Valentine's Day might've been the creation of the greeting card industry, but the restaurant industry claims it as one of its busiest days of the year.
Places such as Mahogany, Junior's, Michael's, The Skirvin's Park Avenue Grill, La Baguette, The Coach House, Deep Fork Grill, Mickey Mantle Steakhouse, Nonna's Ristorante, The Mantel, The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro in Oklahoma City, along with Legend's in Norman and Boulevard Steakhouse and Lottinville's in Edmond, are standbys for fine dining.
Here are — in no particular order — 14 romantic spots for feasting this Valentine's Day:
• The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Blvd. This secluded old mansion has been living on a mystery for more than four decades. When you walk through the ghostly door, you enter a bygone era. The setting is intimate, and voices don't rise above a whisper.
• Queen of Sheba, 2308 N MacArthur Blvd. Few things are more intimate than goorsha. Using your right hand, strip off injera, roll it in the wat or kitfo, and feed your lover. The larger the goorsha, the stronger the relationship.
• Ludivine, 805 N Hudson. The city's hottest new restaurant boasts elegant dining in a classic setting. The bar is a chic homage to city's classic brickwork. The seasonal menu guarantees an element of surprise.
• Red Prime Steak, 504 N Broadway Ave. Hard to imagine a more Valentine-friendly abode than this upscale steakhouse adorned with futuristic walls of scarlet light. Booths offer Howard Hughes-worthy seclusion.
• Kyle's 1025, 1025 NW 70 St. Walk into Oklahoma City's past when you enter any of the three main dining rooms. All are cozy, classically appointed and dripping with nostalgia.
• Cafe Nova, 4308 N Western. The chic, modern dining room is a work of art. The art adorning the walls takes the ambience to a new level. An eclectic menu completes the experience.