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America’s 20 Most Romantic Restaurants

America’s 20 Most Romantic Restaurants

From the tables overlooking crashing waves at the Marine Room in San Diego to the exceptional culinary experience at the White Barn Inn in Maine, outstanding and romantic dining choices are abundant from coast to coast. To make Valentine's Day a stand-out this year, go for the restaurants that offer not just a meal, but a truly romantic experience. We’ve tracked down the 20 most romantic restaurants in America.

America’s 20 Most Romantic Restaurants (Slideshow)

Think about a romantic dinner and the obvious conventions probably comes to mind: candles, roses, a fireplace, low lights, hushed tones, violins, sharing a single noodle like Lady and the Tramp... Perhaps omitting that last detail, any self-respecting romantic restaurant will offer at least a few of these qualities to convey privacy, luxury and mood-setting ambience. When creating unforgettable moments, dramatic views, whether of water, cities, or sunsets are ideal, but cozy and exceptionally charming spaces are also very desirable.

While whispering sweet nothings, it’s important to have enough table space so that you’re not right on top of nearby tables …or able to hear their sweet nothings. Unobtrusive service can make all the difference in your romantic dinner for two; attentive is good, but you don’t want a waiter cheerfully popping up the moment you pop the question. Lighting should be flatteringly low, but not so that you need a flashlight to read the menu. Candles, small silk-shaded lamps, or lanterns while dining al fresco all create the sense of your own private world. Then there is the food. Your wooing efforts may fall flat if half of the dinner conversation revolves around the disappointing food. The best times are those you never want to end, so it’s memorable when you patronize a place that really understands and celebrates food.

It’s true that if you’re with the one you love, even a burrito from the nearest food truck can be fun. But sometimes — especially Valentine's Day! — you’ve got to up the game and go for the big romantic dinner: top-notch service, luxurious surroundings, sunset views or spots that make you feel as though you discovered them, and food that will make you dream of it for months afterward. To see the restaurants that would make Cupid most proud, we're happy to present America's 20 Most Romantic Restaurants.

The Human Race Really Outdid Itself with Porn Searches in 2018

In 2018, "Stormy Daniels" was the most defining search term on Pornhub dot com. When her name surfaced in the news, whether in reference to bribery payoffs on behalf of Donald Trump or "mushroom penis," searches for her pornographic work skyrocketed. And right behind Stormy in terms of 2018's most defining search terms on Pornhub was "Fortnite." What a glorious year we've had.

Every year, Pornhub releases its "Year in Review" report, churning out statistics on America's kinks. And every year, we're confronted with data on what was tickling our sexual subconscious and how much time we dedicated to getting off. In 2018, the human race made a grand total of 33.5 billion visits to Pornhub, clocking in 92 million daily average visits to the site and 4,791,799 pornographic videos uploaded&mdashenough hours for a single person to continuously watch porn without breaks for 115 years. Great effort out there, team.

The U.S. was the biggest consumer of porn in the world, according to Pornhub, with Americans spending an average of 10 min and 37 seconds on the site per visit, up four seconds from last year. American women made up 27 percent of Pornhub traffic, which was below the worldwide average of 29 percent. "Fortnite" was a top trending search for men and women, and Stormy Daniels was the most searched for porn star for women. In general, women's favorite search term in 2018 was "lesbian," and men's was "japanese."

As far as other porn searches that defined 2018, Pornhub said "romantic," "trans," and "tattoos"&mdash"tattooed women" in particular&mdashwere all significant terms. Unfortunately, so was "Bowsette," the viral Nintendo gender-bending version Bowser with a sexy choker. (Last year's defining terms included "porn for women," which we took as a huge win, as well as "Rick and Morty" and "fidget spinner." Those were less flattering.)

Culture-wise, every Kardashian/Jenner sister but Kourtney made it into the top 30 celebrity searches &mdashalthough Khloe Kardashian was less popular than Tristan Thompson.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (Savannah, Georgia)

Courtesy of Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

When it opened in 1943, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room served the workmen and women of Savannah. Now run by Mrs. Wilkes' granddaughter, the restaurant's tabletops are constantly crowded with homestyle food passed around by those lucky to get a seat inside. Eager diners line up outside before Mrs. Wilkes even opens at 11 a.m., often wrapping around the block!

The menu is constantly in flux, but it's always distinctly Southern—as is the vibe. The family-style seating will have you sharing hot platters of fried chicken, cornbread dressing, rutabagas, macaroni and cheese, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits with strangers and friends alike. Even former President Barack Obama stopped here for lunch in 2010.

America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary TV Show Cookbook

Own this giftable and gorgeous collection of the very best recipes from the show that helps home cooks succeed by demonstrating the best cooking techniques and why great recipes work. More than 500 recipes are included from the shows&rsquo 500+ episodes, along with every recipe from the show&rsquos 20th season. You&rsquoll also get a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at its beloved cast members including their biographies, secret food cravings, and all-time favorite test kitchen recipes.

