As is the case for most holidays, my favorite part of Valentine’s Day is always the food. Although many cast Valentine’s Day as merely a commercial holiday or a sad reminder of one’s loneliness, to me, there is nothing better than a day that encourages you to eat chocolate and drink wine (whether by yourself, with friends, or with a special someone). Regardless of who your celebrating with, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to go try some fun, new restaurants, especially those that are running special deals in honor of it. Below is a list of suggestions for where to eat this Valentine’s Day:
A tried and true Harvard Square favorite, this Belgian waffle joint never fails to please. If you’re looking for somewhere relatively well-priced, conveniently located, and romantic, this is your place. And of course, we can’t forget about their delicious waffles, topped with whatever your heart desires.
This cozy Venezuelan restaurant, tucked away on JFK street, offers a warm and inviting ambiance in addition to hearty, flavorful fare. Be sure to try the datiles, or the bacon-wrapped dates! They do not accept reservations, so try to go at an off-peak hour if you aren’t willing to wait for a table.
For those of you who view Valentine’s Day as an excuse to eat all of the dessert in sight, then you must go to Max Brenner. Located conveniently near the Copley Square T stop, this is definitely the place to go get chocolate wasted. In addition to real food (which is pretty good in itself), they offer a variety of decadent sundaes, milkshakes, hot chocolate, lava cake, fondue, and chocolate-inspired cocktails. Be sure to make a reservation or call ahead, though, as they do get very busy!
For all of you Quadlings, Temple Bar is a tempting choice due to its proximity. Not only is their location prime, but they also are offering a three-course prix fixe menu, as well as a vegetarian tasting menu, in honor of Valentine’s Day! Dinner is $49 per person, or $39 per person if you go before 6pm. For the 21+ crowd, add wine pairings for $19.
Another Harvard Square favorite, Russell House Tavern is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu, featuring seared Gloucester monkfish loin and cider glazed heritage pork shank. Dinner is $59 per person, or $79 with wine pairings. If you go between 5pm and 6pm, there is a $10 discount on the prix fixe menu. Be sure to make reservations!
The sister restaurant of Harvard Square’s Beat Hotel, the Beehive offers a cool ambiance, an extensive champagne list, and a mouthwatering Valentine’s Day menu. Start with appetizers like their fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs or lobster chowder, then choose from a variety of delicious entrees, and finish with strawberry cheesecake, chocolate pot de creme, or the dessert du jour. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Tuesday. On Valentine’s Day, their prix fixe menu is $65 per person, but they are still offering their specials on the 12th and 13th as well. Don’t forget reservations!
If you noticed some bright orange signs and balloons on the sidewalk recently, you may have been lucky enough to stumble upon Harvard Scare in Harvard Square, the October 29th festive start to an event-filled weekend hosted by the Harvard Square Business Association. In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, the food sampling was both spicy and sweet.
The set up boasted tables from great restaurants and shops in the Bow and Arrow district, including Boston Burger Company, Follow the Honey, Salt and Olive, Grafton Street, Hong Kong Restaurant, and Zinneken’s. To add to the ambiance, a talented jazz band called Scubaphone played through the whole event, clad in Halloween costumes no less!
What the event lacked in grandiosity, it made up for in flavor. Grafton Street offered a beautiful spoonful of tuna tartar, and Follow the Honey – whose staff was decked out in fancy beekeeping gear – had a great selection from which you could taste. Zinneken’s waffle bites were a delicious treat to end the night. Since they’re made from a dough and not a batter, they have a great, thicker texture that makes them all the more satisfying.
The sampling might be over, but these restaurants are here to stay. ‘Till next year!