Oh, Valentine’s Day. Most either love the sappy holiday or hate it, whether for the reminder of their single life or the over-commercialization of the holiday.
As with most holidays, it’s impossible to celebrate Valentine’s Day without food. Restaurants with romantic ambiences became the hottest ticket in town. But not all restaurants are automatically romance-igniting eateries.
Here are four places for romance and four for “no-mance.”
Restaurants for romance: La Jolla Groves
The fare of La Jolla Groves in the Riverwoods seems typical with pastas, salads and Italian-inspired antipasto. But the food goes a step above typical Italian takeout, with an ambience that screams romance.
Bistro lights are hung from trees inside the restaurant, with lemons dangling from the branches.
Location: 4801 N. University Ave., Provo
Tree Room at Sundance
The Tree Room at Sundance Resort has been the recipient of numerous awards and is recognized in many publications as one of the most romantic restaurants in the state of Utah.
And it’s easy to appreciate these foodie honors when you look at the menu filled with elk, lamb and locally-caught trout. If that doesn’t get your heart going, the candlelight glow that lights the room and rustic atmosphere will.
Location: 8841 N. Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, Sundance
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One of Provo's newer restaurants, this trendy place is setting the mood for couples this year.
Its special Valentine's menu this year includes four courses that you can choose from a special menu made by the restaurant's chef.
Location: 3330 N. University Ave., Provo
If your heart isn’t exploding with love, you can always make it explode with an overload of fatty, delicious food. That’s what Tucanos has for you this Valentine’s Day, not to mention elegant white tablecloths and roses for each table.
Location: 545 E. University Parkway, Orem
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For an extra special Valentine's treat, head to Taste for an intimate chocolate tasting. Reservations are required.
Location: 117 N. University Ave., Provo
Restaurants for "no-mance": Fast food
If you can get your food through a window as you sit in your car, you’re definitely doing Valentine’s Day your own way. Maybe you're treating yourself. Either way, it's not likely you can impress a significant other with a Big Mac and fries, no matter how cheap it is, unless that happens to be their favorite thing too.
There’s something about a plate overflowing with eggs, a stack of pancakes, hash browns, a bowl of gravy, grits and a serving of bacon that just doesn’t scream romance. Overindulging isn’t always inappropriate for the romance-filled holiday. But breakfast food isn’t the way to do it.
Salty, fried and rice-covered food just isn’t what most need on Valentine’s Day. MSG basically stands for “man seeking girl” if you’re sitting lonely in your apartment with a bowl of orange chicken from Panda Express.
Are buffets acceptable on Valentine’s Day? Absolutely. Why else would Tucano’s be on this list? But there’s something about food warmed, not by the hearth of the fire, but by the warmth of the heat lamps and boiling vats of water that is just concerning. And if there’s one emotion you don’t want your significant other to feel on Valentine’s Day, it’s concerned.