Infinitely Better & Easier Dishes

Sous Vide Rosemary-Mustard Seed Crusted Roast Beef

Hands-off roast reigns supreme

If you have a sous vide machine, you're always on the lookout for the next great sous vide recipe. If you don't have one, this recipe just may be your tipping point. The sealed meat cooks to your desired temperature in a gentle water bath--meaning it fits your definition of perfectly done--and you finish it with a quick sear on the stove.

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

The next best thing to actual chicken.

These crunchy, tangy, spicy, and just plain addictive cauliflower bites will be the new star of your game day table. The key to this recipe is the crunchy coating that can hold its own under the buffalo sauce, resulting in a bite that never becomes soggy. There is no doubt that these are sure to impress vegans, non-vegans and even the biggest cauliflower critics!

Lemon Olive Oil Tart

"Ditch the butter for better flavor" is something you'll rarely hear, but in this case it's true. Using extra-virgin olive oil makes the press-in-pan crust snap and allows lemons' acidity to shine in the rich, firm filling.


Taste the creations of a New York celebrity chef right in Kansas City at Lidia Bastianich's world-class restaurant, Lidia's. A huge fireplace, dimly lit dining room, ornate chandeliers, and amazing food give this restaurant its recognition as one of Kansas City's most romantic hotspots. Lidia's menu is filled with classic Italian favorites, like pasta carbonara and housemade gnocchi, alongside Croatian dishes, like ribeye bistecca with garlic-fried potatoes. The extensive wine list includes dozens of options, all of them hailing from one of Italy's renowned wine regions. Visit Lidia's at its historic Union Station location to experience traditional Italian farmhouse cooking.

Commander's Palace

Set in the beautiful Garden District of New Orleans, Commander's Palace tempts the diner with its stand-out of a turquoise and white Victorian building, complete with turrets, columns, and gingerbread. The Garden District is, itself, a draw and many people wander through, marveling at the beautiful buildings after a delicious meal.

Offerings here include Creole creations, those of American origin, and many of its own devising, such as Turtle Soup, Gumbo Yaya, Foie Gras du Monde, Crab and Caviar, and Crawfish Maque Choux . The three-course specials include soup or salad, entree, and dessert. A must for Brunch is the incredible Eggs Cochon De Lait. Dessert temptations include Creole Bread Pudding Souffle & Warm Cherry Roasted Pecan Tart.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

Chef Francis Mallmann brings his authentic take on an Argentine grill-house to the heart of Miami Beach at Los Fuegos. Mallmann, who is one of South America’s most celebrated chefs, originally trained in France at traditional fine dining restaurants before returning home to discover his love for open-fire cooking.

This restaurant, situated in the Faena Hotel, has a traditional fire kitchen designed especially for the chefs’ needs. This extraordinary kitchen is the first of its kind in an urban environment and is inspired by the outdoor barbecues enjoyed by Argentina’s legendary gauchos.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it is the Sunday Asado that people come far and wide to experience. This Argentine tradition is a time a time for friends and family to gather around traditional dishes and Los Fuegos provide a buffet full of South American classics to indulge in.

Our Sweetest Strawberry Recipes

You can count on ruby-red strawberries to add both flavor and color to every dish. From cocktails to cheesecakes, these recipes allow the sweet fruit to sing.

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Strawberry Shortcake

What better way to celebrate fresh strawberries than with a classic shortcake? In-season strawberries are so sweet that you won't need much beyond a split shortcake and a spoonful of whipped cream.

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The fresh, natural flavors you get from making your own strawberry puree is worth the time. This cake and its frosting also gets its rosy hue from fresh strawberries rather than food coloring.

Strawberry Refrigerator Jam

Keep cardamom pods and vanilla beans on hand so that you can make this jam throughout berry season. Simply simmered for 20 minutes, it works best made in small batches like this. Serve it warm over toast or vanilla ice cream, and keep any leftovers in the fridge. And, if you have some on hand, stir in a handful of raspberries with the strawberries.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Blend frozen strawberries with rum, lime juice and sugar for a breezy, refreshing cocktail.

Green Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rachael Ray's simple five-minute salad embraces the flavors of spring with fresh greens, strawberries and a sweet-tart vinaigrette.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Ree's sweet homemade strawberry bars are sure to become a lunchbox favorite.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie

This frozen strawberry lemonade pie just might be the ultimate summer dessert.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Why pay top dollar for chocolate-covered strawberries when you can easily make them at home &mdash super fresh and at a fraction of the cost? For the best finished look, try to find jumbo berries with stems.

Individual Strawberry Trifles

Giada's individual trifles are made with amaretto liquor for a kid-friendly version, substitute fruit juice.

Strawberry-Banana Bread

Bananas and strawberries play nicely together in this sweet and tart quick bread.

