Food Dude: Your Valentine's Day planner is ready

The Food Dude helps you plan the perfect Valentine's Day.
by Dave Cathey Published: February 12, 2013
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photo - FILE — Red Snapper at The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro dining room and bar on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
FILE — Red Snapper at The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro dining room and bar on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Exotic

•  1 Saii Asian Bistro, 6900 N May Ave., Suite 7B. Finn Pramoj's fusion menu and labyrinthine Frank Lloyd Wright meets Feng Shui interior promise seclusion for each and every diner.

•  Grand House China Bistro, 2701 N Classen Blvd. Blown glass artwork, elegant wood work, and artsy lighting aren't usually the calling card the Chinese restaurants we've come to expect.

But Grand House Asian Bistro long ago shattered the myth that Asian food must be served in a trough under a sneezeguard. This is fine dining with excellent service, featuring flavors from China, Vietnam and Japan.

•  Queen of Sheba, 2308 N MacArthur Blvd. If Ethiopia isn't among the first countries that come to mind when thinking of world cuisine, you haven't been to Queen of Sheba where forks are prohibited, and feeding each other is encouraged. Slip a wat-soaked slice of injera between your lover's lips as prelude to a delicious kiss, and the promise of a memorable Valentine's will follow.

The classics

•  Rococo, 2824 N Pennsylvania Ave. The original Rococo is one of the city's most intimate settings. The fireplace warms your hands, crabcakes warm your heart, and pineapple-infused vodka warms the soul.

•  Paseo Grill, 2909 Paseo, Suite A. Low lights, dark fabrics and seclusion at every booth give the feeling that you might be eating inside a genie's bottle. Wishes come true as the plates come out, beginning with smoked salmon.

•  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. Red is the obvious choice for a Valentine's steak, but you can't go wrong with Mahogany, Opus Prime Steak House, Boulevard Steakhouse in Edmond, The Ranch Steakhouse or Mickey Mantle's.

•  The Museum Cafe, 415 Couch Drive. Chef Henry Boudreaux serves continental favorites in an atmosphere that plays like an upscale version of Edward Hopper's “Nighthawks.”

•  Signature Grill, 1317 E Danforth Road. Act fast, because chef Clay Falkner is the king of Edmond, and everybody knows it. His classic, confidently executed food cuts through the fuss like a heat-seeking missile, and your palate is the lucky target.

The view

•  Vast, 333 W Sheridan Ave. Downtown's newest crown jewel is 49 floors in the sky in the Devon Tower. Dress to the nines because the view is a stunner.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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