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Romantic Spots for Locavore Lovebirds

Just a few of the beers on draft at City Tap House (photo by M. McClellan for GPTMC)

Philly Homegrown intern Liz Shovlin has scoured the region, looking for a few of the best local Valentine’s Day dining experience around. Here are her picks.

In the City of Brotherly Love, Valentine’s Day is a big deal. So whether you go out with the guys in search of a lovely mate, or you and your hubby need a fresh way to celebrate, Philly’s here for you.

White Dog Café is offering a three-course prix fixe menu, for only $60 per lover. To start off, you have a choice between an array of aphrodisiacs, ranging from oysters on the half-shell to hand-cut steak tartare. Main courses range from free-range Amish chicken breast to vegetarian options, like homemade mushroom tortoloni. The real climax of the evening is the finish: a decadent dessert for two. A chocolate tasting of various delicacies, or a classically-delicious key lime pie option, offer a satisfying finish to a lovely Valentine’s Day .

Honey in Doylestown, Pa. is serving small-plate, eight course meals to suburbanite celebrators on the Big Day. It’s all decadence in Doylestown; Honey is showcasing dishes with champagne, foie grois, lobster and veal. Sexy seasonal cocktails and an all-American wine list are available to compliment the evening. And for the hop-happy diners, Honey has a wide range of Pennsylvania –brewed beers to choose from. So take your sweetie to the sweetest place in town: Honey.

And a Philly favorite couldn’t miss out on spreading the love; Fork Restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe option for diners. Not only do the appetizers look promising, but Fork has prepared wine selections to compliment each dish. The evening will surely be scrumptious, as Fork is keeping it local with ingredients like hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and branch creek farm baby carrots. Share the local love with Fork this Valentine’s Day—but don’t forget about your date; it might be easy to do so with cream puffs and chocolate truffles staring you in the face.

Talula’s Table is featuring a truly unique experience for lovebirds in the area. On February 6, guests are invited to Chadds Ford Greenhouses to sample perfectly paired cheese and beer. Set in greenhouses filled with exotic plants—and rumor has it “The Cheese Chicks” of Talula’s Table will be present—and surrounded by fruitful orchards, guests are sure to experience a tantalizing tasting. Remember, the element of surprise is key in any relationship, so try to steal away to preorder Valentine’s Day flowers for your sweetheart. Talula’s Table and Chansonette have paired up to create some fresh, flirty fun for Philadelphians this season.

The City Tap House will be warm-and-fuzzy all weekend, offering a three-course menu and Flying Fish beer pairing. In fact, various pairings are offered all weekend—surely there’s something exciting for you and your other half. The eco-friendly atmosphere is a breathe of fresh air amidst the city’s highest of high-rises. Whether you dine under romantic candlelight on Saturday, or sample the bottomless-mimosa brunch on Sunday, you’ll have only the freshest of the fresh at City Tap House this Valentine’s Day.

If you wonder out to the suburbs, or visit a center-city staple like Fork, there’s something for everyone—so long as you love local food. It’ll be easy to get carried away wherever you are! This Valentine’s Day, Philly’s the freshest date around.

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