Sharing food with the one you love has long been a symbol of
both intimacy and sensuality. No
better time than Valentine's Day to participate in the age-old tradition by
taking that special guy or gal in your life out for a romantic dinner just for
two. Here are ten choices for
combining food and love, some available every day but all perfect for
Valentine's Day. Most places will
be packed, so call for reservations where possible.
Perhaps the tastiest of all the options, downtown Indy's
Conrad Hotel offers "Cooking by Candlelight" on Sunday. Couples have the
opportunity to spend the evening with Executive Chef Michelle in the executive
kitchen preparing a meal of aphrodisiac foods meant to stimulate the senses.
Wine, candlelight, roses and other atmospheric enhancements abound.
Sunday, Feb. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. $160 per couple, 21+, reservations
required. Special rates available for couples who want to head to their room
after dinner and stay the night, $109. 50 W.
Washington St., 317-524-2574.
Recess might be booked, but head a few blocks north on
College to Jazz Kitchen on Monday for a equally romantic, if not jazzier,
Midtown Valentine's Day. The food is always good here, particularly the New
Orleans-inspired specialties, as are the drinks! For the big love-fest on the
14th, jazz guitarist Bill Lancton performs throughout the evening
and promises a reinvention of sultry jazz classics, bossas and ballads to
create a romantic vibe, as does vocalist Cynthia Layne who performs at 7
p.m. Reservations and $15 pre-paid tickets are required. 5377 N. College Ave., 317-253-4900.
We fall in love nearly every time we go to Goose, but that's
usually over the gelato. Imagine what we'll do for Valentine's Day now that the
wonderful Chris and Mollie Ely have put together a special Wine & Chocolate
tasting that has us all aflutter already. A heavy hors d'oeuvres menu with chocolate in every offering
will be paired with more than a dozen wines available for sampling. $8, tickets
at the door. Friday, Feb. 11, 5-7 pm. 2503 N. Delaware St. 317-924-4944
For the most romantic of you, there is no better Valentine's
dinner than the annual Victorian Valentine celebration at the museum home of
Pres. Benjamin Harrison. Step back to 1880 with candlelight, wine, poetry and a
five-course meal. The home is a
wonderful preservation of turn-of-the-century life in Indianapolis, and this
special dinner is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the romance of that
era. Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.;
reservations required. $150 per couple. 1230 N. Delaware St., 317-631-1888.
Enjoy a romantic brunch buffet by Nourish Cafe in the Deer
Zink Events Pavilion with some of the most breathtaking winter views in town.
The special menu includes mouth-watering options like banana & white
chocolate stuffed French toast with ginger vanilla syrup & beets, chocolate
braised Fischer Farms beef shortribs, Indiana vodka, house-cured salmon with
Collins Lake Michigan whitefish caviar, plus Key Lime Tartlettes. Champagne,
Mimosas and Bloody Marys available on a cash basis. Follow brunch with a
docent-led or self-guided tour of the galleries. Sunday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.;
reservations required. $35 adults; $16 children ages 4-10. 4000 W. Michigan Rd., 317-923-1331.
Every year we ask NUVO readers to name the most romantic
restaurant in the city in our Best of Indy poll, and every year they
overwhelmingly respond with this Broad Ripple favorite. A family restaurant, if
the family lives in a beautiful old-world house and hails from Italy, the
ambiance of Mama's is as delicious and satisfying as the traditional menu.
Think Lady and the Tramp, and then
order the spaghetti and look longingly into your date's eyes. That's amore. Call to find out what the crowd/wait time situation is for
the next week or so — it's going to be a very, very popular date night
destination. 1031 E. 54th St.,
Remember how broken-hearted you were when L'explorateur
closed and you thought you'd never see your beloved Chef Neal Brown again?
Well, he's back and better than ever with the most delicious pizza you have
probably ever tasted. Neopolitan craft pizza made from local, artisanal
ingredients. What's not to love about that? Find out why Pizzology was named
Best New Restaurant in Indy by NUVO readers in 2010 and visit for
yourself. Reservations are not
typically required, but you should call before going with your sweetie for the
next week or so, just in case there's no seating available. 13190 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel, 317-844-2195.
With a new menu every week of the year, Chef Regina M.
Mehallick can rightly boast one of the largest menus in the city. That's
because she only uses fresh, seasonal ingredients direct from the growers,
including local urban microfarmers. No matter what the time of year, this James
Beard Award semi-finalist knows how to prepare some of the most delicious
dishes you're likely to find anywhere else in the city. The intimate Mass Ave. makes it a
perfect place for Valentine's dining. Call for reservations. 888 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-0312.
Yes, White Castle. Make reservations and then make a
Valentine's memory you won't likely forget. For one night only, sliders are
served by candlelight and by wait staff. We suggest the Sweetheart Meal Deal
that comprises of either the #1 or #10 Sack Meal, a collapsible vase
and digital photo. We know several
couples who swear this was the best date night imaginable, at least one of
which is still married! Try it for
yourself. Eight locations in the Indianapolis area will offering the
Valentine's Day special. Call 317-269-4590 before 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, for
We feel the love every time we go to Yats, and so should
you. NUVO readers name it the Best
of Indy in so many categories each year that it's hard to know where to begin a
recommendation. The city's best Cajun/creole menu, daily and delicious
vegetarian options, a full belly for around five bucks and convenient Mass Ave.
and Midtown locations are just the gravy. The heart of Yats, and the key to its
success, are due to owner Joe V. and his amazing team. Bring your girl or guy here on
Valentine's Day and we guarantee you'll feel the love as well.
659 Massachusetts Ave.; 5363 N. College Ave., 317-253-8817.