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Valentine's Day Dining
SVM's Top Eateries for Lovers
Valentine’s Day is for lovers (and the chocolate and greeting card industry likes it too). I say, keep the card and the chocolates and let’s go out to dinner. Here’s a list of Sun Valley Magazine’s favorite Valentine’s Day restaurants that will satisfy everyone from the frugal to the finicky, designated in no particular order.
Old Fashioned Crispy Skin Duck at Vintage Restaurant.
Vintage Restaurant is ridiculously cozy and romantic. With only a handful of tables, it’s the premier spot for lovers to hold hands and linger over dinner and dessert. It’s also actress/producer/director Drew Barrymore’s favorite eatery in the Valley and it’s rumored that her husband proposed to her while dining there. Read more about Vintage in our yum! blog.
Whisk your special someone up the mountain on a sunset gondola ride as a prelude to a fabulous meal atop Mount Baldy’s Roundhouse and its newly-remodeled dining room. With European fare and views to boot, Roundhouse gets an A+ for romance in an Alpine setting.
Some girls like little plates and chopsticks, so make her happy and take her to dashi. Be sure to order the Steamed Pork Buns (in fact, get two) and you won’t be sorry. Read more about dashi in our yum! blog.
B. Restaurant's dining room is sleek, but comfortable.
White tablecloths = fancy restaurant, but in Ketchum that doesn’t mean coat and tie. So guys, keep your flannel shirts on and head to B. Restaurant for a B. Cooler cocktail to start the night off right. Award-winning chef John Berkier will prepare an amazing meal that will leave you and your sweetheart happy and well-fed. Read more about B.'s fabulous food in our yum! blog here.
CK’s in Hailey is an absolute must-eat for South Valley residents or visitors who want to try something new that happens to be out of the fray. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with kitchen bar seats available for those who like to watch the pros in action. The Wedge of Romaine Salad with apples, blue cheese and buttermilk dressing is a classic. Pair it with the Grilled Idaho Trout, and a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list and create a perfect evening of love.
Globus’ atmosphere is bustling but intimate, ideal for a cold Valentine’s evening (or a Tuesday in June for that matter). Their menu was inspired by lovers, so order a few of their amorous appetizers like the Stuffed Ahi Tuna Rolls and the Niman Ranch Pork Dumplings before sharing an entrée such as the Kobe Beef Short Ribs. You’ll fall in love with the farm-to-table concept while sharing a lovely glass of wine.
You can’t go wrong with the Ketchum Grill on Valentine’s Day. It’s a classic—and guys, I have a newsflash—you can even have a burger (housemade ketchup and bun included)! The ambience is cozy in the wood-frame cottage and sets the mood perfectly for un soir d’amour! Finish off your evening with the apple tart with homemade ice cream and you’ll go home awash in bliss.
Even though we are smack-dab in the middle of Idaho, Sushi on Second has incredible raw fish that’s not even trout. Sushi chef Cuyler Swindley has been at the helm of Sushi for more than six years and he regularly creates works of art posing as sushi for young lovers to share. Sip some sake to warm up your insides and enjoy a dining experience par excellence. Read more about Sushi on Second in our yum! blog.
For South Valley residents who don’t want to stray too far from home, or spend too much dough, Mahoney’s is a great place for the romantically inclined. Here’s a tip from some locals: Mahoney’s Mexican food specials are out of this world and if you can snag a booth, you’ll find yourself all aglow in Chile Colorado heaven!
Grumpy’s may not be considered a place for lovers in the traditional sense, but if your honey is into hard work, cold beer and good burgers, it’s a romantic gesture like no other. Down a schooner or two, throw in a couple of hot-off-the-grill cheeseburgers or chicken sandwiches with made-to-order fries, and you’ll feel no pain while falling hopelessly in love. (At least for the night!)