing and only packed 140 calories. The fresh fruity flavor was delicious and smooth.

Houlihan's French Onion Soup

We started with an appetizer, Houlihan’s Famous ‘Shrooms. We can never go wrong with these panko crusted stuffed mushrooms. I also ordered a cup of French Onion Soup. It is my favorite soup and I was not disappointed. Just looking at the picture, I can smell the cheesy, oniony goodness. It is amazing.

Deciding on an entree is normally a hard task for me. Luckily, Houlihan’s has created a new specials menu loaded with craveable lighter fare entrees (plus some desserts and cocktails). I have been working hard to eat healthier and each of the specials have less than 590 calories and made with fresh, nutritive ingredients.

Houlihan's Misa Grilled Salmon

It was hard to pass on the Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad with Ginger-Soy USDA Prime Top Sirloin, but the Misa Grilled Salmon was mouth-watering. The miso-marinated atlantic salmon was served over stir-fried quinoa with steamed edamame, house-pickled cucumber, and shaoxing sauce. With only 540 calories (I know, that’s it!), I didn’t expect so much food, but if I did finish it all, I wouldn’t have felt bad. Not only was the food plentiful, the flavor was definitely not spared. I will absolutely be back to order it again.

The lower fare menu is available for a limited time, but Houlihan’s is looking for feedback from their customers, via social media (tag #SoEatingThis and @houlihans) to move these items to their menu.

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49 comments on Date Night & the Lighter Fare Menu at Houlihan’s in Creve Coeur, MO

  • Kerri

    I would use for a Girl’s Night Out with my sister and friends.

  • alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie)

    for a lunch with my family

  • tammy shelton

    I would use it on our next weekend trip to Orlando.

  • Kristen

    We’d use it for dinner out.

  • Jackie

    I would use it for a Date Night with my husband.
    Thank you!

  • Rust

    Date night :)

  • Jessie C.

    I would use it for family lunch.

  • Julie Kraft

    Date night!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    Well, my birthday is in 3-1/2 weeks, so if I’m lucky enough to win and the card would get to me in time, I’d use it to treat myself to a birthday dinner with my daughter (I’m usually on my own for things like my birthday, holidays, etc.). We have a Houlihans in town and I just love their food, but don’t often have the money to go out to dinner there.

  • Melissa Teears

    We would use it for a family dinner. Their chicken parm is calling my name.

  • Jessica Fortner

    I would use it for a nice day trip to San Francisco.

  • steve weber

    I would use it for a date night.

  • Holly Thomas

    I would probably use it for date night.

  • Melissa Hartley

    I would use the card for my birthday in mom would share it with me..thanks!:)

  • Cori Westphal

    I”m definitely in need of a date night with the hubs!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • Seyma Shabbir

    I would use it in May for me and hubby anniversary!

  • Marie S

    I would use the $50 for a date night!

  • Em Ma

    I’d love to use it for a much needed date night for my husband and me

  • Solducky

    My husband’s birthday is in 2 weeks, so hopefully for that! Fingers crossed, anyway. :)

  • Deb K

    I would use it to take my girls to lunch.

  • Tara

    I would take my family out to dinner!

  • Jessica Beard

    We haven’t had a date night since my son was born 7 months ago, I’d use this to go out with my hubby!

  • Melissa M

    Date night for sure

  • Brittany Koelmel

    It would totally go towards a date night with my awesome boyfriend:)

  • Summer I.

    I would use it for my husband’s birthday coming up in April :)

  • Tina M

    I’d use it for my hubby’s birthday

  • Rita Sheppard

    I’d use it for a date night out with my hubby.

  • Mary Casper

    I would take a co worker to lunch

  • Gwenni B

    I’d use it on a date night with the boyf.

  • tammigirl

    I would stash it in my drawer and save it for when I want to grab someone and take them out for a little pick-me-up.

  • Carol Z

    My friend Mary’s birthday is coming up. This would make a fun dinner celebration.

  • Susan Smith

    Date night with my husband

  • Peggy Rydzewski

    I would use it for date night.

  • Miz Vickik

    I’d take my hubby on a date!

  • joni

    I would take my family to dinner anytime.

  • cheryl s

    I’d use it for hubby’s birthday

  • Ronda Stump

    I would have a girls night out with my bestie. She’s fighting a medical battle right now, and I know she would be happy to get out of the house for something besides doctors visits!

  • Margaret Smith

    I’d use it for a date night with my husband. Thanks so much.

  • Ann Fantom

    I would use this GC when I visit my girlfriend in NJ. We often meet at Houlihan’s for dinner

  • Kyl Neusch

    family lunch

  • Tracie Trump

    I would use for date night with the hubby!

  • Lisa V.

    My boyfriend and I don’t get out too often, so I would use for a date night.

  • Ellie W

    I would use it for my son’s upcoming birthday dinner.


    Would use for family lunch

  • Vikki Billings

    I would use it for my birthday in May.

  • Missa Lynn

    I’d use it for date night with hubby!

  • Tammy OHagan

    Hubby and I are FINALLY taking a honeymoon, after 12 years of marriage. We are going to Orlando, so I would use it while there!

  • Jessica

    I would use it for my husbands birthday.

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