While Valentine's Day is billed as the most romantic day of the year, it could also easily claim the title of most delicious. In and around Boise, restaurants, breweries and wineries are going all-out on Feb. 14 with complex, aphrodisiac-heavy menus for every taste.
Smitten foodies can try to snag last-minute reservations at The Melting Pot, which offers a romantic five-course dinner package for $70 per person; Chandlers, which is touting a three-course prix fixe menu for $55 per person; or Ruth's Chris, where diners will find a special surf-and-turf menu starting at $50 per person. Other solid options in Boise include upscale Italian restaurant Alavita, which will offer a $50 per person, three-course prix fixe menu; Barbacoa, which will host an $85 per person, four-course dinner including a dozen roses; Capitol Cellars, where a four-course prix fixe menu will be on offer for $91 per person; and Camel's Crossing, which will host a three-course dinner for $69 per person with optional wine pairing. For Meridian diners, Deja Brew Laugh a Latte will offer a four-course dinner for $33 per person. Plus, at Chandler's and Ruth's Chris, the special menus are available multiple nights, in case the big day itself is booked solid.
Wine and cider lovers can create the perfect date night at a number of places. Meriwether Cider is hosting a chocolate, cheese and cider event in its Garden City taproom. At Hells Canyon Winery, get wine samples from Hells Canyon and Zhoo Zhoo Wines, along with dessert bites for a $5-$10 per person entry fee. Huston Vineyards in Caldwell is offering a weekend of wines Feb. 9-11, pairing a different locally made sweet each day for a $5 tasting fee (refundable with bottle purchase). At Vizkaya Wines, $5 each will earn lovebirds entry to a wine and Chocolat Bar chocolate pairing event, and Helina Marie's Wine Bar in Star is hosting a wine tasting with truffles for $20 per person.
For an over-the-top evening of romance, couples can dine in one of the most beautiful buildings in Boise at the Valentine's Dinner at the Bishop's House—which is actually on Tuesday, Feb. 13—and get a four-course Italian feast catered by Luciano's for $50 per person. Indulge on the day of love at the Le Coq d'Or Valentine's Day Dinner at the Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle. Get three courses served in the stunning gold and platinum ballrooms for $85 per person (click here to find out more about what Chef Richard Jimenez of Le Coq d'Or has planned for dinner).