Valentine’s Day is less than a month away. Don’t groan, get a grip and make it fun! Who cares that it is so commercialized? If you haven’t asked your girlfriend, wife or partner to get dressed up and made a reservation at a restaurant in the past few months, here is your opportunity to do it. We like you to say “wear that sexy dress and let’s go to dinner, drinks and dancing (or at least two of those), I’ve made reservations and I’ll pick you up at blank o’clock.” And then we like it when you are on time and come to the door and tell us we look hot. Okay, you don’t need coaching from me but I am reminding you because I am hearing my friends say that that they just wished their husband/boyfriend would just do one of the above suggested items. It will go a long way I promise!
I read somewhere that over 200 restaurants opened in Denver last year, so here are a few new and not so new of my favorites to help you narrow things down. Think about a couple things before you just pick one on the list. If your partner is sentimental, you might be better off picking a place that will melt her heart (somewhere you have been before that she loved) rather than trying something new. If you know she doesn’t eat meat, don’t take her to one of the places with only meat on the menu or if she is gluten free and you don’t even know what that means even though she talks about it incessantly, I have a link to all the menus so you can see if those words are on the menu. If you didn’t know, you can make many reservations online, so you don’t even have to pick up your phone, so you have no excuses as to why you didn’t do it. Reservations fill up fast especially when restaurants are new in Denver, so get started thinking about what you are going to do.
cafe | bar
If you know me, you know I’m at cafe | bar at least once a week. The menu changes with the seasons, the staff is warm and welcoming and the food is fabulous. They will have a special menu for Valentine’s Day, but it isn’t on the website yet, so check back, you won’t be disappointed.
It is worth it to be early for your reservation at Acorn and walk the building and see the concept of this destination. The restaurant is in an 1880 iron foundry building called The Source. There is a bar in the center another restaurant, a bakery, butcher, liquor store. Of course you can have a before dinner drink in the restaurant, but not to worry if you gave yourself too much time because you weren’t exactly sure what to expect you can eat up some time checking out the other places in the building. Whatever you do, you have to order the grits with dinner, here is the menu.
I haven’t been to Old Major and that is why I’m including it. This would be a great surprise place to take someone, the menu isn’t overwhelming, it’s diverse has small plates to share as well as full course dinners, it come highly recommended from one of my closest buds.
Los Chingones has Octopus Tacos to die for. It bugs me that they don’t have a website (the link is to their facebook page), so I’m not going into too much detail and let you decide, but if you like Tag (on Larimer Street) you won’t be disappointed.
The Curtis Club
The Curtis Club is all about local and fresh. This would be a great place if you have a group of couples who like to go out (6 or more people), you could you get the “Table of Never Ending Happiness”. You’ll need to make your reservation here at least a week in advance for dinner on a regular night, so do not delay if it sounds good for Valentine’s Day, get your name on the list.
If you want an extra special dessert place, try Sugarmill, no reservations needed, your sweet tooth will thank me later.
One last thing, if I know your significant other and you just can’t make up your mind on what to do, call me, email me, text me…I’ll be glad to help!! Feel free to forward this or comment below on your favorite places in Denver. If you aren’t in love, at least go have fun with people you do love, try something new this year, help me spread the love.