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

Valentine's Day might be a made-for-Hallmark holiday, but what's wrong with a big, fat, pink-and-red, heart-shaped reminder to celebrate love?

Not a thing. But how do we commence?

Well, couplehood is fraught with diversity. One couple's romantic getaway is another couple's highway to hell.

In the spirit of variety being the spice of life, we humbly season your sensibilities with these Cupid-friendly endeavors:

Where to dine

Intimate eating places are clustered along the Western Avenue corridor from NW 23 to Wilshire Boulevard. Places like The Coach House, The Metro Wine and Bistro, Kyle's 1025, West, The Deep Fork Grill, Cafe Nova, Sushi Neko, and Flip's Wine Bar and Trattoria are all standards. Old-school hidden gems like Junior's, Michael's and Legend's in Norman still thrive. Downtown, the Skirvin's Park Avenue Grill, Nonna's Ristorante, The Mantel and The Melting Pot beckon. Cheever's Cafe anchors the kitschy-cool choices uptown. Castle Falls, as usual, offers a special Valentine's dinner for two.

Here are some more choices to consider when making your Valentine's dinner reservations:

Old school charm

•  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.

•  Jamil's Steakhouse, 4910 N Lincoln Blvd. Owner Greg Gawey will tell you his old-school Lebanese-style steakhouse is all about relaxing. “We want people to come in and spend some time with us.” In a dining room offering barely enough light to see your hand and a procession of tabbouleh, ribs, smoked bologna, salad and steak, you'll do just that.

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.

•  Local, 2262 W Main St. in Norman. We're all looking for local, sustainable romance. So why not do it in this spacious, elegant farm-to-fork concept? And if you can't find a baby-sitter, this place has you covered with Localville for kids.

•  Ludivine, 805 N Hudson. Now in its second year, Ludivine has grabbed national attention with its haute cuisine derived from local ingredients and served according to season and availability. Served in an elegant dining room and adjoined by a chic bar backed in classic brickwork, you're always in for a surprise at Ludivine.

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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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