Atlanta Eats Hosts Share Their Favorite Valentine’s Meals

Whether you’re staying in at home or you booked your reservation weeks ago, lots of folks have plans centered on a great meal this Valentine’s Day.  We checked in with our Atlanta Eats hosts – Steak Shapiro, Julie Smith and Mara Davis – to hear about some of their favorite, love-filled meals.

Cacio e Pepe from Storico Fresco
Mara Davis (@maradavis2000)
A perfect Valentine’s Day meal?  Home cooked!  Ina Garten even has a recipe for “engagement chicken”. Rumor has it Meghan Markle made it for Prince Harry prior to their getting engaged. A good roast chicken is SEXY.  Get the recipe here.

Another idea would be fabulous fresh pasta from Storico Fresco, it’s definitely the best in town.  Finish your meal with a decadent desert from Alon’s Bakery.  You can’t go wrong with their classic Midnight Cake or chocolate chip cookies.  Enjoy!


Julie Smith (@juliesmithcbs46)
Over the years, on Valentine’s Day.. if I was single, then the meal was usually with girlfriends (my GALentines) or in my sweats at home and and when I was dating someone or just one a date… if it involves a meal, it was nice and everything but nothing extraordinary. So my BEST  Valentine’s meal in comparison I’d say was one year when I came home from college and Mom was so excited to cook whatever I wanted which was her garlic chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli and she’d STILL give me and my brother a box of chocolates. She loved doing it so much that it makes those the best meals.

The lamb shank at le bilboquet
Steak Shapiro (@steakshapiro)
My idea of a great Valentine’s day is to meet my wife early in the evening on one night during Valentine’s week and not worry about reservations and sitting down at a table and all that. We meet at 5:30 and camp out at the bar and share a bunch of appetizers and a dish at places like:

  • Chops Lobster Bar – one of the sexiest rooms in the city
  • Umi – the best sushi plain and simple….might be expensive but worth it.
  • La Tavola – One of the great neighborhood Italian restaurants around.
  • Ecco – Can’t go wrong with great glasses of wine and super sexy food either in Midtown or new Buckhead location.
  • Le Bilboquet – Bottle of bubbly, classic French cuisine, can’t go wrong.
  • Waffle House– love the tablecloths and candlelit service to celebrate Atlanta.
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