With the most romantic day of the year quickly approaching, some students may struggle finding the perfect Valentine’s Day date venue, especially if couples are trying a restaurant out for the first time. Before booking a reservation, students may want to do a little research first.
Allen Street Grill, located at 100 W. College Ave. is a frequented restaurant for Feb. 14. The restaurant has already been taking reservations for the past three weeks and customers should not rely upon walk-ins on Valentine’s Day, manager Ben Bullock said.
“We decorate the dining area with roses and hearts. It gives the place a more romantic feel,” Bullock said.
Bullock said he believes the Allen Street Grill is affordable for students and the restaurant will offer its full menu in addition to a few Valentine’s Day specials, which can provide something for everyone, Bullock said.
Customers can order anything from appetizers, salads and sandwiches to main courses which consist of seafood, pasta or meat/poultry. Customers can also enjoy a drink at the bar or with their meal.
Another option for Valentine’s Day is Herwig’s. The Austrian Bistro, located at 132 W. College Ave., can provide customers with an authentic taste of Austria for the holiday.
The Austrian bistro is known for its bacon, and it wouldn’t be considered a complete dinner at Herwig’s if the menu didn’t feature at least two desserts with bacon. Customers who are enticed by unconventional sweets such as dark chocolate covered bacon and “cinnabaconrolls” may find love at Herwig’s, according to Herwig’s Facebook page.
“We’ll be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.,” manager Andrew Ball said. “Customers should definitely reserve a table as soon as possible if they haven’t already.”
Ball said Herwig’s always draws in a crowd for Valentine’s Day and the prices are affordable for students. Additionally, Herwig’s does not have a bar, but customers are allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
For students seeking more traditional Valentine’s Day dinners, Italian food is always a safe bet. Rotelli’s, located at 250 E. Calder Way, is expected to have a busy night on Valentine’s Day, owner Dave Kraut h said.
“Our menu will feature specialty items for Valentine’s Day, such as heart-shaped lobster ravioli and red velvet cheesecake,” Krauth said.
In addition to Rotelli’s menu, customers can enjoy drinks at the downstairs bar. Krauth said he believes Rotelli’s menu is very affordable for students, which may explain why he is expecting mostly student customers for Valentine’s Day.
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