The food of love
A selection of metro Detroit restaurants for a romantic meal
Published: February 9, 2011
The Melting Pot 888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-362-2221; 26425 Novi Rd., Novi; 248-347-6358; 309 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-0055; $$$: A new way of dining mixed with an old favorite, The Melting Pot exists to fulfill all of your fondue fantasies. The Valentine's Day dining experience is a four-course meal. First course is choice between tomato basil cheddar cheese fondue or Caribbean cheese fondue; second course, between strawberry fields and cherry blossoms salads; third course offerings include cold water lobster tail, filet mignon, peppercorn New York strip, honey Dijon chicken, roasted garlic shrimp, citrus pork, teriyaki sirloin, and ravioli; and the fourth course is a choice between dark chocolate raspberry and strawberries and cream white chocolate fondues.
Mon Jin Lau 1515 E. Maple, Troy; 248-689-2332; $$$: Sophisticated but casual chic Asian-deco decor, serving New Asian cuisine that combines the taste of Asia with artful presentation. Great ambience for gourmet Chinese food, with a lively bar for drinks or sushi, as well as cool music and lighting. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Valentine's Day, Matt Kysia will be performing acoustic renditions of all your favorite love songs.
No. VI Chop House & Lobster Bar 27000 Sheraton Dr., Novi; 248-305-5210; $$$: As plush a steak and seafood house as can be found in the area, this one offers top-of-the-line fare in a darkly sophisticated setting located in the Crowne Plaza. All of the meats are prime, from the filet mignon to the veal chop. The cocktail lounge offers something of a shellfish smorgasbord, with oysters on the half-shell and tasty lobsters.
Pasticcio Ristorante 854 Erie St. E., Windsor; 519-253-3329; $$: Voted by our readers as the best Italian restaurant in Windsor's Little Italy in 2002, Pasticcio's serves amazing Italian cuisine, with notable seafood pastas. You might want to try our the Gamberoni Portabella, grilled portabella mushroom smothered in sautéed shrimp, asparagus, and garlic cream sauce. Warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Rattlesnake Club 300 River Place, Detroit; 313-567-4400; $$$$: An upscale restaurant that is located on the Detroit riverfront offers an eclectic mix of surf n' turf cuisines. Steaks are made only with Angus beef and the succulent seafood comes in a huge variety. The view is also amazing; guests can enjoy the scenery of both the Detroit River and skyline. Regular menu will be presented prix fixe-style on Valentine's Day weekend.
Small Plates 1521 Broadway, Detroit; 313-963-0497; $$: What could be more romantic than nibbling off the same plate? The diminutive dishes range from hand-cut fries ($4) to pan-seared scallops ($17). And they're so serious about their food, they make almost everything on-site, including the mayo and ketchup.
Whitney Restaurant 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; $$$: The 1894 mansion turned restaurant offers a menu filled with unforgettable American flavors. Your date will be impressed by The Whitney's 350-label wine cellar, including local favorites from Traverse City. While the restaurant is host to elegant and refined decor, the Ghost Bar on the third floor appeals to the younger, more casual crowd. Offering live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, the Ghost Bar provides an exciting sliver of nightlife. Feb. 11-14, the Whitney will be offering a $75 per person four-course meal that comes with a wine pairing. No coupons will be accepted Valentine's Day weekend.
Wolfgang Puck Grille 1777 Third St., Detroit; 313-465-1648; $$$: In the midst of a busy casino, Wolfgang Puck Grille is a perfect getaway to a cozy cabin. Including a fireplace and antlers hanging from the ceiling—not a bad look for a romantic evening for two. The food is Wolfgang Puck's rendition of traditional American food with his own special kick. The food is incomparable and the atmosphere is most definitely peaceful. Only on Valentine's Day, Wolfgang Puck Grille at the MGM Grand Detroit will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu for $35 per person and an optional $21 wine package. Diners can choose between three appetizers: cauliflower soup, chopped vegetable salad and ricotta gnocchi. Choice of four entrées includes roasted chicken breast, sautéed salmon, grilled rib-eye steak and angel hair pasta. Dessert choices are chocolate-hazelnut mousse with caramelized bananas and rum raisin ice cream.
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