With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's prime time to start thinking about dining options.
Whether your sweetheart prefers a rich steak dinner, wants a delicious seafood meal or desires a fondue experience in a romantic setting, there's much to choose from in the area.
The following restaurants are perfect places to enjoy a dinner for lovers. Many of the eateries are offering Valentine's specials. All information listed is for Feb. 14 unless otherwise stated. (The following selections are just a sample of romantic places to visit.)
Cafe Fondue, 281 W. 80th Place, Merrillville; (219) 793-1511. Fondue remains one of the most romantic of dining options. At Cafe Fondue, guests will easily have an interactive and fun dining experience in a warm, romantic setting. Guests may choose from a variety of fondue experiences including meals starring filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and boneless chicken breast or chicken and sea scallops; cheese or chocolate fondue. Call the restaurant or visit cafefondue.net.
Freddy's Steakhouse, 6442 Kennedy Ave., Hammond; (219) 844-1500. Freddy's will present a Sweetheart Dinner for two on Feb. 14, which includes a choice of appetizer, two entrees and one dessert for $49.95. The restaurant will highlight a special menu just for Valentine's Day but the regular menu will also be available. Freddy's private label wine will be discounted selling for $14.95 for the bottle of wine. Visit freddyssteakhousehammond.com
Gamba Ristorante, 455 E. 84th Dr., Merrillville; (219) 736-5000. Gamba Ristorante was recently named one of Opentable.com's 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. The eatery is known for its welcoming and warm setting as well as its varied menu. Gamba's executive chef Mike Rueth highlights a variety of selections at the eatery including Capellini, Penne Puttanesco; Yukon Gold Gnocchi, Apple Cider Braised Berkshire Cheeks and Filet Mignon.
Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House, 106 N. Main, Glenwood, Ill.; (708) 758-4434. Glenwood Oaks will have a special Valentine's Menu on Feb. 14 and 15. The limited menu on those days includes Beef Wellington for $26.95 and Crab Stuffed Prawn Dinner for $25. There are also February specials throughout the month, including a Brazilian Lobster Tail Dinner on Wednesdays; and All-you-can-eat Snow Crab Legs on Thursdays. Call for more information and prices or visit glenwoodoaks.com
Jack Binion's Steakhouse, at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond; (219) 473-6028. The steakhouse with a view of the Chicago skyline will have a special Valentine's meal on Feb. 14. The Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu for Two includes a Cold Seafood Trio; Winter Mushroom Soup; Candy Cane Beet Salad; 21-Day Dry Aged Top Round with Truffled Twice Baked Potato, Baby White Asparagus and Roasted Winter Root Vegetables and Blood Orange Gelato.
The Quest Eatery and Spirits, 1204 Lincoln Highway, Schererville; (219) 322-4812. Valentine's Day specials at The Quest include Lobster Tail with Sirloin; Duck with Cherry Sauce and Chicken Marsala. A free bottle of champagne is given to each couple with two paid dinners. Visit The Quest's Facebook and tell your Valentine's story on the Facebook wall. The couple with the best story will win a free Valentine's dinner for two. Live entertainment on Valentine's Day will be It's About Time beginning at 9 p.m. Visit thequesteatery.com.
Town Club Steak & Seafood, 2904 45th, Highland; (219) 924-5227. The restaurant, which specializes in steak, chops, and seafood, is currently taking reservations for Valentine's Day. Among menu items at the eatery are Lake Perch, Sauteed Tilapia, Famous Charred Prime Rib, Mahi Mahi Steak, Canadian Walleye Cheeks; BBQ Baby Back Ribs and more. In addition, the restaurant will have its Lobsta Fest #22 on Feb. 8, a week before Valentine's Day. Cost for the lobster dinner is $44.95.
William B's Steakhouse, at Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. Valentine's Day Weekend Specials will be available at the steakhouse. Entrees for two including dessert are $99 plus tax. Choices include rack of Colorado Lamb, Tomahawk Bone-In Ribeye Chop, Center-Cut Chateaubriand or Filet Three Ways. Entrees come with Cinnamon Swirl Sponge Cake served with Valpo Velvet Vanilla Ice Cream. Reservations are required. Visit bluechipcasino.com