Cooking is an artistic expression. An expression of love, if you ask me, for the ingredients involved, the method of preparation, and for those who consume the end product. Therefore, this Valentine’s Day you will not find me at a restaurant. You’ll find me in the kitchen, whipping up something delicious for Scott and I to share.
But for those of you who want to take advantage of this holiday and indulge in the artistic culinary expression of a local chef, there are loads of great options. Hopefully you did a little advance planning and have already made reservations somewhere, but for those of you still pondering where to take the love of your life (or of the month) for a romantic dinner à deux, here are my picks for cool places to cozy up and let cupid’s arrows fly.
Coquette Café – Because almost anything French lends the occasion a little air of amour.
Sanford – A must-not-miss local gem. Rated by Zagat as one of the top ten restaurants in the country, Sanford is sure to impress.
Eddie Martini’s – The sizzling steaks are always done right and there’s something inherently romantic about the 1940s silver-screen-inspired ambiance.
Lake Park Bistro – Excellent food plus a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.
Cuvée – Is there anything more romantic than popping open a bottle of bubbly and sharing it with someone you love? I think not. Consider hitting this champagne lounge before or after dinner.
Roots – Modern elegance and an organically-inspired menu lend this place lots of love appeal.
Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave., Phone: 414-964-8377)– The small, cozy dining room can’t help but foster am increased sense of intimacy.
Meritage – This one makes the cut because I think there’s nothing more romantic than lingering over a glass of good wine and stellar cuisine in a small, slightly-away-from-downtown neighborhood restaurant.
For more places to get in the mood for love with a memorable dinner, check out the following articles from OnMilwaukee.com and Play in the City. Alternately, search for restaurants offering your favorite cuisine at MKEonline.com or Milwaukee Magazine.