Unexpected restaurants for Valentine's Day

I've been putting it off, but really the time has come to settle on a Valentine's Day Top 10 topic.

After all, eating out is a Valentine's tradition these days. (I don't think it used to be.) And if I'm going to do a list, I almost have to do it next Tuesday so readers will have time to get a reservation.

Even though I know better, I, too, have started going out with my husband on Valentine's. My solution to the crowds is to pick a place that works for me but isn't a traditionally romantic/expensive restaurant. ...

Sure, the Milton Inn in Sparks has great atmosphere and a fireplace. And nothing says "I love you" like a hunk o' beef at the Prime Rib. But I'm looking for more obscure suggestions from you.

And you have to be able to justify those suggestions. You can't just say Chuck E. Cheese is a good choice because no one will be there for Valentine's Day.

These have to be restaurants that are romantic in some way or doing something nice for the occasion, but maybe haven't been around long enough to get a romantic reputation so they won't be booked on Feb. 2.

I'll give you an example. I just got an e-mail from B & O American Brasserie saying it will have a three-course prix fixe menu for $36 and a five-course menu for $52 on Saturday and Sunday evenings of Valentine’s Day weekend. (The regular menu is also available.)

The idea is to come up with nine more like this that readers might not think of without our list. 

Here are the B & O's menus. I hope you like lamb:

B & O Crab Bisque

Main Course
A choice of Mustard Crusted Lamb Loin with Beluga Lentils or Braised Shank and Red Pepper Reduction

Sugar Doughnut Holes with White Chocolate Cream


First Course
B & O Crab Bisque

Second Course
Grilled Boneless Quail with Chipotle BBQ and Jicama Slaw

Third Course
Crispy Skinned Barramundi with Roasted Beets, Grilled Scallion and a Port Wine Reduction
Main Course
A choice of either the Mustard Crusted Lamb Loin with Beluga Lentils or Braised Shank and Red Pepper Reduction
Sugar Doughnut Holes

Another idea: In the same press release was this sentence:

In addition to the prix fixe menus created by Chef Reidt, B&O American Brasserie’s Head Bartender Brendan Dorr has created Love Potion #42, an elixir of passion with 42 Below Vodka that will work magic from Feb. 13-14 for $10.

I suppose I could make a list of the Top 10 Love Potions. Suggestions, Sam

(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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