Worth a Valentine’s Meal
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Anna Howard Shaw Day (in the manner of Liz Lemon from “30 Rock”), Feb. 14 is the perfect time to have dinner with somebody special in your life. St. Louis — which just landed at No. 5 on Food & Wine magazine’s list of “Places to Eat in 2019” — offers no shortage of excellent options for a memorable meal. If you’re looking for a new place to sample, check out these culinary hot spots.
SAVAGE RESTAURANT 2655 Ann Ave.
If your sweetheart is a die-hard foodie who doesn’t mind eating adventurously, Savage offers a dining experience unlike any other. Though there are items served a la carte available before dinner, the main menu features three different options, ranging from a snacks program ($25) to a 12-course, no-holds-barred tasting menu ($75). In each case, you’ll be at the mercy of chef Logan Ely, whose dishes never fail to surprise and delight. Reservations can be made at SavageSTL.com.
VICIA 4260 Forest Park Ave.
Vicia won diners’ hearts in 2018, and with good reason. The restaurant’s focus on light, bright dishes that highlight local produce is a refreshing change of pace from the typical Valentine’s Day steak dinner. Mains, like the celery-root risotto and chicken-fried carrots, are meant to be eaten family style, giving diners the chance to try as much as possible. Head to ViciaRestaurant.com to book a table. Act fast, as this one’s sure to fill up quickly.
CINDER HOUSE 999 N. 2nd St.
For those planning to go all-out, you can’t do much better in terms of ambiance than Cinder House, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel. As the name suggests, the menu features plenty of wood-fired fare, including a whole fish that makes the perfect entree for two. The food also nods to the culinary heritage of Brazil, most notably with a take on the beloved pork, beef, and bean stew known as feijoada. Cinder House is by no means inexpensive, but it’s more than worth a special occasion. Reserve at CinderHouseSTL.com.