Baltimore will have to content itself with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, because according to Open Table, Baltimore is an also-ran in the romance department. The most romantic cities are, in order: San Antonio, Texas; Austin, Texas; Providence, R.I.; La Jolla, Calif.; and Columbus, Ohio. Baltimore comes in at No. 17.
You can see the full list here.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Open Table is a provider of online restaurant reservations. Its Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated, the company said, using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated "romantic" according to Open Table diner reviews, the percentage of tables seated for two and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine's Day last year. Right.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, it's just about here. It falls on a Thursday this year, and some restaurants are offering special fixed-price menus all weekend long. Keep checking back for updates.
Cinghiale (822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282, cgeno.com) is offering a multi-course, romantic Italian menu from chef Julian Marucci. The cost is $85 (or $129 with paired wines). Guests enjoy complimentary valet parking. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
Donna's Cross Keys (5100 Falls Road, 410-532-7611, donnas.com) is offering a three-course Valentine's day menu - plus dessert. Main course options include lobster and crab ravioli, grilled filet mignon and mustard-Riesling braised rabbit. The a la carte menu will be available as well. The cost is $45 per person.
Fleet Street Kitchen (1012 Fleet St., 410-244-5830, fleetstreetkitchen.com) is offering a three-course Valentine's Day menu. Main course options include a duo of grass-fed beef, roasted lamb saddle, halibut confit and seared Chatham cod. The cost is $69 (or $98 with wine pairings. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar (720 Aliceanna St., 410-332-1666, flemingssteakhouse.com) is offering a Valentine's Celebration Menu, in addition to its regular menu, from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. The entree options are roasted lobster tail, citrus marinated salmon tartare and Chateaubriand. Guests will receive a $25 dining card toward a future visit. The cost of the special menu is $69.95. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
Grille 700 (700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 410-895-1879, marriott.com) is offering a six-course Valentine's Day menu over Valentine's Day weekend, Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. The main course is a Valentine's Trio of petite beef Wellington, lobster beignet and jumbo prawn. The cost is $65 per person; the regular a la carte menu will also be offered.
The Manor Tavern (15819 Old York Road, 410-771-8155, themanortavern.com) is offering a special Valentine's Day a la carte menu over Valentine's Day weekend, Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. Highlights of Travis Szerensits' menu include Creekstone Farms coulotte steak, rockfish Rebecca and bouillabaisse. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern (2260 Cromwell Bridge Road, 410-828-1625) is offering a special three-course Valentine's Day menu Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. The cost is $80 per couple (or $100 with wine pairings.)
Mr. Rain's Fun House (800 Key Highway, 443-524-7379, mrrainsfunhouse.com) is offering a "Four Bases Valentine's Menu," featuring main-course options like lobster Thermidor, braised rabbit and grilled rib eye. The cost is $55 (or $85 with wine pairings). The restaurant at the American Visionary Art Museum will also provide an a la carte "Lonely Hearts Club" menu in the bar and lounge.
Pabu (725 Aliceanna St., 410-223-1460, pabuizakaya.com) is offering an exotic four-course menu from executive chef Jonah Kim on Valentine's Day. The meal starts with Pabu's signature Happy Spoon and moves on to the Chef's Selection of local fish for a Five Fish Sashimi, followed by Maryland Crab Okonomiyaki and Saiko Miso Viking Village Scallop. Completing the meal is pastry chef Chris Ford's Rose Mochi and Hibiscus Chocolate Panna Cotta. The cost is $65 per person, and there is an optional $30 sommelier pairing. A limited a la carte menu will be available in the bar and lounge. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St., 410-534-7296, pazorestaurant.com) is offering three fixed-price menu options, for $55, $65 and $79 per person. Guests choose from a list of tapas, first course, main course and sweets. Wine pairings will be offered, and guests enjoy complimentary parking. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
The Explorers Lounge at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court (550 Light St., 410-234-0550, sonesta.com) is serving a four-course Valentine's Day menu featuring main course options like pan-roasted sea scallops, hazelnut-crusted rack of lamb and Moscato-braised free range chicken. The cost is $65 per person. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
Sullivan's Steak House (1. E Pratt St., 410-962-5503, sullivanssteakhouse.com) is offering a fixed-price, three-course Valentine's Day menu-for-two on Valentine's Day weekend, Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. The main course options include filet mignon, New York strip, lamb chops and broiled salmon fillet. Guests can add in optional appetizers like a chilled seafood tasting or premium entrees like broiled lobster tail. The cost per couple is $89.
Ten Ten (1010 Fleet St., 410-244-6867, bagbys1010.com) is offering a three-course Valentine's Day menu. The main course options include a pan-roasted beef rib eye, seared black bass and a Provencal fish stew. The cost per person is $49 (or $75 with wine pairings. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
The Wine Market (921 E. Fort Ave., 410-244-6166, the-wine-market.com) a four course Valentine's Day menu on Valentine's Day weekend, Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. Main course options include Wagyu sirloin, black bass, Carolina prawns, and Guinea Hen. The cost is $55 per person.
Wit & Wisdom (200 International Drive, 410-576-5800, witandwisdombaltimore.com) is offering a pre-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. Main course options include Maryland blue crab cake; beef tenderloin with roasted shallots and Atlantic salmon with preserved lemon, braided turnips and polenta; Guests will receive a special parting gift from pastry chef Chris Ford. The cost is $75. See the Valentine's Day menu here.
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