14 Places to Eat (and Drink) On Valentine’s Day


Photo credit: Philadelphia skyline by Daniel Ge via Flickr | Heart by Darwin Bell via Flickr.

Photo credit: Philadelphia skyline by Daniel Ge via Flickr | Heart by Darwin Bell via Flickr.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so we pulled together a list of some places in the city to get food (and drinks) to make your day extra special. If you’re single, don’t worry—we’ve got some good ones for you too.

Tonight, February 9

Spread the love early at Coeur for Beer School with head brewer of Yards Brewing, Tim Roberts, where he’ll focus on Yards Love Stout. The class is free, but you must RSVP by emailing reservations@coeurphilly.com. There are just a few seats left.

Although not really Valentine’s related, Tria Taproom is doing a special beer tapping of Ballentine Burton Ale, a beer that was last brewed in 1966. It was only made in limited amounts, and now Pabst (current owner of the Ballentine brand) has replicated the original, which will be tapped at Tria Taproom at noon along with Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton (which was named after Ballentine’s Burton Ale).

All weekend long (Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14):

Start your morning off (or end your night) with some mini donuts from Federal Donuts. For $18, you can get a box of twenty dark chocolate-glazed donuts covered in heart sprinkles. Preorder here, and you can pick them up at their Center City or North Philly location between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Head to Clarkville  for some heart shaped (or broken heart shaped) cheese pizza, two appetizers, and a dessert to share for only $25. Reservations aren’t required, but can be made by calling them at (215) 387-4992.

Distrito is offering two different three-course tasting menus Friday through Sunday at either $50 or $65. These include first-course choices like guacamole, salsa roja, or ensalada asada, second-course choices including tacos de brisket or rellenitos, and third-course choices like esquites or platano y crema. For dessert they’ll have chocolate torte and passionfruit. A la carte options will still be available on Friday.

Downstairs, Distrito Taqueria will have plenty of specials Friday through Sunday like $20 margarita pitchers and $5 guacamole and chips.

On Friday, Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery are releasing Love Gravy, a Russian imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with notes of chocolate and coffee. Chef Paul Trowbridge will also offer food specials and additions to Barren Hill’s menu.

Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14):

Enjoy brunch at Kensington Quarters with a special menu that starts off with Pawpaw bread with creme fraiche and shaved chocolate, and then a choice of pork shoulder benedict, steak and eggs, grilled french toast, mushroom scramble, or ham and grits. The brunch is $25 per person, and reservations can be made at (267) 314-5086.

The Fat Ham is having a special Valentine’s Day dinner that includes nine dishes for $30. Some of the food includes fried oyster, shrimp and grits, baked mac and cheese, and red velvet cake. They’ll also have V-day cocktails like Cucumber Rose,  with gin, elderflower, cucumber, rose water, and lime. Reserve your table here.

Abe Fisher is offering a four-course dinner with eight plates at $55 per person with dishes including smoked salmon carpaccio, smoked squab, and praline babka. You can also add beverage pairings for $30 per person.

Head to Old City for a $99 per person four-course meal at Fork. You can start off your meal with choices like rabbit terrine with poached quince and black truffle, black and white pici with fruits of the sea and pickled chili, roasted scallop with roasted cauliflower and black trumpet mushrooms, and then finish off the meal with jersey cranberry.

For some Italian, Little Nonna’s will have a four-course dinner that starts off with mozzarella di bufala (sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, grilled Italian country bread, and Italian market olives). The second course includes choices like pan-seared day boat scallops, the third course includes red wine braised osso bucco, and after all that, try some Nonna’s tiramisu (among other delicious dessert options).

A Mano are keeping their menu the same, but will have some additional options over the weekend.

Or, if you aren’t into the whole Valentine’s Day meal thing and just want to drink some beer, join Devil’s Den for a special “Anti Valentine’s Day Weekend” Friday through Monday with a specially-chosen craft beer selection including Stone Brewing’s Arrogant Bastard and Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch. Romantic.