Strawberry Cobbler

Baked with a golden biscuit topping, this springtime dessert makes the most of sweet strawberries. To ensure that the filling sets correctly, be sure to let the cobbler cool completely before serving.

Strawberry Shortcake Bites

This dessert wraps all the flavors of a traditional strawberry shortcake into one bite-size treat. Fresh strawberries, shortbread cookie crumbles and whipped cream come together in these delectable morsels.

Strawberry Muffins

Sweet strawberries sing in Ina&rsquos super-easy muffins.

Strawberry Poke Cake

We make this beloved dessert with not-too-sweet buttermilk cake and very lightly sweetened whipped cream. The cake tastes best just slightly chilled, so let it sit out to warm up a bit while you whip the cream for the topping.

Strawberry-Basil Mojitos

You don&rsquot need mint to make a great mojito. Ree purees strawberries with lemon and basil and tops the mixture with simple syrup, rum and a splash of seltzer.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry-rhubarb is a classic combination, and with good reason! The sweet strawberries balance out the tartness of rhubarb and bake up into a delicious, gooey pie filling.

Individual No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

Thanks to store-bought mini graham cracker crusts, it takes only 10 minutes to whip up Rachael's no-bake cheesecakes with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Salad

Trisha's spring salad is a stunning addition to any meal. Aside from seasonal fresh strawberries, she adds in crush ramen noodles, almond and sunflower seeds for a surprising salty crunch.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Strawberries and rhubarb are a quintessential spring pairing and making jam with them is a wonderful way to preserve some of their bright flavor long after the season is over. In this recipe, we've bumped up the tart rhubarb to help balance the sweetness of the strawberries and sugar. We've also suggested ways to boost the flavor with simple mix-ins. This jam makes a delicious topping for ice cream or yogurt, or a simple and elegant way to fill a cake in place of frosting.

Strawberries and Wine Flower Cheesecake

Put out this beautiful no-bake cheesecake at your next soiree and people might just think you're a professional baker! We used sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges to create the flower on top, but you can use other fruit to create your own design. Just make sure to avoid pineapple, kiwi, papaya, mango and guava, which all contain an enzyme that will prevent the gelatin from setting properly.

Strawberry Ice Cream

It might take longer than just opening a carton, but Ree&rsquos dreamy ice cream is well worth the wait. She combines pureed strawberries with a creamy custard for a rich ice cream with a bit of texture.

Strawberry Bruschetta

Swap tomatoes for strawberries in this party-pleasing appetizer.

Strawberry-Cucumber Water

Infuse still or sparkling water with strawberries and cucumbers for a healthy, refreshing drink.

Strawberry Pie

Celebrate in-season strawberries with this stunning, decadent dessert.

Buried Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberries are a romantic dessert staple. Here they are set atop a chewy brownie bottom and buried under a decadent cheesecake. Each bar will have the perfect slice of fruit to share with your main squeeze.

Balsamic Strawberries

A dollop of mascarpone and a drizzle of balsamic syrup transform strawberries into a refined and elegant dessert.

Strawberry Icebox Cake

The icebox cake is a classic for a reason: it&rsquos the impressive dessert that anyone can make! Just layer, refrigerate and wait!

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Strawberries steal the show on Kardea&rsquos crowd-pleasing cheesecake bars. The dessert needs to sit for at least four hours before serving, so feel free to prepare the night before you plan to serve.

Romantic starter recipes

If you want to impress a loved one with a dazzling example of your culinary skills, look no further than this collection of romantic starter recipes from some of the UK's greatest chefs. Whether the occasion is Valentine's Day, a birthday, an anniversary or even a first date, there are plenty of mouthwatering romantic starter recipes in here to choose from, featuring natural aphrodisiacs such as oysters, asparagus, avocado, figs, salmon and garlic. It might be wise to go easy on the garlic though!

These delectable romantic starter recipes range from the rich to the rustic, with an emphasis on stunning presentation to suitably complement the atmosphere of your special evening. Adam Simmonds' aesthetic Roasted langoustines recipe is served with a suitably saucy oyster purée, or bring some Parisian romance to your table with Geoffrey Smeddle’s Lobster Thermidore recipe. For a great vegetarian starter, try Shaun Rankin's Cheese soufflé recipe, served with apple, walnut and pomegranate salad.

Bananas Foster at Brennan’s

WHERE: New Orleans, LA

Brennan&rsquos created the original bananas Foster in the early 1950s, and has since developed an extensive dessert menu that will please any palette. Specialties include &ldquoCrepes Fitzgerald&rdquo with Grand Marnier, sour cream and strawberries, and the &ldquoBread Pudding St. Joan of Arc&rdquo with Southern Comfort-infused raisins and cranberries. Guests can also enjoy Southern classics like Louisiana Chocolate Pecan Pie and Creole Chocolate Suicide Cake.

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