by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Of all the major holidays, Valentine's Day is easily one of the toughest to plan. We've come up with a foolproof game plan for celebrating love in Atlanta with dinning deals and dessert spots, the best floral departments and ideas for your tough-to-buy-for beau.
Updated: January 20, 2011
There are few places more romantic on an everyday basis than this fondue champion. Who doesn't love cooking with your companion tableside? Dip bread, vegetables, meats and seafood into cheese (and don't forget the chocolate for dessert). Whether or not you feed each other is up to you.
Sharing a dinner can always be romantic, and there's no better tapas spot in Atlanta than ?Top Chef? contestant Hector Santiago's Pura Vida. For Valentine's 2011, couples can get six tapas, a dessert and a bottle of wine for a total of $85.
For those who want a fine dining experience, 4th & Swift has lead the way for Atlanta's new restaurants this decade. To help love birds, they're offering a five-course dinner for $75 per person (an extra $35 if you want wine pairings). If you're going to splurge, this is a great bet.
Interesting and affordable will always get our attention. Tuk Tuk, the high-brow Thai street food restaurant, comes to the table with an easily affordable four-course dinner for $40, which includes a glass of champagne or wine.
Dining on Valentine's Day shouldn't be limited to going out to a restaurant. There are few things more romantic than cooking a good meal together (or cooking the meal for your love interest). For the stay-at-home agenda, hit Whole Foods for all the ingredients you'll need for a home-cooked feast. And did we mention they have a great floral selection as well? One stop shop.
Gentlemen, jewelry and flowers are certainly safe bets, but let us tempt you with a new idea for your lady: handmade chocolates. From the over-the-top procedure (white glove, sterling silver tablet transport of truffles) to the purity of ingredients (they make dark chocolate from beans, nothing pre-fab or bought-in), this is chocolate heaven in Inman Park.
If your man is tough to shop for, we've got some good news for you. Hit high-brow men's haberdashery Sid Mashburn for guaranteed success. Impressive touches (Globe Trotter luggage) come with a heavy price, but those on a budget can still find beautiful masculine things at a smaller price (Caran d Ache pens, Musso shaving soaps).
You need to pick up a card for Valentine's Day so why not go for the ?Where did you get this?!? reaction? For thoughtful and totally unique cards, hit Paper Source in Virginia Highland. Also note, they've got a wonderful selection of little gifts (Polaroid cameras, cute notebooks) worth considering.
Men looking to get their gal something on the hip side that won't cost a fortune can count on this fashion emporium for a unique selection of clothing, art and accessories. There are now three additional locations, including two outside the perimeter.