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Romance Is In The Air (and on the plate) in Atlanta

Atlanta residents can spice up their takeout game this Valentine’s Day! Multi-course meals from some of the city’s best restaurants are the perfect way to make the holiday weekend memorable and more romantic. Grab your main squeeze and check out these prix fixe menus for two. 

Canoe

Hidden along the tranquil banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe has a four-course Valentine’s Day takeaway menu that will surely sweep your sweetheart off their feet. All of the courses except the main course are intended to be shared.  Couples can choose either the beef tenderloin with black peppercorn jus or the Atlantic salmon in a lemon-tomato vinaigrette as their personal entree. The meal starts with a dozen poached Georgia shrimp followed by a romaine wedge salad complete with crispy bacon, tomatoes, and a blue cheese vinaigrette. Parmesan potato gratin, French beans, and roasted root vegetables serve as the sides. The meal ends on a sweet note with a flourless chocolate cake and Chef Jessica’s assorted chocolate truffles. The meal for two ($150) is available for pickup on February 13 and a la carte wine selections are available as well.

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two courtesy of Canoe | WhereTraveler
There are few places more picturesque than Canoe (Courtesy of Canoe)

Seed Kitchen & Bar

Couples that don’t have the same tastes should consider the takeaway Valentine’s Day meal boxes from Seed Kitchen & Bar. Each person gets their own set of meals, no sharing required. There are two plans: the first has two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts ($99), and the second includes all of the above and a charcuterie board ($129). Appetizers range from a beet salad with candied persimmons to warm burrata on sourdough, white corn grit fritters with red pepper jelly to roasted butternut squash with maple crema. There are three entree options: fish, poultry, and red meat. Choose between the roasted steelhead trout with melted leeks and a truffle vinaigrette, the Maple Leaf Farms duck breast and confit leg with rainbow chard and huckleberry jus, or the slow-braised lamb shank with whipped feta and aged balsamico. Be sure to save room for the s’mores tart, red velvet cake, or apple buckle spice cake with vanilla ice cream. Wine, including reserve selections, can be added a la carte. Create a romantic ambiance and add a scented candle to your meal kit to set the mood. 

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Fish cooked to perfection over cauliflower and greens (Courtesy of Seed Kitchen & Bar)
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Bacchanalia

Since the start of the pandemic, Bacchanalia quickly shifted to at-home meal kits to keep the local foodies well fed. For Valentine’s Day, there’s a special menu for two ($150) that comes with shareable starters, a choice of entrees, and desserts. The meal begins with lobster two ways: lobster bisque and lobster salad with a tart grapefruit emulsion. The main course options are either a thyme cured beef tenderloin with filet beans, truffle vinaigrette, fingerling potatoes, or slow-cooked steelhead trout with the same accouterments. The French cheese with Marcona almonds, dried fruit, and the chocolate pecan tart with rose macaron complete the romantic spread. Orders must be placed by February 11 at 5 p.m.

Lobster is the pinnacle of Valentine's decadence | WhereTraveler
Chilled lobster from the talented chefs at Bacchanalia (Courtesy of Bacchanalia)

Bar Mercado

Don’t miss out on Bar Mercado’s dinner packages for two! Choose between lobster paella or an 11-pound prime rib! Each meal comes with ceviche tostada, yuca fries with mojo, and crispy, sweet churros for dessert ($75 per couple). Need more romance? Add a rose bouquet ($50), limited-release Xocolatl chocolates that are handmade in Atlanta ($15), a pressed card ($5), a bottle of Naveran rosé ($20), or a Valentine’s Day wine flight ($25). Preorders are required and can be picked up on February 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cooks & Soldiers

There are few things more heavenly than an exquisitely browned puff pastry. Cooks & Soldiers, a Basque-style restaurant in northwest Atlanta, is offering a stunningly beautiful beef wellington for two this Valentine’s Day. For $150, this two-person meal kit contains not only an ample portion of beef but also bikinis, a Spanish pressed sandwich named after the Bikini Concert Hall where they’re notoriously sold. The bikinis are filled with white cheddar cheese, jamón ibérico, and black truffles before being grilled to perfection. Sides include truffled root vegetable mousseline and cottage fries sarladiase. The final bite is a chocolate rocher with chocolate creme. Flights of wine and additional chocolate delights can be added to any order for an additional charge. Preorders are required.

Cooks & Soldiers is serving up a full spread for Valentine's Day | WhereTraveler
Beef Wellington with all the trimmings (Courtesy of Cooks & Soldiers)

St. Cecilia

Missing travel to coastal Europe? Snag a prix fixe meal from St. Ceceilia. For $89 per person, (an additional $45 for wine pairings) Chef Brent Banda and his team will create an exceptional four-course meal for either dine-in or take-home patrons. Savor a caviar amuse-bouche before moving on to winter lettuces with baby beets, Nantucket scallops, tuna crudo, lobster bisque, or Wagyu steak tartare. There are five primi possibilities including king crab and bone marrow bianco risotto or braised beef cheek agnolotti. Secondi courses run the gamut of seafood with halibut, swordfish, and lobster, but there’s a duck option as well with glazed carrots and cherry gastrique. If somehow you’ve saved room after all of that, the desserts include a sinful dark chocolate delice, mixed berry pudding cake, and cherry sorbet with cherry compote. Surprise your special someone with a meal like this and they’ll surely fall in love with you all over again.   

St. Cecilia makes an excellent tuna crudo | WhereTraveler
Cultivated spaces and dishes at St. Cecilia (Courtesy of St. Cecilia)